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.
In congressional testimony Wednesday, U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke said he has heard the strong opposition from the West Coast to the Trump administration's plan for offshore oil and gas drilling.
A Northwest author is hoping the movie rights to his recent nonfiction bestseller shift away from The Weinstein Company. The Hollywood studio's upcoming...
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Emergency managers from Washington coastal counties and tribes practiced tsunami alert communication and coordination with state and federal partners...
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No one was hurt when the 150-200 pound reconnaissance drone crashed soon after takeoff from Eastern Oregon Regional Airport. The crash set a field of wheat stubble on fire.
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The worst-case scenario for flooding from a tsunami along the Pacific Northwest coast just got even worse.
When The Big One happens, emergency planners and geologists expect the vast majority of us will survive. But help could take a long time to reach your area after the quake.
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An earthquake early warning system under development for the West Coast gets a major boost in the new federal budget that President Donald Trump signed into law Friday.
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The Canadian province of British Columbia will support and has agreed to contribute money to further study of bullet train service from Portland to Seattle to Vancouver.
A new study of likely earthquake impacts in the Greater Portland region finds the exact timing and season make a big difference when it comes to casualties and damage.
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The Pacific Northwest's beloved orcas will not survive unless humans do more to ensure adequate food and cleaner, quieter waters.
Professional initiative sponsor Tim Eyman, who wasn't previously involved on this issue, filed a lawsuit that argues the Legislature wrongly denied the voters a say on the law change.
After several tries, blood bank couriers and wheelchair taxis with just one person on board have won coveted access to carpool lanes in order to provide better service.
Recruiters from nearly a dozen regional airlines gathered at the Northwest Aviation Trade Show to meet aspiring pilots and students.
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If you're thinking about buying an electric car in Washington state, you might want to act fast. That's because the state Legislature is on the verge of letting a hefty sales tax break expire.
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Your internet service should be free of slow lanes and corporate favoritism if legislation just signed in Washington state and awaiting the governor's signature in Oregon works as intended.