Northwest News

Mother steals daughter's placenta to conceal drug use

CALDWELL, Idaho (AP) - A woman accused of stealing the placenta and umbilical cord after her daughter gave birth at an Idaho hospital in an attempt to conceal any possible drug use that could result in the baby being taken away is facing charges.

University of Oregon reduces size of tuition increase

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) - Students will pay more to attend the University of Oregon next fall, but not as much as feared.The university's Board of Trustees voted to increase in-state tuition by 6.6 percent instead of the 10.6 percent announced earlier this year.State legislators last week provided $70 million more than expected to higher education. They offered the money if public universities planning large tuition increases agreed to make the hikes less steep.

Mabton man facing homicide charges in fatal DUI

YAKIMA, Wash.Justin Newhouse, 27-years-old, is now facing vehicular homicide charges in a January head-on collision 2 miles west of Buena that later killed a Yakima man.On January 24, Newhouse was allegedly driving west in the eastbound lanes of Interstate 82…

Biology test no longer required for high school diploma

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) - High school seniors will no longer need to pass a biology test in order to graduate under legislation signed by Gov. Jay Inslee.The Daily News reports that (http://bit.ly/2sEzhvS ) that seniors in the class of 2017 who had failed a biology exam but met other diploma requirements would graduate automatically. The class of 2017 had been the first class required to pass a biology exam. About 3,300 high school seniors failed it.