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The court battle over wait times for Washington jail inmates to get mental health competency exams is not over.

Idaho Fish and Game

Officials from the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare are asking people to take precautions around ground squirrels after a squirrel south of Boise tested positive for plague.

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Oregon lawmakers will consider a proposal that would allow women to get oral contraceptives and contraceptive patches without a doctor's prescription.

National Institute of Mental Health

Washington Governor Jay Inslee has signed several new mental health laws in recent days. The question is whether they will be funded.

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Mentally ill inmates continue to languish in Washington jails despite a recent federal judge’s ruling that the practice is unconstitutional.

Austin Jenkins / Northwest News Network

It’s been nearly two years since Joel Reuter fired a pistol from his condo balcony and was shot to death by Seattle police. Thursday, Governor Jay Inslee signed “Joel’s Law.”

Austin Jenkins / Northwest News Network

By 2018, the state of Washington should have a treasure trove of data on the cost and quality of health care.

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Oregon lawmakers gave final approval Thursday to a measure that would ban so-called conversion therapy for youth.

Spokane Measles Quarantine Includes 6 Infants

May 5, 2015
Jessica Robinson / Northwest News Network

Six infants may have been exposed to the measles in a recent outbreak in the Spokane area, and 25 people are under quarantine.

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It appears the days are numbered for Washington’s sprawling and largely unregulated medical marijuana marketplace.

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