Author Archives: mollyrosbach

First person: How cops under stress make decision to shoot or not shoot

For this story, I spent a day at the Yakima Police Department with an outside trainer who came in to teach community members about the physiological effects stress has on the body, as pertains to cops in shoot-or-not-shoot situations. I … Continue reading

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Charity care lawsuit against Yakima Regional

Yakima Regional Medical and Cardiac Center was sued in 2013 over its charity care practices. In the intervening years, lawyers for the plaintiffs have presented evidence alleging that the hospital (along with Toppenish Community Hospital, both now owned by Community … Continue reading

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Opioids in Yakima: Ongoing series

Part 1: Local addiction treatment specialists talk about the potential & hurdles of medication-based treatment for opioid addiction: http://www.yakimaherald.com/lifestyle/health/opioids-in-yakima-medication-based-treatment-gains-traction/article_dbffe0f2-6ca1-11e6-987c-5f166635db5f.html Part 2: Yakima doctors discuss difficulty finding balance between adequately treating legitimate pain, and giving patients free access to dangerous narcotics; … Continue reading

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Editorial: I love adoption

Update: A condensed version of this blog post ran in the Yakima Herald-Republic on Nov. 20, 2015. Read it here.) Someone shared a piece on Facebook today titled “I Hate Adoption.” It took me two tries to read it all … Continue reading

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Medical-marijuana bill passes, governor threatens veto

The Senate passed the House-amended version of a bill to regulate and license medical marijuana dispensaries in Washington state, but Gov. Chris Gregoire still isn’t going to sign anything that would put state employees at risk of violating federal law … Continue reading

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Governor unfazed that cop killer attended signing

When the governor signed into law a bill prohibiting motorcycle profiling last week, she was unaware that a man who had been convicted of killing an Oregon police officer 30 years earlier was standing a few feet away. She says … Continue reading

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State capital budget hinges on debt-limit amendment

Two senators have introduced a bipartisan constitutional amendment to reduce the state’s debt limit and reduce the portion of the operating budget that goes toward paying off debt service, which is already more than 6 percent. To ensure its passage … Continue reading

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Workers seek outside options to end tax breaks

Since Democrat legislators (almost certainly) can’t wrangle the two-thirds majority vote to change tax preferences or cut tax exemptions, labor groups have introduced their own initiatives to direct the resulting tax revenue toward education and social services. Power to the … Continue reading

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To ease budget cuts, Dems seeking to end tax breaks

Thank Tim Eyman and the passage of I-1053 last fall for imposing the two-thirds majority vote requirement on any measure to change or raise tax preferences. With I-1053 in place, it will be virtually impossible for Democrats to close tax … Continue reading

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WA lawmakers have less than 2 weeks left

Another Where Things Stand, looking at what measures have lived or died at this second legislative cutoff deadline. For non-budget bills to continue on, they had to be heard in the floor of the house opposite where they started by … Continue reading

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