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
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?
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
Washington Gov. Jay Inslee said none of the state’s regions will revert back to more restrictive COVID-19 requirements under the state’s economic reopening plan under a pause in potential rollbacks the Democratic governor announced Thursday amid dropping case counts. Continue Reading Governor Says No Washington Counties Will Move Back To Phase 1 Of Reopening – Yet
Following a year of frequent armed protests, some of which turned violent, the Washington Senate voted Thursday to ban the open carry of firearms at the state Capitol and within 250 feet of permitted demonstrations anywhere in the state. Continue Reading Washington Senate Votes To Ban Open Carry Of Guns At Capitol And Public Demonstrations
Police recommend hazing charges for two WSU students, including an Alpha Tau Omega fraternity member who acted as a “big brother” to Samuel Martinez, who died in November 2019. Martinez’s family previously sued the fraternity and university. Continue Reading Pullman Police Recommend Misdemeanor Charges In 2019 Alcohol-Related Death Of WSU Student
Costco plans to edge up its starting wage to $16 an hour starting next week, CEO W. Craig Jelinek said on Thursday, revealing plans that would propel his company ahead of most of its retail competitors. Continue Reading Washington-Based Costco To Raise Minimum Wage To $16 An Hour: ‘This Isn’t Altruism,’ CEO Says
This year marks a milestone for the state’s legal pot industry. For the first time since voters approved recreational pot use nine years ago, the state of Washington is expected to collect more than $1 billion in marijuana sales taxes and fees over the course of its next two-year budget cycle. Continue Reading How $1 Billion In Legal Marijuana Sales Gets Spent In Washington State
The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife Commission recently approved a new rule that could soon grant George’s wish. But the rule is not without controversy. Many conservationists worry that training more hound handlers could put a strain on Washington’s cougar population and lead to catastrophic unintended consequences for the big cats. Continue Reading New Rule Allowing Hound Training For Cougar Tracking Highlights Wildlife-Human Challenges
Washington’s sprawling Capitol campus features war memorials, a granite monument to fallen police officers, a replica of a Roman-style fountain and a brass sundial. As soon as this summer a new monument will join the collection. It will honor George Bush, Washington’s first Black pioneer, along with his son, William Owen Bush, who was the state’s first Black lawmaker, and their family. Continue Reading New Monument At Washington State Capitol Will Honor Black Pioneer George Bush And Family
Deepening polarization is eroding faith in the electoral and democratic process on which our democracy depends. What can we do to cultivate mutual respect, repair damaged relationships, and reweave a civic fabric frayed from years of growing division? In this episode, produced by NWPB, we discuss working and speaking together in the Northwest in a climate that is increasingly difficult to do so. Continue Reading How Do We ‘Bridge The Divide’ Across The Northwest? We Ask That In Re:Building Democracy
Congresswoman Deb Haaland would be not just the first Native American Interior Secretary, but also the first in a presidential cabinet. She faced tough — and, at times, misguided — questioning from Republican lawmakers worried about the president’s climate goals. Continue Reading Interior Nominee Deb Haaland Faces Tough Questions On Climate Goals
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