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Oregon lawmakers are moving ahead with a measure that would require railroads to explain how they'd deal with hazardous spills. A legislative budget subcommittee voted Tuesday to advance the measure.

There’s still no word of a budget deal in the Washington state Capitol. And a partial government shutdown is just days away. Yet lawmakers remain optimistic.

Oregon lawmakers narrowly approved an $8.2 billion spending plan Tuesday for K-12 schools. It’s an 11 percent increase over the previous budget cycle.

But many lawmakers said it still wasn't enough.

City of Spokane to Check Signatures for Two Initiatives

19 hours ago
Inlander.com

The Spokane City Council voted Monday night to have city elections officials count the signatures submitted for two initiatives to see if they’re eligible for the ballot.

One measure would forbid marijuana retail shops from opening less than a thousand feet from certain entities, such as schools and churches. About a dozen people spoke in favor of sending the initiative to the ballot.

KREM.com

Three women accused of blocking train tracks to protest oil and coal trains travelling through Spokane agreed today (Monday) not to protest again for 18 months. Their agreement was part of a two-hour long hearing that also included expert testimony related to climate change and non-violent civil disobedience.

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