Washington Governor Jay Inslee Releases His Budget Proposal

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OLYMPIA, WA - Washington Governor Jay Inslee today released his 2018 supplemental budget, which he says would add nearly $1 billion to fully fund basic education in time for the 2018 school year and would make modest new investments for emerging and urgent needs such as tools to combat mental health, emergency preparedness, and protection for endangered orcas.

Pomeroy Basketball Player Named Athlete of the Week by WIAA

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RENTON, WA - A Pomeroy student athlete has been named an Athlete of the Week by the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association for week 15 (December 3-9, 2017).  Jacob Tewalt is a senior basketball player.  He scored 49 points and had 21 rebounds in two victories over Colfax and Liberty Christian.  He hit the game-winning shot with nine seconds left, to beat Colfax 57-55.

Sign-ups for Health & Dental Plans Through Washington Healthplanfinder Deadline is Tomorrow

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OLYMPIA, WA - The Washington Health Benefit Exchange is reminding customers who have not signed up for 2018 coverage that 11:59 p.m. tomorrow is the deadline to select health and dental plans through Washington Healthplanfinder.

From WHBE:
After Dec. 15, individuals have until Jan. 15, 2018 to secure annual coverage that would start on Feb. 1, 2018.

U of I Greek Students Self-Impose Moratorium on Alcohol-Related Activities

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MOSCOW, ID - In response to the growing national crisis surrounding personal violence on college campuses, such as hazing and sexual assault - as well as alcohol abuse - the University of Idaho's Greek housing student leadership has self-imposed a moratorium on all alcohol-related activities until specific benchmarks, created by student affairs and Greek leaders, are met by each house.

State Leaders Announce Steps to Protect Net Neutrality

Inslee, Ferguson, and legislators prepared to push back against damaging federal actions

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OLYMPIA, WA - On the eve of an expected vote by the Federal Communications Commission to roll back net neutrality rules, Washington Governor Jay Inslee joined Attorney General Bob Ferguson, legislators, and business leaders to announce state plans to preserve an open internet and protect consumers from internet companies that are not transparent about costs or services.

U of I Library Begins $700,000 Renovation to 2nd Floor of Library

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MOSCOW, ID - The University of Idaho library has begun its $700,000 renovation to the second floor of the library to modernize the facility to meet user's needs and preferences. During the four-month construction period, the floor will remain open.

From the U of I:
The planned remodeling includes new carpet, paint, furniture and electrical upgrades, funded by a combination of donor gifts and public funds. When finished, library users will have an upgraded space aesthetically similar to that of library’s renovated first floor, which was completed in fall 2016.

WSU's College of Medicine Receives $10 Million in Grants

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SPOKANE, WA - Washington State University College of Medicine has received $10 million in new research grants and contract awards this fiscal year.

From WSU:
Just six months into the college’s 2018 fiscal year (which began July 1), the sum is $2.7 million higher than new grants and contracts awarded in the entire 2017 fiscal year, and $3.9 million higher than those awarded in the 2016 fiscal year.

The grants will be used to explore a wide range of health science issues that align with the college’s vision of solving problems in challenging healthcare environments.

U of I's Researcher Greg Moller has Been Honored by the National Academy of Inventors

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MOSCOW, ID - University of Idaho's researcher Greg Moller has been honored by the National Academy of Inventors for his innovative work to clean wastewater in Idaho and worldwide.

From U of I:
Moller, a member of the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences faculty since 1990, holds six patents. All of them are licensed by companies that treat wastewater from communities and businesses. Moller also has three patents pending final approval.


LCSC Having Apparel Sale Today

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LEWISTON, ID - The Lewis-Clark State College athletic department will have an LCSC Warrior apparel sale today from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on the main level of the LCSC Activity Center. The sale will include $10 cotton t-shirts, $10 off for every $50 spent, $15 off for every $75 spent, and $20 off every $100 spent.

The inventory includes shirts, polos, sweatshirts, hats, and more for men, women, and children.

Nez Perce Tribe Receives $100,000 Federal Grant For Water Quality Programs

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SEATTLE, WA - The US Environmental Protection Agency has awarded $1,039,686 to support 32 tribes with their nonpoint source pollution programs, and an additional $975,548 under the competitive grant program to 10 of the tribes for specific restoration and protection projects, boosting tribal water quality programs across three Northwest states to help protect people’s health and the environment.  The Nez Perce Tribe is among those who received grant money.


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