Northwest News

Northwest Public Radio is a participant and contributor in the Northwest News Network (N3), a collaboration of public radio stations in Washington, Oregon and Idaho. Our reporters bring a regional perspective to coverage of Northwest states' government, environment, economy, and other news of widespread interest to residents of the Northwest. Regional news on Northwest Public Radio is a part of Morning Edition every weekday morning, and All Things Considered in the afternoons.

Traffic accident fatalities are rising at a faster rate in Northwest states than anywhere else in the country according to preliminary data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Drug-impaired drivers and distracted drivers appear to be factors involved in the increase.

It’s been five months since Washington Gov. Jay Inslee announced that over a 13-year period nearly 3,000 prison inmates were accidentally released early. Wednesday, Washington Senate Republicans issued a 66-page report that places significant blame for the problem not being fixed on former corrections Secretary Bernie Warner.

David Hyde / KUOW

Presidential candidate Donald Trump is the projected winner of Washington state's republican primary.

He has won 76 percent of votes in the early results, but more ballots need to be counted.

Supporters wore blue. Opponents wore red.

Hundreds of people from Oregon and Washington gathered at a public hearing in Longview Tuesday to offer their views on the proposed Millennium Coal Terminal.

Lindsey Bieda / Flickr

Ballots are due Tuesday night in the presidential primary election in Washington State. The Republican party will use the results to allocate delegates at the national convention. 

Kris Millgate / Tight Line Media

U.S. District Court Judge Anna Brown heard arguments Monday morning that could lay the groundwork for the upcoming trial against 25 defendants who took over the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge. 

An inventory by public radio of Northwest geography found more than 200 places with names some people might consider ethnically or racially offensive. For instance, there's Negro Ben Mountain in southwest Oregon, Chinamans Hat in western Idaho, Jew Valley in southern Oregon and Redman Creek in north central Washington.

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Students from Portland high schools and colleges marched Monday to protest a banner hung in Forest Grove, Oregon last week. That banner suggested the United States should “build a wall” along the border with Mexico.

Gage Skidmore / Flickr

All but one of Washington's delegates voted to align with Ted Cruz during the state's Republican convention over the weekend.

Austin Jenkins / Northwest News Network

The candidacy of Donald Trump for president is the talk of the nation. But there’s at least one person who doesn’t want to talk about it: Washington’s Republican candidate for governor Bill Bryant.

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