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Oregon state employees email accounts blocked after attack

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Oregon state employees found themselves unable to send work emails to some outside accounts beginning last week. OregonLive/The Oregonian reported Monday that state employees were unable to send emails to many people they would otherwise correspond with due to a spam email attack. The state’s chief information officer says an outside […]
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East Wenatchee development a popular place for out-of-town buyers

In one East Wenatchee development, half of the new home-buyers are moving in from out of town because housing is more affordable than in the west side of the state.
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At least 1 dead in Hillsboro apartment fire

HILLSBORO, Ore. (AP) — Authorities say at least one person has died in an apartment fire in suburban Portland. The Hillsboro Fire Department said on Twitter Monday evening that a fire at an apartment was fatal. Hillsboro fire and police were investigating the cause of the blaze. No further information was immediately available. Most Read […]
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Oregon close to finalizing cap-and-trade bill

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Oregon lawmakers on Monday unveiled a compromise proposal to a controversial cap-and-trade bill regulating greenhouse gas emissions, responding to overwhelming opposition from businesses and agricultural groups who worry the plan could put them out of work. If passed, Oregon would become the second state in the country after California to implement […]
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EPA administrator recuses himself from Pebble Mine decisions

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The head of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says he is recusing himself from decisions related to the proposed Pebble Mine in southwest Alaska. Andrew Wheeler, in a memo, says his former employer provided services to a client related to the Pebble project. His memo doesn’t provide details on that but […]
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Tennessee moves to stop cities from banning plastic bags

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee is poised to become the latest state to ban local municipalities from regulating certain plastic bags and utensils. House lawmakers on Monday advanced a proposal making it illegal for local governments to impose bag bans, restrictions on Styrofoam containers and other disposable products. The bill is being debated in the […]
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Sheriff: Inmate recaptured after rooftop jailbreak

GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) — A Grants Pass man is back in jail after authorities say he escaped through the facility’s ventilation system. The Mail Tribune reports 26-year-old Justin Denney made it to the roof of the Josephine County Jail after entering the ventilation system through a human-made hole in a janitor closet, authorities said. […]
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Pentagon: Missile defense test succeeds in shootdown

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon says it has successfully tested a missile defense system designed to shoot down a North Korean missile aimed at the U.S. Officials say two interceptor missiles were launched out of underground silos in California on Monday. The first interceptor hit its target — an unarmed re-entry vehicle — as it […]
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Key Idaho water legislation heads to governor

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Legislation that supporters say is critical to preserving a historic water agreement between two sets of water users and is intended to prevent declines in a giant Idaho aquifer relied on by farmers and cities is heading to the governor. The House voted 67-0 on Monday to approve the bill to […]
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Groups: EPA has dragged heels on oil dispersant rules

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Environmental groups and women from Alaska and Louisiana say the Environmental Protection Agency has dragged its feet on issuing rules for oil spill dispersants, and they’re ready to sue to demand them. They say dispersants used after the Exxon Valdez and BP oil spills were worse than oil alone. But they […]
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Alaska chief justice defends judicial nominating process

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The Alaska Supreme Court’s chief justice says founders of the state’s constitution intended for a governor to appoint for judgeships candidates nominated by the Alaska Judicial Council. Chief Justice Joel Bolger, in recent remarks, defended the council’s process for vetting and nominating candidates after Gov. Mike Dunleavy filled one vacancy on […]
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Woman crushed by log after large wave hits beach

NEWHALEM, Ore. (AP) — A woman was “crushed” by a large driftwood log after a sneaker wave hit the beach at Nehalem Bay. KGW reports that the woman was sitting on the log Saturday when a sneaker wave hit, flipping the log on top of her. She suffered serious injuries and was flown to a […]
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E-scooters coming back to Portland in April

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The Portland Bureau of Transportation has announced a new E-Scooter Pilot Program that will run for one year. The program that will start April 26 follows a 120-day pilot program in 2018 that showed e-scooters have the potential to help reduce congestion and pollution. However, KOIN reports it also raised concerns […]
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Bill creating Idaho Medal of Honor Highway becomes law

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho Gov. Brad Little has signed legislation to designate a roadway that crosses southern Idaho as the Idaho Medal of Honor Highway. Little signed the bill earlier this month but held a special ceremony on Monday — National Medal of Honor Day — to mark the event involving U.S. Highway 20. […]
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Legislation legalizing hemp in Idaho heads to full Senate

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Legislation to legalize hemp in Idaho is headed to the Senate for potential amendments that Gov. Brad Little says could be enough to get his approval. The Senate State Affairs Committee on Monday voted unanimously to send to the full Senate the bill that has already passed the House. The legislation […]
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E-scooters may return April 26, Portland says, with new rules to curb sidewalk riding

