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A judge has ruled that a federal lawsuit against Portland General Electric over water quality on the Lower Deschutes River can move forward.

In a lawsuit filed in August, the Deschutes River Alliance claimed PGE violated water quality standards for several years after installing a water-mixing device at Round Butte Dam. That’s one of three dams operated by the utility along the lower Deschutes River.

Marijuana products on the counter at GreenWorks Lake City
KUOW Photo/Anna Boiko-Weyrauch

Last year marijuana sales in Washington state raised $168 million in cannabis excise tax.

This prompted a question to KUOW’s Local Wonder from Maggie. She wanted to know how the proceeds from legalized marijuana sales are being utilized by the state.

Since 2011, Washington’s prison system has deported 339 convicted felons instead of locking them up. The deportations are part of a voluntary program designed to reduce prison costs.

An example of a 400 square foot backyard cottage.
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Backyard cottages and mother-in-law units are back on the city of Seattle's priority list — and they will be for at least the next year. City officials want to make it easier for people to build them, in order to add to the housing stock.

Kobe beef is supposedly the finest steak in the world. It’s very hard to get -- and very expensive -- in the United States. But it's getting easier and easier these days to find more affordable “American style Kobe beef" or “American Wagyu” at your neighborhood steak house or upscale grocery.

Dental assistant Kim Weston updates a chart at the Odessa Brown Children's Clinic in Seattle. Weston has worked at the clinic for more than a decade.
KUOW Photo/Patricia Murphy

Last week while lawmakers in Washington, D.C., were gnashing their teeth over what health insurance in the U.S. should look like, patients and providers in King County were wrestling with some of the same challenges they faced before the Affordable Care Act was in place.

Alaska Airlines executives say the integration of former rival Virgin America is proceeding on track. Parent company Alaska Air Group updated Wall Street analysts on the merger at an "Investor Day" briefing in New York City Wednesday.

Seattle Mayor Ed Murray announces a lawsuit against the Trump administration on March 29, 2017.
KUOW Photo/Liz Jones

Seattle Mayor Ed Murray and City Attorney Pete Holmes announced a lawsuit against the Trump administration Wednesday afternoon.

It’s in response to President Donald Trump's executive order that's intended to withhold federal grant money from “sanctuary cities” – an unofficial term for cities that don’t fully cooperate with federal immigration enforcement.


At its peak, the Pronto system had 54 stations throughout Seattle.
KUOW Photo/Gil Aegerter

The lime green bikes stationed throughout Seattle will be gone by next week as the Pronto bike share program shuts down.

But it may not be the final chapter.

President Trump promises coal workers their jobs will come back as he signs an executive order to scale back federal energy regulations.
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President Trump’s move to undo President Obama’s Clean Power Plan could make it easier for power plants to keep burning coal and heating the planet. Yet the Northwest’s biggest coal user, Puget Sound Energy, says the announcement won’t affect its use of the dirtiest of fossil fuels.

Seattle Opera General Director Aidan Lang
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In mid-March, Seattle Opera general director Aidan Lang’s assistant called his scene shop manager Michael Moore to request a meeting.

Moore had no idea of the bombshell Lang was going to drop.

Port of Vancouver commissioner Brian Wolfe announced Tuesday he will not seek re-election this fall. He’s vacating his seat after nearly 12 years on the job.

Wolfe said he’ll be stepping down at the end of this year to spend more time with his wife.

Wolfe has supported a massive oil-by-rail project proposed for the port. He said increased pressure from opponents of the oil terminal have been taxing on him and his family.

A federal court ruled Tuesday that wildlife managers must reconsider a decision to deny endangered species protections to the coastal marten.

The red-orange mink relative was once believed to be extinct — a victim of the fur trade. But small populations have been found in the coastal mountains of Southern Oregon and Northern California.

In 2014, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service decided the marten did not qualify for listing under the Endangered Species Act because the population was not small enough or isolated enough to be at risk of going extinct.

People who don’t have permanent immigration status and who’ve been victims of crime may qualify for a special visa.

Problem is, they’re often reluctant to come forward and report the abuse. Even if they do, law enforcement lacks guidelines for helping them.

KUOW Photo/Deborah Wang

A federal showdown with sanctuary cities continues to heat up. U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions issued new warnings to jurisdictions seen as “uncooperative” on immigration enforcement, while officials in Washington state vow they won’t back down.

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