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Oregon and Washington lawmakers flinched within hours of each other Wednesday when it came to toughening mandatory vaccination requirements for schoolchildren.

Oregon’s new secretary of state, Democrat Jeanne Atkins, took the oath of office at the state capitol Wednesday.

Washington lawmakers face a 5 p.m. deadline Wednesday to pass bills out of their House of origin.

Supporters of “knife rights” are urging Idaho lawmakers to pass a bill that would keep cities and counties from restricting the possession and sale of knives.

A group of Republican lawmakers in Idaho is offering a plan they say could raise up to $81 million for road and bridge repairs by next year.

Freedom could be just weeks away for the youngest person in the U.S. sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.

Former Oregon Attorney General and University of Oregon President Dave Frohnmayer died Monday night.

Idaho school districts say the state needs to offer better pay if it’s going to attract qualified teachers -- or keep the ones it has.

Northwest lawmakers are considering whether to make it harder for parents to opt out of immunizing their children.

Mental health is one of the top issues in the Washington legislature this year. Several measures cleared the Washington House Monday in advance of a Wednesday cut-off deadline.

Elected officials in Idaho do not need permits to carry concealed weapons.

Oregon drivers could soon be ticketed if they don't use their headlights when their windshield wipers are on.

What if you showed your driver’s license to verify your credit card, buy a drink or get on a plane -- and it wasn't accepted?

Washington lawmakers face some long workdays as they try to beat the cut-off to move bills to out of their chamber of origin. Bills that don’t move on die.

Oregon's new Secretary of State will be Jeanne Atkins, a long-time political staffer who's never held elected office. Governor Kate Brown made the announcement Friday

Nationally, there’s a push to outlaw incarceration of students for skipping school and other non-criminal behavior and use alternatives.

But some judges are reluctant to give detention up.

School districts in Washington are required to file a truancy petition with juvenile court when a student is chronically absent. Grays Harbor County Superior Court Judge David Edwards believes detention is one way to get a kid who’s not following court orders back on track.

'I think you need a tune-up'

Legislative Democrats in Oregon are keeping their promise to quickly use their larger majorities to their advantage.

Washington state Senator Jim Honeyford of Yakima has apologized after using the term “colored” to refer to people of color.

The number of registered voters in Oregon could soon increase dramatically.

For the first time, the Washington state Senate has passed a version of “Joel’s Law.”

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