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In brief: WSU increases fees to pay for remodel

The Washington State University Board of Regents on Friday approved new student fees to help fund a $6.9 million capital project on the Pullman campus.

Undergraduate students will pay an added $36 per semester for their health fee to help pay for the planned Washington Building remodel. The remodel will consolidate WSU’s Student Health Services, Behavioral Health Services and Counseling Services into one location on the building’s third floor. Currently, these services are located in separate buildings.

Construction is scheduled to begin in August and end in May 2015. The increased fee, which takes effect this fall, will be $180 per semester.

The regents also approved allowing students to earn a professional sciences master’s degree online.

On Thursday, interim Provost Daniel Bernardo gave a report on the proposed College of Medicine set to be located on the Spokane campus.

The WSU Board of Regents meeting started a day after the University of Washington School of Medicine announced it will seek to revamp its WWAMI medical education program in Spokane.

Fire captain arrested on child porn charge

BELFAIR, Wash. – A prominent Mason County man has been arrested on suspicion of possessing child pornography.

The Kitsap Sun reported 52-year-old Frank Edward McDonald is a volunteer fire captain and an elected commissioner of the Mason County Public Hospital District. He works at Seattle Public Utilities.

McDonald made his initial court appearance Friday.

Investigators were led to McDonald after receiving a tip from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children that in December a person in Belfair had twice uploaded images of minors engaged in explicit conduct from the Internet to a mobile device. The tip included a specific Verizon IP address registered to McDonald.

Investigators seized two mobile phones as well as other electronic equipment.