State commerce department wants comments on housing funds

The Department of Commerce is now conducting an online survey to help determine how it should spend about $8 million annual in housing programs.

Oregon governor's fiancee admits to sham marriage

PORTLAND, Ore. — Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber is considered the front-runner in next month's election, but his fiancee's stunning admission that she was paid to illegally marry an immigrant in 1997 -- plus other allegations about her -- have suddenly complicated the race.

Update urged for Washington texting-driving law

OLYMPIA (AP) — A state traffic safety board is asking Washington lawmakers to upgrade the texting-while-driving law from the flip-phone age to the smartphone era.

Missing hiker found safe in Cascades

A Seattle restaurant manager who went missing on a day hike near Snoqualmie Pass was rescued Thursday afternoon after three days in the elements without food and shelter.

University of Washington president gets $50,000 pay raise

SPOKANE — The University of Washington Board of Regents voted Thursday to give President Michael K. Young a salary increase of $50,000 a year.

14 former students sue Kennewick School District over molestations

Fourteen former Kennewick High School students sued the Kennewick School District on Thursday for failing to protect them from a former teacher and coach they say molested them.

Judge denies order for mentally ill in jails

SEATTLE — A federal judge said Wednesday she has serious constitutional concerns about the way the state handles mentally ill people waiting in jails for competency evaluations and treatment, but she denied a temporary restraining order, saying she needs more information before making changes to Washington’s mental health system.

Ripley’s oddball curios on view at Seattle Science Center

SEATTLE — Chances are you’d find the newest Pacific Science Center exhibition pretty interesting — unless, of course, you already:

Dead tree falls, kills Northeastern Oregon woodcutter

ENTERPRISE, Ore. (AP) — Authorities say a man cutting wood in the far northeast corner of Oregon has died after a nearby dead tree fell on him.

Woman's plan to use Oregon's Death with Dignity Act gains national attention

PORTLAND — Brittany Maynard will not live to see if her advocacy makes a difference.

Search continues for hiker near Snoqualmie Pass

SNOQUALMIE PASS, Wash. — With daylight Thursday the search is ramping up for a hiker missing near Snoqualmie Pass.

Kennewick man accused of assaulting hypnotized woman

An amateur hypnotist is accused of having sex with a young woman while she was hypnotized.

Education fund lawsuit racks up $6M in lawyer costs

SEATTLE (AP) — Public school teachers paid most of the bill for the education lawsuit that is forcing the Washington Legislature to put billions more into the state budget for K-12 education.

Man with gun robbed by ... man with gun

GRESHAM, Ore. (AP) — Police in the east Portland suburb of Gresham say a 21-year-old man who had just bought a handgun and was openly carrying it as he walked along a street was robbed of the weapon by a second man who also had a gun.

Justice blocks ruling allowing gay marriage in Idaho and Nevada

WASHINGTON — Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy has temporarily blocked an appeals court ruling that declared gay marriage legal in Idaho and Nevada.