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Democrats in the Washington state House have passed a $12 per hour minimum wage measure. The increase would phase-in over four years.

Some Northwest lawmakers want you to be able to drive faster. Bills in both Oregon and Washington would increase the speed limit on some sections of highway.

Skipping school is not a crime in Washington state, but it can still land a student behind bars.

A bill that would move Idaho’s presidential primaries up two months, into March, passed the state Senate Tuesday.

The Idaho Senate began with a Hindu prayer today, delivered in English and Sanskrit by guest chaplain Rajan Zed.

Oregon is one of a handful of states that doesn't restrict the sale of electronic cigarettes to minors. The Oregon House voted Monday to change that.

The Republican-led Washington Senate Monday approved a nearly 12-cents-per-gallon gas tax increase phased in over three years.

In January, the Washington state Senate adopted a rule requiring that new taxes pass the Senate by a two-thirds vote. Monday Lt. Governor Brad Owen tossed it out.

Owen said the super majority threshold runs afoul of the state constitution. Owen pointed to a 2013 Washington Supreme Court ruling that overturned a voter-approved super majority requirement for tax hikes.

Two experienced hikers arrived safe and sound at the Mexican border Sunday, four-and-a-half months after beginning their trek in the North Cascades.

The Washington House is expected to vote this week on a $12 per hour minimum wage.

When temperatures rise this spring, you're bound to hear the occasional sad tale of a dog locked in a hot car in the sun.

Oregon lawmakers are set to open debate on the biggest chunk of the state budget.

Oregon's troubled health insurance exchange is one step closer to being dismantled.

The state probe into ethics allegations against former Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber is being halted, at least for now.

A panel in the Idaho Senate introduced a bill that would increase the state’s minimum wage to $9.25 an hour -- a $2 per hour increase -- by next year. 

Kate Brown became Governor of Oregon without the messy business of running a campaign.

Thousands of people are expected to start long distance treks on the Pacific Crest Trail this year.

Oregon's new governor Kate Brown said Thursday that votes she took as a state lawmaker aren't necessarily a sign of where she stands on present-day issues.

The family of a man shot by police in Pasco, Washington, this month is challenging police investigators’ autopsy findings.

Washington lawmakers are approaching the halfway mark of their 105-day session. Hot issues include marijuana, mental health, oil trains and cap-and-trade.

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