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Brian Phillips spent 71 days in solitary confinement this summer. He was locked up in the Thurston County Jail near Olympia, Washington, after he went off his psychiatric medication and had several run-ins with police.

Speed limits are going up on many eastern Oregon highways next year. But higher speeds will mean fewer chances to pass on the region's two-lane roads.

The lawyer for indicted Washington State Auditor Troy Kelley has more than 80,000 pages of transcripts, witness statements and documents to wade through.

The Washington State Patrol said security at the governor’s mansion in Olympia has been improved in the wake of two breaches.

Chinese President Xi Jinping will make a state visit to the U.S. next week. The first item on the itinerary is a two-day stopover in western Washington.

Minimum wage workers in Oregon won't see a pay raise next year. State Labor Commissioner Brad Avakian announced Wednesday that Oregon's minimum wage will hold steady for the first time since 2010.

The state unemployment rate in Washington and Oregon was falling at a steady pace in recent years. But lately it's stuck.

The state of Oregon has updated its master plan for what to do in case of a major earthquake and tsunami.

Pasco Teachers End Strike With New Contract

Sep 14, 2015

High-fives and cheers of “hallelujah” rang out in the halls of Pasco High School Monday as teachers approved a new contract with the Pasco School District.

A security breach at the Washington governor’s mansion on August 7, 2013 was more serious than first reported. Records obtained from the Washington State Patrol reveal the trespasser broke a window before he was arrested at gunpoint.

After two weeks on the picket line and several trips to court, teachers in Pasco, Washington, have reached a tentative agreement to end their strike.

Over the weekend, vampires were afoot in a small town on Washington’s Olympic Peninsula. Fans of a bestselling teen vampire romance series flooded into the town of Forks from all over the country.

Pasco Teachers Union Faces $2,000 Daily Fines For Strike

Sep 11, 2015

There were gasps in the Franklin County Courthouse Friday as a judge imposed daily fines against the teachers' union in Pasco, Washington.

Washington State Auditor Troy Kelley has pleaded not guilty -- again. The indicted Democrat was arraigned Friday morning in federal court in Tacoma on a revised 17-count indictment.

The perimeter surrounding Washington’s governor’s mansion has been breached twice by trespassers since 2013. The incidents were not publicized at the time.

Demonstrators in Pasco, Washington, are holding a vigil Thursday at a bakery in memory of Antonio Zambrano-Montes. He was shot by police seven months ago on a corner near the bakery.

While school was canceled for the second day in Seattle, a teachers’ strike in Pasco, Washington, is stretching into its second week.

A southwest Washington man has pleaded guilty to poaching bigleaf maple trees from U.S. Forest Service land. Ryan Anthony Justice entered his plea Thursday in federal court in Tacoma.

The campaign season is officially underway in Oregon. Thursday was the first day that candidates could file to run in next May's primary.

The FBI has seized a $900,000 legal retainer fee paid by indicted Washington State Auditor Troy Kelley. They said the money came from alleged ill-gotten gains related to Kelley’s former real estate services business.