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House speaker doesn’t see movement toward budget compromise

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The speaker of the Alaska House says Gov. Mike Dunleavy is sending mixed messages on his willingness to work with lawmakers on a budget package. Speaker Bryce Edgmon says his takeaway from private meetings with Dunleavy is that Dunleavy is open to discussions. But Edgmon says he doesn’t see movement toward […]
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Bill limiting crop damage payments to farmers passes House

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Legislation to limit how much the Idaho Department of Fish and Game has to pay ranchers and farmers for damage to crops caused by elk, deer and other big game is headed to Gov. Brad Little. The House on Friday voted 54-12 to approve the bill that would cap the amount […]
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Lane County deputy resigns amid misconduct investigations

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — Authorities say a Lane County Sheriff’s Office deputy has resigned amid criminal and internal investigations. Lane County Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Carrie Carver says 43-year-old deputy Bryan Holiman of Eugene resigned Thursday after about 18 years with the sheriff’s office. Carver says the sheriff’s office received a complaint in November that Holiman […]
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Don Benton, former Trump campaign chair in Washington state, cleared in ethics complaint

Don Benton is a former state senator from Vancouver who chaired Donald Trump's campaign in Washington in 2016. After the election he was appointed to head the Selective Service System.
Tags: Local News, Local Politics, Nation & World Politics, Northwest


1 dead after armed robbery suspects crash near Albany

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — One armed robbery suspect is dead and two others are seriously hurt after authorities said they tried to flee and crashed their car. KOIN reports that Oregon State Police said troopers found a car reported stolen out of Eugene on I-5 near Albany shortly before 6:30 p.m. Thursday. The car and […]
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Senate OKs bill to make Idaho initiative process tougher

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Legislation that would dramatically toughen the requirements to get an initiative or referendum on the Idaho ballot has narrowly passed the Senate. Senators voted 18-17 on Friday to send to the House the bill put forward by Republican Sen. Scott Grow. The bill would require those seeking ballot initiatives to get […]
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Itchy eyes and scratchy throat? Welcome to Western Washington’s tree pollen allergy season

This week's batch of warm, dry weather also meant the trees just dropped a fat load of pollen, creating distress for allergy sufferers. Saturday's rain should bring temporary relief, but pollen counts are expected to be high again next week.
Tags: Health, Local News, Northwest, Science, Weather


Police arrest man accused of assaulting child

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Authorities say they arrested a man accused of sexually assaulting a child in a public bathroom. KOIN reports that a 6-year-old boy said he was assaulted in a restroom at the Pioneer Place Mall in downtown Portland around 3:20 p.m. on March 17. Officers released a photograph of the suspect and […]
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Five years after deadly Oso landslide, relatives of victims say memorial is ‘form of healing’

A ceremony will take place Friday morning near the Steelhead Haven neighborhood that was wiped out by the 2014 landslide to dedicate a new mailbox sculpture and "Oso Slide Memorial Highway."
Tags: Local News, Nation, Northwest


Fatal crash involving bus and car on I-90 near North Bend

Washington State Patrol troopers are on their way to a fatal crash involving a King County Metro bus and a car on Interstate 90 east of Highway 18, near North Bend. This post will be updated as we learn more information.
Tags: Eastside, Local News, Northwest, Traffic Lab


Judge says Idaho prisons must reveal execution drug source

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A judge says Idaho prison officials must release several execution-related documents, including some that will reveal where the state obtained the lethal injection drugs used in its last execution. Fourth District Judge Lynn Norton made the ruling Thursday, finding that Idaho Department of Correction officials acted frivolously and withheld the records […]
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Ex-teacher gets prison for repeated sexual abuse of student

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A former Tigard High School teacher and coach admitted to repeatedly sexually abusing a student and was sentenced to two years in prison. The Oregonian/OregonLive reports 41-year-old Marcus D. Jolley pleaded guilty in Washington County Circuit Court to second-degree sexual abuse and was sentenced Thursday. He admitted to sexual contact with […]
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Effort to keep Washington kids from dropping out gets $2M grant to help 25,000 more students

Communities in Schools of Washington, a nonprofit that links students in danger of dropping out with services to help, is getting a grant from the Ballmer Group to expand its reach.
Tags: Education, Education Lab, Local News, Northwest


2 arrested after bank robbery, shootout by Oregon coast

CLOVERDALE, Ore. (AP) — A man and woman from the Salem area were arrested after police say they robbed a bank at gunpoint in Tillamook County and later got into a shootout with police. Oregon State Police say the robbery was reported at a U.S. Bank in Cloverdale around 11:30 a.m. Thursday. Police say the […]
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Oregon man gets 31-year sentence for sexually abusing child

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — An Oregon man was sentenced to 31 years in prison for sexually abusing a child. KPTV-TV reports 42-year-old Leo Gabonia was sentenced Tuesday after he was convicted last week on eight abuse-related charges, including first-degree sex abuse. Washington County prosecutors say the 9-year-old victim reported the abuse to a family member, […]
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Alaska man witnesses pack of wild dogs attacking muskox

BETHEL, Alaska (AP) — A man riding his snowmobile in western Alaska says he came across an “unbelievable” sight — a pack of wild dogs attacking a young muskox. KYUK-AM reports Jimmie Lincoln was riding near Toksook Bay on Tuesday when he witnessed three or four big, black and aggressive-looking dogs taking down what appeared […]
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Wyoming governor planning grizzly ‘summit’ with other states

