Broadband Bill Passes Washington State Senate Unanimously

House Bill 2664 awaits final signature from the Governor

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OLYMPIA, WA - Washington residents who live in rural areas are one step closer to having access to reliable high-speed internet. A measure sponsored by Rep. Mary Dye (R-Pomeroy) is now on its way to the Governor's desk for his signature.  House Bill 2664 removes the restrictive definition of “rural” from the existing statute and lets all ports build optical fiber networks to homes and businesses where in the past private companies had difficulty financing these projects.

NAIA Brackets Announced; LCSC Will Face LSU-Alexandria

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LEWISTON, ID - The bracket for the NAIA National Men’s Championship was unveiled today.  The Lewis-Clark State College men’s basketball team gathered in the Activity Center's conference room to watch as they learned that their matchup will be 4th-seeded LSU-Alexandria.  The Warriors are the fifth-seed in the Naismith section of the bracket.

New Washington Law Offers Breakfast After the Bell Program for Hungry Students

High-need schools would provide breakfast during class time

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OLYMPIA, WA - Washington Governor Jay Inslee today signed a bill that will provide breakfast in the classroom for low-income students.  The Breakfast After the Bell program that is provided in House Bill 1508 will allow students who struggle to get three meals a day at home to have free or reduced-price breakfast at school after the bell rings.

Juvenile Escapes Custody in Whitman County, Stolen Vehicle Reportedly Seen in LC Valley

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COLFAX, WA - The Whitman County Sheriff's Office is asking for the public's assistance in locating a juvenile who escaped from the custody of the Whitman County Juvenile Department and allegedly stole one of the department's cars.  Lance Antilla is 17-years-old, 5'10" tall, weighs 150 pounds, and has blue eyes and brown hair.

Colton Teen Named WIAA Athlete of the Week

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COLTON, WA - A Colton basketball player has been named as one of the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association's Athlete of the Week winners for Week 26 (February 25-March 1, 2018).  Dakota Patchen is a junior at Colton High School.  She averaged 21.3 points per game at the State Tournament to help lead the Wildcats to its 9th State Championship in the last 10 years.

Recent WSU Study Finds That Sexual Harassment & Gender Stereotypes are Prevalent Among Youth

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PULLMAN, WA - Young women in high schools and colleges have told Washington State University researchers that people routinely make sexual comments, both in-person and online, about them and their bodies.

Associate professors Stacey J.T. Hust in WSU’s Edward R. Murrow College of Communication and Kathleen Boyce Rodgers, professor in WSU’s Department of Human Development, have talked wilth more than 100 young people from across the state in focus groups about media and their romantic and sexual relationships.

Farmers & Ranchers Still Have Time to be Counted in the 2017 Census of Agriculture

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OLYMPIA, WA - Farmers and ranchers still have time to be counted in the 2017 Census of Agriculture, the US Department of Agriculture's National Agricultural Statistics Service says. The NASS will continue to accept Census information through the spring.

From the USDA:
“We thank everyone who has completed their Census to date Of the nearly 174,000 questionnaires mailed last December to Northwest producers (WA, ID, OR, AK), Idaho currently has a return rate of 52 percent followed by Oregon, 49 percent; Washington, 43 percent; and Alaska 38 percent” said Chris Mertz, director, Northwest Region USDA/NASS.

Weather Brought to You by Nez Perce Express

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Weather for the Lewis-Clark Valley, Palouse, and Camas Prairie brought to you by Nez Perce Express.

Today Increasing clouds, with a high near 55. East wind around 6 mph.

Tonight A slight chance of showers before 1am, then a chance of showers after 2am. Cloudy, with a low around 41. East wind around 7 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Bump Stocks for Guns Will Be Illegal in Washington State Beginning July 1st

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OLYMPIA, WA - Washington Governor Jay Inslee today signed a bill that will prohibit the sale, possession, and use of bump stocks.  They are devices that replace the standard stock of a firearm to allow the gun to slide back and forth when fired, causing the gun to reset without the shooter having to move a finger. This allows the gun to fire off shots at a frequency similar to that of an automatic weapon.

Suspicious Vehicles Approaching Children in Lapwai

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LAPWAI, ID- There have been two recent reported incidents of suspicious vehicles driving within the city of Lapwai and the drivers were talking to children. The Nez Perce Tribal Police Department is investigating both situations.  Officials are urging parents to talk to their children about stranger danger and the importance of staying away from unfamiliar people and vehicles.


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