“The Constitution & Religion: Origins, Challenges, & Accommodations” Lecture at LCSC

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LEWISTON, ID - A lecture on “The Constitution and Religion: Origins, Challenges, and Accommodations” will take place Wednesday, November 1st in room 115 of Sacajawea Hall on the Lewis-Clark State College campus.

From LCSC:
The event is being called the Moore Honorary Lecture in honor of former LCSC political science professor Richard Moore.

Nez Perce County Election Information

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LEWISTON, ID - Ballots for the City of Peck, and for the Genesee Rural Fire Special Bond Election were mailed out to all eligible voters last Monday. If you have not received your ballot and you are registered to vote contact the Nez Perce County Elections Department at 208-799-3023.

From the NPCED:
The last day to return your ballot is Tuesday, November 7, 2017 by 8:00 p.m. If you need to register to vote, or re-register due to a name or address change, Election Day Registration and voting will be available at the Nez Perce County Courthouse, 1230 Main St, Lewiston.

Friday, October 27th, is the last day applications for mail-out absentee ballots may be received by the county clerk for the November 7, 2017Election. All applications must be received by the Auditor’s Office no later than 5:00 p.m.

L&I has Released State Requirements on how Paid Sick Leave lLaw Will be Implemented

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TUMWATER, WA - This week, the Department of Labor and Industries has released the new state requirements on how the paid sick leave law will be implemented. Mandatory paid sick leave in Washington starts in just over two months.

“Now that they’re final, the next step is to make sure that employers know what’s required so they can be ready when the new law takes effect on January 1," L&I Assistant Director of Fraud Prevention & Labor Standards Elizabeth Smith says.

Two Former CHS Students Will be Awarded an American FFA Degree

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CLARKSTON, WA - Two former Clarkston High School students, Keaton Brenner and Mikalah Marbach, will be awarded an American FFA degree at the FFA National Convention in Indianapolis on Saturday.

From the Clarkston School District:
The American FFA Degree is awarded at the National FFA Convention each year to less than 1% of FFA members, making it one of the highest honors.

Staci & Scott Baldwin Will be on the American Heroes Channel on Saturday

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LEWISTON, ID - Local residents Staci and Scott Baldwin and their organization, Jackson’s Pay It Forward Foundation will be on the American Heroes Channel on Saturday. The 9/11 HERO: THE RED BANDANNA LEGACY is a hour-long special showcasing the work of the Baldwins along with two others whose work invokes the spirit of the Red Bandanna – a symbol of selflessness and service created in memory of 9/11 hero, Welles Remy Crowther.

From AHC:
At the age of six, Staci and Scott’s son, Jackson, was diagnosed with Stage IV Neuroblastoma. From the beginning the Baldwins knew they had a long, hard battle ahead of them and that Jackson's prognosis was grim. The next four years of their lives were filled with countless treasured moments as well as the pain and uncertainty that go along with battling cancer. Inspired by Jackson’s positivity and kept faith, Staci and Scott founded Jackson’s Pay It Forward Foundation in 2006 in his memory, to assist other families coping with children with serious illness or injuries through emotional and financial support. To learn more about Jackson’s Pay It Forward Foundation, please visit: https://jacksonspayitforward.com/

Link to 9/11: THE RED BANDANNA LEGACY screener available here (password: red). *not for broadcast or public display. Please note that the Baldwins are one of three stories featured in the special.

Washington State’s Life Sciences Industry is Facing a Lack of Skilled Workers

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OLYMPIA, WA - Washington State’s life sciences industry is facing a lack of skilled workers. This threatens to stunt future growth, according to a report released today by the state Department of Commerce.

From the Department of Commerce:
The 2017 study was commissioned by the Governor’s Life Science and Global Health Advisory Council.

The report, Assessing Washington’s Life Science and Global Health Workforce Dynamics: Enhancing Connections and Addressing the Skills Gap to Ensure Future Growth, notes that while Washington has built a sizeable life science industry employing nearly 30,000 in high-quality jobs, future growth and competitiveness face challenging headwinds, with workforce issues the top concern.

Idaho's Unemployment Rate for September Dropped to a Historic Low

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LEWISTON, ID - Idaho's unemployment rate for September dropped to a historic low. The seasonally adjusted rate decreased for the seventh consecutive month to 2.8%.

From the Idaho Department of Labor:
September’s decrease was due to a robust increase in the number of Idahoans working and a continued drop in the number of unemployed. Total employment grew by 4,154 in September — the largest monthly increase since July 1993 — driving the total number of people with jobs to 800,629.


Public Meeting With City of Lewiston Officials Regarding East Orchards Sewer Expansion

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LEWISTON, ID - There will be a public meeting with City of Lewiston officials regarding the East Orchards sewer expansion on Thursday, October 26th, at Camelot Elementary School from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m.

The City has a plan to address the septic systems in the East Orchards area that are contaminating groundwater and adjacent watersheds.

Clarkston Prestige Care Recently Participated in an Alzheimer’s Fundraiser

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CLARKSTON, WA - The Clarkston Prestige Care branch recently participated in a company-wide fundraising campaign which raised more than $80,000 for the Alzheimer’s Association.

During the month of September residents and staff across all Prestige communities and its corporate headquarters were challenged to raise funds for the Alzheimer’s Association and walk 65 million total steps – the approximate distance around the globe. By the end of the fundraising campaign, participants had walked more than 100 million total steps.

From Prestige:
Prestige Care Inc., a leading provider of senior living and skilled nursing and rehabilitation care, is proud to announce that residents, patients, families and staff raised more than $80,000 and walked more than 100 million steps throughout the month of September as part of a fundraising campaign to support the Alzheimer’s Association.

LCSC Work Scholars Program has Grown This Fall

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LEWISTON, ID - The Lewis-Clark State College Work Scholars program has grown this fall. This program was launched in 2015 after the program received $209,000 in funding from the Idaho Legislature. It pairs high achieving students who have financial need with meaningful jobs both on campus and in the Lewiston area.

From LCSC:
Each student receives a full tuition scholarship for the academic year in turn for working 10 hours a week.


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 Showers likely before 11am. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 55. Breezy, with a west wind 9 to 14 mph increasing to 16 to 21 mph in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 32 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Tonight Mostly cloudy, with a low around 38. Breezy, with a southwest wind 9 to 18 mph, with gusts as high as 29 mph.

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