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News >  Spokane
July 24, 2018, midnight
Chronic pain patients caught in the complexities and controversies as opioid epidemic draws tighter scrutiny of prescription policies.

News >  World
July 23, 2018, midnight
After serving 18 years behind bars in Uzbekistan, enduring beatings, starvation, solitary confinement and almost no contact with the outside world, Muhammad Bekjanov is free to tell his story.

News >  Spokane
July 20, 2018, midnight
During a hot summer evening, women at Spokane’s Hope House shelter shared their thoughts, impressions and life experiences. The shelter is part of Spokane’s 24/7 network for homeless people, built on the idea that everyone, regardless of age or gender, should have a safe place to be inside at all times.

News >  Spokane
July 14, 2018, 5 a.m.
Spokane County has hired a new criminal justice administrator to oversee reforms aimed at reducing the county’s jail population and racial disparities. Data from the reform effort so far makes clear that the new administrator, Spokane native Maggie Yates, is stepping into a challenging role.

News >  Health
July 13, 2018, 10:59 p.m.
Drug overdoses fell in Spokane County in 2017, in yet another sign the trend of opioid-related deaths may be reversing in Washington.

News >  Health
July 12, 2018, 5:22 p.m.
Opioid prescription rates and diagnoses of opioid addiction are declining nationally and in Washington, according to a report from Blue Cross Blue Shield released Thursday.

News >  Spokane
July 9, 2018, 2:26 p.m.
Spokane police Chief Craig Meidl said Monday he’s opposed to an ordinance that would allow the city to post some internal affairs and officer-involved shooting investigations online, citing concern about victim privacy and public perception of the department based on unfounded cases.

News >  Health
July 6, 2018, 4:58 p.m.
Washington fares better than most U.S. states in taking care of its kids, especially when it comes to health, according to a new report by Kids Count.

News >  Spokane
July 5, 2018, 3:24 p.m.
The city of Spokane has installed flashing lights at crosswalks near a cluster of downtown social service providers in an effort to reduce collisions and injuries to pedestrians.

News >  Health
July 5, 2018, midnight
Spokane has a higher rate of depression than both Washington and the U.S., according to a study published this month from Blue Cross Blue Shield Association.

News >  Spokane
July 4, 2018, 3:11 p.m.
Spectators stood solemnly, removed hats and applauded as the first of many military and veteran groups kicked off the 2018 America the Beautiful parade.

News >  Health
July 4, 2018, 4 a.m.
Every Fourth of July, firefighters around the country remind Americans not to injure or kill themselves by patriotically blowing things up. Last year, about 262 Washingtonians did not heed the message.

News >  Spokane
July 3, 2018, 7:28 p.m.
Sen. Maria Cantwell called on the U.S. Justice Department to resume defending portions of the Affordable Care Act in court, at a Tuesday event at Deaconess Hospital.

News >  Spokane
June 26, 2018, 12:10 p.m.
Tyler Hilinski was far from alone. As researchers have moved beyond the NFL to look at the brains of high school and college athletes, they’re increasingly finding signs of traumatic brain injuries in young football players.

News >  Spokane
June 25, 2018, 5:34 p.m.
Premera Blue Cross is donating $180,000 to two Spokane nonprofits to provide housing and support for homeless families.

News >  Spokane
June 25, 2018, 2:19 p.m.
Spokane does not appear to be housing any migrant children separated from their parents at the U.S.-Mexico border, in spite of reports to the contrary.

News >  Health
June 24, 2018, midnight
Last fall, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention acknowledged what years of research has shown: HIV-positive people in treatment who have an undetectable amount of the virus in their blood have “virtually no risk” of transmitting the virus sexually to another person.

June 21, 2018, midnight
The Na-ha-shnee Health Sciences Institute, a fusion of summer camp and in-depth health education for Native American high school students, is underway this week.

News >  Religion
June 20, 2018, 5:47 p.m.
As President Trump signed an executive order Wednesday reversing his administration’s policy of separating immigrant children from their parents at the U.S.-Mexico border, local faith leaders said the policy of holding children, some of whom are seeking asylum, is morally wrong.

News >  Health
June 16, 2018, midnight
Planned Parenthood of Greater Washington and North Idaho dedicated its new $5 million health center Friday afternoon in Spokane, with staff saying the modernized clinic will allow them to care for more patients and expand sex education and advocacy efforts.

News >  Spokane
June 14, 2018, midnight
Heavy winds Wednesday toppled more than a few signs as vendors set up for the Kendall Yards farmers market, but two giant Connect Four boards stood tall. The games signaled the beginning of the third summer of Spokane Sidewalk Games, which has put giant versions of checkers, chess, chutes and ladders and more in public spaces.

News >  Spokane
June 12, 2018, 6 a.m.
Washington is drastically underfunding basic public health services that hampers monitoring and preventing the spread of infectious disease, according to state Health Secretary John Wiesman.

News >  Spokane
June 12, 2018, 6 a.m.
Based on research by WSU and UI, amount of magma under the Yellowstone caldera may be as much as double as what scientists previously thought.

June 11, 2018, midnight
Spokane has a new milestone to brag about: Medical students are fighting to come here.

June 10, 2018, 6:30 a.m.
The supply of workers has dwindled in recent years as more people are reluctant to go out into the fields “out of fear they’ll be forced to leave.”