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.
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Boeing is running out of space to park grounded 737 Max jets in the Puget Sound region and is now sending some of its Renton, Washington, factory output to Moses Lake's spacious airport.
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NOAA Fisheries put out the call Friday for waterfront property owners who wouldn't mind having a dead whale dropped off on their beach to decompose naturally.
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Oregon State University is delving into hemp big time in the wake of congressional action last year to legalize the crop nationally. The university's new hemp research center involves 40 faculty members.
Animals | News | local | Environment | Fish & Wildlife | Transportation
The abundance of double-crested cormorants resting on the Astoria-Megler Bridge over the Columbia River can be hard for the average onlooker or motorist to appreciate. But the birds' population has boomed in recent years.
People visiting or living along the Pacific Northwest coast may be completely cut off after "The Big One" — the feared magnitude 9.0 Cascadia earthquake and tsunami. For that reason, the U.S. Navy has been scouting landing sites along the coast for disaster relief delivery by sea.
Crew training deficiencies played a crucial role in the deadly 2017 Amtrak train derailment near DuPont, Washington, according to a final report from federal investigators accepted Tuesday by the National Transportation Safety Board.
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Washington is getting its first new full-service state park in many years. The planned park build-out is on land the state owns along the Nisqually River near Eatonville, Washington.
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In Oregon, it's state law that new schools and public safety buildings be built outside the tsunami zone. But that rule has a bullseye on it.
With the stroke of the governor's pen Wednesday, Washington officially became the first West Coast state to ditch the twice-yearly time switch. Now the ball is in Congress' court.
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The new rules limit the small, battery-powered robots to operating on sidewalks and crosswalks — unless there are no sidewalks. The machines have to yield the right of way to pedestrians and bicycles.
Water | Animals | News | Pacific Ocean | local | Environment | Fish & Wildlife
Pacific Northwesterners are undeniably fond of their endangered resident killer whales. Many locals are also fans of salmon fishing. But now there is a chance future fishing trips on the ocean could be curtailed to leave more food for the orcas.
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An unusually large number of gray whales are washing up dead on their northbound migration past the Oregon and Washington coasts this year.
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Two Oregon State and University of Washington professors who surveyed the aftermath of Indonesia's 2018 earthquake say the disaster should elevate attention to quake-induced landslide risks here at home in the Pacific Northwest.
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It would be the first of a group of power companies in the Pacific Northwest to use their dams to make "renewable hydrogen."
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A former Navy landing ship commissioned during World War II could come to the rescue when a big Cascadia earthquake hits someday.