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UPDATED: Tue., Dec. 17, 2019

Daybreak Youth Services says $500,000 budget gap could force closure of treatment facilities in Spokane, Vancouver

Daybreak, which was founded in Spokane in 1978, says its financial situation follows the troubled expansion of its treatment facility in the Vancouver area. Now the organization is seeking loans …


Deb Abrahamson blames mining pollution for her cancer, keeps fighting toxic legacy on Spokane reservation

The 64-year-old activist seeks justice and community engagement at Superfund meetings, tribal gatherings and even from her chemotherapy chair.


UPDATED: Thu., Sept. 19, 2019

Providence to enter Washington insurance market in 2020, with limited abortion coverage

The Catholic, Oregon-based insurer is affiliated with the Providence chain of hospitals, including Sacred Heart Medical Center in Spokane.


E. coli found in some contaminated Hillyard water this weekend

The testing of water samples in southeast Hillyard found no chemical contamination in water apparently contaminated with hydroseed, but three positive E. coli-contaminated sample spots did come back on Saturday. …


UPDATED: Sat., Oct. 13, 2018

Rare disease that causes limb paralysis in infants hits Washington; no reported cases Spokane

A rare condition that afflicts infants with limb paralysis has appeared in six cases in Washington State recently, but none in Spokane County.


UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 1, 2018

Health agency concerned about Hanford contamination spread

The Washington state Department of Health says there is a possible risk to the public if demolition of the Hanford Plutonium Finishing Plant continues without better controls to prevent the …


Department of Health concerned about Hanford radioactive contamination spread

The Washington state Department of Health says there is a possible risk to the public if demolition of the Hanford Plutonium Finishing Plant resumes without better controls to prevent the …


Spokane Regional Health District could teach Department of Health how to deal with marijuana and pregnancy

Initiative 502, which legalized marijuana in 2012, requires the state to support education programs with “medically and scientifically accurate information about the health and safety risks posed by marijuana use.” …


Spokane nursing assistant, the victim of a brutal assault, now faces drug and exploitation charges

In early October, a 46-year-old nursing assistant was found brutally beaten outside a burning trailer in north Spokane. Now she faces charges of using methamphetamine and financially exploiting a patient …


Health officials allege Spokane dentist on drugs while operating on patient

A Spokane dentist’s license has been suspended after he was allegedly discovered to be under the influence of an anesthetic of while operating on a patient.


Third Zika case in Kentucky confirmed in pregnant woman

The Kentucky Department of Health says it has confirmed the state’s third case of the Zika virus in a pregnant woman.


Spokane lab finds pesticides in many marijuana products

Gordon Fagras said the findings produced by his chemical laboratory, which looks for hyper-specific contaminants on the state’s marijuana crop, will add value to the product. The state doesn’t require …


Spokane oncologist facing charge he lied about certification

Rajeev Rajendra was hired in summer 2013 at Medical Oncology Associates in Spokane. He was required to achieve certification in oncology and told his employer he did, but those claims …


Company cancels 1,000-foot waterslide’s appearance in Spokane

Plans to set up a 1,000-foot waterslide that would have cooled thrill-seekers near Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena this weekend were scuttled because of safety concerns. City officials confirmed Slide the …


After consumer complaints and safety concerns, ‘Slide the City’ cancels Spokane event

Plans to set up a 1,000-foot waterslide that would have cooled thrill-seekers near Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena this weekend were scuttled because of safety concerns.


Nurse assistant suspended for threats against elderly

State health officials have indefinitely suspended the license of a Spokane nursing assistant struggling with mental illness who had thoughts of killing elderly patients in her care.


Pharmacists denied service to embattled Rosalia nurse

A Rosalia nurse practitioner who was stripped of her license last week by the state complained to Spokane pharmacists last summer after some stopped filling her prescriptions for painkillers. “It …


Colville’s Selecky set to retire as state’s secretary of health

Mary Selecky’s twice-monthly round-trip drives across the state, Olympia to her home near Colville and back, took seven hours each way, which she took as an opportunity to appreciate the …


In radon hot spot, testing is key

Living in a newer home in Eastern Washington does not eliminate the risk of having elevated radon levels, even though building construction codes have required radon mitigation for nearly 20 …


Washington permanently bans ‘bath salts’

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — The state Pharmacy Board has filed a rule permanently banning so-called “bath salts” that are used as drugs to mimic the effects of cocaine, LSD, ecstasy, …


Clark: And please remember to wash your hands after

Everyone, sing along to that beloved classic, “Little Brown Jug:” “Wiping is the thing to do, when you do the No. 2.”


‘WashYourHandsington’ poster draws mockery, attention

OLYMPIA – The state Department of Health has a message for flu season: WashYourHandsington. The agency’s campaign reminding people to wash up, cover their coughs and get a flu shot …


Lots of Isabellas, Alexanders in class of 2027

Isabella was the most popular baby name for a girl born in Washington last year, while Isabel was the least popular (at least, among the 100 names listed), according to …


Sacred Heart growth OK’d

Washington state hospital regulators have approved a $54 million expansion plan for Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center. The decision allows the addition of 75 patient beds. When the expansion is …


Sacred Heart expansion OK’d

Washington state hospital regulators have approved a $54 million expansion plan for Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center. The decision allows the addition of 75 patient beds.