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Two Spokane lawmakers submitted bill’s Wednesday to change a nearly century-old state law regarding medical schools.

Republican Senator Michael Baumgartner and Democratic Representative Marcus Riccelli introduced the bills to help Washington State University create its own medical school. The bills would amend a 1917 state law that allows only University of Washington to operate a medical school, and caps the amount of students at 120.

Riccelli’s measure has 60 co-sponsors from the House, which makes a super-majority.

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This week both Washington State University and University of Washington revealed their next moves in developing a Spokane medical school.

UW has asked Gonzaga University to consider a medical education partnership, now that UW and WSU dissolved their Spokane program. GU President Thayne McCulloh says a partnership is not set in stone.

“Gonzaga wants to be an active part of the and we are looking forward to opportunities to talk more broadly about what role Spokane sees Gonzaga playing,” McCulloh says.

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This January, Washington State University plans to ask lawmakers for permission to open a medical school in Spokane.

The question is will the University of Washington oppose that effort? It currently runs its own prominent medical school.

WSU President Elson Floyd said his goal is to avoid what one lawmaker has termed the “Apple Cup of medical schools.”

“We are in the process now of negotiating those things so it’s my hope that we’ll be able to present a unified front to the legislature as we go forward next year,” Floyd said.

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HBO is planning a new six-hour miniseries on the Lewis and Clark expedition. And it's searching the Northwest for one of the most famous and beloved figures in the saga – the role of Sacagawea. 

She was the young Native American mother who helped the Corps of Discovery reach the Pacific. This miniseries may do something previous productions haven't – cast a Native American actress in the role.

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Washington State University leaders announced plans Wednesday for a medical school in Spokane. School leaders approved the idea last week, which has the University of Washington on edge about its own Spokane program.

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Washington State University's Board of Regents unanimously approved a plan Friday to establish a medical school in Spokane. It has the potential to generate 120 new doctors every year in the Northwest. But the move also tees up a fight between Washington's two largest public universities.

The University of Washington in Seattle is currently the state's only public medical school.

But WSU Spokane chancellor Lisa Brown says the program just isn't enough to satisfy the shortage of doctors.

Both the University of Washington and Washington State University are prepared to deal with students who have been impacted by the Oso landslide.

Northwest Biologists Say Preserving Predators Is Critical

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In a paper published in the journal Science Thursday, biologists with University of Washington and Oregon State University make the case for protecting carnivores. They say that two thirds of the world’s largest predators are threatened. And losing them could trigger a cascade of effects.

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Tribal leaders from the Northwest and from around the country had the opportunity today to tell the Obama Administration what they want in the coming year. The White House convened what has become an annual conference with Native American tribes. A University of Washington law school professor will be giving advice all year long thanks to his appointment to a new Justice Department advisory panel. Ron Whitener says the group is specifically looking at violence faced by American Indian children.

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A commercial submarine operator is teaming up with the University of Washington to build a new, manned deep sea sub. The five passenger mini-sub could be available for charter by oil companies or researchers beginning in 2016. 

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