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WSU Young Republicans Build Symbolic Trump Wall

Oct 19, 2016

A dozen or so students at Washington State University gathered in the center of the Pullman campus to show support for Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump. Their symbolic wall on Glenn Terrell Mall sported Trump's name in painted gold letters. They were countered by more than 200 protestors. 

Earth movers are beginning to move dirt for a better runway at the Pullman-Moscow Regional Airport on the Idaho-Washington border. Construction work has begun even though difficult negotiations to acquire needed land under the new runway's approach are not concluded.

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The Washington State University Board of Regents is holding a regularly scheduled meeting May 5 and 6 to discuss several actions items for the university.

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For the first time in 90 years, rugby will be played in the Olympics this year in Rio.


Rugby has a rich history with both men’s and women’s teams in the United States. The men’s team are the reigning Olympic champions (they won against France in 1924) and the US women’s team were the first official world champions in 1991.


New WSU President From Kansas State University

Mar 25, 2016

The man who has been offered the presidency of Washington State University is a chemical engineer and an Eagle Scout, and the current president of Kansas State University.

“The opportunity to come in as the new president of Washington State and be involved and engaged in helping to build a new publicly-funded medical school is really a tremendously unique opportunity,” Kirk Schulz said in an interview with public radio.

Washington State University announced Monday that our Richland Correspondent Anna King is WSU Woman of the Year for 2016.

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Neighborhoods where non-English speaking Latinos live, tend to have the most toxic air quality.

That’s according to new research out of Washington State University.

WSU President Elson Floyd Dies At 59

Jun 20, 2015
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Elson Floyd, the president of Washington State University, died early Saturday in Pullman. He was 59 and had served as WSU president for eight years.

At Washington State University Tri-Cities, more than 60 percent of the undergrads are female. So leaders there decided to launch “Million Women Mentors.”

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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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After graduating and becoming a successful up-and-coming comedian, why would you return to your old college? To teach, of course!  

WSU Wine Science Center to Open in March

Nov 5, 2014
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Construction for the new Wine Science Center at Washington State University Tri-Cities should be mostly completed this year. A grand opening is planned in March at the $23 million center. Some professors could move in early next year and students could start taking classes next fall. The center is located in the heart of wine country on the WSU Tri-Cities campus in Richland.

Smarter Than Your Average Bear

Oct 4, 2014
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WSU is known for its smart Cougars. But soon it could have a reputation for something else – intelligent bears. Bears that use tools, like some primates and birds. Veterinary student Alex Waroff tested the bears’ intelligence, and found some surprising results. WSU’s Rock Doc, Kirsten Peters, has the story of WSU’s bright bears.

Alex Waroff had a fantastic summer job this year. The veterinary student at Washington State University worked with faculty members as they tested just how clever grizzly bears are. What’s at issue is the use of tools.

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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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WSU Board Green Lights New Medical School In Spokane

Sep 12, 2014
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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.

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In Eastern Washington, an epic swim hole and university party spot on public land was just closed down. This past weekend, nearly 2,000 people mobbed the spot. The horde littered the place known as “The Dunes” with trash, adult-beverage containers and … well, other leavings. 

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Washington State University’s mascot is the cougar, but the university is also home to the nation’s only captive grizzly bear research center. Correspondent Tom Banse reports a new study involving those bears yields insights into possible therapies for human obesity and diabetes.

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Washington State University and the University of Idaho are among the schools under investigation over their handling of sexual assault cases. Federal law requires universities to investigate reports of sexual violence and harassment, and to take steps to prevent future incidents. The U.S. Department of Education released a list of 55 colleges and universities they say may have broken the law.

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

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Washington State University has extended the contract of its president Elson Floyd. 

The WSU board of regents made the announcement at a special meeting today in Pullman. Floyd’s current contract was due to end in 2016. The regents extended that five years to 2021. 

The university says Floyd asked that his current level of compensation—$625,000 a year--remain unchanged at this time. 

Floyd has served as WSU president since May of 2007.

A new effort to address binge drinking at Washington State University could include more calls to parents, more Friday morning classes, and training in CPR for students themselves.

The university in Pullman, Wash., took a hard look at campus drinking culture after a freshman died of alcohol poisoning last fall.

A task force assigned to the issue found that the number of students drinking isn't going up. But there is more extreme drinking in a small segment of the student population.

Washington State University has scrapped plans to expand its academic offerings at a satellite college center in Everett. It blames budget uncertainty in the Washington State legislature.

Colleen Kerr is the lead spokeswoman on the project for WSU. She says the university made the announcement Thursday because it can’t pull together the additional degree offerings planned to begin in August if funding isn’t secure.

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Washington State University scientists are developing a sperm bank to capture the biodiversity of honey bees. The hope is to breed stronger pollinators, since populations keep declining.

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The search is on for a cost-effective alternative fish food. And we don't mean the Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream flavor. What we're talking about is the pellets fed to farmed fish. A key ingredient in commercial feed is other fish caught in the wild. Northwest trout farmers - and some salmon growers - recognize that practice is unsustainable. But trout are carnivores. They can't just become vegetarians, or can they? Correspondent Tom Banse joined a taste test to see if seafood consumers can tell any difference.

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The Supreme Court of Washington heard oral arguments in a case that could change how cities, towns and universities manage water. Northwest conservation groups are suing Washington State University. They say it’s draining the region’s aquifer.

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Northwest conservationists are suing Washington State University. They say the groundwater used to irrigate the University’s golf course is draining the region’s aquifer. But this case is about more than just watering the fairways and putting greens. It could change how cities and towns manage water for future development. For EarthFix, Courtney Flatt has more.

Two Final Suspects Arrested In Pullman Assault

Apr 12, 2013
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All four suspects sought in the assault case of a WSU professor have now been arrested. The two final suspects were arrested Friday morning.

RICHLAND, Wash. – A coalition of groups from southeast Washington is collecting oral histories about the the Hanford Nuclear Reservation and communities around it -- from pioneer days to post-war-cleanup. An announcement was made Tuesday by Washington State University Tri-Cities and 10 other community groups.

The project team intends to collect new interviews, digitize existing ones and make them available online and at the university in a permanent collection.