Northwest News Network

Democrats have held control of the Washington state House of Representatives for more than a decade. But after Tuesday night’s election that grip could be much less firm.

The Republican capture of the U.S. Senate was the big national news last night. But in the Northwest, the toughest fights weren’t over Senate seats but ballot initiatives – on guns, pot and genetically engineered foods.

Oregon voters have rejected a top two primary. Measure 90 would have created a nonpartisan primary for all candidates.

John Kitzhaber is headed back to office for an unprecedented fourth term as Oregon Governor.

Washington voters have overwhelmingly approved a ballot measure to expand background checks for person-to-person gun sales and transfers.

Washington Democrats appear to have failed in their bid to retake control of the state Senate. Republicans were also poised to pick up seats in the Democratically-controlled Washington House.

The U.S. Senate has flipped to Republican control. Workers and managers at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation are watching to see what the change could mean for cleanup in southeast Washington.

A woman from the central Oregon Coast was arraigned in Lincoln County Circuit Court Tuesday afternoon on charges of murder and manslaughter in the death of her son.

The campaigns are winding down and the ballot counting is about to begin. But in Washington state, we may not know the results of close races until later this week.

We know dogs love to get praise, but don’t like to be shamed. Turns out, voters are kind of similar. That’s why get-out-the-vote efforts these days often include a bit of psychology.

It’s election week. Northwest election officials project 60 percent of registered voters are likely to cast a ballot this mid-term election.

Federal wild horse specialists from Idaho and Oregon have been trained in how to shoot birth control darts into the rumps of wild horses.

Each day now, travelers are arriving home to the Northwest who may have been exposed to Ebola. In Oregon, a woman who has come back from West Africa was just hospitalized Friday with a fever. 

This has been a record-setting year in Oregon when it comes to election spending.

Washington state has strict campaign contribution limits. But candidates and political donors are experts at finding ways around those caps.

The Republican running for Oregon governor is dialing up the rhetoric against incumbent Democrat John Kitzhaber.

The battle for control of the Washington state Senate is getting a lot of attention. But all Washington House members are also up for re-election this year.

The Chinese government approved market access to Northwest apples Wednesday after a two-year market closure.

Washington’s rail safety regulator says there are about 3,000 rail crossings in the state that inspectors have never looked at. That's because they're on private land.

Growing populations of wild horses in the inland Northwest are creating headaches for federal land managers. Wild and feral horse herds overrun tribal lands in our region too.

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