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9:38 am
Thu September 25, 2014

Two Political Veterans Headline Oregon Governor's Race

Incumbent John Kitzhaber, left, is seeking re-election against challenger Dennis Richardson.

The race for Oregon governor is a battle between two political veterans. Incumbent Democrat John Kitzhaber is seeking an unprecedented fourth term. Republican Dennis Richardson is hoping for a promotion from his long-held seat in the Oregon House.

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9:36 am
Thu September 25, 2014

Marijuana Sales Get Underway, But Youth Prevention Campaign Months Away

People are lining up to buy legal marijuana in Washington state. Now the question is how to convince kids not to touch the stuff.

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6:36 pm
Wed September 24, 2014

Media Vow To Fight Rule Requiring Permit To Film On Public Land

A view of the Middle Fork Salmon River in the Frank Church, River of No Return Wilderness, Idaho.

The U.S. Forest Service is developing a rule that would let it decide whether the media could film or take photos in wilderness areas.

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9:30 am
Wed September 24, 2014

Washington State's Largest Wildfire Not Big Enough To Merit More Federal Assistance

A rancher surveys the fire damage in the Methow Valley near Twisp, Washington.

People of the Methow Valley and the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation were hoping for more money to rebuild hundreds of lost homes and livelihoods.

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9:26 am
Wed September 24, 2014

Concern About Oil Spills In Inland Northwest Rises With Rail Traffic

File photo of an oil train

The coast has generally been considered the area of the Northwest most at risk for a catastrophic oil spill. But the rise in oil moving through the region by rail has raised the stakes for some inland areas.

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5:19 pm
Tue September 23, 2014

Washington Pays Out $48M In Liability Claims In FY 2014

An annual report released Tuesday revealed that Washington paid a total of $48 million in tort claim payments last fiscal year to people who were somehow harmed by the state.

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Election 2014
8:26 am
Tue September 23, 2014

California Climate Activist Dumps $1M Into Washington State

File photo of California billionaire and climate activist Tom Steyer

California billionaire and climate activist Tom Steyer has dumped $1 million into Washington state.

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4:55 pm
Mon September 22, 2014

Oregon Cities Consider Taxes On Recreational Marijuana

A number of Oregon cities are considering imposing their own local taxes on legal marijuana sales.

Some Oregon cities are setting themselves up for a possible legal battle if Oregon voters approve a marijuana legalization initiative this fall.

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4:47 pm
Mon September 22, 2014

Lawsuit, Legal Claims Ongoing At Oso Six-Month Anniversary

A view of the hillside that unleashed a torrent of mud and destruction near Oso, Washington, on March 22, 2014.

Six months after 43 people lost their lives in the Oso landslide, nearly 60 legal claims have been filed against the state of Washington.

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6:00 am
Mon September 22, 2014

What's For Dinner? How 'Bout Nutria, Bullfrog Legs, Sorrel And Carp

Chef Hamid Serdani serves a feral pig chop on a bed of mashed potatoes and sauteed dandelion greens with a blackberry balsamic curry sauce at the 2013 edition of the invasive species cook-off.
Cassandra Profita OPB

Originally published on Mon September 22, 2014 9:13 am

On September 28, several hundred people are expected to gather at a vineyard near Salem, Oregon, to chew on the problem of invasive species.

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1:00 pm
Sun September 21, 2014

Fundraisers Galore As Washington Campaigns Kick Into High Gear

File photo of the Washington Capitol Building in Olympia

Originally published on Mon September 22, 2014 9:12 am

The 2014 election is about six weeks away. That means campaigns are kicking into high gear and asking their funders to help them cross the finish line.

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6:27 pm
Fri September 19, 2014

Wealthy Individuals Bankroll Washington Campaigns

Originally published on Mon September 22, 2014 10:31 am

So far this year, business interests have contributed more than $16 million to political campaigns and committees in Washington.

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5:35 pm
Fri September 19, 2014

Oregon Voters To Consider Legalizing Recreational Marijuana

File photo. Measure 91 chief petitioner Anthony Johnson prepares to drop off initiative signatures at the state capitol in June.

Oregonians will decide this fall whether to legalize recreational marijuana. Measure 91 would allow adults in Oregon to grow, possess, and sell marijuana under state regulation.

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9:17 am
Fri September 19, 2014

Alaska Airlines Schedules More Rescue Flights From Mexico

Passengers board an Alaska Airlines jet on the hurricane-hit Baja Peninsula.

Seattle-based Alaska Airlines plans to launch five more jets Friday to evacuate American vacationers from Los Cabos, Mexico.

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6:05 pm
Thu September 18, 2014

Washington State Employees Negotiate First Pay Raises In 6 Years

File photo of the Washington State Capitol in Olympia.

Washington state employees have not had a cost-of-living raise in six years. But that could change in the next budget cycle.

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5:49 pm
Thu September 18, 2014

Marijuana Tax Collections Starting To Roll In, Millions More Expected

The first year of legal pot sales in Washington state is expected to generate about $25 million in fees and taxes.

In a manner of speaking, millions of dollars of "drug money" is starting to flow into Washington state coffers.

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5:37 pm
Thu September 18, 2014

Chinook Salmon Head Up The Columbia In Big Numbers

Retired Hanford pipe fitter Melvin Miller, 60, was fishing early for Chinook salmon on the Columbia River near Columbia Point Marina in Richland, Washington.

Fisheries experts say the return of Chinook salmon to the Columbia River may not quite break records this fall as expected.

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3:58 pm
Thu September 18, 2014

Alaska Airlines Launching Rescue Flights To Mexico

Vacationers eager to get out of Los Cabos, Mexico, lined up on the tarmac Wednesday.

Seattle-based Alaska Airlines is dispatching jets Thursday to evacuate American vacationers from Los Cabos, Mexico.

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Gay Marriage
9:25 am
Thu September 18, 2014

Lawyers In Idaho Gay Marriage Case Expect To Meet Again At High Court

File photo of the James R. Browning U.S. Court of Appeals Building in San Francisco.

The fate of Idaho's voter-approved ban on same-sex marriage is in the hands of the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals. 

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6:27 pm
Wed September 17, 2014

Oregon Gubernatorial Candidates Hit The Airwaves

Both of Oregon's major-party candidates for governor plan to blanket the airwaves this fall.

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