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Legal recreational marijuana will become a reality in Oregon on July 1.

That's expected to create new market opportunities for large-scale indoor marijuana producers who rely on powerful grow lights.

“They’re energy hogs. They use an ungodly amount of electricity,” says Ashland City Administrator Dave Kanner.

The North Cascades of Washington used to be home to thousands of grizzly bears. Their numbers have dwindled to only a handful over the past century, mainly after over-hunting for fur in the late 1800s.

Now, the federal government is asking for the public's input on its plans to boost grizzly bear numbers in Washington’s North Cascades.

Thousands of people are expected to start long distance treks on the Pacific Crest Trail this year.

Kate Brown became Governor of Oregon without the messy business of running a campaign.

The state probe into ethics allegations against former Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber is being halted, at least for now.

Oregon's troubled health insurance exchange is one step closer to being dismantled.

Oregon lawmakers are set to open debate on the biggest chunk of the state budget.

A panel in the Idaho Senate introduced a bill that would increase the state’s minimum wage to $9.25 an hour -- a $2 per hour increase -- by next year. 

When temperatures rise this spring, you're bound to hear the occasional sad tale of a dog locked in a hot car in the sun.

UPDATE: 2/27/15, 10:20 a.m. PT

Bellevue School District and Bellevue Police have decided to close Interlake High School for the remainder of the school day after unsubstantiated rumors of gun shots were reported earlier this morning. 

The school district says students and staff are safe and that classrooms will be released one at a time.

Students who bus or are picked up by their guardians will be bused to Highland Middle School (15027 NE Bel-Red Road, Bellevue). Other students will be allowed to drive or walk home. 

More details are posted on the school district's website.

The Latino/a Educational Achievement Project (LEAP)

On Friday, hundreds of Latino students will visit with lawmakers in Olympia. One of their top issues relates a state-funded college scholarship. As KUOW’s Liz Jones reports, they want undocumented students to be eligible for this money, too.

Sahra Farah and volunteers at the Somali Community Center hope development around Rainier Beach station will bring jobs to the neighborhood, where she says young people struggle to find employment.
KUOW Photo/Joshua McNichols

The Puget Sound region hopes new growth will spring up in urban villages clustered around mass transit. The goal is to avoid further congestion.

Yet in Seattle’s Rainier Valley, where light rail has been running for over five years, development has been slow to come. 

President Obama has vetoed the KeystoneXL Pipeline, but as more oil moves through the Northwest by rail, one Republican state senator says a pipeline through Washington state could be a solution.

Rep. Michael Baumgartner of Spokane has introduced legislation that would provide $250,000 to study a possible oil pipeline through Washington state.

The pipeline would move oil from the middle of the country to refineries and terminals on the Washington coast.

New Orca Baby Spotted Off Washington Coast

Feb 26, 2015

When a family of killer whales swam near a small research vessel off the Washington coast this week, the scientists on board were excited by the large number of endangered orcas that they saw. Their excitement grew when they spotted an orange-tint in the water.

A baby calf.

“We saw it again this morning swimming with its mother,” Brad Hanson, a biologist with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, said Thursday. “It’s probably just a few days old.”

The family of a man shot by police in Pasco, Washington, this month is challenging police investigators’ autopsy findings.

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