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Spokane legislators introduce bill to set up medical school

Washington State News Wire - Thu, 01/22/2015 - 07:03
Two lawmakers introduced bills Wednesday to help pave the way for a new Washington State University medical school in Spokane.

State Attorney General Ferguson proposes raising smoking age from 18 to 21

Washington State News Wire - Thu, 01/22/2015 - 06:35
Washington state Attorney General Bob Ferguson on Wednesday announced a bill that would make the state the first to raise the legal age for purchasing and possessing tobacco and vapor products to 21.

Idaho confirms avian flu cases as Washington imposes new quarantine

Washington State News Wire - Thu, 01/22/2015 - 06:01
By Laura Zuckerman SALMON, Idaho (Reuters) - Idaho officials said avian flu was confirmed in backyard chickens in the southwest of the state on Wednesday as Washington state quarantined poultry and eggs in areas where the virus was detected in chickens, geese and ducks. The highly pathogenic H5N2 strain of avian flu was first found in Pacific Northwest states in December, when U.S. officials ...

Spokane legislators introduce bill to set up medical school

Washington State News Wire - Thu, 01/22/2015 - 05:36
Two Spokane legislators introduced bills Wednesday that would help pave the way for a new Washington State University medical school in Spokane.

Spokane legislators introduce bill to set up medical school

Washington State News Wire - Thu, 01/22/2015 - 05:12
Two lawmakers introduced bills Wednesday to help pave the way for a new Washington State University medical school in Spokane.

Washington GOP Defends Herrera Beutler

Washington State News Wire - Thu, 01/22/2015 - 04:03
The Washington State Republican Party is defending GOP Congresswoman Jaime Herrera Beutler after threats of a censure vote from Clark County Republicans.

Washington state attorney general seeks to raise smoking age to 21

Washington State News Wire - Thu, 01/22/2015 - 02:56
Washington state’s top lawyer was set to unveil legislation on Wednesday seeking to raise the legal smoking age to 21 from 18 in a move that could make the state the first in the nation with such a threshold, his office said. Attorney General Bob Ferguson will announce the bill later on Wednesday in Olympia, the state capital, his office said. “The drive behind this is the health and well-being ...

Washington St women's team loses leading rebounder to injury

Washington State News Wire - Thu, 01/22/2015 - 01:39
PULLMAN, Wash. (AP) -- Washington State center Shalie Dheensaw will miss the rest of the season after suffering a right knee injury last Friday at Oregon State.

New outbreak of avian flu found in Washington state

Washington State News Wire - Wed, 01/21/2015 - 20:30
A third outbreak of avian flu has been detected in Washington state, prompting agriculture officials on Tuesday to warn bird owners to keep their flocks away from migratory birds that have spread viruses from Oregon to British Columbia.

How the Atomic Age Left Us a Half-Century of Radioactive Waste

Washington State News Wire - Wed, 01/21/2015 - 20:03
Dealing with nuclear waste at a plant in Washington State has proved an intractable problem. Why?

Obama boosts innovation economy, the underpinnings of this Washington

Washington State News Wire - Wed, 01/21/2015 - 13:26
President Barack Obama: Some hope for bipartisan cooperation in the “other” Washington for boosting America’s innovation economy. President Obama delivered a nationwide State of the Union blueprint Tuesday night for what Washington state has mapped out as its path to 21st century prosperity, an emphasis on technological development coupled with a work force that can meet its challenges. With ...

Washington lawmakers debate undercover farm video bill

Washington State News Wire - Wed, 01/21/2015 - 10:42
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Washington state became the latest battleground in the fight over whether to outlaw the unauthorized recording of farm practices after a bill drew wide-ranging criticism …

Washington House considers outlawing undercover farm videos

Washington State News Wire - Wed, 01/21/2015 - 08:13
Washington state has become the latest to join the fight over whether to outlaw the unauthorized recording of farm practices...

State Board of Education Sets Threshold Scores

Washington State News Wire - Wed, 01/21/2015 - 07:00
The Washington State Board of Education last week approved the minimum scores on new state tests that students need to achieve to be on track for success when they graduate from high school.

Simple soil mixture reverses toxic stormwater effects

Washington State News Wire - Wed, 01/21/2015 - 05:45
( Washington State University ) A simple column of common soil can reverse the toxic effects of urban runoff that otherwise quickly kills young coho salmon and their insect prey, according to new research by Washington State University, NOAA Fisheries and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.The affordable and remarkably effective treatment offers new promise for controlling toxic pollutants that ...

New outbreak of avian flu found in Washington state

Washington State News Wire - Wed, 01/21/2015 - 05:25
By Victoria Cavaliere SEATTLE (Reuters) - A third outbreak of avian flu has been detected in Washington state, prompting agriculture officials on Tuesday to warn bird owners to keep their flocks away from migratory birds that have spread viruses from Oregon to British Columbia. "All bird owners, whether commercial producers or backyard enthusiasts, need to continue practicing good biosecurity ...

Bicycling means big bucks in Washington state; ranks 4th in outdoor recreation spending

Washington State News Wire - Wed, 01/21/2015 - 05:19
A newly released economic study of outdoor recreation in Washington state finds that bicycling contributes $3.1 billion a year to the state’s economy. That’s the fourth highest economic impact among the major outdoor pursuits listed in the study, following only Sightseeing and Nature (1), all types of Boating (2), and Hiking, Climbing, Camping (3). And participation in … Continue reading »

State’s wolf population increasing; predatory incidents also climbing

Washington State News Wire - Wed, 01/21/2015 - 02:47
For the first time in generations wolf populations are on the rise in Washington State

State’s wolf population increasing; predatory incidents also climbing

Washington State News Wire - Wed, 01/21/2015 - 02:36
For the first time in generations wolf populations are on the rise in Washington State

Washington St.-Utah Preview

Washington State News Wire - Wed, 01/21/2015 - 00:52
Washington State might not be as enthusiastic to return to Salt Lake City. Trying to prevent the Cougars from winning three straight Pac-12 road games for the first time in six seasons, the No. 12 Utes look for a 31st consecutive home victory over an unranked opponent Wednesday night. Utah (14-3, 4-1) has had three days off to regroup from Saturday's 69-51 road defeat to then-No. 10 Arizona, and ...