Month: April 2014

“There is no longer anything foreign about foreign policy”

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said the nation is more "intertwined than ever before with the lives of people in parts of the world that we may have never […]

Oil train derails in Virginia; Oil tankers in Oregon get safer

On the same day a tanker car carrying crude oil burst into flames after it derailed in downtown Lynchburg, Va., Oregon’s governor praised the owner of a crude oil transporting facility […]

Sen. Rivers’ new hire is a combat veteran

Last session, Sen. Ann Rivers, R-La Center, proposed a measure she hoped would translate into more jobs for veterans. The bill, giving veterans hiring preference when it came to school security […]

Report: 5 percent of Wash. bridges structurally deficient

A new analysis released this week found that more 63,000 bridges in the U.S. are considered "structurally deficient" and in need of repairs. Hundreds of those ailing bridges are in Washington, […]

A “mitigation payment” for Thompson Metal Fab?

Buried in the long list of expenditures paid out by the Columbia River Crossing during the past decade is an item that may have caught the attention of some readers. In […]

Northwest lawmakers urge action on Columbia River Treaty

Northwest lawmakers this week urged President Barack Obama to prioritize action on an international treaty regional leaders say could have big implications for Southwest Washington and Clark County. The group sent […]

Herrera Beutler’s community coffee

The first question U.S. Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler, R-Camas, fielded at her "community coffee" gathering at the Camas Library on Tuesday afternoon was, "How is your daughter?" "I get that question […]

Herrera Beutler again presses Coast Guard on CRC

U.S. Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler this week sent a letter to the U.S. Coast Guard again pressing the agency for internal records related to the now-defunct Columbia River Crossing. The Coast […]

Washington state near top of the class with “B” for gov’t spending transparency

Washington received an above average grade on government spending transparency according to “Following the Money 2014: How the 50 States Rate in Providing Online Access to Government Spending Data,” an […]

Taking the issue of public-school class sizes to voters

This November, Washington voters could have a chance to weigh in on the controversial topic of public-school class sizes. Officials from “Class Size Counts” announced Monday they are gathering signatures for a […]

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