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Inslee on Med School flap: We can work it out

OLYMPIA — Gov. Jay Inslee downplayed any conflict between the state's two research universities over operations at the new joint medical school facility in Spokane, saying he wouldn't even call it a disagreement.

“I'm confident that we can find a way that Huskies and Cougars can work together on this,” Inslee said during a press conference this afternoon.

As to whether the state would build a new, complete medical school in Spokane if the two universities can't come to an understanding, Inslee said that is “getting a thousand miles ahead of ourselves.”

As reported in this morning's Spokesman-Review, Washington State University President Elson Floyd said the University of Washington is not sending enough second-year medical students to the new program at the Riverpoint campus in Spokane that the two are jointly operating. The school will have only 17 students for the 20 slots approved by the Legislature for a pilot program, and Floyd criticized UW for not recruiting enough students to fill the slots.

If UW won't cooperate, WSU will “plow our own way” and explore setting up its own four-year med school, Floyd said.

UW President Michael Young said only 17 students were interested in the Spokane program. To the suggestion that WSU would set up its own med school, Young said, “Good luck.” Floyd doesn't understand how a med school is run.

Inslee said he talked to people about the med school when he was in Spokane over the weekend and “I'm confident in our ability to work through this.”

Man’s 1974 traffic violation dismissed

ATTLEBORO, Mass. (AP) — A Rhode Island man has finally settled a warrant issued for a traffic violation in Massachusetts nearly four decades ago.

Michael Young, of Warwick, R.I., asked a judge in Attleboro District Court on Tuesday to dismiss a driving to endanger charge issued in September 1974.

He was 23 at the time. The now 60-year-old told the court he found out about the warrant recently when he went to conduct business at the Rhode Island Registry of Motor Vehicles.

The Sun Chronicle of Attleboro reports that Judge Daniel O'Shea noted that half the people in court had not even been born at the time of the traffic violation. He granted Young's request, dismissing the case with payment of $100 in court costs.

Prosecutors agreed with the dismissal.

Man shot by police charged with assault

A Spokane Valley man shot by police in December pleaded not guilty today to two counts of second-degree assault.

Michael E. Young, 55, is accused of pointing a handgun at Spokane Valley police officers Scott Bonney and Darell Stidham outside his home 11709 E. Fairview on Dec. 27.

Bonney, Stidham and Officer Walter Loucks shot Young several times. Officer Griffin Criswell tried to shoot but his gun malfunctioned, according to court documents.

The officers were responding to reports that Young was suicidal, according to court documents. One witness said Young never pointed his gun at police.

But each officer told investigators with the Spokane Police Department that Young raised the gun toward Bonney and Stidham, according to court documents.

Young’s lawyer, James Kirkham, said his client “maintains his innocence and plans to fight these charges.”

Young’s next Spokane County Superior Court hearing is scheduled for June.

Young was the third allegedly suicidal man shot by Spokane Valley police in two months late last year. (Read about one here.) Each of the men has been charged with assault.

Past coverage: Valley man shot by police is recovering at hospital