Rachel Alexander, SpokesmanReview

Rachel Alexander


Spokane, WA, United States

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Past articles by Rachel:

For some patients, opioids provide only hope

Chronic pain patients caught in the complexities and controversies as opioid epidemic draws tighter scrutiny of prescription policies. → Read More

After 18 years’ imprisonment, Uzbek journalist reunited with family in Spokane

After serving 18 years behind bars in Uzbekistan, enduring beatings, starvation, solitary confinement and almost no contact with the outside world, Muhammad Bekjanov is free to tell his story. → Read More

Finding shelter: A night with the women of Spokane’s Hope House

During a hot summer evening, women at Spokane’s Hope House shelter shared their thoughts, impressions and life experiences. The shelter is part of Spokane’s 24/7 network for homeless people, built on the idea that everyone, regardless of age or gender, should have a safe place to be inside at all times. → Read More

Study shows declining prescriptions for opioids in Washington, Idaho

Opioid prescription rates and diagnoses of opioid addiction are declining nationally and in Washington, according to a report from Blue Cross Blue Shield released Thursday. → Read More

Report: Washington ranks near the top in terms of child health

Washington fares better than most U.S. states in taking care of its kids, especially when it comes to health, according to a new report by Kids Count. → Read More

A Local Data Reporter Covers America’s Deadly Opioid Epidemic

A behind-the-scenes look at how one reporter put together a data-driven story about healthcare workers dying of opioid overdoses in the United States. → Read More

New Planned Parenthood health center dedicated in Spokane

Planned Parenthood of Greater Washington and North Idaho dedicated its new $5 million health center Friday afternoon in Spokane, with staff saying the modernized clinic will allow them to care for more patients and expand sex education and advocacy efforts. → Read More

Roll out the giant chess set: Spokane Sidewalk Games back for the third year

Heavy winds Wednesday toppled more than a few signs as vendors set up for the Kendall Yards farmers market, but two giant Connect Four boards stood tall. The games signaled the beginning of the third summer of Spokane Sidewalk Games, which has put giant versions of checkers, chess, chutes and ladders and more in public spaces. → Read More

In a first, Spokane was top choice for all incoming UW medical students in Spokane

Spokane has a new milestone to brag about: Medical students are fighting to come here. → Read More

‘Pride’ coming back to Spokane’s streets, with a welcome for all

Last year, OutSpokane handed out 1,000 rainbow flags during the city’s annual Pride parade. This year, they’re adding to the mix with the Pride flags for transgender, bisexual, pansexual and asexual people. → Read More

Diary of a Local Data Reporter

Telling the story of health care workers dying from opioid overdoses in Spokane, Washington → Read More

New study shows high uranium levels in some wells in northeastern Washington

Wells in northeastern Washington frequently have high uranium concentrations, sometimes as much as 40 times the level considered safe for drinking water. A new study from the U.S. Geological Survey sampled water from 13 wells and looked at historical data on uranium concentrations. → Read More

Amorous bear billboards reappear, this time with a cub

Spokane’s favorite bear couple is back, this time as parents. → Read More

Washington now accepts cash child support payments at 7-Eleven stores

The state’s Department of Social and Health Services announced Monday it’s partnering with PayNearMe, a national vendor, to enable cash payments of child support at 7-Eleven, Ace Cash Express or Casey’s General Store locations. → Read More

Patty Murray report: Opioid addiction and deaths cost Washington $9.2 billion in 2016

Opioid addiction and overdoses cost Washington $9.2 billion in 2016, according to a report by Senator Patty Murray’s office released Monday. → Read More

Father of Sandy Hook shooting victim speaking at Our Kids: Our Business

Jeremy Richman left a career in drug development to purse research into brain structure and violence in the aftermath of his six-year-old daughter’s killing in the Sandy Hook school shootings. → Read More

At Fairmount Memorial Park, a headstone links strangers lost in Titanic’s plunge

William Rice, a Hillyard railroad worker, died two years before the Titanic set sail. Yet his life and death provided a link – unknown at the time – among three groups of passengers on board. → Read More

Airborne ICU in 747 touches down in Spokane for nationwide Ebola drill

On Wednesday, Spokane participated in Tranquil Terminus, a drill to test a nationwide system. It’s the first federal exercise to simulate moving multiple patients with highly infectious diseases around the country. → Read More

Campaign to stop smoking includes focus on blacks targeted by menthols marketing

Gene Aikens is at the forefront of an anti-smoking campaign that has a focus highlighting how blacks were targeted with the marketing of menthol cigarrettes by big tobacco. → Read More

Justice Department refuses to release report on its examination of Spokane Police Department

The U.S. Department of Justice has refused to release its report on the Spokane Police Department’s reforms after a public records request and appeal by The Spokesman-Review. → Read More