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — Wyoming’s governor says he has spoken with governors of neighboring states about the possibility of holding a grizzly summit. The Casper Star-Tribune reported Thursday that Wyoming Gov. Mark Gordon says he met with the governors of Montana and Idaho to discuss convening a summit to address the growing population of grizzly […]
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Alaska bistro marked by racist graffiti, reference to Trump

HOMER, Alaska (AP) — An Alaska restaurant has been targeted by racist graffiti that also included a reference to President Donald Trump. The Homer News reported Thursday that the owners of Wasabi’s Bistro near Homer found racist messages that had been painted Wednesday night or Thursday morning. Police say the owners reported the orange spray […]
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Dunleavy keeps open court seat, questions nomination process

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Gov. Mike Dunleavy has declined to fill for now a seat on the Palmer Superior Court, citing questions with the process used in sending nominees to him for consideration. Dunleavy sent a letter to the Alaska Judicial Council saying he believed there were qualified candidates that the council “inexplicably” did not […]
Tags: News, Ap, Northwest, Mike Dunleavy, Juneau Alaska, Dunleavy, Alaska Judicial Council, Palmer Superior Court


Bill increases penalty for attacking Idaho parks officers

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Legislation to increase penalties for a person who attacks an Idaho Parks and Recreation employee authorized to enforce state laws is heading to Gov. Brad Little. The House voted 37-28 on Thursday to approve the change to make the punishment for assaulting an Idaho parks compliance enforcement officer the same as […]
Tags: News, Idaho, House, Bill, Northwest, Boise, Idaho AP, Idaho Parks


Investigators focus on background of suspect in Kittitas County deputy’s slaying

Juan Manuel Flores Del Toro was in the U.S. on an expired agriculture visa when he led police in a chase Tuesday night that ended in a deadly shootout in the town of Kittitas.
Tags: Crime, News, Local News, Northwest, Kittitas County, Juan Manuel Flores Del Toro


Oregon Department of Human Services confirms data breach

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — The Oregon Department of Human Services says that a data breach may have exposed the personal information of the 1.6 million residents the department serves. The department said on Thursday it isn’t sure exactly how many people had their information exposed after nearly 2 million employee emails were made vulnerable to […]
Tags: News, Northwest, SALEM Ore AP, Oregon Department of Human Services


Couple sues neighbors over snow piled in driveway

BEND, Ore. (AP) — February’s record-breaking snowstorms brought a longstanding dispute between rural Deschutes County neighbors to a head after one couple allegedly blocked their neighbors’ driveway with 20 feet (6 meters) of snow. The Bulletin reports a lawsuit filed by Mary and David Carper against Dolores and Ronald Wieglenda was filed this week. The […]
Tags: News, Ap, Northwest, Dolores, Mary, Deschutes County, David Carper, Ronald Wieglenda


Monkey birth a step to saving fertility of boys with cancer

WASHINGTON (AP) — Scientists are closing in on a way to help young boys undergoing cancer treatment preserve their future fertility — and the proof is the first monkey born from the experimental technology. More and more people are surviving childhood cancer, but nearly 1 in 3 will be left infertile from the chemotherapy or […]
Tags: Health, News, Washington, Ap, Nation, Northwest


City council in Idaho urges mayor to resign after arrest

MIDDLETON, Idaho (AP) — Officials in a western Idaho town have urged the mayor to resign following his arrest on a domestic battery charge earlier this month. The Idaho Press reports the Middleton City Council unanimously voted Wednesday to adopt a resolution requesting Mayor Darin Taylor to resign. Taylor said at the meeting — his […]
Tags: News, Ap, Idaho, Taylor, Northwest, Middleton Idaho, Idaho Press, Darin Taylor, Middleton City Council


Idaho ballot initiative bill back on track after amendments

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A bill that would dramatically toughen the requirements to get an initiative or referendum on the Idaho ballot is back on track after being amended in the Senate. The Senate on Thursday approved three technical amendments to the bill from Eagle Republican Sen. C. Scott Grow. The amendments involved clarifying when […]
Tags: News, Senate, Idaho, Northwest, Boise, Idaho AP, Eagle Republican Sen C Scott


Arrest of former deputy puts criminal cases in jeopardy

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — The arrest of a former Marion County Sheriff’s detective on more than two dozen counts of theft, evidence tampering and official misconduct has thrown into question numerous criminal cases he worked on. The Statesman Journal reports that charges already have been dropped in several cases, including one involving child pornography accusations, […]
Tags: News, Northwest, SALEM Ore AP, The Statesman Journal


State ups budget, timeline for review of Alaska ferry system

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Gov. Mike Dunleavy’s administration is upping the budget and extending the time for a review of potential options for the future of Alaska’s ferry system. But a spokeswoman for the system, Aurah Landau, says the administration so far has not changed its position on funding to keep the ferries running while […]
Tags: News, Alaska, Northwest, Mike Dunleavy, Juneau Alaska, Aurah Landau


Beer, wine sales approved for historic Idaho theaters

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Legislation to allow Idaho theaters on the National Register of Historic Places to obtain licenses to sell beer and wine has been signed into law by Gov. Brad Little. The Republican Little last week signed the legislation that applies to a handful of theaters built before 1950. Besides providing entertainment, the […]
Tags: News, Idaho, Northwest, BOISE Idaho, Republican Little


Shoplifting suspect fatally hit by car after being Tased by Mount Vernon police

A man suspected of shoplifting was Tased by a Mount Vernon police officer while running across Freeway Drive. He collapsed onto the road, then was struck by a vehicle and killed.
Tags: Crime, News, Local News, Northwest, Puget Sound, Mount Vernon, Freeway Drive



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