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Gov. Inslee: Washington needs more coronavirus test supplies

Gov. Jay Inslee said Sunday that Washington state still has a shortage of coronavirus testing kits and again suggested the shutdown of most businesses and extreme social distancing would likely …


UPDATED: Tue., March 24, 2020

With four new cases in Spokane County, health officials testing high-risk coronavirus patients, urging others with symptoms to treat at home

Officials loosened restrictions on who could show up for a drive-through test on Saturday, but many cases will not require hospitalization, Spokane Health Officer Bob Lutz said Sunday. Those patients …


UPDATED: Wed., March 4, 2020

‘Way behind the 8-ball’: Sen. Murray decries COVID-19 testing lag time, shortage as virus spreads

With the backup on testing production, members of Congress, including Sen. Patty Murray, decry the vague and slow response to COVID-19


UPDATED: Mon., March 2, 2020

More testing sheds light on how virus is spreading in US

An increase in testing for the coronavirus began shedding light Monday on how the illness has spread in the United States, including among nursing home residents in one Washington state …


Washington state will begin testing for COVID-19, lawmakers allocate $10 million to virus preparations

Testing for the novel coronavirus is now available at the state public health lab, shortening turnaround time for results.


Searching for a killer: Inside CDC’s scramble to solve mysterious vaping disease

Scientists were ecstatic. The test results were in. For the first time, the lab team at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention had direct evidence that a chemical compound, …


UPDATED: Mon., June 3, 2019

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 …


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 …


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 …


Jim MacRae knows the numbers on Washington’s cannabis industry

Information is everything to Jim MacRae.


UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 22, 2019

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

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

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

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 …