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.
Following the lead of California and several other states and local communities, Washington Gov. Jay Inslee on Monday evening announced an immediate...
U.S. Census Bureau leaders said one important thing residents can do if they are hunkered down during the coronavirus outbreak is to respond to the 2020 Census. Your response now reduces the need for census workers to go door-to-door later.
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This week, Oregon Rep. DeFazio and several other high-ranking House Democrats wrote the Department of Homeland Security to request the October Real ID deadline be postponed nationwide.
Until now, a coronavirus test has been difficult to get locally because of limited capacity and strict rules for who qualifies. However, both of those restrictions may relax soon.
Washington Gov. Jay Inslee said Monday that his emergency powers would allow him to order the cancellation of large public gatherings to control the growing coronavirus outbreak in his state.
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A group that wants to bring back wild sea otters to the Oregon Coast is taking a big step forward.
A couple of years ago, the U.S. Supreme Court cleared the way for states beyond Nevada to have sports betting. Oregon dove in last year. Now, Washington state lawmakers are taking a hard look at legalizing sports betting.
Legal betting on last Sunday's NFL Super Bowl was a winner for the state of Oregon and a handful of Oregon tribal casinos. This comes as legislators in Washington state ponder whether to legalize sports betting too.
Effective this October, a standard Oregon or Washington driver's license won't pass muster with the Transportation Security Administration to board a domestic flight.
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Remember back when it didn't cost anything to visit a state park for the day? A senior Republican in the Washington Legislature says the state's budget surplus should make it possible for park access to be free again.
The Boeing Company is close to maxing out the storage space it has leased at the Moses Lake, Washington, airport for its grounded 737 Max airliners.
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As of the New Year, no bus fare is needed to ride the Olympia area's Intercity Transit.
The decades-long quest of Chinook tribal members to regain federal recognition gets another airing in court on Monday.
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There is still no fixed date to return Amtrak trains to the bypass route south of Tacoma.
West Coast states are spending local tax dollars to boost the response when their turn for the census count comes beginning in March.