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Measles is a highly contagious illness that can cause serious health problems, including brain damage, deafness and, in rare cases, death. Vaccination can prevent measles infections. CREDIT: Eric Risberg/AP

‘God Knows How I’m Still Alive.’ A Teen Decides To Get Vaccinated, Questioning Mother’s Judgment

Ethan Lindenberger is 18 years old, but had never received vaccines for diseases like hepatitis, polio, measles, mumps, rubella, or the chickenpox. Lindenberger’s mother, Jill Wheeler, is anti-vaccine. He said she has been influenced by online misinformation, such as a debunked study that claimed certain vaccines were linked with autism, or a theory that vaccines cause brain damage. Continue Reading ‘God Knows How I’m Still Alive.’ A Teen Decides To Get Vaccinated, Questioning Mother’s Judgment

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Gov. Jay Inslee enters a conference room at the New Hampshire Institute of Politics at Saint Anselm College where he spoke to students in January. CREDIT: AUSTIN JENKINS/N3

‘Hey Guys, How You Doin’?’ How Jay Inslee Introduces His Ambition Beyond Washington State

As Washington Gov. Jay Inslee inches closer to a likely run for president, he’s starting to sound more and more like a candidate on the stump than a two-term incumbent, even when addressing audiences at home. At a recent legislative forum in Olympia, Inslee recounted his first foray into politics 30 years ago and told the story behind one of his first votes as a freshman state lawmaker to extend unemployment benefits to migrant farm workers. Continue Reading ‘Hey Guys, How You Doin’?’ How Jay Inslee Introduces His Ambition Beyond Washington State

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Artist Maya Lin's design for Celilo Park included an elevated arc that would end at the edge of the now-flooded historic falls on the Columbia River. CREDIT: MAYA LIN STUDIO

Columbia River Art Installation At The Dalles Put On Hold By Yakama Nation Opposition

A public art project proposed to be built beside the now-inundated great falls of the Columbia River has been put on indefinite hold by its sponsor. The installation was planned for Celilo Falls — east of The Dalles, Oregon — as the sixth and final outdoor artwork in a series by celebrated designer Maya Lin along the Columbia and Snake rivers. Continue Reading Columbia River Art Installation At The Dalles Put On Hold By Yakama Nation Opposition

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Kebby Johnson, center, of Spokane, Wash., holds a sign that reads "Say No to HB 1638," as she waits in line, Friday, Feb. 8, 2019, to attend a public hearing before the House Health Care & Wellness Committee at the Capitol in Olympia, Wash. Amid a measles outbreak that has sickened people in Washington state and Oregon, lawmakers heard public testimony Friday on a bill that would remove parents' ability to claim a philosophical exemption to opt their school-age children out of the combined measles, mumps and rubella vaccine. CREDIT: TED S. WARREN/AP

Washington Lawmakers Consider Bill Limiting Vaccine Exemptions Amid Measles Outbreak

Amid a measles outbreak that has sickened more than 50 people in the Pacific Northwest, Washington lawmakers heard testimony Friday on a bill that would remove parents’ ability to claim a personal or philosophical exemption to opt their school-age children out of the combined measles, mumps and rubella vaccine. Continue Reading Washington Lawmakers Consider Bill Limiting Vaccine Exemptions Amid Measles Outbreak

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The federal EPA is giving wood stove manufacturers more time to comply with air quality standards. CREDIT: ANDY ZIEGLER/FLICKR/CREATIVE COMMONS

Northwest Air Quality Agencies Oppose Possible Delay To Federal Wood Stove Compliance Rules

The Environmental Protection Agency set new clean-air standards four years ago for wood stove and hydronic heater manufacturers. These manufacturers were told that by 2020 they would have to sell off older models of stoves and heaters that did not meet the new standards that limit fine particulate matter. Now the EPA is proposing a two-year delay to that sell-by deadline. Continue Reading Northwest Air Quality Agencies Oppose Possible Delay To Federal Wood Stove Compliance Rules

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Daniela Tudor and Murphy Jensen co-founded WeConnect Health in Seattle, which developed an addiction recovery app. TOM BANSE / N3

Technology Is Taking On Addiction. Now There Are Smartphone Apps To Help Prevent Relapse

Every week, tens of thousands of Americans complete intensive drug and alcohol rehab programs. The next months, however, are fraught with risk of relapse. A treatment counselor or supporter can’t monitor you around the clock. But now your always-on smartphone can watch you, coach you, alert your mom and even give rewards. Continue Reading Technology Is Taking On Addiction. Now There Are Smartphone Apps To Help Prevent Relapse

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