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The state of Washington is on a hiring spree for forensic psychologists. They’re needed to help address a backlog of mentally ill jail inmates whose competency to stand trial is in question.

An Anchorage-based commuter airline is opening a new hub in Portland. Peninsula Airways, better known as PenAir, is a well-established Alaska carrier that only recently branched out to the Lower 48.

Anti-abortion groups are calling for an investigation into Planned Parenthood, and now, state and federal lawmakers are getting involved.

When it comes to watering your lawn during drought and wildfire season, what’s the sweet spot between water conservation and fire hazard?

More Uber Than Bus: Salem's New Transit Service

Jul 28, 2015

What if the bus came when you called it? You have to plan ahead a little, but that’s the idea with a re-booted bus service in Salem, Oregon.

Backers of a crowdfunding project from 2012 say they’re suddenly receiving the product they were promised.

Seven Pacific Northwest veterans of World War II leave for Tokyo Thursday. They're carrying 70 captured Japanese flags to return for the 70th anniversary of the end of the war.

As drought conditions worsen across the state, Oregon Governor Kate Brown issued an executive order Tuesday to help conserve water.

Oregon Legal Pot Sales Begin October 1, Officially

Jul 28, 2015

Oregon marijuana dispensaries can begin selling marijuana as soon as October 1, under a law signed Tuesday by Governor Kate Brown.

Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson has won a $55,000 judgment against the backer of a Kickstarter campaign that failed to deliver. 

Pacific Northwest businesses have noticed an uptick in earthquake preparation sales and inquiries since the New Yorker wrote about an expected 9.0 magnitude earthquake.

The massive Blue Creek Fire near Walla Walla, Washington, is putting the city’s drinking water supply in jeopardy. The fire is burning along the area’s watershed line as fire crews work around the clock to contain it.

Oregon Department Of Human Services Director Resigns

Jul 24, 2015

For the third time since former governor John Kitzhaber resigned, an Oregon state agency will change directors. This time, it’s the Department of Human Services.

The state of Washington is under a federal court order to address the issue of mentally ill inmates languishing in jail. But the problem has actually gotten worse, not better.

Firefighters on the Blue Creek Fire burning just outside of Walla Walla are intensifying their fight to hold a line and keep the wildfire out of a watershed and residential area. Correspondent Anna King describes the scene:

Washington’s Liquor Control Board is getting a new name. Friday it will become the Liquor and Cannabis Board.

Even with 1,000 firefighters attacking it, the Blue Creek Fire eight miles east of Walla Walla, Washington, has grown to 5,500 acres since Monday.

The parent company of Alaska Airlines reported the highest quarterly profit in its history Thursday despite stiff competition in the Northwest skies.

One thousand firefighters are fighting the Blue Creek Fire Thursday about eight miles outside of Walla Walla, Washington.

The biggest crowd to ever watch a National Women's Soccer League match filled Providence Park in downtown Portland  Wednesday evening. More than 21,000 fans saw the Seattle Reign defeat the home team Portland Thorns 1-0.

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