Northwest

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Asparagus harvest gets into full swing

If you’re driving through Mid-Columbia farmland, look closely at the fields. Chances are good you’ll spot asparagus spears pushing up to the light.

Railway improvements in works for region

Machines were doing most of the work Wednesday when new railroad tracks were laid between Mesa and Connell.

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Murray, Hastings call for action on Columbia River Treaty

Northwest lawmakers have asked President Obama to make a decision on the Columbia River Treaty a priority by mid-year.

Poll: Opposing gun measures both have majority support

Washington state voters support both expanding background checks for gun sales and restricting background checks for gun sales, according to an Elway Poll released Tuesday.

Questions for CenturyLink after Washington 911 fail

OLYMPIA — The Washington Emergency Management Division believes the 911 system is stable now, but it still wants assurances from CenturyLink there won't be a repeat of last week's statewide failure, Division Director Robert Ezelle said.

Seattle mayor to wage panel: Reach a deal on $15 plan or I’ll do it

Seattle Mayor Ed Murray told members of his Income Inequality Advisory Committee on Tuesday that if they can’t break their current impasse between business and labor, he will introduce his own proposal next week for a $15 minimum wage.

State lands chief breaks vow, takes timber-industry money

As he campaigned in 2008 to become Washington state’s top logging regulator, Peter Goldmark attacked his opponent for a “reprehensible” conflict of interest — accepting money from timber harvesters while allowing them to conduct clear-cuts in landslide-prone areas.

Embattled maverick state Sen. Rodney Tom calling it quits

During his decade in Washington state’s Legislature, Rodney Tom has made a habit of doing the unexpected, from writing a budget and then voting against it to switching parties and then, a few years later, essentially switching back.

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WSU eyes formation of own medical school

SPOKANE — Medical officials predict an aging population and expanded health coverage under the Affordable Care Act will contribute to doctor shortages across the nation. In response to the projected need, Washington State University has begun exploring the feasibility of opening a medical school on its Spokane campus.

Water proposal holds potential for making Eastern Oregon bloom

Judging by the sheer number of irrigation pivots sprawled across fields from Hermiston to Boardman, J.R. Cook can understand how some people might get the wrong impression.

Timber country troubles

Another mill closure in Oregon fits with the familiar tune of the past couple of ...