Abortion Rights
4:06 pm
Mon February 23, 2015

Backers Of Idaho Abortion Bill Say 'Webcam Abortions' Pose Danger To Women

Dr. Julie Madsen testifies against a bill on abortion medication at the Idaho House State Affairs Committee.
Jessica Robinson Northwest News Network

Originally published on Mon February 23, 2015 2:49 pm

Idaho lawmakers are moving ahead with a bill that would set legal requirements for doctors who prescribe abortion-inducing medication.

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Abortion Bill
4:57 pm
Tue February 17, 2015

Idaho Lawmakers Revise Abortion Bill At Doctors’ Request

Lordchadwick79 Wikimedia

Originally published on Tue February 17, 2015 4:35 pm

Idaho lawmakers took the advice of doctors Tuesday on changes to a bill that would regulate abortion-inducing medication. Physicians said certain requirements in the original bill would be impossible to fulfill in some cases.

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4:34 pm
Thu February 12, 2015

Wash. Attorney General Wants To Limit Access To Tobacco To 21 And Over

According to the Washington State Health Department smoking kills more than 8,000 people each year.
Credit Ferran Jorda / Flickr

Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson and Secretary of Health John Wiesman say adults shouldn’t be allowed to buy tobacco products until they are 21 years old.

They spoke in favor of a bill that would raise the age for access to tobacco products from 18 to 21. While no states have done this, a few cities have. Weisman says Needham, Massachusetts saw a big drop in tobacco use among teens.

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E-Cigarette Regulations
4:35 pm
Tue January 20, 2015

Washington Legislature To Consider Ban on E-Cigs and Vaporizers

A Washington state senator received a tip that minors were buying e-cigarettes to modify them for use with marijuana.
Credit Joseph Morris / Flickr

A state senate committee will hear a proposal this week that would make it illegal to sell e-cigarettes and vaporizers to minors.

Last fall Senator Judy Warnick got a tip from a police officer from her district in Moses Lake. He noted students were buying e-cigarettes easily from one store in particular.

“…and then they were modifying them so they could use marijuana in those cigarettes,” Warnick said.

She said there wasn’t much he could do about it. There are no rules that prohibit selling e-cigarettes to minors.

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E-Cigarette Regulations
7:28 am
Fri January 2, 2015

More Restrictions May Be Coming For 'Vape Shops' In 2015

Brad Bellinger is the owner of Lilac City Vapor, an electronic cigarette store in Spokane.
Credit Jessica Robinson / Northwest News Network

Some cities and counties around the Northwest are tightening up local rules on businesses that sell e-cigarettes. And shop owners in Washington state are bracing for a tax fight at the legislature in 2015.

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