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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.

“Do you believe guns in the home make you less safe?”

“Who do you believe should legally be allowed to carry a concealed pistol on college campuses?”

Those are the kinds of questions political candidates are getting this year from gun control and gun rights groups.

Professional runners from the Northwest say the expulsion of the Russian track and field team from this summer’s Olympic Games sends a strong message about fair play.

Tuesday, the International Olympic Committee will further review Russia’s participation. Late last week, track and field’s world governing body, the International Association of Athletics Federations, barred Russia from the 2016 Olympics based on allegations of systematic doping.

21 Arrested In Vancouver Oil Train Protest

Jun 20, 2016
Coast Guard PFC Levi Read / Wikimedia Commons

Police arrested 19 people who refused to leave the BNSF railroad tracks in Vancouver on Saturday. They were protesting oil train service in the Northwest after a train carrying Bakken crude oil derailed in the Columbia River Gorge derailed two weeks ago.

Conrad Wilson / Oregon Public Broadcasting

The Federal Railroad Administration says it’s still investigating this month’s oil train derailment in the Columbia River Gorge.

Federal officials say they’ve received Oregon’s request for a moratorium on oil trains, but haven’t yet indicated whether they’ll grant it. Oregon made its request a week and a half ago.

Photo Credit: O'Dea / WikiMedia Commons

Fewer green crosses. Potential marijuana seizures. Those are two implications of the July 1st deadline for Washington’s medical marijuana businesses to merge into the state-regulated system. The intent is to eliminate the “gray market” in medical marijuana.

Washington Democrats are gathering this weekend in Tacoma for their state convention. Just like with the state Republican convention in Pasco last month, Democrats are a party divided. Hillary Clinton is the presumptive nominee. But Bernie Sanders supporters represent the majority of delegates.

The old adage that every vote counts was especially true in Oregon this year. A tie in the Independent Party primary for a suburban Portland seat in the Oregon House was broken Friday with a roll of the dice.

Sueann Ramella / Northwest Public Radio

  In one Yakima elementary school children struggle with poverty, gangs and academic challenges but a classical music program hopes to change their lives for the better. Northwest Public Radio's Sueann Ramella went to the school for a closer look... and listen.

The Oregon Supreme Court says dogs are more than simply property. Justices Thursday overturned a lower court's ruling that found that taking a blood sample from a dog was a warrantless search.

Coast Guard PFC Levi Read / Wikimedia Commons

The Oregon Department of Transportation wants the federal government to stop large oil trains from running through the Columbia River Gorge.

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