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.
Transportation | local | Environment | News | Unprepared: Will We Be Ready For The Megaquake In Oregon?
Oregon and Washington officials have identified hundreds of bridges that still need to be replaced or retrofitted to withstand a magnitude 9 earthquake from the offshore Cascadia fault zone. But the pace of highway reinforcements is picking up.
Fractured bones, busted knees and concussions are just a few of the job hazards for professional ski racers.
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Amtrak's CEO has given Oregon and Washington state officials a timeline for when the company will activate automatic safety braking systems in the...
Cecilia Goetz was commuting to work in Olympia on the Monday before Christmas. She passed under a railway bridge at the very moment Amtrak Cascades train 501 came flying off the tracks.
Washington state voters will likely get to weigh in on police use of deadly force. A ballot measure on that subject turned in around 360,000 voter signatures Thursday afternoon.
Washington State's Department of Transportation will require positive train control be operational before the resumption of Amtrak Cascades service on the tracks parallel to Interstate 5.
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In recent months, the Millennium Bulk Terminals project has suffered repeated setbacks, mainly in the form of permit denials.
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More than two months after Hurricane Maria, some people in Puerto Rico and Dominica still lack internet connectivity. One Pacific Northwest company is helping hurricane victims in the Caribbean get online.
We're learning more about a massive illegal marijuana growing operation busted by police in Western Washington this week. One unusual aspect of this case is that the 44 people arrested at a network of grow houses were all Chinese.
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For the first time last year, the majority of new homes built in Seattle were built "green."
Shallow, active earthquake faults are being discovered all over Oregon and Washington. Collectively, these may present a higher risk than the better known offshore Cascadia subduction zone.
Tough new laws against handling a cell phone behind the wheel took effect in Washington and Oregon this year. But enforcing those laws has proved tricky.