Northwest News

Northwest News

The Washington Senate chamber sits empty before the start of the legislative session on January 11, 2021. CREDIT: Austin Jenkins/N3

Washington State Dems Push For Capital Gains In A Year When ‘Tax’ Doesn’t Seem Like A Bad Word

Even as the state of Washington’s revenue picture improves, majority Democrats in the Legislature appear committed to a course that will, one way or another, involve raising taxes this year. Not necessarily to balance a recession-era budget, but instead to reform a tax code they view as regressive and to address gaps and inequities exposed by the global pandemic. Continue Reading Washington State Dems Push For Capital Gains In A Year When ‘Tax’ Doesn’t Seem Like A Bad Word

Read More »
Electrical grid transmission towers in Pasadena, Calif. Major power outages from extreme weather have risen dramatically in the past two decades. CREDIT: John Antczak/AP

It’s Not Just Texas. The Energy Grid Needs An Upgrade – Including In The Northwest

The Texas blackout is another reminder that more frequent, climate-driven extreme weather puts stress on the country’s electricity grid. It came just months after outages in California aimed at preventing wildfires. Compounding this, electricity likely will be even more important in coming years amid a push to electrify cars and homes to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. That has many grid experts saying it’s time to upgrade the country’s electricity infrastructure. Continue Reading It’s Not Just Texas. The Energy Grid Needs An Upgrade – Including In The Northwest

Read More »
Idaho’s four college and university presidents — Idaho State University President Kevin Satterlee, University of Idaho President C. Scott Green, Boise State University President Marlene Tromp and Lewis-Clark State College President Cynthia Pemberton — had discussed a possible tuition freeze since spring. Sami Edge/Idaho Education News.

The Showdown Over Higher Education Funding In Idaho Begins At The Statehouse This Week

The big battle will center on the four-year schools: Boise State University, the University of Idaho, Idaho State University and Lewis-Clark State College. After JFAC agrees on a number, the higher ed budget will have to get through the House — where hardline conservatives are poised to continue a fight that began last legislative session. It took three tries to get a higher ed budget through the House in 2020, and that’ll work if you’re looking for an over-under for the 2021 legislative endgame. Continue Reading The Showdown Over Higher Education Funding In Idaho Begins At The Statehouse This Week

Read More »
pedestrians walk pas an outdoor dining outside patio

U.S. Coronavirus Cases Dropped Dramatically Since January, But Can We Keep Them Down?

With coronavirus infections on a steady, six weeks long descent in the U.S., it’s clear the worst days of the brutal winter surge have waned. Yet researchers are still not sure how sustainable the decline is. And a small but concerning uptick in cases in the last three days has health officials on edge. Continue Reading U.S. Coronavirus Cases Dropped Dramatically Since January, But Can We Keep Them Down?

Read More »
Protesters object to the sentencing of Oregon ranchers Dwight and Steven Hammond during a rally in Burns, Oregon, on June 2, 2016. CREDIT: AMELIA TEMPLETON

Interior Department Rescinds Grazing Rights For Hammond Family, Reversing Trump Admin’s Decision

It reverses the decision by former President Donald Trump’s Interior secretary, David Bernhardt. He had granted the permit to Dwight and Steven Hammond on Trump’s final day in office. The permit gave the Hammonds the right to graze livestock on public land for 10 years. Continue Reading Interior Department Rescinds Grazing Rights For Hammond Family, Reversing Trump Admin’s Decision

Read More »
Oregon senators convene at the Capitol on Monday, Dec. 21, 2020 during a one-day special session to address specific COVID-19 relief issues. Protesters against coronavirus safety measures broke doors and tried to force their way inside. CREDIT: Dirk VanderHart/OPB

For 3rd Straight Year, Oregon Senate Republicans Stage Walkout To Stop Legislative Business

Criticizing a session they say is moving too quickly, Republicans refused to attend a floor session of the Oregon House on Tuesday evening. Lawmakers showed up to the House chamber at 6 p.m. with Rep. Cheri Helt, R-Bend, the only Republican in attendance. Continue Reading For 3rd Straight Year, Oregon Senate Republicans Stage Walkout To Stop Legislative Business

Read More »
A cracked road from an earthquake

When ‘The Big One’ Hits The Northwest, What Could You Do With A Few Seconds Warning?

Smartphone users who opted in to a test of the West Coast earthquake early warning system got an early taste on Thursday of what is to come. Mobile phones from Seattle to Olympia blared with an alarm for imaginary incoming shaking. The earthquake warning system — already operational in California — will launch for the general public in Oregon on March 11 and statewide in Washington in May. Continue Reading When ‘The Big One’ Hits The Northwest, What Could You Do With A Few Seconds Warning?

Read More »
Washington State Supreme Court building in Olympia. CREDIT: TONY OVERMAN

Washington Supreme Court Strikes Down State’s Felony Drug Possession Law

In a decision with implications for tens of thousands of cases dating back decades, the Washington Supreme Court on Thursday struck down the state’s felony drug possession law because — unlike the laws of every other state — it did not require prosecutors to prove someone knowingly or intentionally possessed drugs. Continue Reading Washington Supreme Court Strikes Down State’s Felony Drug Possession Law

Read More »

Connect With Us

Mission
Northwest Public Broadcasting strives to bring programs of the Northwest by the Northwest and for the Northwest that engage, enlighten and entertain.

Ethics
Northwest Public Broadcasting embraces the ideals of the Society of Professional Journalists’ Code of Ethics.

In all things we do, we strive to seek truth and report it; minimize harm; act independently and fairly; and be accountable and transparent to the public.

Additionally, we seek to inform, engage, enlighten and entertain the public while keeping in mind the highest standards outlined by the NPR ethics handbook.