Regional Correspondent, Northwest News Network
Tom Banse is a regional correspondent for the Northwest News Network, covering business, environment, public policy, human interest and national news across the Northwest.
Tom has covered state government and the Washington Legislature for more than a decade. He got his start in radio at a public radio station in southern Minnesota, WCAL.
Reared in Seattle, Tom graduated from Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota with a degree in American Studies.
Tom enjoys exploring the Olympic Peninsula backcountry and cooking dinner with his wife and friends.
The same law took effect in Oregon last year. It requires insurance companies to cover a 12-month refill of birth control prescriptions instead of making women go to the pharmacy every month.
Washington Gov. Jay Inslee signed into law on Tuesday a measure to bring the state into compliance with federal ID security standards.
local | Politics | Environment | NewsNorthwest News Network | May 7, 2017 2 p.m.
A thorn in cross-border relations between the northwestern U.S. and Canada is going away. And therefore so too is one of the best protest mascots in recent history.
Public schools in Washington state would be encouraged — but not required — to hold at least one earthquake drill per year under a measure scheduled for Gov. Jay Inslee's signature Thursday.
Public utility commissioners in Chelan County, Washington, take a high stakes vote Monday that could influence whether the aluminum industry makes a comeback in the Pacific Northwest.
local | Politics | Environment | NewsNorthwest News Network | April 27, 2017 3:46 p.m. | Olympia, Washington
Prior to this order, the state had about 120 older electric vehicle models such as the Nissan Leaf in its fleet.
Unionized pilots at Alaska Airlines and recently acquired Virgin America pulled off a virtual barrel roll Wednesday to get management's attention. The...
A rare total eclipse of the sun will cross the U.S. on the morning of August 21, 2017. It starts on the Oregon coast and then sweeps east. In Oregon,...
April is the traditional start of the whitewater rafting season. The hefty snowpack in the mountains this year is good news for commercial rafting...
If you have trouble getting a good night's sleep, it could be in your DNA. A team led by Washington State University-Spokane researchers has discovered...
The governors of Oregon, Washington, Colorado and Alaska have written a joint letter to U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin asking for forbearance with their marijuana policy experiments.
Kobe beef is expensive and hard to get, but it is getting easier and easier these days to find more affordable “American style Kobe beef" at your neighborhood upscale grocery.
Alaska Airlines executives say the integration of former rival Virgin America is proceeding on track; however, one thing left up in the air was how long Alaska will keep Virgin America's Airbus fleet.
In 1961, the City of Seattle shipped to its new sister city of Kobe, Japan, a 35-foot tall totem crowned by a thunderbird figure with wooden wings spread wide.
An Oregon agency is proposing two new earthquake proof buildings near the state Capitol in Salem to ensure government continuity after a magnitude 9 offshore megaquake.
The Federal Aviation Administration says reports of unsafe flying by civilian drones "have increased dramatically" over the past two years.
A Washington couple and several other international activists narrowly avoided arrest during a maritime abortion rights protest in the waters off Guatemala.
When Mother Nature throws travelers a curve ball and freezing fog descends over the airport in Medford, Oregon, it can delay takeoffs and landings.
Washington state lawmakers could take preliminary votes to revive plans to replace the aging Interstate 5 bridge over the Columbia River.
Shipwrecks along the Pacific Northwest coast number in the thousands. A handful have become the long-running obsessions of a cadre of shipwreck buffs.