John Stang

John Stang

John Stang is a longtime Pacific Northwest reporter. He is a jack-of-all-trades freelancer with expertise in a variety of topics, including the Hanford nuclear reservation, state government, the environment, science and crime.

Washington State

Legislature deadlock stalls bills affecting Tri-City businesses

Hirst ruling, family leave, B&O tax among stalled bills The heavy lifting still has to be done on a pair of state bills that will greatly affect Tri-City area businesses — dealing with the Washington Supreme Court’s Hirst ruling and installing paid family leave. Washington’s Legislature is deadlocked on almost every budget issue before it. […]

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Tesla Motors has eight electric car-charging stations available for customers at the Kennewick Fred Meyer store.

Tri-City alliance forms to explore charging stations for e-vehicles

Editor’s note: This story has been corrected to fix Karen Miller’s title. Tri-City interests are looking at the possibility of installing charging stations for electric vehicles in the Mid-Columbia. Right now, that possibility is in the initial brainstorming stage. The Franklin County and Benton County public utility districts, Energy Northwest and other local entities are […]

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Biocrude oil, produced from wastewater treatment plant sludge, looks and performs virtually like fossil petroleum.

Fuel from human waste, algae could be lucrative sources for biofuels

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in Richland is looking at a couple of potentially lucrative sources for biofuels. Poop and algae. The poop approach will be tested on a full scale soon in Vancouver, B.C. The algae approach is eventually headed for tests at an Arizona facility. Biofuels refer to a wide range of fuels created by […]

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State reduces Cascade Natural Gas fine to $2.5 million

Kennewick-based company says it is ‘committed to achieving compliance’ Cascade Natural Gas agreed to a $2.5 million fine in late March for not having safety-related paperwork for much of its pipelines in and around Kennewick. If the Kennewick-based corporation accomplishes the required fix-it work on time, $1.5 million of that fine will be forgiven, according […]

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Washington state counties

Bills would divert retail sales tax toward statewide tourism program

Washington is the only state without a statewide tourism marketing program. But that would change under two bills making their way throughout the Washington Legislature. So far the bills by Rep. Cary Condotta, R-Wenatchee, and Sen. Dean Takko, D-Longview, have easily sailed through their committee stages for eventual floor votes. The bills would create the […]

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Legislators work to hammer out compromise on family leave bills

A compromise is being worked on for two different family leave bills in Olympia. A Democratic bill is sailing through the Washington House, mainly because the Democrats are the majority party there. However, the Senate Republicans put their own family leave bill on hold, not even voting it out of a committee despite having the […]

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Hirst decision, water rights bill.

Water rights bill faces tough road in Democratic-controlled House

Hirst decision affecting rural development; bill would give local governments more flexibility A bill to deal with a development-related fallout of last year’s state Supreme Court’s decision passed the Republican-dominated Washington Senate. However, the 28-21 vote on Feb. 28 mostly along party lines means that bill faces a tough road in the Democratic-controlled House. The […]

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Washington State

Increasing B&O taxes on this year’s legislative agenda

No one in Olympia appears to like the business-and-occupation tax — the state tax on gross receipts. But other than adding exemptions, Washington’s Legislature has been reluctant to do anything about B&O taxes. Each session, changes get proposed. Each session, those proposals die. “A silver bullet is not there because it is such a complex […]

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