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To all Northwest Public Broadcasting viewers and listeners, We at Northwest Public Radio and Television have operated side by side for many years, run by the same great people at each station. This year, we have combined our resources under one name to strengthen all the services you expect. It’s a new year and we have a new look, with a slightly different name. But it’s still your local public television and radio - Northwest Public Broadcasting .

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NWPB/Rhoden

To all Northwest Public Broadcasting viewers and listeners,

We at Northwest Public Radio and Television have operated side by side for many years, run by the same great people at each station. This year, we have combined our resources under one name to strengthen all the services you expect. It’s a new year and we have a new look, with a slightly different name. But it’s still your local public television and radio - Northwest Public Broadcasting.

Tom Banse/Northwest News Network

Washington 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. That should be more than enough to qualify for consideration by the Washington Legislature and then probably go to the statewide ballot in 2018.

Census Data Highlights Pacific Northwest Population Growth

Dec 28, 2017

States in the Pacific Northwest are among the fastest growing in the country. And according to the latest census figures,  it’s gaining people more than twice as fast as the national average.

Migration to the region—rather than births—made up the bulk of population growth.

KEVIN MOONEY/NORTHWEST NEWS NETWORK

Home prices continued to climb in Seattle and Portland at some of the fastest rates in the country this year. The latest data show Seattle is still the nation’s hottest market.

According to the Case-Shiller Home Price Index, the price of a typical single family home in Seattle rose twice as fast as the national average this year—nearly 12 percent. In Portland, home prices increased more than 6.5 percent.

Workers in Washington are about to get a new benefit. Starting January 1, the state will require all employers to provide paid sick leave.

It’s part of a law passed by voters in 2016 that also raises the state’s minimum wage.

Wikki commons Own Works

When I was seven, I asked my mom for a pony for Christmas. We lived in base housing on McChord Air Force Base. My elementary school was only a five-minute walk through oak trees and an enormous open field, the perfect place to keep a pony. I would feed her acorns, braid her mane and we would ride to the other end of base housing.

CREDIT: RINA PITUCCI

Northwest Public Radio's Thom Kokenge has an inside source with Mrs. Claus. What's been happening this year at the North Pole?

Before the rush and flurry of the holidays, Thom spoke with The First Lady of Christmas Cheer, Mrs. Claus. 

Mike Nielsen/Flickr Creative Commons

They’ve been called devil fish. They’re No. 1 on the hit-list for invasive aquatic life in Washington waters. And they’re creeping farther and farther down the Columbia River system.

So far, northern pike have reached Lake Roosevelt, the reservoir that’s impounded behind Grand Coulee Dam.

Travis Williams/Willamette Riverkeeper

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has finalized the next big step in cleaning up the Portland Harbor Superfund site: inking an agreement for how pollution levels will be tested.

The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality, which raised concerns about the agreement in October, says the plans will deliver some but not all of the data needed to track and clean up widespread contamination of a 10-mile stretch of the Willamette River.

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