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Washington’s 2015 legislative session doesn’t start until January 12, but already lawmakers have pre-filed dozens of proposed laws.

If you live in Washington state and you like your license plates, starting January 1, you’ll get to keep them.

Farmers in Idaho say hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of beef, potatoes, apples, cheese and other products are languishing in storage because of problems at West Coast ports.

A perennial bill in the Oregon legislature is banning studded tires. Or taxing them because they chew up the roads.

Across the Northwest, some families will spend Christmas in rented mobile homes where the living conditions are marginal at best and dangerous at worst.

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is due to be briefed on a report detailing the disappearance of Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl.

An environmental cleanup company with engineering headquarters in Richland, Washington, has just flown its second water treatment system to Japan with a massive plane.

For the Northwest wine industry this is crunch time. A massive rail and trucking facility in southeast Washington is pushing its final shipments out to arrive on store shelves before the New Year.

Washington Governor Jay Inslee said Thursday, "it is time to reinvest in Washington." He proposed that the state adopt a new capital-gains tax to help fund a $39 billion two-year budget that would prioritize education, union-negotiated pay raises for state employees, and avoid what the Democratic governor calls “devastating” cuts to corrections, higher education and social services.

Northwest farmers and orchardists are among the potential beneficiaries if the U.S. and Cuba normalize their relationship and the trade embargo ends.

A new Census Bureau report out Wednesday indicates the economic recovery is lifting children out of poverty unevenly around the Northwest.

Oregon has failed in its attempt to recover millions from a bad investment in a for-profit university.

Washington Governor Jay Inslee has been on a three-day road show to showcase his plans for education, transportation and climate change.

Washington and Oregon's latest unemployment numbers offer a paradox.

A slowdown at Western ports is now aggravating farmers across the Northwest.

A new report by the federal Government Accountability Office calls for a better plan for leaking tanks of waste at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation in Washington state.

Oregon is gearing up for a year-long process of crafting regulations for recreational marijuana.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is making a high-stakes bet that it will prevail in a pending lawsuit over Snake River dredging.

Northwest potato farmers are cheering a small provision tucked into the newly passed federal spending package.

The state of Washington has good cyber security standards, but state agencies don’t always adhere to those standards.

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