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Oregon farmers say that low fuel prices could mean a big boost to their bottom lines -- if prices remain low until the summer.

There's not much agricultural production happening right now in the Northwest. But if fuel prices stay down in the coming months, farmers throughout the region could feel the benefits.

Many farms rely on diesel fuel to transport products and run field machinery. Petroleum products are also used to make fertilizer.

It's not so bad being stuck in traffic when the mountain is out. Mount Rainier traffic
Flickr Photo/Adventures of Pam & Frank (CC-BY-NC-ND)

Interstate 405 is a parking lot for about eight hours on weekdays. 

The state wants to know how much you would pay to dodge that traffic by using new tolled expressways.

That question is the focus of a series of public meetings starting Tuesday night at Bellevue City Hall (info on that and other meetings here).

KUOW’s Joshua McNichols has more.

Washington state has set a six-mile quarantine circle around a new major bird flu site in near Riverside in north-central Washington.

It's been a tough winter so far for many Cascade Mountains ski resorts. Five in Oregon and Washington have suspended operations until they get more snow.

Workers at the Summit at Snoqualmie are even gathering snow from parking lots and building edges and moving it uphill to keep a few runs open.

Nationally, the Pacific Northwest stands out for its low reliance on snowmaking, but that may change.

A ‘lifesaver’ for the resort

On the eve of the Super Bowl, Washington state lawmakers are considering whether to legalize fantasy sports contests.

A dozen protesters block the entrance to the Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma in February 2014. Deportations from the Northwest have declined by nearly half, but now a larger proportion of deportees have a clean record.
KUOW Photo/Liz Jones

The U.S. Commission on Civil Rights held a hearing on Friday about concerns at immigration detention centers. That includes the Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma, one of the largest in the country.

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During the all-day hearing in Washington D.C., the commissioners questioned federal officials, contractors and immigrant rights groups about how detainees are treated. Early on in the testimony, Commission Chair Martin Castro took a moment to underscore his concern.

Samantha and Joel Manalang, owners of “Sweetpea and Boy,” at Seattle’s Fremont Sunday Market.
KUOW Photo/Sara Lerner

On an unseasonably warm Sunday in January, Seattleites at the Fremont Sunday Market seemed extra happy as they squinted into the stalls.

One vendor, Samantha Manalang, was also amped.  It's the build-up to a second Seahawks Super Bowl in a row, which is amazing of course, but also a boost to her small business. She designs and prints apparel, much of it sports-themed.

One item is a onesie with the top of the space needle on it and a 12th man flag flying on top. That simple image has become a surprising lesson in intellectual property law.

Veterans Affairs Puget Sound will get $22 million over the next two years and plans to hire more than 120 additional medical personnel for specialties like mental health and geriatric care. 

The money is part of more than $5 billion set aside by Congress to fund the Veterans Access, Choice and Accountability Act. The bill is designed to help veterans access health care more quickly. 

Since his arrest last year, William Wingate, a 70-year-old veteran and retired bus driver, no longer stands up for the Seattle Police Department in conversations with his siblings.
KUOW Photo/Joshua McNichols

The Seattle Police officer involved in a case involving the arrest of a senior citizen has been reassigned to a job where she has no contact with the public.

The move follows public outcry over a dashboard video showing the arrest of William Wingate, an elderly black man who had been standing on a Capitol Hill corner, leaning on his golf club.

Nearly two years after public radio and the Associated Press investigated lobbyist-paid meals for Washington lawmakers, the issue is still a topic of discussion in the legislature.

Gas prices have plummeted, but Washington’s gas tax could soon go up.

Shell Oil wants to build more tracks at its refinery in Anacortes, Washington, to receive oil by rail. At a packed hearing in Skagit County on Thursday, more than 100 people turned up to comment on the proposal.

Shell's refinery in Anacortes is the last of Washington's five oil refineries to apply for permits to receive oil by rail from the Bakken oil fields of North Dakota.

It’s long been against the law to text and drive in Washington, but the rules would get much stricter under a proposal introduced Wednesday in the legislature.

Government agriculture officials will kill up to 5,000 ducks, geese, chickens, pheasants and turkeys due to a bird flu outbreak at a hunting operation Washington's Okanogan county.

A committee in the Idaho House Thursday rejected a gay rights measure known as the “Add the Words bill” on a 13-4 party line vote.

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