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UPDATED: Wed., March 29, 2017, 7:35 a.m.

John Webster: Death rates among uneducated whites on the rise due to ‘despair’

As Republicans tried to repeal coverage for mental health and substance abuse, a Princeton research paper exposed a worsening death rate from suicide and drugs among white, poorly educated Americans.


UPDATED: Mon., March 27, 2017, 7:27 p.m.

Woman who fell from Riverfront Park pedestrian bridge committed suicide, medical examiner’s office rules

The Spokane County Medical Examiner’s Office has ruled a woman’s death a suicide after her body was pulled from the Spokane River on the evening of March 20.


Montana lawmaker revives bill to ban doctor-assisted suicide

A Montana lawmaker has revived an attempt to outlaw physician-assisted suicides. This time, there’s a twist: No mention of physicians or suicides.


100 years ago in Spokane: Former mayor on leave as Canadian Army chaplain predicts U.S. will institute draft

War talk dominated the news in Spokane as Americans increasingly assumed that a declaration of war against Germany was inevitable. “Rush War Preparations; Plans For Mobilization,” declared one headline.


Jailed man who attempted suicide dies at hospital

Authorities say a man who was jailed in Hillsboro has died at a hospital after attempting to kill himself.


Butte man found dead after explosion shot himself

An autopsy determined that a 32-year-old Butte man who was found dead after a homemade bomb exploded in his house died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.


Ohio says condemned man kills himself on death row

A man who had no criminal record before he fatally shot his former girlfriend has killed himself on death row, the state prisons agency said Monday.


Same-sex marriage laws helped reduce suicide attempts by gay, lesbian and bisexual teens, study says

Guess what? It did get better for gay, lesbian and bisexual high schoolers when the states they were growing up in changed their laws to allow same-sex marriage, a new …


Leonard Pitts Jr: Tragedy implicates people, not Facebook

The harsh laughter and cold ridicule of “people” – the word is used advisedly – who watched Naika’s suicide suggest that we flatter ourselves when we call ourselves a higher …


Two found dead in Washington identified; suspect shoots self

Authorities identified two people found dead Tuesday at a home near Shelton, Washington, and said the suspect in the case shot and killed himself Wednesday in Pendleton, Oregon, after a …


Report: Girl live streamed suicide in Miami foster home

A 14-year-old girl broadcast her death live from the bathroom of her Miami area foster home as she made a noose from her scarf and attached it to the shower …


Authorities: Victims appear to be part of murder-suicide

Five people, including three children, found dead in a burned home in western Oregon appear to have been part of a murder-suicide, authorities said Friday.


100 years ago in the Spokane County Jail: Doctor orders “mashed potatoes and dough” diet to inmate to prevent suicide

From our archives, 100 years ago Charles Cooper, a prisoner in the county jail, broke a safety razor into pieces – and then swallowed it.


Marine Corps withheld suicide investigation results that suggested drug use among Marines

The results of an investigation into the suicide of a Marine that suggested his unit might have a “drug problem” and highlighted a hostile work environment were withheld from the …


Idaho Suicide Prevention Hotline expands services

The Idaho Suicide Prevention Hotline is expanding its services by adding an additional phone line for people to call in crisis.


Japan authorities raid Dentsu in overwork suicide case

Japanese authorities have raided the country’s top advertising agency Dentsu as part of a criminal investigation into the suicide of a 24-year-old employee due to overwork.


Election stress sending people to Spokane therapists’ couches

This presidential election is unusually stressful for both Democrats and Republicans, according to a survey published by the American Psychological Association. Michelle Estelle, a licensed clinical psychologist, has never seen …


Man with sons in arms dies in leap from bridge; boys survive

A man died after jumping off a highway bridge with his two toddler sons in his arms, yet the boys survived the 100-foot plunge into a wooded area and are …


Death of a woman whose body was found in Spokane River Friday ruled a suicide

The death of a woman who drowned in the Spokane River, and whose body was found early Friday morning, has been a ruled a suicide by the Spokane County Medical …


Spokane-raised Klara Bowman, fired Tacoma teacher, struggled with loss of sister and addiction

Klara Bowman grew up in Spokane and pursued a career as a kindergarten teacher, but she was fired early this year from Larchmont Elementary in Tacoma when she was found …


Student pilot dies in apparent suicide attempt

A flight instructor and a student pilot had an altercation inside the cockpit of a small plane, and the instructor was unable to regain control from the trainee before the …


Spokane police respond to ‘suicidal person’ calls an average of three times a day, new report says

Spokane police are called to help someone who’s thinking about committing suicide an average of three times a day, according to a new department report. The report analyzed the 556 …


Official: Calls to VA suicide hotline rolling over because of poor work habits

More than one-third of calls to a suicide hotline for troubled veterans are not being answered by front-line staffers because of poor work habits and other problems at the Department …


Idaho launches new state suicide prevention program

Idaho’s suicide rate has long been far above the national average; the state had the 9th highest suicide rate in the country in 2014. But now, it has something it …


White women are dying earlier, in part because of the combination of opiods and benzodiazepines

Between 1999 and 2014, the number of middle-aged white women dying annually from opiate overdoses shot up 400 percent, according to a Washington Post analysis of data from the Centers …


Mandatory depression screening recommended for kids in Montana

A Montana suicide study panel is asking state lawmakers to consider legislation next year requiring mandatory depression screening of all school children starting at age 11.


Oregon woman accused of helping roommate commit fiery suicide

A 75-year-old woman whose roommate died in a fiery suicide has been indicted on a charge she provided help.


Girl who texted boyfriend urging suicide will face trial

A teenager who sent her boyfriend dozens of text messages encouraging him to take his own life and told him to “get back in” a truck filled with carbon monoxide …


Pushing for help: Campaign raises awareness about veteran suicides

An average of 22 veterans commit suicide every day, according to a national awareness movement called #22KILL.


Police confirm a person jumped from suspension bridge in Riverfront Park Thursday

Police confirmed that one person jumped from a suspension bridge in Riverfront Park on Thursday afternoon.