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Seattle Mayor Ed Murray today announced the details of a broadly-supported plan to raise Seattle’s minimum wage to $15 per hour, the highest of any major city in the nation. (Photo/Office of Mayor Murray.

 
Seattle’s move toward adopting a $15 minimum wage may have been the big news in the region last week, marking the adoption of a high wage in a major jurisdiction – in a state that already has the highest state minimum wage in the country. Expect aftershocks from that to ripple along in coming weeks.

Primary election day (or, in Oregon, mail-in deadlines) are fast approaching, and political campaigns in Oregon and Idaho are heating up. In Idaho, both incumbent and challenger in the governor’s race have gotten plenty vocal. And debates are continuing there this week.

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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)

Reviewing Ada coroner race (Boise Statesman)
Labrador’s third run for House (Moscow News)
Most school teacher negotiations on track (Nampa Press Tribune)
Canyon commission race – Alder (Nampa Press Tribune)

Considering action on bad intersection (Corvallis Gazette Times)
Primaries showing up GOP battles (Corvallis Gazette Times)
Springfield sees cost of adding land to city (Eugene Register Guard)
State will fund student AP tests (Medford Tribune, Ashland Tidings)
Projections call for many fires this summer (Portland Oregonian)
Improvements in Willamette area air quality (Salem Statesman Journal)

More Medicaid patients: Enough doctors? (Everett Herald, Vancouver Columbian, Yakima Herald Republic, Kennewick Herald, Longview News)
Battle over Amon Wasteway water (Kennewick Herald)
Newer sheriffs jailing immigrants (Port Angeles News)
Ocean power project abandoned (Port Angeles News)
Spokanne holds Bloomsday (Spokane Spokesman)
Debating Pierce plan to destroy hospital (Tacoma News Tribune)
Campaign money for Herrera Beutler (Vancouver Columbian)

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