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The Federal Housing Finance Agency report shows no signs of slowdown in home price growth nationwide. Washington and Oregon top the charts on a handful of measures, ranking no. 2 and 8 respectively on home price appreciation by state.


Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson is asking the legislature to pass new laws in hopes of addressing the opioid epidemic. He says one of his proposals would create new limits on how many pills doctors can prescribe.

"We'd limit it to seven pills for adults, three for those under 21. Other states are doing this, red states, blue states, purple states, we should do it as well," Ferguson said.

But, of course, there would be exceptions. Cancer patients and others suffering from chronic pain would get a break. Ferguson says his intent is to prevent overprescribing.

The controversy over a program that protects young, undocumented immigrants from deportation didn’t keep Wenatchee High School’s predominantly Latino Mariachi band from playing in Washington, D.C., this week.

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Get ready for mandatory ten-digit dialing in western Washington State. Population growth has taken up nearly all the phone numbers available that start with 360 – and other area codes in the state are not far behind. So 564 is being added to the mix.

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It’s expensive to become a licensed driver in Washington State. There are permitting fees, driver's ed classes, testing and insurance costs. For foster children or their caregivers it’s often a significant hurdle.

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Democrat Adam Smith is running to keep his seat in Congress. He represents a district stretching from Redmond to Tacoma. But most of his campaign cash hasn't come from Washington state. It's come from the Washington, D.C., area.

A group of natural gas utilities in Washington Friday filed the third legal challenge this week to new state limits on global warming pollution. The private utility companies Cascade Natural Gas, NW Natural, Avista and Puget Sound Energy filed the latest challenge in Thurston County Superior Court.

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The Washington State Historical Society honored NWPR's own Anna King, Kai-Huei Yau and Doug Gast Saturday, September 24 with the David Douglas Award for their Daughters of Hanford series.


If you thought the battle over pornography ended with The People vs. Larry Flynt, think again. Utah has taken the step of declaring pornography a public health threat much like tobacco. And now it’s on the agenda in Washington state.

Three people are suing the State of Washington over the response to 2014’s Carlton Complex fire. The fire, initially called the Golden Hike fire, was started by lightning. Plaintiffs David and Deannis Schulz and John Clees say it started as just a few acres and that the state could have contained it.

Supporters of a citizens’ initiative to create a new tax on carbon emissions in Washington state have delivered most of the petition signatures they need to put their issue before the legislature -- and then on the 2016 ballot.

Another Washington state juvenile killer sentenced to serve life without parole will be set free next year. This follows a U.S. Supreme Court ruling and passage of a new Washington state law.

A Washington state lawmaker who has been trying to make paid family leave available to all workers said a new federal grant will be a big help.