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Sixteen-year-olds may soon be able to pre-register to vote in Oregon. That’s according to a bill passed by the state’s House of Representatives Monday.

Washington's Largest Solar Project Coming To Tri-Cities

Jun 12, 2017

The Tri-Cities could soon be home to the largest utility-scale solar power project in Washington. A French company will develop the project on land that used to be part of the Hanford nuclear reservation.

The company, Neoen, is hoping to build a 20-megawatt solar project in the desert just north of Richland.

Oregon utility regulators are considering a request by Portland General Electric to sell nine oil storage tanks on the Columbia River near Clatskanie.

The sale has raised concerns that the fuel distribution company Global Partners LP is buying the storage tanks so it can operate an oil-by-rail terminal.

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee is sounding the alarm over the pace of budget negotiations at the state Capitol. During a media availability Monday, the Democrat said that it’s time for both sides to make “major moves” toward compromise.

Vietnam Vet Steve Gardener at the Drift Inn remembers Bremerton's rough and rowdy past
KUOW Photo/Joshua McNichols

Bremerton's mayor wants people who've been priced out of Seattle to move there. But there's been something holding Bremerton back: the town's reputation. Bremerton used to be known less for its beautiful water views and more for its bar fights and prostitution.


Rep. Dave Reichert, R-Wash., speaks with the media after testifying before the Senate Law and Justice Committee about Green River serial killer Gary Ridgway on Friday, Nov. 20, 2015, in Olympia, Wash.
AP Photo/Rachel La Corte

Democrats are drooling over a Washington state congressional seat that’s always been in Republican hands. 

Republican political consultant Chris Vance says he knows why: "Donald Trump is unbelievably unpopular," Vance said. "His approval ratings are down to 34 percent, and he's taking down the entire Republican Party with him."

Seattle poet Azura Tyabji has been writing poetry since eighth grade. Her big dream is to publish a book.
KUOW Photo/Megan Farmer

When Azura Tyabji stepped up to the microphone at a community forum this spring, most of the audience members had no idea what to expect.

Downtown Bremerton.
KUOW Photo/Megan Farmer

Seattle is the fastest-growing city in the country, which means bad traffic and increasingly unaffordable housing.  

There are just 10 days left in Washington’s second legislative overtime session. And still there’s no sign of a budget deal.

Two inmates who escaped from a minimum security work camp near Olympia were captured Sunday afternoon in Capitol State Forest.

This is why I nursed my baby on the Seattle bus

Jun 10, 2017
The author with her son at their home in Seattle's Greenwood neighborhood.
Krista Welch for KUOW

At the back of the Metro bus, we did something unusual: We talked to one another. Among us was a woman who had her toddler son with her — we smiled and waved at him as he asked his mom 20 questions about the world. Then, unexpectedly, he moved close to her, pulled on the collar of her shirt and pulled her boob out for a quick snack.

One of Luke Somers' photos in Yemen.
Luke Somers

The headlines about Yemen are dire. Civil war has put almost 7 million people on the brink of famine. The United Nations humanitarian chief says Yemen is in danger of "total social, economic and institutional collapse.”

Tesoro workers killed in a 2010 refinery explosion are commemorated outside city hall in Everett, Washington.
KUOW Photo / Bond Huberman

The largest workplace-safety fine in Washington history has been overturned.

A state appeals judge on Friday rejected a $2.4 million fine that oil company Tesoro faced after an explosion that killed seven workers in Anacortes.

René LeBeau of the Seattle Ethics and Elections Commission says campaigns have a special form for people who want to donate but misplaced their vouchers.
KUOW Photo/Amy Radil

Through campaign events and door-to-door canvassing, Seattle political candidates are stepping up their search for so-called “Democracy Vouchers.” So far, the vouchers have translated into more than $200,000 in campaign contributions for qualifying candidates.

Capitol Hill Pride Festival participants are demonstrating in two marches. One of them is described as, "the Pride version of the Women's March."
Courtesy of Capitol Hill Pride Festival March & Rally

The three-day Capitol Hill Pride Festival kicks off this weekend. However, organizers expressed frustration in not receiving all the city permits they requested for the event.

Some Northwest rafting companies are seeing a flood of business with this year’s ample river flows. But that high water also comes with challenges.

Some companies say they are up 25 percent. But others are down, because the rivers they run are too high to run and they’ve had to cancel.

Asifa Quraishi-Landes, law professor at the University of Wisconsin.
Shirin Tinati

There was an “anti-sharia” rally at Seattle City Hall on Saturday — part of similar rallies around the U.S.


Four West Coast senators are calling on the Trump administration to declare a salmon fishery emergency and provide aid to economically struggling coastal communities.

Rachel Pearson / Twitter

Dr. Rachel Pearson got her start working with poor people in Texas, many of them people of color. 

Which got her thinking about how doctors learn by making mistakes with those communities.

"We need to keep in mind what we owe to the people who have contributed the most to medical training and medical knowledge," she said. 


Washington state Rep. Judy Warnick applauds after the capital budget is adopted as the last bill of the 2013 session
Flickr Photo/Washington State House Republicans (CC BY ND 2.0)/https://flic.kr/p/eZUQFW

A smart meter.
Wikimedia Commons

Seattle City Light will place advanced meters in homes and apartment buildings this summer.

Crews will start installing the meters north of the Ship Canal and work their way south.


An anti-Muslim group has a “March Against Sharia” demonstration planned in 28 cities, including Seattle, on Saturday.

The group ACT for America organized the events. In Seattle they’ve planned the rally for 10:00 a.m. Saturday at City Hall Plaza.

President Trump's election convinced Jami Smith to run for office this year
KUOW Photos / David Hyde

When President Trump was elected, Jami Smith decided to run for office.

"If Hillary had won, I probably wouldn't be running right now,” she said. “Now it's like, okay, somebody's got to clean up this crap.”

Lattes themselves will not be taxed under the sweetened beverage distribution tax. However, the syrups going into them will be.
Flickr Photo/Cairns Dining

Even though it’s been days since Seattle officials passed the new soda tax, it’s unclear what specific drinks will be affected.

Specifically, lattes.


Washington state regulators approved two permits Thursday for a proposed plant that would make and export methanol along the Columbia River in Kalama.

Oregon’s legislature is struggling to pass a budget and the session is scheduled to end in a month. But Gov. Kate Brown said it’s too early to call for a special session.

Gov. Kate Brown decried possible efforts from Oregon’s members of the Service Employee International Union to stall the state’s proposed transportation package during a meeting with reporters Thursday.

A traveling exhibit on Oregon’s participation in incarcerating Japanese Americans and immigrants during World War II made a stop at the Capitol building in Salem this week.

More than 100 people testified before the Washington state Energy Facility Site Evaluation Council in Vancouver Wednesday. It was one of the last opportunities for the public to sound off on a proposed oil terminal there.

The council heard more than seven hours of testimony from both critics and supporters of a controversial plan to build the nation’s largest oil-by-rail terminal in Vancouver.

The Washington Supreme Court reversed a lower court decision Thursday in a ruling that suggests the Port of Vancouver violated public meetings law while negotiating a lease for an oil terminal.

The court largely sided with environmental groups who argued the port commissioners violated the public meetings law by excluding the public from deliberations about the controversial Tesoro-Savage oil terminal lease.

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