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Here’s what public affairs news made the front page of newspapers in the Northwest today, excluding local crime, features and sports stories. (Newspaper names contracted with location)

Big story in the region today: Oregon’s attorney general not defending the state’s constitutional amendment barring same-sex marriage.

Candidates for supt public instruction (Boise Statesman)
Labrador on religion and marriage (Lewiston Tribune)
New district judgeship at Lewiston (Lewiston Tribune)
More gay activists arrested at Statehouse (Moscow News)
Caldwell parents consider common core (Nampa Press Tribune)
New rescue mission at Nampa (Nampa Press Tribune)
Legislation on court interest rates moves (Sandpoint Bee)
details released on Gooding school superintendent (TF Times News)
More issues on canyon jump plan (TF Times News)

KF medical pot shop will open (KF Herald & News)
May election will feature 911 tax (KF Herald & News)
AG not defending gay marriage provision (Portland Oregonian, Eugene Register Guard, Salem Statesman Journal, Medford Tribune, Pendleton East Oregonian, Ashland Tidings)
More on Medford school strike (Medford Tribune)
Sprout Springs ski area closed (Pendleton East Oregonian)
Court kills Metro land plan (Portland Oregonian)
Real estate vacancies at Salem drop (Salem Statesman Journal)
Bill may help Hynix site renewal (Eugene Register Guard)

Death in jail leads to lawsuit (Everett Herald)
New Snohomish exec on state of county (Everett Herald)
Ferry design could save fuel (Everett Herald)
Storms helping water supply, flood? (Longview News, Port Angeles News)
Columbia County may re-try jail levy (Longview News)
Schools consider obesity issue (Seattle Times)
New Tacoma Amtrak station considered (Tacoma News Tribune)
Clark County may let workers carry guns (Vancouver Columbian)

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