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UPDATED: Mon., June 3, 2019, 6:41 p.m.

FDA food testing finds contamination by ‘forever chemicals’

The Food and Drug Administration found substantial levels of a worrisome class of nonstick, stain-resistant industrial compounds in some grocery store meats and seafood and in off-the-shelf chocolate cake, according …

Delays in Washington drug testing after death leaves some families without life insurance benefits

A process that used to take several weeks is now taking several months, due to a backlog of needed blood tests at the state’s lone laboratory in Seattle. While the …

What are the dangers of using DNA kit testing for health concerns?

While most Americans are buying DNA kits to find out where their ancestors were born, many are opting for detailed profiles of their health risks. But those tests often don’t …

DNA testing gives Spokane woman a second surprise on her family tree

After discovering her birth mother through public records and the help of a silent benefactor in the late 1980s, Barbara Arnold was shocked once again when new technology revealed the …

Jim MacRae knows the numbers on Washington’s cannabis industry

Information is everything to Jim MacRae.

UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 22, 2019, 4:33 p.m.

FDA approves consumer cancer test, DNA company 23andMe says

DNA testing company 23andMe said it has the green light from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to offer consumers a test for a hereditary colorectal cancer syndrome.

Cheney marijuana grower scrutinized for failed bacterial test amid legal tussle over ownership

Sweetwater Farms, a $5.3 million pot producer based on the West Plains, had one of its strains pulled from the state’s largest recreational marijuana stores last month after failing a …

New Day Cannabis sees plenty of potential for safer plants

Joe Rammell has been learning the skills needed to grow great cannabis all of his life – he just didn’t know it until a few years ago.

UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 15, 2017, 6:17 p.m.

Feds denies Ford, Mazda bids to delay Takata recall decision

The U.S. government has denied requests from Ford and Mazda for more time to test potentially dangerous Takata air bag inflators as the companies try to avoid massive recalls.

UPDATED: Fri., Aug. 4, 2017, 3:03 p.m.

Amanda Knox: Woman in texting suicide case deserves sympathy

LOS ANGELES – Amanda Knox, the American exchange student convicted and later cleared of a murder in Italy, is offering her support to a Massachusetts woman convicted of manslaughter for …

Editorial: Kill biology, but don’t undermine testing

Some lawmakers see this as an opportunity to sever the link between the math and English assessments and graduation. Not so fast.

Oregon plans broader rating system for schools

Oregon intends to shift how it evaluates schools and intervenes in those with the poorest results, moving from the rigid model required under No Child Left Behind to a more …

Expand rape-kit testing

The experiences of other states show that it is beneficial to test all kits. Doing so has helped authorities nab serial rapists – some of whom claimed “consensual sex” – …

K-12 standardized testing rules could mean fewer exams for students

Aiming to reduce test-taking in America’s classrooms, the Obama administration released final rules Wednesday to help states and school districts take a new approach to the standardized tests students must …

Math a concern for U.S. teens; science, reading flat on test

American students have a math problem. The latest global snapshot of student performance for 15-year-olds shows declining math scores in the U.S. and stagnant performance in science and reading.

ACT scores show many grads not ready for college-level work

The latest scores from the ACT college entrance exam suggest many of this year’s high school graduates aren’t ready for college-level course work.

Ohio Turnpike may soon see self-driving testing

Ohio’s toll road, a heavily traveled connector between the East Coast and Chicago, is moving closer to allowing the testing of self-driving vehicles.

Math scores slip, reading flat for nation’s 12th-graders

It’s not a promising picture for the nation’s high school seniors – they are slipping in math, not making strides in reading and only about one-third are prepared for the …

Our Kids: Our Business speaker advocates less testing, more support for schoolchildren

Award-winning author and education advocate Jonathan Kozol will speak Wednesday in Spokane about the ways civic leaders can collaborate with public schools.

Juniors opt out of new assessment tests at high rate in Spokane area

Local students who opted out of Washington’s new assessment tests likely did so because of exam fatigue, not because of furor over Common Core standards, school officials say. Numbers released …

End-of-year tests add hurdles to education system

Tomie Tsosie Leeds made the honor roll again with a 3.5 grade-point average. Now if he can only graduate.

That’s Life: Testing takes toll on parents, students, teachers

Last week, when Spokane Public Schools teachers walked out of their classrooms to stand on street corners for one day, education was suddenly all over the news and social media. …

Washington teachers union opposes bill tying evaluations to test scores

OLYMPIA – Members of Washington’s largest teachers union gathered on the Capitol campus Monday to oppose a bill that would tie teacher evaluations – and, potentially, salaries – to student …

UPDATED: Wed., Sept. 24, 2014, 10:42 a.m.

Spokane pot use measurable by THC levels in wastewater, panel told

The most important numbers to Spokane city officials looking for accurate data about residents’ marijuana use may be one and two. “Nobody can lie about what’s showing up in the …

Shawn Vestal: Education fails when schools profit

Our mania for measurement in the schools – for testing, for databases, for assessment – has produced more arguments than answers. But we’ve gotten a very clear picture of one …

Washington students show test improvements

Washington students improved in all four areas measured on standardized tests last year, results released today by the state Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction show.

Math, reading gap among Native American students

Native American students at schools overseen by the federal Bureau of Indian Education performed significantly worse on national standardized tests in reading and math compared with those in public schools.

Scores slip with new Washington state test

For the third year in a row, more than 90 percent of high school seniors passed Washington’s reading and writing assessment tests required for graduation. Scores dropped slightly in writing …

Wash. high school test results will be in the mail

High school students who took the statewide achievement tests this spring will be receiving their scores sometime in the next week or so. These are the first results from the …

Students ready for new ISAT season

When thousands of Idaho students sit down at computers Monday to take the Idaho Standards Achievement Test, they’ll face a different test than many of them have been taking since …