Oregon DOJ asks for dismissal of megaloads petition

The Oregon Department of Justice is asking a Marion County Circuit Court judge to throw out a petition that would keep so-called “megaloads” off the road without increased public input.

Commission: Court’s campaign finance decision won’t affect state races

Wednesday’s major U.S. Supreme Court decision regarding political donations will almost certainly not affect races governed by Washington state law, according to a spokeswoman for the Public Disclosure Commission (PDC).

Single lane closures to cause delays next week over Snoqualmie Pass

In preparation for major width and lane restrictions starting April 12, contractor crews will reduce Interstate 90 east of Snoqualmie Pass to a single lane in each direction 24 hours a day next week.

Man burned during helicopter crash recovering

SEATTLE — Doctors say a man who pulled himself out of his burning car in the aftermath of a fiery March 18 news helicopter crash in Seattle has undergone two surgeries for burns on his torso and arm.

Hey, wait a minute, Mr. Postman! Please don’t deliver pot to me!

SEATTLE — Police say a Seattle man came to them with a problem: someone keeps mailing him packages of marijuana.

Chance of showers at Oso mudslide site; 29 confirmed dead

SEATTLE — After several mostly dry, clear days that allowed recovery workers to find more bodies in the Oso landslide, rain is forecast to return to Western Washington by the end of the week.

United Way distributing $525K to mudslide victims

EVERETT — A spokesman for United Way of Snohomish County says the organization plans to distribute as much as $525,000 this week to help victims of the deadly March 22 mudslide that hit Oso, Wash.

Boy Scouts removes gay troop leader in Seattle

SEATTLE (AP) — The Boys Scouts of America has removed an openly gay troop leader in Seattle, saying he made an issue out of his sexual orientation.

Slide erased their homes, but maybe not their loans

In the aftermath of the Snohomish County mudslide, surviving homeowners face the possibility having to repay mortgages on homes that no longer exist.

Bigger banks aren’t offering a blanket reprieve, leaving homeowners — many of them with large mortgages — in financial limbo.

Plan would remove small dam from Umatilla River

ECHO, Ore. — A project costing nearly $1 million is expected to remove a small diversion dam on the Umatilla River in northeastern Oregon, helping restore fish runs once wiped out.

Updated: Blast rocks Washington gas plant; five workers hurt

A large explosion rocked a natural gas processing plant on the Washington-Oregon border Monday, injuring five workers, causing about 400 people to evacuate from nearby farms and homes, and emitting a mushroom cloud of black smoke that was visible for more than a mile.

Inslee, AG issue new demands for Hanford cleanup

RICHLAND — The state of Washington issued new demands Monday to hold the Department of Energy accountable for Hanford environmental cleanup over the next three decades.

Lottery to be held for Hanford Reach wildflower tour seats

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is trying something new on its popular spring wildflower tours on the normally closed portion of the Hanford Reach National Monument.

Dam removal to help with fish passage on Umatilla River

A diversion dam blocking fish passage up the Umatilla River between Echo and Stanfield could be removed by 2016, while still maintaining irrigation rights established 117 years ago.

WSU researchers introducing new apple to growers

A new apple under development at Washington State University could compete for the hearts and palates of fruit lovers in a few years.