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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Questions remain after Attorney General Jeff Sessions' shift on marijuana

Last week, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions withdrew a set of Obama-era guidelines outlining how states that have legalized medicinal and recreational marijuana can avoid federal interference.

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.

Sessions' marijuana actions put GOP politicians like Cathy McMorris Rodgers in a tough spot

With closely cropped, graying hair and notecards sticking out of his short-sleeved dress shirt, Doug Perry, an attendee at Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers' August town hall, didn't look like the stereotypical dude asking questions about weed. He said he's a conservative.

How Far Have We Come?

The Progress Edition
The Riverfront Park ice ribbon finally unfurls In the three years since voters approved the $64.3 million bond to reconstruct Riverfront Park, the development process has been slowed by setbacks and controversy.

How Spokane is radically reinventing its yearly homeless count

On a cold day last January, an outreach team had just left from the Crosswalk teen homeless shelter, ready to conduct the same mission the city of Spokane has every year: Find homeless community members and ask them a battery of questions like "Where did you stay last night?" and "What caused your homelessness?" Done right, the federally mandated annual point-in-time count can give a vital sense of the scope and nature of homelessness in Spokane.

Spokane County saved some residents from controversial law with new water bank

Eight years ago, near the start of the recession, Judy and Bill Moxley bought five acres of land north of the city for $69,000. There, in the quiet, serene country with a couple of friendly neighbors, they would build a single story home.

Harold Balazs' legacy of his life and work live on

Throughout his life, Spokane artist Harold Balazs transcended a lot: the challenge of providing for his family through his artwork, the ailments that come from working with concrete, metal and fire, and the "bullshit" of bureaucracy (a word which he immortalized in his 1974 sculpture known as the "Lantern" outside of the INB Performing Arts Center). In a career spanning seven decades, Balazs produced hundreds of public works throughout Washington, Alaska, Oregon, California, Montana and Idaho, as well as a piece in Westlake, Ohio, where he was born.

A partnership between the city and Spokane Public Schools could bring major changes

There's no question that Spokane Public Schools, facing growing enrollment and a mandate to reduce class sizes, needs to build more schools. For Mark Anderson, associate superintendent for Spokane Public Schools, the question is, where?

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