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Social worker who served Yates’ victims supports end of death penalty

Before investigators learned the name of Spokane serial killer Robert Lee Yates Jr., fear gripped the women who worked as prostitutes on East Sprague Avenue.


Teens in Spokane County are vaping more, while smoking and drinking less

Almost one in six teens in Spokane County uses e-cigarettes. At the same time, teen use of alcohol and cigarettes has declined dramatically.


Where they stand: Cathy McMorris Rodgers, Lisa Brown give stances on marijuana, opioid addiction treatment and drugs

Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers has softened her stance somewhat on the legalization of marijuana, six years after Washington state voters approved the creation of a recreational market for the drug. …


Spokane’s air quality: You’ve got questions, we’ve got answers

The hazy days of August have become yet another season in Spokane. That time of year when the skyline is sepia-toned, when you wonder if that run is worth the …


With air quality hovering at the unhealthy range, Spokane weighs its exercise options

The question hung as heavily as the air over Spokane on Thursday: Should I run outside or stay indoors?


UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 8, 2018, 10:27 p.m.

Unhealthy, smoky air prompts health warnings, forces closure of Spokane pools

The city’s six public swimming pools will be closed while choking conditions persist in Spokane, limiting access to a free relief from potential record-breaking heat. The city’s splash pads will …


As hot weather sears Spokane, local cooling tricks provide relief

The heat is on again today as much of Eastern Washington braces for hot weather flirting with 100 degrees. Some temperature records could fall amid an excessive heat warning that …


High temps across Spokane leaves vulnerable prone to heat-related illnesses

With temperatures expected to remain in the mid to upper 90s this week, local and state health officials are recommending people to stay in an air conditioned area during peak …


Walking across busy streets in Spokane more dangerous

Officials are working to make Spokane safer. Multiple lanes of traffic and too few crosswalks leave the city third in the rate of pedestrians getting hit by cars.


Health district warns of second flu wave after Spokane hospitalizations jump

Sixty-three people in the county were hospitalized for flu B in March after a decline in February hospitalizations, according to the Spokane Regional Health District.


Campaign to stop smoking includes focus on blacks targeted by menthols marketing

Gene Aikens is at the forefront of an anti-smoking campaign that has a focus highlighting how blacks were targeted with the marketing of menthol cigarrettes by big tobacco.


UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 2, 2018, 10:28 p.m.

Ample flu cases reason for concern among health officials

This year’s flu season is shaping up to be one of the deadliest in recent memory, causing concern among health officials in Washington and Idaho.


UPDATED: Thu., Dec. 14, 2017, 10:50 a.m.

Spokane pursues raising tobacco age limit in Washington to 21

The Spokane Regional Health District board has thrown its weight behind a three-year-old campaign to raise the state’s tobacco age limit to 21.


UPDATED: Tue., Dec. 12, 2017, 5:04 p.m.

Norovirus outbreak spreading in Stevens County

A number of Stevens County towns are in the middle of a norovirus outbreak, the Northeast Tri-County Health District said Saturday.


UPDATED: Thu., Dec. 7, 2017, 9:05 p.m.

Spokane County budget includes $400,000 cut for regional health district

Some agencies and departments that receive funding from Spokane County avoided steep cuts in 2018. The Spokane County Regional Health District isn’t one of them.


UPDATED: Thu., Nov. 30, 2017, 9:43 p.m.

Spokane man dies from flu

A Spokane County man died of the flu this week, marking the first Eastern Washington death from the virus this season.


UPDATED: Mon., Nov. 6, 2017, 10:56 p.m.

‘Black Lives/Black Lungs’ documentary reveals deadly impact of targeted menthol cigarette advertising

Health officials and community activists gathered Monday evening at Spokane’s Morning Star Baptist Church for a talk with filmmaker Lincoln Mondy and a screening of his short documentary, “Black Lives/Black …


Sue Lani Madsen: Home-based care largely responsible for opioids crisis

Headlines on the dangers of high-powered opioids are all over the news this week, with scary stories of people who started with a legal prescription and ended seeking illegal heroin. …


UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 24, 2017, 4:08 p.m.

Campaign mailer funded largely by firefighters union exaggerates Spokane City Council candidate’s restaurant inspection record

The Spokane Regional Health District said in a statement Monday it did not participate in the creation of political communications charging City Council candidate Matthew Howes with ignoring health code …


Spokane health district will offer free vaccinations Oct. 24

The Spokane Regional Health District will offer free vaccinations at several locations on the North Side next week.


Answering challenge, local leaders set out to kick their smoking habits

Spokane City Council President Ben Stuckart has called out other local leaders to join him in a challenge to quit smoking, including state Rep. Timm Ormsby (D-Spokane) and Spokane City …


UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 29, 2017, 10:31 a.m.

Nearly half of Spokane’s youth experience violence each year, health district study says

According to a Spokane Regional Health District report, nearly half of Spokane’s youth experienced at least one violence-related incident in the past year, and 25 percent of adolescents reported being …


UPDATED: Mon., Sept. 25, 2017, 11:10 p.m.

Two men infected with West Nile virus in Spokane County

Two men are believed to have contracted West Nile virus in Spokane County. The Spokane Regional Health District said they are the first people to acquire the mosquito-borne infection in …


UPDATED: Tue., Sept. 5, 2017, 5:25 p.m.

Air in Spokane hazardous as wildfire smoke fills city

The wildfire smoke blanketing Spokane is expected to linger – and perhaps worsen – through Wednesday as health officials warned residents to seek refuge inside during the waning days of …


Editorial: Walking to school is a smart choice

Health experts recommend children get at least an hour of physical activity per day. Walking to and from school provides a nice aerobic workout.


UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 30, 2017, 11:04 a.m.

Spokane County mosquitoes, horses test positive for West Nile virus

The Spokane Regional Health District confirmed West Nile virus is present in local mosquitoes Tuesday, and said five horses in the county have been sickened.


UPDATED: Fri., July 7, 2017, 9:57 a.m.

Spokane man dies from hantavirus after likely exposure in Adams County

A Spokane man in his 50s has died from complications related to hantavirus, a rare respiratory illness usually spread through mice droppings.


UPDATED: Thu., June 22, 2017, 10:11 p.m.

Spokane Regional Health District chooses local doctor as new health officer

Dr. Bob Lutz of Spokane has been selected as the new health officer at the Spokane Regional Health District.


UPDATED: Fri., June 2, 2017, 11:53 a.m.

Black fly outbreak across Spokane brings itchy, bleeding misery

An outbreak of biting black flies has spread to pockets across the Inland Northwest, bringing misery in the form of itchy bleeding bite wounds and allergic reactions


UPDATED: Tue., April 11, 2017, 11:49 a.m.

As Spokane AIDS Network closes its doors, clients and staff remember years of community, support

The Spokane AIDS Network, which began as a grassroots mutual aid project among gay men in 1987, closed its doors in March, shifting all clients to the Spokane Regional Health …