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Spring offers boost to environmental consulting

Beth Fifield Hodgson says she didn’t plan to start an environmental consulting firm in which most of the staff would be made up of women. It just worked out that way. Fifield Hodgson co-owns Spring Environmental Inc., with her sister...

State, city to upgrade energy codes this year

Builders can expect a new slew of energy-efficiency codes to kick in later this year. As they wait, the next slate of changes is already in the works. ...

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WSU researcher studies marijuana use among pregnant women

New research shows the use of cannabis among pregnant women is increasing as both medical and recreational marijuana are legalized in more states. ...

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Workplace sexism can be harmful to women’s health

Though notable strides in workplace culture and policy change undoubtedly have improved employment conditions for many women over the last several decades, the impacts of sexism on women are particularly evident in male-dominated fields. ...

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MultiCare physician explores new spine surgery technique

After 20 years of chronic back pain, former Stevens County Commissioner Fran Bessermin decided quality of life was more important than the fear of having spinal surgery and elected to undergo a new surgery technique developed last year. ...

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Preterm birth rates haven’t declined in decades

Preterm birth rates from the local to the national level have remained fairly stable for the past few decades, but some in the obstetrical care community say the fact rates haven’t declined is frustrating. ...

Biking, running, swimming for recovery

In the middle of the night, gynecologic oncologist Dr. Melanie Bergman sat next to Rose Mary Volbrecht on her hospital bed at Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center, consoling her with the words...

Adolescent girls bored at higher rates than boys, study shows

If you’re the parent of a teenager, or spend any amount of time around them, it’s not a surprise to hear them say they’re bored. ...

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New best interest rule for investment brokers draws concerns

The Securities and Exchange Commission adopted a new rule that went into effect Sept. 10 intended to require investment broker-dealers to act in the best interests of their client when making recommendations. ...

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Financial Trex targets Generation X, millennial clients

Though it wasn’t her intention at the start, a Spokane-based financial planner says her young firm has found a niche among younger generations of people in need of financial expertise. ...

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