Pacific Northwest


Pot-related poison control calls up in Wash., Colo.

SEATTLE — Marijuana-related calls to poison control centers in Washington and Colorado have spiked since the states began allowing legal sales last year, with an especially troubling increase in calls concerning young children.

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Trial of Goldendale woman delayed

ASTORIA (AP) — The trial of a Washington state woman charged with drugging and killing her 2-year-old daughter at an Oregon coastal resort has been put off a year.

Hands-on with Microsoft's hologram device

REDMOND, Wash. — Microsoft didn't use skydivers or stunt cyclists to introduce what it hopes will be the next big leap in computing technology. Instead, with its new HoloLens headset, the company is offering real-world examples to show how you might use three-dimensional digital images — or holograms — in daily life.

Oregon’s unemployment rate drops to 6-year low

Oregon’s unemployment rate dropped from 7.0 percent in November to 6.7 percent in December, the lowest level since August 2008, right before the worst days of the financial crisis which led to the Great Recession.

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Eagle watch Saturday

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers park rangers host an eagle watch at The Dalles Dam Visitor Center Saturday, Jan. 24, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Pot sales issues debated

The legalization of recreational marijuana by Oregon voters has state officials scrambling to figure out where pot should be sold and how to go about regulating, and taxing, transactions.

Four injured in massive Interstate 84 crash in eastern Oregon

BAKER CITY, Ore. (AP) — Police believe weather is to blame for a crash involving dozens of vehicles that forced the closure of a long stretch of Interstate 84 in eastern Oregon.

County payments fall

GRANTS PASS — The Obama administration is telling governors in 41 states how much money they are losing after Congress ended subsidies paid the past 20 years to counties that contain national forest land.

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Growers struggle with Wash. pot glut

SEATTLE — Washington's legal marijuana market opened last summer to a dearth of weed. Some stores periodically closed because they didn't have pot to sell. Prices were through the roof. Six months later, the equation has flipped, bringing serious growing pains to the new industry.

Drought to persist in western states

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Federal agencies released a pair of forecasts showing dry conditions will persist in parts of the drought-stricken West, suggesting there won’t be enough snow to boost water supplies.

Gun control plan resurfaces

Bloomberg, Dems to push for more laws

State leaders propose boost in education budget

SALEM — Oregon’s Democratic legislative leaders on Wednesday proposed a nearly $600 million increase in funding for primary and secondary schools during the next two-year budget cycle, but school officials said it still may not be enough to avoid cuts. The Legislature’s chief budget writers said they made education their top priority. Their $7.24 billion budget for K-12 schools would be an increase of 9 percent over current funding and 5 percent over Gov. John Kitzhaber’s proposal.

OR receives $22M for conservation

Senator Wyden said state ‘treasures’ need protection

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Iron workers brave perils on tower

PORTLAND (AP) — Stand on the roof of Portland and look down. Way down. You could die a dozen ways up here. You could slip off the open deck. You could fall down the elevator shaft. A gust of wind...a swinging beam... Cables no thicker than Bic pens run around the deck and keep you safe. Safe? In the distance, Mt. Hood feels about eye level.

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Avian flu outbreak in Tri-Cities prompts warning

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Backyard poultry producers in Washington are being told by state officials to monitor their flocks after a deadly avian flu outbreak in the Tri-Cities area.



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