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FILE - This booking photo provided by the Idaho Department of Corrections shows Skylar Meade. Meade, an Idaho inmate who escaped custody after an ambush at a hospital in March, pleaded guilty Wednesday, May 15, 2024, to escaping from prison and to being a persistent violator, but two additional felony enhancements related to injuries others received during the violent escape are still pending in court.

Idaho inmate pleads guilty to escaping hospital after correctional officers are attacked

FILE - This booking photo provided by the Idaho Department of Corrections shows Skylar Meade. Meade, an Idaho inmate who escaped custody after an ambush at a hospital in March, pleaded guilty Wednesday, May 15, 2024, to escaping from prison and to being a persistent violator, but two additional felony enhancements related to injuries others received during the violent escape are still pending in court.

May 15, 2024, 6:27pm Northwest

An Idaho inmate who slipped custody from a hospital in March after a violent attack on corrections officers has pleaded guilty to escape, while still facing the possibility of two felony enhancements that could add to his sentence. Read story

UW student workers reach a deal with university after one-day strike

May 15, 2024, 4:32pm Northwest

Some 6,000 student academic employees at the University of Washington reached a tentative agreement with the school Tuesday evening just hours after thousands went on strike. Read story

FILE - Democrat Jamie McLeod-Skinner poses after a candidates debate at Lakeridge High School in Lake Oswego, Ore., Oct. 17, 2022. McLeod-Skinner is seeking election to Oregon&rsquo;s 5th Congressional District in the Nov. 8, 2022 election. A new Republican political action committee has begun pouring money into a key Oregon swing district just days before the Democratic primary there, raising questions about whether Republicans are trying to tilt the scales in the contest.

Democrats raise concerns about Republicans meddling in a competitive Oregon primary

FILE - Democrat Jamie McLeod-Skinner poses after a candidates debate at Lakeridge High School in Lake Oswego, Ore., Oct. 17, 2022. McLeod-Skinner is seeking election to Oregon&rsquo;s 5th Congressional District in the Nov. 8, 2022 election. A new Republican political action committee has begun pouring money into a key Oregon swing district just days before the Democratic primary there, raising questions about whether Republicans are trying to tilt the scales in the contest.

May 15, 2024, 4:13pm Northwest

A new political action committee has begun pouring money into a key Oregon swing district just days before the Democratic primary there, raising questions about whether Republicans are trying to tilt the scales in the contest. Read story

U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg holds a cupcake celebrating the 107th birthday of the Interstate 5 Bridge on Feb. 13 in Vancouver.

Tolls on existing I-5 bridge starting in 2026 will help pay for the new span linking Oregon and Washington

U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg holds a cupcake celebrating the 107th birthday of the Interstate 5 Bridge on Feb. 13 in Vancouver.

May 15, 2024, 9:50am Editor's Choice

When construction starts on a new Interstate 5 bridge across the Columbia River in early 2026, drivers will begin paying tolls on the existing span between Washington and Oregon. Read story

Lower Columbia College offers 3rd bachelor’s degree program; this time for nursing

May 15, 2024, 7:49am Northwest

Lower Columbia College is now offering its third bachelor’s program: a nursing program which kicks off in the fall. Read story

Ray Yurkewycz, Mount St. Helens Institute executive director, talks about improvements coming to the Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument Science and Learning Center at Coldwater while walking on the Hummocks Trail.

Mount St. Helens Institute executive director steps down after more than a decade

Ray Yurkewycz, Mount St. Helens Institute executive director, talks about improvements coming to the Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument Science and Learning Center at Coldwater while walking on the Hummocks Trail.

May 15, 2024, 7:48am Clark County News

After 13 years, Amboy-based Mount St. Helens Institute has a new director. Read story

Gov. Inslee touts benefits of Climate Commitment Act in visit to Lake Whatcom preservation site

May 15, 2024, 7:47am Northwest

Gov. Jay Inslee visited a forested site above the south end of Lake Whatcom on Tuesday, praising state and local officials for their efforts to fight climate change through land preservation. Read story

Update: 3+ weeks later flames erupt from still burning, huge warehouse in Finley

May 15, 2024, 7:46am Northwest

Flames flared up at the Lineage cold storage warehouse Monday night more than three weeks after the fire started. Read story

Barista Jay Rapp prepares an Eggnog Latte at a Starbucks store Nov. 24, 2014, in Seattle. Ted S.

King County Council approves raising minimum wage to highest in nation

Barista Jay Rapp prepares an Eggnog Latte at a Starbucks store Nov. 24, 2014, in Seattle. Ted S.

May 15, 2024, 7:46am Business

The Metropolitan King County Council voted Tuesday to raise the minimum wage in unincorporated areas by as much as $3 an hour, boosting it above Seattle’s and meeting Tukwila’s for the top minimum wage in the nation. Read story

UW student workers strike, rally for wage increase

May 15, 2024, 7:42am Northwest

Thousands of University of Washington teaching assistants went on strike Tuesday after their union and university officials failed to reach an agreement on future wage increases. Read story