Washington State AG Wants to Raise Smoking Age to 21

Posted by Brett Reckamp on January 21, 2015
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Bob Ferguson wants his state to be the first in the country to raise the minimum age for smoking from 18 to 21.  He introduced a bill into the state house that would amend the constitution.

Nearly 50 American cities, most of them on the east coast have already raised the minimum smoking age.  Several other states are working on similar …

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Albany Girl Has Enterovirus D68

Posted by Rosemary Reynolds on January 20, 2015
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PORTLAND, Ore. — 6-year-old McKenzie Andersen had a cold last month.  Now she’s been admitted to Randall Children’s Hospital in Portland completely paralyzed.  Doctors believe the girl has suffered from complications of Enterovirus D68.  She’s listed in fair condition.

Previous to the Albany case, the CDC reported four Oregon cases, one in Bend and three others in Multnomah County.  All four …

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Hawks On Health

Posted by Steve Leader on January 9, 2015
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Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson and cornerback Richard Sherman debuted today on YouTube to remind people to sign up for insurance at Healthcare.gov.

The deadline to enroll for 2015 health care coverage is February 15th.


Hospitals Restricting Visitors Due to Flu Outbreak

Posted by Jeremy Scott on January 9, 2015
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Photo Courtesy: Associated Press

PORTLAND, Ore. — The Centers for Disease Control says the flu outbreak has reached epidemic levels unusually early in the season and because of that, hospitals are restricting the number of visitors to keep it from spreading.

Nearly one-third of people who came to Legacy hospitals in Oregon and Southwest Washington sick last week tested positive for the flu. …

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Salem Police Get OnBoard

Posted by Steve Leader on January 8, 2015
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SALEM, Ore. — One day after the Portland Police Bureau announced a pilot project to equip a small number of officers with Narcan, an antidote that can save lives of heroin users, Salem Police announced they’ll do the same.

Police say having Narcan in patrol cars can save precious minutes when officers arrive before paramedics on scene at a heroin overdose.

Salem …

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