PORTLAND -- Oregon is poised to dramatically expand access to birth control after Gov. Kate Brown signed laws that will allow women to get a yearlong supply of oral contraceptives directly from pharmacists without a trip to the doctor, lawmakers and a legal expert said on Tuesday.
OLYMPIA — Democrats and Republicans in the Senate remained at odds Monday over a key bill designed to keep the recently approved $38.2 billion operating budget balanced. But the dispute, which pushed the Legislature into its 172nd day, had no solution in sight.
SALMON, Idaho -- A fast-moving wildfire in Idaho that destroyed several upscale homes and forced 200 residents to flee prompted the governor on Monday to declare a disaster emergency that would free up federal funds to help fight the blaze.
PARADISE CREEK, Olympic National Park — Fire crews call them “cat faces,” deep holes that flames have burned into the trunks of the centuries-old Sitka spruce and hemlock growing here in the Queets River valley.
OLYMPIA — To explain the current state of the Washington Legislature, forget the philosophy of Rousseau, the ideas of Jefferson or the eloquence of Lincoln. Turn instead to the dictum of Berra: It ain’t over ‘til it’s over.
PORTLAND — An Oregon Catholic priest has been placed on leave by the Archdiocese of Portland as police investigate who placed a hidden camera, carefully disguised as an electrical outlet, in a church bathroom, the archdiocese said on Thursday.
SEATTLE — The warmest June on record in the Seattle area — blistering the old mark by more than three degrees — combined with tinder-dry conditions statewide and the approach of a holiday associated with fireworks has forecasters warning of potentially devastating blazes.
ABERDEEN — Olympic National Park officials said firefighters are particularly concerned about the area around Paradise Creek on the flanks of Pelton Peak as they continue working to contain the Paradise Fire, which has now claimed more than 1,000 acres.
SEATTLE — A Washington Girl Scouts organization said on Wednesday it has returned a $100,000 gift after the donor told them the money could not be used to the benefit of any transgender participants in the scouts program.
OLYMPIA — After 165 days of partisan bickering over taxes and spending, the Legislature moved swiftly Monday to pass a $38.2 billion budget to run state government for the next two years. The Senate also passed and sent to the House a plan to spend $16.1 billion on transportation projects over the next 16 years.