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Oregon gay marriage ban goes to court this week

SALEM, Ore. (AP) -- The future of Oregon's ban on same-sex marriage goes before a federal judge this week.Critics of the ban are scheduled to argue that it unconstitutionally discriminates against gays and lesbians.Federal judges in five states have thrown…

Eastern Oregon University Names Interim President

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- The State Board of Higher Education has named Jay Kenton the interim president of Eastern Oregon University. Kenton recently announced his retirement as vice chancellor of finance and administration for the Oregon University System. He succeeds…

Washington State Rejects Hanford Proposal

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) -- The state of Washington is rejecting the U.S. Department of Energy's proposal to amend the federal court agreement governing cleanup of the Hanford Nuclear Reservation, the nation's most polluted nuclear weapons production site. The state on…

Oso Volunteers Likely to be Turned Away

DARRINGTON, Wash. (AP) -- Nearly a month after the mudslide hit Oso, hundreds of people are still searching for bodies and clearing debris, but few of them are volunteers. A spokeswoman for an incident management team, Koshare Eagle, says volunteers…

Avoiding Tax Scams

Today is tax day, April 15th, the day on which you either have to file your return or an extension. While you take care of your obligations to Uncle Sam, there are those looking to take advantage of you. The…

New Poll Shows Possible Confusion on Gun Initiatives

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) -- A new poll on two competing gun initiatives on the November ballot shows that both could pass, indicating voter confusion over what the conflicting background check measures do. The results released Tuesday by pollster Stuart Elway…

DOE Discusses Hanford Clean-up

The US Department of Energy's Office of Environmental Management and Office of River Protection is hosting a town hall meeting to share information on the DOE's proposal to the state to ammend the 2010 Consent Decree. That's the Tri-Party Agreement…

All Oso Victims Identified

EVERETT, Wash. (AP) -- The Snohomish County medical examiner's office has now identified all 36 victims it has received from the Oso mudslide. The office added the name Friday of 14-year-old Denver M. Harris of Arlington who was killed by…

President Obama to visit scene of deadly Oso mudslide

OSO, Wash. - President Obama will travel to Oso later this month to view the devastation from the recent mudslide and meet with the families affected by this disaster, officials confirmed.White House officials said the president also plans to meet…

Victim of Natural Gas Explosion Released from Burn Unit

An employee injured in the natural gas explosion at the Williams Northwest Pipline Plant Monday morning is relased from a burn unit Portland today. 61-year-old Michael Yunker was taken to the burn unit following the explosion after suffering burns to…

West Coast lawmakers seek funding for quake alert

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Two dozen U.S. lawmakers from California, Washington and Oregon are calling for funding of an earthquake warning system designed to give residents a few seconds of notice of imminent shaking after a quake occurs. An alert…

Baby Dies While Napping

WENATCHEE, Wash. (AP) -- The Chelan County sheriff's office says a 5-month-old boy died while taking a nap Wednesday evening in the same bed with a 2-year-old and an adult man. He told deputies when he woke up he found…

530 Landslide Victims' Names Released

Here is the Snohomish County medical examiner's office list of publicly identified victims of the Oso landslide as of March 31. The medical examiner's office has received a total of 24 victims and so far has released the identities of…

EWU Student Under Investigation After Fatal Car Crash

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) -- The Washington State Patrol is investigating an Eastern Washington University student in connection with a traffic accident that killed two college students near Colfax. Investigation records in the vehicular homicide probe say 21-year-old Erica Polito Moss…