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Washington State Politics | Chef Vitaly Paley | Klamath River Dams

OPB | Oct. 19, 2016

What's on the ballot in Washington? What is one of Portland's most well known chefs serving up in his new restaurant? And will four dams along the Klamath River soon be coming down?

Emergency Alert | WA Legislature Ends Session | Neglected Fishing Villages | Women In The Military

OPB | March 30, 2016

We learn about a new safety alert system in Portland. OPB’s Olympia correspondent Austin Jenkins fills us in on the eventful last few weeks of the Washington legislative session. We hear about tribal fishing villages along the Columbia that the federal government has neglected. And we listen back to a conversation with Gayle Tzemach Lemmon about a group of female combat troops who saw combat long before the military opened such roles to women formally.

WA State Politics | Robert Siegel | Regional Roundup

OPB | March 21, 2016

We talk to legendary NPR host Robert Siegel and launch a new series checking in with regional papers across the state. We also hear about Bernie Sanders’ visit to WA state, the complicated Washington caucus/primary system, and the gridlock in Washington’s legislature.

Rep. Greg Walden | The NW View From D.C.

OPB | March 17, 2016

This week, Think Out Loud is coming to you live from the NPR studios in Washington, D.C. On today's show, we talk with the Oregon Congressional delegation's sole Republican member, Rep. Greg Walden (R-Hood River). And we hear from former D.C. correspondents of northwest newspapers about covering the west from the nation's capital.

Washington State's Special Commitment Center Faces New Challenge

OPB | Dec. 09, 2015

The center houses people deemed to be violent sexual predators who have served their sentences, but whom a judge has found likely to reoffend.

New Evidence In 15-Year-Old Longview Murder Case

OPB | Dec. 01, 2015

The Innocence Project Northwest says new evidence points to a different suspect than the one who was convicted of the crime in 2002.

Should A Minor Be Allowed To Refuse Life-Saving Care?

OPB | Nov. 10, 2015

Isolde Raftery shares a story of a young Jehovah's Witness in Washington state who was allowed to refuse a life-saving blood transfusion.

Local Races In Oregon & Washington

OPB | Nov. 02, 2015

We take a look at what's on local ballots for the Nov. 3 election.

The Marijuana Banking Conundrum

OPB | Sept. 28, 2015

Marijuana businesses face some significant challenges when it comes to banking, leading many to operate cash-only businesses. But solutions could be on the horizon.

Kelso Teachers Defy Judge Ordering Them Back to Work

OPB | Sept. 22, 2015

Kelso teachers voted to defy a court order that would have sent them back to work today.

What Happens When Wildfires Return?

OPB | Aug. 24, 2015

The Carlton Complex fire ripped through Okanogan County last year. The same area is currently battling fires again.

Washington's Go-To Guy For Rules On Legal Pot Is Stepping Down

OPB | Aug. 21, 2015

Randy Simmons is leaving his job at the Washington Liquor and Cannabis Board after spearheading the state's rule-making process for recreational marijuana.

Olympia And Salem Wind Down Sessions

OPB | June 29, 2015

The legislatures in Washington and Oregon are still struggling to pass the final bills of their respective sessions.

Government Shutdown Looms In Washington

OPB | June 22, 2015

If lawmakers in Olympia can't agree on a budget by the end of the month, Washington will face a government shutdown.

Environmental Update On Oil Trains and Google Trekker

OPB | June 22, 2015

We check in with members of our EarthFix team about Google Trekker and one man's effort to get information on oil trains.

Impacts Of Drought In Washington

OPB | June 02, 2015

Washington Governor Jay Inslee declared a statewide drought emergency in May. We discuss what that means for the state's residents and wildlife.

Washington Legislature Begins Second Special Session

OPB | June 01, 2015

Our correspondent in Olympia gives us a rundown on what's on the agenda for Washington's lawmakers.

Washington Teachers Walk Out

OPB | May 06, 2015

Teachers across Washington have been going on one-day strikes to protest a lack of education funding.

Washington Legislature Considers Compacts With Tribes Over Marijuana

OPB | March 30, 2015

MONDAY: A bill before the Washington state legislature would allow the Governor to enter into agreements with Native American tribes if they choose to get involved in marijuana production, processing, or retail.

New Washington Casino Expected To Impact Oregon's Bottom Line

OPB | March 17, 2015

TUESDAY: The new Cowlitz mega-casino is expect to have a big impact on Oregon gaming revenue.