Can education allay Spokane's high teen-pregnancy rates? School, health officials think so

Can education allay Spokane's high teen-pregnancy rates? School, health officials think so

In the city of Spokane, teens get pregnant at rates easily outpacing the state average. Sexually transmitted diseases are increasing almost everywhere in the nation, but the rate in Spokane County remains higher than in Washington.

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McMorris Rodgers heckled (again); plus, Sandpoint police ID suspected racist

AGAINST HECKLING For the second year in a row, U.S. REP. CATHY McMORRIS RODGERS spoke at the Martin Luther King Jr. Day rally, and for the second year in a row, McMorris Rodgers was beset by protests and hecklers.

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Idaho may have finally figured out a way to give more Idahoans health insurance

If only Jessica Rachels lived in Washington state, she and her husband would have health insurance. In Washington state, her family's below-the-poverty-line income — around $25,000 for her family of six — would instantly make her eligible for Medicaid.

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Sizing up Olympia's efforts to tackle carbon and climate issues

In recent years, attempts to put a price on carbon pollution in Washington state, largely spearheaded by Gov. Jay Inslee's office, have not met with a great deal of success. Inslee's 2015 cap-and-trade proposal stalled in the House and never got a hearing in the mostly Republican-controlled Senate.

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Call of Duty: These Spokane nurses want every sexual-assault victim to get specialized care

When someone goes to a Spokane emergency room after a sexual assault or rape, they can expect part of their care may be going through a rape kit, where evidence is collected and they are treated for any wounds or possible sexually transmitted infections. However, while those exams are offered at each of Spokane's emergency departments, there is no guarantee that the nurse gathering the kit has specialized training to be a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) with experience minimizing any further trauma for the victim, and knowledge about testifying in court.

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In North Idaho, leaders brace for rapid population growth

When Hilary Anderson looks ahead to Coeur d'Alene's future, everything points in one direction: up. The city population will go up.

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News Briefs: Firearms, great teaching, salmon runs and tax-reform effects in Idaho

FIRE SALE Dozens of firearms that were confiscated by police in Washington state and then resold to the public have ended up back in the HANDS OF CRIMINALS, according to a year-long investigation by the Associated Press.

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Why quick fixes and short-term thinking inevitably lead to failure

New Year's resolutions don't have the best track record. Sadly, most of us are unable to maintain our pledges to eat healthier, exercise more or increase our savings.

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Spokane Women's March II; Rhetoric in the Ring & more

Do something: How to get involved in your community this week
Marchers gather at noon at the Red Wagon Meadow to rally before the march down 11 blocks of downtown Spokane to the Convention Center's east entrance for community vendors, music, speakers, door prizes and charity and civic organizations convening until 5 pm. Sun, Jan. 21 at noon.

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Readers respond to Nethercutt, cannabis clampdown

Letters to the editor
GET REAL, GEORGE Mr. Nethercutt seems to have developed his post-congressional editorial career advocating for compromise and cooperation on Capitol Hill, which is all well and good — we are in desperate need of both. His New Year's resolution column ("Resolution Time," 1/11/18), however, reads like a laundry-list of half-baked ideas: The president should tweet less (duh); we should avoid nuclear war with North Korea because it "would change for the worse the political landscape, to say little of death and destruction for all nations" (you don't say!); and members of Congress should spend less time fundraising.

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Tax cuts are "the root of all evils," according to conservative thinkers of earlier times

The ratio of CEO income to worker income has never been greater: It now approaches 300-to-1. And it's about to get much worse, courtesy of Donald Trump and his obsequious Congress, which includes the ever-compliant Cathy McMorris Rodgers.

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Describe your dream burger
RASHEL ROGERS Handmade bun.

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The basics of growing cannabis

Not often when we spark up do we wonder how exactly our bud was grown. With the ever-evolving industry of post-prohibition pot, commercial farming allows for a multitude of ways for cannabis plants to be grown.

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Hot gear and gadgets for the cold

1. Black Rock Originals Safety Case 2.0

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Weed-infused coconut oil meets bananas, candied bacon for mini muffin edibles

What this recipe has going for it — bacon, banana, Blueberry Blast — could and probably should be emphasized with all the intensity of Jim from The Office pretending to be Dwight Schrute, coining the phrase, "Bears. Beets.

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Amazon Chooses 20 Locations as Finalists for New Headquarters

By NICK WINGFIELD © 2018 New York Times News Service SEATTLE — Amazon said Thursday that it had whittled the list of possible homes for its second headquarters to 20, including centers of technology like Boston and some surprise locations like Columbus, Ohio.

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Bannon Is Subpoenaed in Mueller’s Russia Investigation

By MICHAEL S. SCHMIDT © 2018 New York Times News Service WASHINGTON — Stephen Bannon, President Donald Trump’s former chief strategist, was subpoenaed last week by special counsel Robert Mueller to testify before a grand jury as part of the investigation into possible links between Trump’s associates and Russia, according to a person with direct knowledge of the matter.

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Fight Over Trump’s Immigration Remarks May Endanger ‘Dreamer’ Deal

By THOMAS KAPLAN and NOAH WEILAND © 2018 New York Times News Service WASHINGTON — After three days of denunciations from around the world, President Donald Trump declared that he is “not a racist” on Sunday, even as the uproar over his vulgar remarks on immigration overshadowed critical issues facing the capital, including efforts to protect young unauthorized immigrants and avert a government shutdown.

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