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Benton County upholds ban on new pot farms

Benton County commissioners upheld a temporary restriction on new marijuana production facilities in parts of the county, paving the way for a permanent ban in the coming months.

Ore. legislature expands access to birth control

PORTLAND, Ore. — Oregon appears poised to significantly expand access to prescription birth control, with bipartisan support for legislation that family planning experts said on Wednesday is unique in the United States.

Idaho college no longer requires warning for contentious protests

SALMON, Idaho — Boise State University has revised its policies for campus protests to end a lawsuit alleging it violated free-speech rights by requiring an anti-abortion group to post warning signs about graphic pictures, a lawyer in the case said on Wednesday.

Man charged in grandmother’s 2006 slaying

SEATTLE — A 22-year-old man, previously arrested and charged with murdering his grandmother when he was 13 but deemed unfit for trial, was charged again this week by Seattle-area prosecutors who said he poses an “extreme danger to his community.”

Costco largest organic grocer, analysts say

Costco Wholesale seems to have quietly surpassed Whole Foods to become the biggest organic grocer as it courts a younger demographic, according to one investment bank.

Can organic be profitable?

Researchers have long studied the sustainability and health benefits of organically grown food versus conventional agriculture.

Help sought after theft from hatchery

BELLINGHAM —Dozens of rainbow trout destined for a Whatcom County kids fishing derby were plucked from a hatchery last month by one or more poachers.

U.S. floats conservation measures for bull trout

SALMON, Idaho — The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service proposed actions on Tuesday to bolster the bull trout, a native fish found in pristine, cold-water streams and some lakes in Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon and Washington.

Laser map gave clue to Oso slide’s ferocity

An aerial map compiled a year before the deadly Oso landslide shows that the upper portion of the hillside was being dangerously undercut, which could point the way to identifying other high-risk slopes, according to a new analysis.

Activists block construction of animal lab

SEATTLE — Two activists climbed atop an excavator on Monday, one locking himself to the equipment, in a protest over the building of an animal-testing facility at the University of Washington, halting construction at the site, sympathizers and police said.

Paintings fetch $1 million for art museum

SPOKANE — With just over $1 million from the recent sale of two 1920s paintings, Washington State University’s Museum of Art looks forward to building and maintaining its collection.

Quakes hit off Oregon coast

A series of moderately powerful earthquakes struck off the coast of Oregon overnight and on Monday, but did not trigger tsunamis, the U.S. Geological Survey reported.