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Northwest Public Radio is a participant and contributor in the Northwest News Network (N3), a collaboration of public radio stations in Washington, Oregon and Idaho. Our reporters bring a regional perspective to coverage of Northwest states government, environment, economy, and other news of widespread interest to residents of the Northwest. Regional news on Northwest Public Radio is a part of Morning Edition every weekday morning, and All Things Considered in the afternoons.

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Northwest Public Radio is a participant and contributor in the Northwest News Network (N3), a collaboration of public radio stations in Washington, Oregon and Idaho. Our reporters bring a regional perspective to coverage of Northwest states government, environment, economy, and other news of widespread interest to residents of the Northwest. Regional news on Northwest Public Radio is a part of Morning Edition every weekday morning, and All Things Considered in the afternoons.

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Northwest Public Radio is a participant and contributor in the Northwest News Network (N3), a collaboration of public radio stations in Washington, Oregon and Idaho. Our reporters bring a regional perspective to coverage of Northwest states government, environment, economy, and other news of widespread interest to residents of the Northwest. Regional news on Northwest Public Radio is a part of Morning Edition every weekday morning, and All Things Considered in the afternoons.

Inslee To Make Key Decision On Vancouver Oil-By-Rail Terminal

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In early 2018, Washington Gov. Jay Inslee will make a final decision on whether to permit the Vancouver Energy Project -- the largest proposed oil-by-rail terminal in the country.

Dec 22 2017

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Columbia Basin Landowners Fined $600,000 For Illegal Water Use

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Four landowners near Moses Lake, Washington, have been fined $618,000 for illegal water use . The water was pumped from the Odessa aquifer, which has been in severe decline for more than 30 years.

Dec 21 2017

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Speeding Amtrak Train Derails Despite $181 Million In Track Improvements

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The train ride from Seattle to Portland usually takes almost 4 hours. Amtrak passengers were supposed to be beneficiaries of a multimillion-dollar project aimed at making the trip a little faster. Instead, on Monday morning, they became victims.

Dec 19 2017

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Progress Made on Marijuana Intoxication Measurement Tool

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The legalization of marijuana in Washington has been terrific for the state’s coffers. According to the Department of Revenue, marijuana retailers totaled $1.2 billion in sales during fiscal year 2017. That’s about $4.8 million a day. The state’s share of that, in taxes, was about $227 million for the fiscal year.

Dec 16 2017

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Trump Administration Suspends Efforts To Bring Back North Cascades Grizzlies

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The Trump administration is suspending efforts to bolster the grizzly bear population in Washington’s North Cascades. That would leave this part of the mountain range with fewer than ten of the imperiled bears.

Dec 20 2017

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Former Washington Auditor Guilty Of Possession Of Stolen Property, Not Guilty Of Money Laundering

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Dec 21 2017

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Nostalgia Galore As 'Queen Of The Skies' Bids Farewell In U.S. Passenger Airline Fleets

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Dec 19 2017

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Investigation Shows Oregon Department Of Education Administrator Sexually Harassed Female Staffer

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Dec 14 2017

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Washington Eastside Legislators Weigh In On Proposed Carbon Tax

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Dec 16 2017

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Low-Level Contamination Escapes Demolition Site At Hanford

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Dec 19 2017

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Washington Voters Will Likely Get To Weigh In On Police Deadly Force

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Washington voters will likely get to weigh in on police use of deadly force. A ballot measure on that subject turned in around 360,000 voter signatures Thursday afternoon. That should be more than enough to qualify for consideration by the Washington Legislature and then probably go to the statewide ballot in 2018.

Dec 29 2017

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Study Estimates Wildfire Smoke Contributes To Tens Of Thousands Of Deaths

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The wildfires that burned through the Northwest this past summer caused hazy skies throughout Washington and Oregon. Air pollution from tiny particles released by fire is a known health hazard.

Dec 29 2017

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Census Data: Idaho Fastest Growing, Washington Adds Fourth Most People

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Northwest states are among the fastest growing in the country. And according to the latest census figures, it’s gaining people more than twice as fast as the national average. Migration to the region—rather than births—made up the bulk of population growth.

Dec 28 2017

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Seattle Housing Market Still Tops Chart As Nation's Hottest

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Home prices continued to climb in Seattle and Portland at some of the fastest rates in the country this year. The latest data show Seattle is still the nation’s hottest market. According to the Case-Shiller Home Price Index , the price of a typical single family home in Seattle rose twice as fast as the national average this year—nearly 12 percent. In Portland, home prices increased more than 6.5 percent.

Dec 27 2017

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2018 Brings Mandatory Sick Leave And Minimum Wage Increase For Washington Workers

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Workers in Washington are about to get a new benefit. Starting January 1, the state will require all employers to provide paid sick leave. It’s part of a law passed by voters in 2016 that also raises the state’s minimum wage.

Dec 27 2017

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Inslee To Make Key Decision On Vancouver Oil-By-Rail Terminal

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In early 2018, Washington Gov. Jay Inslee will make a final decision on whether to permit the Vancouver Energy Project -- the largest proposed oil-by-rail terminal in the country.

Dec 22 2017

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Columbia Basin Landowners Fined $600,000 For Illegal Water Use

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Four landowners near Moses Lake, Washington, have been fined $618,000 for illegal water use . The water was pumped from the Odessa aquifer, which has been in severe decline for more than 30 years.

Dec 21 2017

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Former Washington Auditor Guilty Of Possession Of Stolen Property, Not Guilty Of Money Laundering

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Former Washington State Auditor Troy Kelley has been found guilty of possession of stolen property, making false declarations and filing false tax returns, but not guilty of money laundering.

Dec 21 2017

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Trump Administration Suspends Efforts To Bring Back North Cascades Grizzlies

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The Trump administration is suspending efforts to bolster the grizzly bear population in Washington’s North Cascades. That would leave this part of the mountain range with fewer than ten of the imperiled bears.

Dec 20 2017

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Nostalgia Galore As 'Queen Of The Skies' Bids Farewell In U.S. Passenger Airline Fleets

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Nostalgia is flowing freely in the skies this week as Delta Air Lines takes its remaining Boeing 747 jumbo jets on a farewell tour. They're the last of the iconic jumbos in U.S. passenger service. The swan song stopped at Delta's main hubs, including SeaTac. It also landed at the jet’s birthplace, Boeing's wide body assembly plant in Everett.

Dec 19 2017

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Speeding Amtrak Train Derails Despite $181 Million In Track Improvements

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The train ride from Seattle to Portland usually takes almost 4 hours. Amtrak passengers were supposed to be beneficiaries of a multimillion-dollar project aimed at making the trip a little faster. Instead, on Monday morning, they became victims.

Dec 19 2017

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Low-Level Contamination Escapes Demolition Site At Hanford

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Dec 19 2017

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Washington Eastside Legislators Weigh In On Proposed Carbon Tax

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Dec 16 2017

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Environmental Protection Agency Awards Millions For Puget Sound Recovery

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Dec 16 2017

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Progress Made on Marijuana Intoxication Measurement Tool

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Washington Lawmakers Try To Entice Oregon Back To I-5 Bridge Talks

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'Astronomical' Cost Estimate For Portland-Seattle-Vancouver, BC Bullet Train

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Dec 15 2017

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New Spokane Ordinance Could Increase Transparency, Limit 'Dark Money' In Local Politics

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Dec 15 2017

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Dump The Pump (Tax)? Washington Joins Oregon In Pay-By-The-Mile Experiment

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Dec 14 2017

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Investigation Shows Oregon Department Of Education Administrator Sexually Harassed Female Staffer

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