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Competition for your garbage is increasingly fierce. It's become an important, if mostly hidden, industry in the Columbia River Gorge.

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U.S. Senator Patty Murray of Washington is blaming Republican leadership for putting a freeze on her bipartisan health care plan. That comes as the GOP have announced their latest attempt to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.

The Washington Democrat had been working on a bill to stabilize the insurance market with GOP Senator Lamar Alexander of Tennessee.

Geologists for the state of Oregon are warning of the risk of major landslides in parts of the Columbia River Gorge that were hit by wildfires this year.

A new report released Thursday focuses on areas of the Gorge that are highly susceptible to landslides—which also happen to overlap with some of the areas hit by this year’s wildfires.

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The credit reporting agency Equifax doesn’t have to notify the estimated 1.7 million Oregonians who may have been impacted by the company’s massive data breach.

AG Ferguson Suing NW Detention Center Operator

Sep 20, 2017
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Washington state's Attorney General is suing the nation's second-largest private prison operator.

The lawsuit claims GEO Group is violating the state's minimum wage law.

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Despite its stunning natural beauty, lots of problems lurk beneath the surface of Puget Sound. The state agency in charge of coordinating its cleanup meets this week to finalize its latest “State of the Sound” report. 

US Attorney General Jeff Sessions Attacks Sanctuary Cities In Portland

Sep 19, 2017
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U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions spoke with federal employees and law enforcement officials in Portland Tuesday, where he delivered an attack on sanctuary policies that protect immigrants from deportation.

The suspect in a shooting that left one student dead and three injured at Freeman High School outside of Spokane, Washington, last week quietly pleaded not guilty on Friday.

But the plea was mostly procedural. 




Washington state residents could eventually get a third option to designate gender on their birth certificates. That new option would be "non-binary."

In a sign that the wildfire threat is receding, hundreds of Washington National Guard soldiers are being demobilized and sent home over the next 48 hours. They were activated to help fight wildfires earlier this month.

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A group that advocates for public employees has filed an ethics complaint against northeast Washington Representative Joel Kretz.

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Washington state officials announced their plan Monday for how to comply with the Every Student Succeeds Act.

New details about a proposal to shrink the size and loosen protections for Oregon’s Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument are being greeted with anger and dismay by opponents.

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Washington state officials announced their plan Monday for how to comply with the Every Student Succeeds Act, the Obama-era rule that replaces the federal No Child Left Behind act.

To meet the new requirements, Washington will put less emphasis on test results.

U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions will be in Portland Tuesday. He plans to speak to local law enforcement agencies about immigration and sanctuary cities.

Sessions has been critical of Portland and the state of Oregon for not freely sharing all types of immigration information with federal agents.

Washington is the only state with legal marijuana that doesn’t allow home grows. There have been unsuccessful efforts to change that in recent years. Now the state’s Liquor and Cannabis Board is taking public comment on the issue through October 11.

A Washington state board has invalidated two key permits for a $1.8 billion methanol project proposed in Kalama, Washington

In denying the permits, Washington’s Shorelines Hearings Board sided with Columbia Riverkeeper, Sierra Club and the Center for Biological Diversity, three environmental groups that appealed the permits in June.

Sarah Dudas doesn't mind shucking an oyster or a clam in the name of science.

But sit down with her and a plate of oysters on the half-shell or a bucket of steamed Manila clams, and she'll probably point out a bivalve's gonads or remark on its fertility.

Supporters of a so-called “cap and invest” proposal are laying the groundwork for the Oregon Legislature to take on the issue next year.

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Starting next week, Cowlitz County jail will become the first corrections facility in the state of Washington to use body scanners on inmates.

It seems so simple. Equip police officers with body cameras to record their interactions with the public. But it turns out it’s actually quite complicated.

A legislative task force meets Tuesday in an ongoing effort to try to figure it out.

The Oregon and Washington Secretaries of State announced Friday that they have referred dozens of cases of double-voting or dead people voting in the last presidential election for possible criminal prosecution.

The Freeman High School football team will play a home game Friday night on their campus south of Spokane Valley. School will resume Monday after this week’s fatal shooting.

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Oregon officials are moving more than 1 million salmon from a hatchery that’s threatened by the Eagle Creek Fire.

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During this back-to-school season, there is one persistent issue: classroom diversity. Students of color make up half of Washington classrooms, but public school teachers are overwhelmingly white.

UPDATE (7:10 a.m. PST Friday) Oregon Department of Transportation officials said Thursday that woes about the closure of Interstate 84 could continue well into this winter.

Scalers hung from slopes Thursday as they worked to remove rocks that are at risk of crumbling onto I-84 in the Columbia River Gorge.

They've been at this slope near the Bonneville Dam for days now, working as quickly as possible to remove damaged trees and rocks that had prevented ODOT from re-opening the interstate between Hood River and Troutdale.

Teens who take an X-rated selfie and then text the image can be found guilty of trading in child pornography in some cases. That was the 6-3 ruling of the Washington Supreme Court on Thursday.

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After she set her books down in a biology classroom Wednesday morning, Kelby Cochrane got hungry. So she asked a friend to go with her to her locker at Freeman High School in Freeman, Washington to grab a snack. On her way back she heard what she later learned were gunshots.

Oregon Secretary of State Dennis Richardson wants to move the state’s next presidential primary to an earlier date. Oregon currently holds its presidential primary in mid-May.

Intelligence experts say North Korea is several years or more away from having the capability to threaten the U.S. West Coast with a nuclear missile. But recent sabre rattling was enough to make Washington state senators hold a hearing Wednesday about preparedness.

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