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.

Demolition of snowshed begins at Snoqualmie Pass

HYAK, Wash. — Demolition begins today on the snowshed that has covered the westbound lanes of Interstate 90 at Snoqualmie Pass for 64 years.

Wanapum Dam crack forces $7M in work on fish-ladder

WENATCHEE — A crack in the Wanapum Dam on the Columbia River and the ensuing reduction of water levels have prompted crews to carry out about $7 million worth of work on fish ladders for chinook salmon

Weather Service: Tornadoes rare, but do occur in Washington

Although the chances are slim, tornadoes do occur in Washington.

Officials identify 36th victim of deadly mudslide; 8 still missing

EVERETT, Wash. — The Snohomish County medical examiner’s office has now identified all 36 victims it has received from the Oso mudslide.

Inmate found dead at Two Rivers Correction Institution

UMATILLA — The Oregon Corrections Department says a 53-year-old inmate at a state prison in northeast Oregon died unexpectedly Thursday.

Seattle mayor, council back ousted gay scoutmaster

SEATTLE — The mayor and Seattle City Council have expressed their support for a Boy Scout troop leader who was dismissed last month because he is gay.

City turns down Port of Umatilla freight warehouse request

UMATILLA — Land where the Port of Umatilla wants to put a freight warehouse is shown in conflicting ways on local government zoning maps — the city has it as single-family residential, the county as set aside for heavy industrial uses.

Kitzhaber doesn’t expect consensus from GMO panel

PORTLAND — Gov. John Kitzhaber told members of his newly created task force on genetically engineered agriculture that he does not expect them to reach a consensus or produce any specific proposals for next year’s legislative session.