Depending on your viewpoint, it’s time to celebrate or shake your fists to the sky: Electric scooters may return to Portland streets as soon as April 26, transportation officials said. The Portland Bureau of Transportation announced Monday that it would accept applications for a one-year permit, and the companies will face a new set of […]
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Suspected impaired driver strikes 2 children on sidewalk

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A 60-year-old woman was held on suspicion of operating a vehicle under the influence of alcohol or drugs after a traffic crash that seriously injured two children on bicycles in Eagle River. Anchorage police shortly before 4 p.m. Sunday arrested Vicie Zielinski. Online court records do not list the case in […]
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How a new UW teaching hospital might help Washington state’s mental-health crisis

Gov. Jay Inslee and the psychiatry chair at the University of Washington say a new teaching hospital could ease a bed shortage, and serve as a national model in treating psychiatric patients and training medical residents.
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Sound Transit puts bus outsourcing on hold

Sound Transit hit the brakes on a proposal to have outside contractors operate four ST Express bus routes on the Highway 520 corridor, instead of sticking with King County Metro Transit union employees. Bidders had been scheduled to file proposals April 12, but the plan offended Amalgamated Transit Union Local 587, despite assurances from Sound […]
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Half the Sweet 16 is set in women’s NCAA Tournament

NEW YORK (AP) — Eight invitations to the Sweet 16 have been delivered and the other eight will be decided Monday night. UConn’s back in the regional semifinals for the 26th consecutive year. The Huskies had to work for it as pesky Buffalo rallied from a 24-point, third-quarter deficit to get within eight in the […]
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US Naval warship visits southern Alaska port city

KETCHIKAN, Alaska (AP) — A U.S. Navy warship has docked at an Alaska port for a rare visit. The Juneau Empire reported Saturday that the USS Zumwalt docked in Ketchikan for a weekend stay beginning Saturday. Officials say the 610-footlong ship based in San Diego was scheduled to be open for public tours Sunday in […]
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Alaska man who tracks down stolen vehicles enters plea deal

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — An Alaska man has agreed to a plea deal that includes a promise to stop chasing after stolen vehicles. The Anchorage Daily News reported Saturday that 54-year-old Floyd Hall pleaded guilty to one count of reckless endangerment resulting in a 30-day suspended sentence and a $500 fine. Officials say the terms […]
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14-year-old cheetah named Oringo dies at Honolulu Zoo

HONOLULU (AP) — The Honolulu Zoo says its only cheetah has died. The zoo announced last week that the 14-year-old male cheetah named Oringo was euthanized because of health complications related to aging. The big, fast cats have an average life expectancy of 10 to 12 years in the wild. They can live up to […]
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Search suspended for pilot missing northwest of Anchorage

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Authorities say search efforts have been suspended for a single-engine aircraft that went missing in south-central Alaska earlier this month. The Anchorage Daily News reported Saturday that 61-year-old Timothy D. Twohy has been missing since March 5 after his Cessna 172 was reported overdue northwest of Anchorage. Search officials say the […]
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Woman charged in 2018 traffic crash that killed daughter

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — An Oregon driver has been charged with manslaughter for a 2018 traffic crash in Salem that killed her 2-year-old daughter. The Salem Statesman Journal reports 33-year-old Janie Miller of Turner also is charged with driving under the influence, possession of methamphetamine and four counts of reckless endangerment. The crash occurred on […]
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It’s been 30 years since the Exxon Valdez oil spill. What we are still learning from that environmental debacle.

Anniversary comes as push comes to increase — by nearly seven fold — tanker traffic traversing Washington waters whiles carrying Canadian oil to global markets
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Q&A | Secretary Ross Hunter on Washington’s foster youth sent out of state — and the money needed to end that practice

Washington has struggled to fund group homes for high-needs foster youth. Some have been sent to other states, which in one case drew allegations of physical abuse. Others wind up staying in hotels. As they write a new state budget, lawmakers will decide whether to fund a solution.
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Program provides free mouth guards during basketball tourney

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Players at an annual city league-style basketball tournament in Alaska’s capital city had a chance to get something new this year: special mouth guards. Drs. Rochell Burke and Jordan White put together a program that supplied free mouth guards to any players in this year’s Gold Medal basketball tournament who wanted […]
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Lawyers for train attack suspect want trial moved

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Lawyers for the man accused of stabbing two men to death on a Portland light-rail train want his trial moved outside of Multnomah County. KGW-TV reports lawyers filed a motion in Multnomah County Circuit Court to move Jeremy Christian’s trial. They didn’t give a reason. A memorandum and affidavit of counsel […]
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Unalaska expects record number of cruise ships

UNALASKA, Alaska (AP) — A record number of cruise ships are expected this year in Unalaska, in the Aleutians. Carlin Enlow, executive director of the local convention and visitors bureau, says 20 ships are scheduled, a big jump from past years. There were eight last year. Alaska’s Energy Desk reports the first ship is scheduled […]
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