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Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883

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Are Washington kids eating fruits and veggies? Data shows where we rank in U.S.

Mar. 1—When it comes to nutrition, a lot of Americans are starting off on the wrong foot. According to newly released data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about one in three kids ages one to five did not eat fruit every day, nearly half did not eat vegetables every day, and more than half drank a sugar-sweetened beverage at least once in the past week. The data is also ...

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As drug deaths soar, experts urge expanded access to methadone

UPDATED: Sun., March 5, 2023

Krystal Parker, a former heroin user, spent years making long daily bus trips with other patients to a methadone clinic in southwest Florida. For over a decade, the medication has kept at bay her crippling anxiety and the agonizing nausea of withdrawals.
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Food insecurity remains high in Spokane and statewide, UW-WSU survey shows

A recent statewide survey found that food insecurity remains high among low-income residents as they face increased food prices and ongoing recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. University of Washington and Washington State University professors tapped more than 5,000 people, with nearly half reporting they experienced food insecurity. In Spokane County, 48% among about 400 people reported using food assistance in the past month.
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38,000 people in Spokane County could lose Medicaid coverage as COVID public health emergency ends

UPDATED: Wed., March 1, 2023

Some Apple Health members who were covered during the pandemic could lose Medicaid insurance this spring. States will soon return to normal operations, those in place before emergency measures were enacted in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. When President Biden signed the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2023, it removed what was called continuous Medicaid enrollment from the Public Health Emergency. This spring, people on continuous enrollment will be required to renew eligibility.
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When the words won’t come. This is my life with aphasia

UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 28, 2023

Aphasia results from damage to the brain that affects speech and language comprehension. Frequently, aphasia follows a stroke, but it can also result from a traumatic brain injury; in my case, I suffered a "coup contrecoup injury with diffuse axonal shearing of the brain" - and, consequently, aphasia - when a drunk driver plowed into a parked car that I was sitting in one Tuesday morning in 2006.
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Washington, Bob Ferguson lead lawsuit against Biden administration demanding increased access to abortion drug

UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 24, 2023

Attorney General Bob Ferguson, along with 10 other states, filed a complaint Thursday against the Biden administration, demanding that it abandon certain restrictions to prescribe one of two drugs popularly used in providing a medical abortion. The complaint argues that mifepristone, a drug that blocks a hormone necessary in carrying a pregnancy to term, is treated discriminatorily by the Food and Drug Administration, which continues to require certain medical professionals to prescribe it and forms to be completed that could fall into the hands of people targeting abortion providers with violence.  

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