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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.

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Washington Governor Jay Inslee signed a bill Tuesday to help prevent gun violence in mental health emergencies. It allows families to request notification when police return guns to loved ones.

It’s called the Sheena Henderson Act and it’s named for a Spokane woman.

Sheena’s husband Chris had been making suicidal threats before police confiscated his gun.

The day after they returned it, he fatally shot his wife and himself.

Friend Kristin Otoupalik said Sheena should have been told about the gun. 

The teacher who tackled an armed student at North Thurston High School in Lacey, Washington said his protective instinct just kicked in.

In Pasco, Washington a group of protesters has regularly closed down main streets and staged “die-ins” since February’s police shooting of farmworker Antonio Zambrano-Montes.

Indicted Washington State Auditor Troy Kelley will not be paid while he is on indefinite leave, which Kelley said he'll start Monday May 4.

Niranjan Shrestha / Associated Press

Lawrence Pintak, dean of WSU’s Edward R. Murrow College of Communication, reports from neighboring Pakistan that the earthquake creates special dangers for Nepal’s children.

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“The babies are safe.” That was the good news that greeted me Saturday after a 24 hour flight from Seattle to South Asia. While I was in the air, Nepal had been devastated by the earthquake.

“The babies” were the kids at a Kathmandu orphanage where my 20-year old daughter volunteered last fall. She had planned to go back this month. Luckily she didn’t.

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The Washington Legislature has laid enough groundwork to comply with a state Supreme Court ruling on education funding. That’s the opinion of the lawyer charged with representing state lawmakers in the ongoing McCleary Case.

Attorney General Bob Ferguson filed that progress report with the court Monday.

Justices held the Legislature in contempt for failing to do enough to address the McCleary ruling. But Ferguson’s memo claimed lawmakers have filed bills that would satisfy the Court — if they’re passed into law during an upcoming special session. 

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Marysville-Pilchuck High School students were forced to evacuate their campus minutes before school was supposed to let out Monday.

District spokesperson Anna Boone said students evacuated after the school received a threat — even though the threat might not have been credible.

“They’re unsubstantiated threats at this point, so the police department is investigating to see if this is a hoax or not,” Boone said.

A post on the Marysville Police Department’s Twitter account Monday said the threatening call was similar to other recent hoax calls.

An AP government teacher is getting credit for stopping a shooting at North Thurston High School in Lacey, Washington.

Witnesses on the scene at North Thurston High School in Lacey, Washington said shots were fired on campus Monday morning by a student.

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The top education official in Washington State said teachers could face investigation and schools could lose funding - if the number of students refusing standardized tests keeps rising. 

Washington superintendent Randy Dorn doesn't like the phrase "opt-out."

"It's really a refusal to take an assessment that's required by the federal government," Dorn said.

He said low participation rates could cost schools federal money.

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