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.
A two-time Olympian from the Pacific Northwest is renting out part of his body on eBay to make a point about the earning prospects for elite American runners.
An ancient skeleton known as Kennewick Man moved a major step forward toward reburial Wednesday.
Western Washington will get a new telephone area code next year pending a vote of the state utilities commission. Idaho is rolling out a new area code as well.
Alaska Airlines executives sounded upbeat after their first meeting with antitrust regulators about Alaska's proposed acquisition of rival Virgin America.
The recent unusual warmth felt around in the Northwest — record-setting, in some cases — has compounded the rapid melting of the region's precious mountain snowpack.
Come July, a wider range of fully electric and extended range plug-in hybrid cars will benefit from a sales tax break in Washington state.
Washington Gov. Jay Inslee Monday signed into law an update to the state's two-year budget. It puts more money into the state's mental health hospitals and pays for costs from last summer's wildfires.
An apparent surge in leakage from a huge tank of radioactive waste set off alarms at the Hanford nuclear site in south-central Washington.
The future of nuclear energy is being discussed at an international conference in Atlanta Thursday and Friday. And there is heavy presence from the...
People who don't own the perfect roof on which to install solar panels may have the option to buy into a bigger, centrally-located project.
The unemployment rate in Washington state held steady at 5.8 percent for the fourth consecutive month in March.
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The big Japanese earthquake and tsunami of 2011 happened more than five years ago, but debris from that disaster is still washing ashore on the Pacific...
"Limited" commercial advertising is coming to Washington State Parks. The state park system will begin placing ads in parks as early as this summer to make itself more self-sustaining.
Alaska Airlines management is expressing confidence about integrating its rival Virgin America, whose pending acquisition was announced Monday.
April 1 is, on average, generally considered the date of the peak snowpack in the Northwest. And around now, is when many irrigation districts begin filling their canals to get ready for watering season.
Washington state lawmakers proposed a ban on state business travel to Victoria, British Columbia, in an attempt to pressure the city to stop dumping raw sewage into shared border waters.
A U.S. bankruptcy judge Tuesday approved the sale of the profitable core of the Haggen grocery chain to rival Albertsons.
The Idaho Legislature has wrapped up for the year without doing anything to address 2016’s highest profile issue: expanding health care coverage for Idaho’s working poor.
Idaho Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter has scheduled a press conference Monday morning to give his take on the legislative session that just ended.
Idaho will remain among the 19 states resisting a key provision of Obamacare. The Idaho Legislature adjourned Friday without agreement on whether to...