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 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.
A suburban Portland fire district Tuesday announced the expanded use of a lifesaving smartphone app. The app, called PulsePoint , crowdsources trained...
Drivers and professional lobbyists for the ride-hailing companies Uber and Lyft are urging lawmakers in Oregon and Washington to replace what they call a "patchwork" of city regulations with uniform statewide rules for their industry.
The parent company of Alaska Airlines and Horizon Air flew 13 percent more passengers in the final quarter of 2016 compared to the same period a year ago.
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Under the terms of a court settlement, VW has set aside a huge pile of money to make restitution to affected diesel car owners and to the states they live in.
Idaho legislators Monday took the first step towards requiring local police to assist the federal government in immigration enforcement.
A dispute between regional airline Horizon Air and its pilots union is headed to court. It stems from how the sister carrier of Alaska Airlines grapples with an industry-wide shortage of pilots.
Aviation giant Boeing, a corporate sponsor of the inauguration and one of the country's largest exporters, is planning new buyouts and layoffs on top of nearly 11,000 job cuts last year.