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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.

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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.”

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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
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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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The Oregon House is set to vote Monday on a measure that would require a doctor or nurse to be on hand when you donate a pint of blood.

Oregon Lawmakers To Schools: Let Kids Use Sunscreen

Mar 18, 2015
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Spring is just around the corner, and with it comes more opportunities to be outside. Oregon lawmakers want children to slather on the sunscreen when they hit the playground.

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Mentally ill inmates in Washington state often must wait weeks, or even months in jail for evaluations to see if they’re competent to stand trial.