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FILE - In this Feb. 2, 2015, file photo, the Capitol building is reflected in a pond on the Capitol grounds in Salem, Ore. Tensions are high at the Capitol after the Democratic speaker of the Oregon House rescinded a power-sharing deal she made with Republicans to redraw political maps.

Tensions rise during Oregon redistricting process

FILE - In this Feb. 2, 2015, file photo, the Capitol building is reflected in a pond on the Capitol grounds in Salem, Ore. Tensions are high at the Capitol after the Democratic speaker of the Oregon House rescinded a power-sharing deal she made with Republicans to redraw political maps.

September 21, 2021, 1:08pm Latest News

One day after the Democratic speaker of the Oregon House rescinded a power-sharing deal she made with Republicans to redraw political maps, it was unclear whether GOP lawmakers would show up to work at the Capitol on Tuesday. Read story

Valuable crab populations are in a ‘very scary’ decline in warming Bering Sea

September 21, 2021, 12:23pm Northwest

SEATTLE — Federal biologist Erin Fedewa boarded a research vessel in June in Dutch Harbor, Alaska, and journeyed to a swath of the Bering Sea that typically yields an abundance of young snow crab in annual surveys. Read story

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Herrera Beutler takes trip to southern border, commends wall and laments drug trafficking

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September 21, 2021, 12:07pm Latest News

Centralia — Southwest Washington’s U.S. Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler visited the country’s southern border late last week, posting about her trip and calling the situation a humanitarian and drug-trafficking crisis. Read story

Invasive fungus that harms bats is spreading in Washington

September 21, 2021, 10:15am Northwest

YAKIMA — An invasive fungus that causes white-nose syndrome in bats continues to spread in Washington, with the fungus detected in late spring near Rimrock Lake. Read story

Seattle settles lawsuit with man over police behavior

September 21, 2021, 10:15am Northwest

SEATTLE — A man who accused Seattle police officers of physical abuse after they entered his home two years ago during a welfare check has reached a $250,000 settlement with the city. Read story

Registered nurse Lilyrose Fox, left, talks with coronavirus patient Shanon Walker in the COVID acute care unit at UW Medical Center-Montlake, Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2021, in Seattle. King County, where the hospital is located, has been on a downward trend of COVID-19 cases after two-and-a-half straight months of increases. But the current lull could be, and some experts believe will be, upended as more contagious variants of the virus spread throughout United States.

COVID hospitalizations down in Washington, but deaths are on the rise

Registered nurse Lilyrose Fox, left, talks with coronavirus patient Shanon Walker in the COVID acute care unit at UW Medical Center-Montlake, Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2021, in Seattle. King County, where the hospital is located, has been on a downward trend of COVID-19 cases after two-and-a-half straight months of increases. But the current lull could be, and some experts believe will be, upended as more contagious variants of the virus spread throughout United States.

September 21, 2021, 10:13am Latest News

Seattle — After an alarming surge in coronavirus cases this summer — leading to new masking and vaccination requirements — COVID-19 hospitalizations are ticking down statewide, hospital leaders said Monday. Read story

Oregon school worker on leave for arriving in blackface

September 20, 2021, 6:20pm Northwest

NEWBERG, Ore. — An employee at a school outside Portland went to work in blackface last week and has been placed on administrative leave, according to a message from the district. Read story

A handful of senators talk on the floor of the Oregon State Senate on Monday, Sept. 20, 2021, as the Oregon Legislature conducted a special session to consider redistricting. The aim of the session is to pass new legislative and congressional district maps which the state will use for elections.

Oregon Senate passes Dems’ redistricting plan as debate begins

A handful of senators talk on the floor of the Oregon State Senate on Monday, Sept. 20, 2021, as the Oregon Legislature conducted a special session to consider redistricting. The aim of the session is to pass new legislative and congressional district maps which the state will use for elections.

September 20, 2021, 3:45pm Northwest

SALEM, Ore. — Oregon lawmakers returned to the state Capitol Monday for a special session to tackle the once-a-decade task of redistricting, which will determine how voters pick state representatives, state senators and members of Congress for the next five election cycles. Read story

Registered nurse Andraya Zelle treats a patient in the COVID intensive care unit at UW Medical Center-Montlake, Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2021, in Seattle. King County, where the hospital is located, has been on a downward trend of COVID-19 cases after two-and-a-half straight months of increases. But the current lull could be, and some experts believe will be, upended as more contagious variants of the virus spread throughout United States.

Washington governor asks feds for medical staffing help

Registered nurse Andraya Zelle treats a patient in the COVID intensive care unit at UW Medical Center-Montlake, Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2021, in Seattle. King County, where the hospital is located, has been on a downward trend of COVID-19 cases after two-and-a-half straight months of increases. But the current lull could be, and some experts believe will be, upended as more contagious variants of the virus spread throughout United States.

September 20, 2021, 2:41pm Latest News

OLYMPIA — Washington Gov. Jay Inlsee has asked the federal government for assistance staffing hospitals and long-term care facilities in response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Read story

Stats show Skagit County farms produced $314 million in crops in 2020, weathered pandemic

September 20, 2021, 1:24pm Northwest

Mount Vernon — Skagit County farmers produced about $314 million worth of crops in 2020, three dairy farms went out of business, and crops such as Brussels sprouts continued to grow in popularity. Read story