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 privatization of retail liquor sales in Washington state has delivered a sustained boost to the state liquor divisions in neighboring Idaho and Oregon.
A few short months from now, federal and state foresters around the West will purposely set controlled burns to reduce the risk of catastrophic wildfires later.
Federal agencies and university scientists are making progress on the deployment of an earthquake early warning system for the West Coast.
Once upon a time, the Northwest was home to 10 massive aluminum smelters. As of today, just one still operates.
One of the Northwest's selling points is its cheap hydropower.
A panel of the Idaho House of Representatives voted Tuesday to add a state income tax cut to the legislative session agenda.
Police agencies in Washington state would not be allowed to rate officers by how many traffic tickets they hand out under a proposal put forward by a former Spokane police officer.
Students and parents with kids soon heading to a state college or university have reason to pay attention to the Washington and Idaho legislatures this coming month.
A fashion faux pas could be the worst consequence if you wear the wrong color for the season. But a new scientific paper finds much higher stakes when it comes to mismatched coat colors in the animal world.
Washington's governor is ruling out a direct public subsidy to save the jobs of hundreds of workers at the Northwest's last operational aluminum smelters.
The state of Idaho is moving to ban powdered alcohol before it ever appears on store shelves. Oregon and Washington did the same last year.
Some Democrats in the Washington House want the state to take a look at what it could do to cut back on light pollution.
Education funding was front and center Monday as the Idaho and Washington state legislatures convened for their 2016 sessions.
The Department of Homeland Security Friday extended its deadline for non-compliant states to raise ID card standards.
Idaho Gov. C. L. "Butch" Otter spoke forcefully about observing the “rule of law” in his first comments on the armed protesters in adjacent eastern Oregon.
Idaho Gov. C. L. "Butch" Otter said he has received reassurances from the federal government about the adequacy of vetting of refugees from the war-torn Middle East.
The fast expansion and spectacular meltdown of the Haggen grocery chain has left thousands of people in the Northwest with fewer places to buy their groceries.
With the start of a new year comes an increase in health care costs for many local employers and workers. The average increase for 2016 health plan...