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Bacterial Levels In Portage Bay Means Shellfish RestrictionsThe state Department of Health says its restricting shellfish harvesting for part of the Portage Bay in Whatcom County due to high levels of bacteria.
Seattle Launches Pot-Prevention Effort Aimed At TeensMore than two years after Washington legalized marijuana, community groups in Seattle are launching a citywide effort aimed at preventing use of marijuana and other drugs by teens.
Three People Commit Suicide Each Day In Washington Suicide is the eighth leading cause of death in the state
Supreme Court: Psychiatric Boarding Illegal People with suspected mental health problems cannot be "warehoused" in emergency rooms and hospitals when certified mental health facilities already are full, the state Supreme Court ruled Thursday.
More Than 100 People In Washington Used Lethal Prescriptions More than 100 people died in Washington last year after requesting and taking a lethal prescription through Washington's Death with Dignity law
State Seeing More Tuberculosis Cases State health officials say tuberculosis cases are on the rise in Washington state after several years of decline.
Flu Now 'Widespread' In WashingtonThe state Department of Health says the flu is now widespread in Washington, meaning it is in more than half of communities. Previously it had been considered a regional problem.
New Washington Carbon Monoxide Alarm Requirement In 2013A new requirement for carbon monoxide detectors in Washington homes takes effect on January 1, 2013. The new law requires the detectors in all existing residences, including hotels, dormitories and institutions.
State Pays Doctor $600K Settlement For Going Public Over Fake Tips From Ex-WifeA Spokane dermatologist won a $600,000 settlement and rare public apology from Washington state health officials who went public with charges of drug abuse and medical fraud based on a bogus tip from his ex-wife.
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