Assessing the need for a WSU med school: Some local and regional higher education experts are questioning whether there is enough demand to warrant a second medical school in Washington state. WSU wants to open a school in Spokane, but some say the shortage of hospital residency spots is a more pressing issue.
Class-size initiative will appear on November ballot (AP): A state initiative that would require smaller class sizes at all levels will appear on the general-election ballot this fall. A similar measure was passed in 2000, but the Legislature has suspended it several times because of budget concerns.
Steep decline in Skagit County vaccination rates (Skagit Valley Herald): State health records show the percentage of fully vaccinated kindergartners in Washington dropped to 83 percent in 2013-2014, a 2-percent decline from the previous year. The drop in Skagit County was even steeper, from 88 to 83.4 percent.
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