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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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For some, death isn’t spooky or scary like Halloween. Hispanic families across the Northwest are preparing to celebrate the Day of the Dead.

Reaction is coming in fast to the not guilty verdicts for the seven Malheur National Wildlife Refuge occupiers.

The FBI and the U.S. Department of Justice released exactly the same press release saying while they had hoped for a different outcome, they respect the verdicts and thanked the jury.

But outdoor groups are angry.

Audubon Society President David Yarnold said he’s outraged and that wild lands belong to everyone, not the people who hold them at gunpoint. He said the verdicts undermines the rule of law.

The director of Washington’s campaign finance watchdog, Evelyn Fielding Lopez, said if she had a do-over she wouldn’t weigh-in on the accuracy of political campaign ads in a hotly contested state Senate race.

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Seven former Malheur refuge occupiers have been found not guilty. A unanimous jury cleared the defendants of conspiring to prevent federal workers from doing their jobs at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge.

The end of the six-week trial for seven people who took over the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in eastern Oregon can be summed up in two words: not guilty.

A 12-person jury found occupation leaders Ammon and Ryan Bundy not guilty Thursday of the government's primary charge: conspiracy to impede federal officers by force, threat or intimidation. Their five co-defendants — Jeff Banta, Shawna Cox, David Fry, Kenneth Medenbach and Neil Wampler — have all been found not guilty as well.

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Nationally, commercial fisheries are doing fine, but fishermen on the West Coast are hurting. An annual report out Wednesday from federal fisheries managers shows a stark fall-off in the big seafood money-makers of the Pacific Northwest.

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Climate change is a gradual process, driven by invisible pollution. It can be hard to wrap your brain around. Atmospheric scientists at the University of Washington have made it possible to listen to the planet changing.

State and federal law protect the rights of Native American children even when one of their parents is not Indian. That’s the word today from the Washington state Supreme Court.

It’s the question everyone seems to be asking. What effect will Donald Trump have on down ballot Republicans?

The Pacific Northwest is certainly known for its rain, but the amount of rain that has fallen in October is one for the record books in more than a dozen Northwest cities -- and counting.

The top civil rights lawyer at the Oregon Department of Justice is suing his employer. Erious Johnson alleged in a lawsuit filed in federal court that the agency violated his civil rights.

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In a rare move, U.S. District Court Judge Anna Brown dismissed a juror Wednesday in the trial of seven people accused of occupying the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge earlier this year.

The daily newspaper in Oregon's capital is undergoing some changes. The Statesman Journal in Salem laid off two top newsroom employees and has sold the downtown building that houses its newsroom.

A group of wealthy Washingtonians has released a second soft-on-crime attack on Supreme Court Justice Charlie Wiggins. The TV ad debuted Wednesday -- one day after a pair of high-profile Wiggins supporters denounced the attacks.

Piloting a jetliner was once a glamorous profession. Then came the 9/11 terror attacks, airline bankruptcies and pension cuts. Entry-level pilots worked for peanuts.

But now the pendulum is swinging back. Regional airlines across America -- including the Northwest's Horizon Air -- are grappling with a looming pilot shortage.

Paul Allen’s Vulcan, Bill Gates, and Steve and Connie Ballmer are among a growing list of wealthy Washingtonians who want to change the makeup of Washington’s Supreme Court. They are the top donors to a new political action committee called Citizens for Working Courts.

No matter where you live in Oregon, all you need is a single first-class stamp if you want to return your ballot by mail. Oregon Secretary of State Jeanne Atkins said ballots in all 36 counties are small enough that just one "Forever" stamp is all it takes.

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Ever wonder what goes bump in the night? The Palouse-Clearwater Environmental Institute (PCEI) is holding its annual Animals of the Night to allow people to experience the sights and sounds of nocturnal creatures.

Courtesy of the office of Gov. Kate Brown

Kate Brown had run for Secretary of State twice when she replaced Governor John Kitzhaber in early 2015. Still, many Oregonians did not know much about her.

Jurors Deliberate Malheur Occupation Trial

Oct 24, 2016
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Jurors in the Malheur Refuge occupation trial will continue deliberating Monday. The 9th floor of the district courthouse in downtown Portland is quiet today. This has been the site of the trial of Ammon Bundy and six other codefendants and the U.S. government. 

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Homeless people would be allowed to camp in more places around Seattle, under a new plan from Mayor Ed Murray. The mayor sent his latest policy proposal to the city council Friday night.

Three counties are requiring a little extra in postage this year for mailing in ballots. Voters in Snohomish, Whatcom and Douglas counties need 68 cents in postage. A regular first class stamp is worth 47 cents right now. 

Sally Jewell has served as secretary of the U.S. Department of the Interior for three and a half years. Before that she was CEO of Kent, Washington-based REI and a member of the UW Board of Regents.

The Columbia Generating Station outside Richland, Washington, is the Northwest’s only nuclear power plant. Now, the federal government is auditing the plant to make sure it could weather flooding.

Aaron Kunz

 

Starting Monday people will get a chance to weigh-in on a controversial question: Should four dams come down on the lower Snake River? They’re facing renewed scrutiny because of a court-ordered analysis on how the dams are harming salmon.

Dale Presler

Editor's note: This story was written by a Northwest Public Radio listener as part of our "Walking Washington's History" series. 

We asked listeners to take one of ten historical walks in a book of the same name by Judy Bentley. Stories are have been edited minimally to preserve the writer's experiences, and all photos were provided by the participants.

Murray And Vance Debate Over State Budget And Education

Oct 24, 2016
Angela Nhi Nguyen / Northwest News Network

At the final debate between Democratic senior U.S. Senator Patty Murray and Republican challenger Chris Vance, the candidates discussed their priorities for the federal budget and the power struggle between the federal government and states when it comes to education. 

Seth Book

Last winter was the first time toxic algae in the ocean forced Oregon to close its Dungeness crab fishery. Scientists are just beginning to understand what triggers these conditions.

A political action committee largely funded by three wealthy Washingtonians has unleashed a hard-hitting attack on a state Supreme Court justice up for re-election. The TV ad suggests Justice Charlie Wiggins is soft on crime.

A long-time veteran with the Oregon Department of Corrections has been promoted to serve as the agency's interim deputy director. The move comes after the previous deputy director resigned after less than two years on the job.

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