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Tom Banse / Northwest News Network

It’s a dilemma many American families confront: when to ask mom or pop if they’re ready to move into an old folks’ home. For newer Americans, the very idea often clashes with cultural expectations.

Oregon Law Toughens Vaccine Exemption Process

Aug 27, 2015
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Efforts to ban “personal exemptions” to vaccine requirements failed in Northwest states this past session. But under a new Oregon law, parents who want to keep their kids vaccine-free will have a tougher time.

Austin Jenkins / Northwest News Network

A federal judge in Seattle has made it clear to the state that mentally ill jail inmates need to be evaluated within seven days to see if they’re competent to stand trial.

Tom Banse / Northwest News Network

The incident command for Washington’s biggest wildfire requested a mental health team to help people in Okanogan County. A national nonprofit called Green Cross has responded to the call.

Austin Jenkins / Northwest News Network

The state of Washington is on a hiring spree for forensic psychologists. They’re needed to help address a backlog of mentally ill jail inmates whose competency to stand trial is in question.

Paige Browning / Spokane Public Radio

The state of Washington is under a federal court order to address the issue of mentally ill inmates languishing in jail. But the problem has actually gotten worse, not better.

Austin Jenkins / Northwest News Network

Medical marijuana and veterans activists plan to march in Olympia Wednesday to celebrate the addition of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and Traumatic Brain Injury to the list of conditions that qualify for medical cannabis in Washington.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Public health officials say the rise in cases of the STD gonorrhea has continued unabated this year in much of the Northwest.

Tom Banse / Northwest News Network

Would you let your smartphone share your location if it meant that one day you could come to a stranger's rescue?

Jessica Robinson / Northwest News Network

Idaho ranks consistently among the top states with the highest rates of youth suicide in the nation.

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