Patty Murray, D-Wash., has added language to the 2011 defense appropriation bill that would benefit area businesses and organizations. Here are the key Eastern Washington items added to the bill, which is now being considered by the Senate Appropriations Committee.
- Washington State University's Applied Science Laboratory: $1 million to be used to establish a fuel and energy lab at the ASL in Spokane. One goal is to work with Spokane's ReliOn in developing alternative energy sources for the Navy.
- WSU's Positron Capture and Storage Project: $3 million for reseach into positron storage, a high-density, concentrated non-nuclear energy source.
- Spokane tech company Next IT: $1.5 million to design and develop virtual agent software to help servicemembers, vets and families obtain information about care and treatment.