TACOMA — Immigrant-rights activists rallied Saturday outside the Northwest Detention Center while at least 750 detainees protested their treatment and called for an end to deportations with a hunger strike.
By JONATHAN J. COOPER, Associated Press
March 8, 2014 8:35 p.m.
SEASIDE, Ore. — Young Republican activists implored their party to support gay marriage Saturday, saying the GOP is destined to continue losing elections in Oregon if it doesn't get behind an issue that's gaining traction around the country.
By LISA BAUMANN and RACHEL LA CORTE, Associated Press
March 8, 2014 2:26 p.m.
OLYMPIA — A measure to overhaul the state's medical marijuana system cleared the Senate Saturday as the state moves to merge that largely unregulated market with the still-developing legal recreational market.
By JONATHAN J. COOPER and CHAD GARLAND, Associated Press
March 7, 2014 11:43 p.m.
SALEM, Ore. — The Oregon Legislature voted Friday to approve funding for cancer research facilities at Oregon Health & Science University, got the budget back in balance and then adjourned the 2014 session.
By DONNA GORDON BLANKINSHIP, Associated Press
March 7, 2014 8:09 p.m.
SEATTLE — A gay vice principal who was forced out of his job at Eastside Catholic School filed a discrimination and wrongful termination lawsuit against the school and church on Friday. Lawyers for the church and school planned to respond immediately with a motion arguing King County Superior Court does not have jurisdiction to hear the case without violating the First Amendment.
By GENE JOHNSON, Associated Press
March 7, 2014 8:03 p.m.
SEATTLE — More drivers tested positive for marijuana in Washington in 2013 — the first full year after the state legalized pot — but officials so far say there's been no obvious, corresponding jump in car accidents.
By Jeff Barnard, Associated Press
March 7, 2014 5:17 p.m.
GRANTS PASS, Ore. — Gov. John Kitzhaber has announced $5 million in funding, from tax credits and a state loan, to allow Josephine County's last sawmill to reopen and convert to cutting small logs from forest thinning and ecological restoration projects. The governor said Friday the funding helps maintain a healthy timber industry needed to protect forests.
OLYMPIA — Even though there's bipartisan support in the Legislature for the idea that veterans should automatically get in-state tuition at Washington colleges and universities, bills to do just that are stuck because lawmakers can't agree who should get credit for the policy.