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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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4:11 pm
Wed September 17, 2014

Unemployment Rate Holds Steady In August In Washington State

The latest reading on unemployment in Washington state shows the rate holding steady in August at 5.6 percent. That's half a percentage point below the national rate according to a report from Washington's employment department Wednesday.

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5:25 pm
Tue September 16, 2014

Federal Government To Award Grants To Remember WWII Japanese Internment Sites

Laura Ng, the onsite crew chief in the summer of 2013 at the Kooskia site in Idaho.
Stacey Camp

Originally published on Wed September 17, 2014 9:18 am

After the bombing of Pearl Harbor in 1941, U.S. government officials rounded up Japanese-Americans and sent them to harsh, ill-equipped camps. Now, the National Park Service has announced $3 million in new grants to help preserve that important history.

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4:37 pm
Tue September 16, 2014

Suspected Enterovirus Outbreak Widens In Northwest

Public health authorities in Washington and Idaho are now investigating at least 79 cases of a serious respiratory illness that affects children.

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4:17 pm
Tue September 16, 2014

Oregon Fire Season 'Continues To Push And Challenge'

A view of the 36 Pit Fire From Highway 224 near Estacada, Oregon.

A wildfire near Estacada, Oregon, southeast of Portland, has grown to more than 3,500 acres and threatens more than 160 homes.

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4:03 pm
Tue September 16, 2014

Idaho Resort Town Says Killing Wolves Is Bad For Its Bottom Line

The city of Ketchum, Idaho, is asking the state to consider alternatives to killing wolf populations.

The resort town of Ketchum, Idaho, is asking the state to back off on killing wolves. They say it’s bad for business.

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5:53 pm
Mon September 15, 2014

Oregon Could Implement Retirement Plan For Private-Sector Workers

Oregon State Treasurer Ted Wheeler

Oregonians could have another option when it comes to saving for the future.

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5:32 pm
Mon September 15, 2014

PACs Face Quirk In Washington Law Before They Can Spend Money

File photo of climate activist Tom Steyer

California billionaire Tom Steyer is poised to help Democrats try to win back control of the Washington Senate.

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