LCSC & WWCC to Partner With WSU Professor Who Was Awarded Nearly $1 Million to Study Plant Cell Structures

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PULLMAN, WA - A Washington State University professor has won a nearly $1 million National Science Foundation grant to study the cellular architecture of plants in the hopes of helping grow renewable resources faster.  The work will be partnered with colleagues at WSU Native American Programs, Lewis-Clark State College, and Walla Walla Community College.  The partnership will include lectures and provide training for high school and undergraduate college students in Andrei Smertenko's lab.

Investigation Into Death of Orofino Prison Inmate is Completed

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OROFINO, ID - The investigation into the death of a Department of Correction inmate in Orofino has been completed.  The Clearwater County Sheriff's Office says 30-year-old Alexander Mecklin's death was caused by an undetected, hereditary heart condition.  Officials say only drugs used in the resuscitation efforts at the hospital were in his system.

Small Business Development Center at LCSC Will Hold Four Workshops in March

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LEWISTON, ID - The Small Business Development Center at Lewis-Clark State College will offer four workshops in March.

From LCSC:
A workshop on retirement savings plans for small businesses highlights the four March classes being offered by the North Central Idaho Small Business Development Center at Lewis-Clark State College.

The other workshops include website content, a business roundtable discussion, and business resources and regulations.

Car Tip of the Day

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Car Tip of the Day

Eliminate Distractions
As driving instructors stress, your hands tend to follow where your eyes are looking. Adjusting the radio dial takes 5.5 seconds—and that's 5.5 seconds when his eyes may not be on the road and both hands may not be on the wheel.

Sexual Misconduct Between Residents Reported at IDOC's St. Anthony Juvenile Facility

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ST. ANTHONY, ID - A 20-year-old male resident of the Juvenile Correction Center-St. Anthony has been removed from contact with a teenage boy after the older resident reported to facility staff that the two were involved in sexual misconduct.  An investigation of the December incident found that it was limited to inappropriate touching.

Idaho Power Campgrounds Can Now Be Reserved Online

The online reservation system operates on a first-come first-serve basis and includes popular sites in Hells Canyon & C.J. Strike Reservoir

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BOISE, ID - Campers, anglers, and boaters can now reserve campsites online at some of Idaho Power's most popular campgrounds. Starting today, outdoor adventurists can go to idahopower.com to see available spots and reserve one by clicking the campground reservations link.

Surprise Billing Legislation Passes Washington House for Second Year in a Row

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OLYMPIA, WA - The Washington State House of Representatives passed House Bill 2114 which puts an end to surprise emergency room bills. The practice, called "balanced billing," refers to patients paying the difference between what a provider expects to be reimbursed from an insurer and what the insurer believes they should be paying. It stems from reports to the Legislature and the Office of the Insurance Commissioner from Washington residents who have been affected.  The measure is now in the Senate.

House Passes Peterson Legislation to Ban Lunch Shaming

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OLYMPIA, WA - The Washington State House of Representatives yesterday passed House Bill 2610, known as the Hunger-Free Students' Bill of Rights, which bans school lunch shaming and enables access to healthy meals for Washington students. The bill, sponsored by Rep. Strom Peterson, D-Edmonds, passed the House on a vote of 59-39 and comes after reports of students who faced "lunch shaming," or being publicly scrutinized for not being able to pay for a school meal.

Idaho Transportation Department Will Hold Open House Meeting Feb. 22nd

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POTLATCH, ID - The Idaho Transportation Department will hold an open house on Thursday, February 22nd, to share information on plans to improve safety on US 95 by replacing two aging bridges in 2020 and adding turn lanes at two intersections near Potlatch. This public meeting will be held at the Scenic 6 Depot from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.
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