Oregon en route to limiting school expulsions

A measure trimming the reasons children can be kicked out of school to address what supporters call the “school-to-prison pipeline” cleared the Oregon Legislature on Thursday with bipartisan support.

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Forgotten souls: Oregon memorializes vets who died at Oregon hospital

They served in the Civil War, the Indian Wars, the Spanish-American War and World War I — but for decades, their ashes and those of thousands of others lay abandoned in corroded urns in an outbuilding at Oregon’s state psychiatric hospital.

Senate proposes increased Hanford budget of $2.3 billion

The Senate’s proposed budget for Hanford in fiscal 2016 would provide a little more than $2.3 billion for environmental cleanup work at the Hanford nuclear reservation.

Cantwell's deal helps advance trade measure

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama’s trade bill faced a crucial test vote in the Senate on Thursday, and Washington state Democratic Sen. Maria Cantwell saw an opportunity.

WSU researcher: Drought could get worse

SPOKANE — The drought conditions in Washington that prompted Gov. Jay Inslee last week to declare an emergency are likely to grow worse because of a strengthening El Nino tropical weather pattern in the Pacific Ocean, a weather researcher for Washington State University said Thursday.

Catholic Diocese of Spokane installs Thomas Daly as bishop

The Most Rev. Thomas Daly was installed as the seventh bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Spokane Wednesday as the fifth and sixth bishops looked on.

May showers bring giant worms: Idaho man finds rare species

LEWISTON, Idaho (AP) — Spring showers appear to have brought out the rare giant Palouse earthworm, a creature native to the Palouse Prairie that can grow up to a meter long.

Census: Tri-City population jumps 10 percent over four years

The Tri-Cities grew nearly 10 percent in four years, but local government and economic officials say job creation needs to keep up if that growth is to continue.

Grant program would pay for cleaner Columbia River

Oregon delegates and Northwest tribal leaders are pursuing a $50 million federal grant program to improve water quality in the Columbia River Basin.

Couple wills entire $847,000 estate to US government

SEATTLE — Americans often go to great lengths to keep the government off their assets.

Governor donating raise to school fundraising site

OLYMPIA (AP) — Gov. Jay Inslee says that he’s donating his pay raise to a fundraising site that helps with school expenses.

Lawmakers seek to punish teachers who go on strike

SEATTLE — After thousands of teachers marched through downtown Seattle on Tuesday as part of a one-day walkout, lawmakers heard testimony in Olympia on a bill that would punish teachers for going on strike.

Tim Eyman back with new anti-tax initiative

Last year, Tim Eyman’s failure to qualify an anti-tax measure for the ballot had some wondering whether the controversial initiative sponsor was finished.

State Supreme Court raises traffic fines

SEATTLE — The Washington Supreme Court is boosting the base cost of traffic tickets in the state by $12 to help pay for a badly needed new computer system for district courts — a decision that four justices blasted as unfair to low-income residents who can least afford the fines.

Railroads required to plan for a worst-case oil train spill in Washington state

Under a new state law signed by Gov. Jay Inslee on Thursday, May 14, large railroads will be required to plan with the state for “worst-case spills” from crude oil unit trains, but exactly what that worst-case scenario looks like is not yet clear.