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Ask Dr. Universe: Why do we get phobias?

A phobia is an intense fear of an object or situation, often one that you actually don’t need to fear. It can create a lot of anxiety. It can cause …


CougsFirst! showcase event returning to Spokane in April

With one year under its Spokane belt, CougsFirst! is ready to bring its annual showcase back with even more vendors, and of course, even more Cougar spirit.


UPDATED: Mon., March 11, 2019, 1:35 p.m.

Shawn Vestal: 61 percent growth in WSU students over past 30 years is nothing compared to 861 percent growth in administrators

A lot has changed at Washington State University in the past 30 years, but nothing quite like the number of administrators.


UPDATED: Sat., March 9, 2019, 9:26 p.m.

WSU plans to add 20 students to Spokane medical school faces budget hurdle

Washington State University’s plan to increase enrollment at the Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine caught in budget negotiations.


Former WSU student charged with extortion in case involving 29 women

A former Washington State University student was charged with five counts of extortion with sexual motivation after an investigation found he allegedly harassed and extorted 29 women in Pullman and …


Ask Dr. Universe: What’s inside a sheep’s brain?

Like a lot of mammal brains, a sheep brain is made up of gray and white matter. It has folds and grooves, but not quite as many as a human …


WSU researchers set sights on wheat variety to combat celiac disease

A genetically modified variety of wheat with built-in enzymes to break down gluten have been produced in laboratories. Now, the researchers are hoping to refine the idea in an effort …


UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 22, 2019, 6 p.m.

WSU announces Mike Leach class on football, insurgency warfare will take place this spring

The class will meet four times, followed by a fifth session that will be free and open to the public. The WSU football head coach will teach alongside Spokane County …


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 20, 2019, 12:18 p.m.

Don’t make Washington a ‘guinea pig’ on effort to let college athletes make money, schools say

Washington shouldn’t lead the nation to create a way for college athletes to get paid, schools say.


Ask Dr. Universe: Do fish pee?

Not only do fish pee, but their pee gives other animals in the ocean what they need to survive.


Washington State University, University of Idaho delay classes due to icy conditions

Washington State University in Pullman and University of Idaho in Moscow delayed classes Thursday morning as melting snow turned to ice overnight.


UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 12, 2019, 8:35 p.m.

Mike Leach says ‘things are looking good’ for WSU course this spring on football, war

The outspoken head coach of the Cougars football team provided more details in a Twitter post late Tuesday about a class he’s been pondering teaching on the Palouse. The course …


Pullman pushing for SR 26 passing lanes

Pullman and Washington State University are putting pressure on the state to make State Route 26 safer ahead of schedule.


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 6, 2019, 10:43 p.m.

Washington farmers face rising costs, uncertain markets in ongoing trade war

Washington farmers can expect a tougher year covering expenses even if political leaders finalize trade agreements with the countries that import apples, beef and wheat from the Evergreen State, a …


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 6, 2019, 6:56 a.m.

Research dogs and cats from UW, WSU and other institutions deserve second chance, advocates tell Washington Legislature

Dogs and cats used for laboratory research would be offered for adoption before being euthanized.


Ask Dr. Universe: What are molecules?

A glass of water has more molecules than there are stars in the night sky. That’s what I found out from my friend Jack (Qiang) Zhang, an assistant professor of …


WSU regents authorize up to $5.26 million to settle lawsuit over 2017 hard drive burglary

The class-action suit in King County Superior Court stemmed from an April 2017 burglary at an Olympia storage facility in which someone stole a hard drive containing sensitive information on …


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 20, 2019, 9:12 a.m.

For Gonzaga University, prime real estate in dowtown Seattle was just too good to sell

Gonzaga University recently announced it would lease land to a developer to build a 17-story apartment tower in downtown Seattle. But don’t expect the Jesuit school to expand its footprint …


UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 17, 2019, 9:24 p.m.

Recordings: Mother reported concerns before daughter killed in Utah

The mother of a University of Utah track athlete who was killed in October by an ex-boyfriend can be heard telling campus police that she was worried for her daughter’s …


UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 16, 2019, 11 a.m.

Gleason Neuroscience Institute to open at WSU-Spokane

Improving the lives of people with debilitating brain diseases is the focus of the new Steve Gleason Neuroscience Institute at Washington State University-Spokane.


UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 15, 2019, 1:13 a.m.

Mike Leach, Michael Baumgartner tease football and war leadership course at Washington State University

The head football coach at WSU tweeted what appeared to be a fully realized syllabus Sunday night for the course, which he first teased in late November. Michael Baumgartner, the …


UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 9, 2019, 9:02 p.m.

WSU student accepts $500,000 to settle excessive force lawsuit against Pullman Police Department

A Washington State University student who alleged Pullman police officers used excessive force while taking him into protective custody inside a Jack In The Box in 2016 has settled his …


UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 9, 2019, 7:14 a.m.

How the shutdown affects WSU, Mount Rainier, wheat farmers and more

The effects could be felt beyond the roughly 6,100 federal employees who live and work in the Spokane metro area and North Idaho.


New UI anatomy lab opens its doors

For the first time in 45 years, University of Idaho medical students will no longer have to divide their time between the UI and Washington State University campuses.


UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 3, 2019, 9:02 p.m.

New WSU program opens college’s doors to those with developmental disabilities

Evan Henniger’s parents never thought college would be a possibility for their son. Evan, 20, was diagnosed with Down syndrome shortly after his birth, and the prospect of venturing away …


UPDATED: Tue., Dec. 4, 2018, 7:43 p.m.

WSU Provost Dan Bernardo, who filled in as president after Elson Floyd’s death, is stepping down

Bernardo plans to step down from his current role as provost and executive vice president, but will remain on the job until a permanent successor is appointed. Afterward, he will …


UPDATED: Tue., Dec. 4, 2018, 11:10 a.m.

College Republicans want to build another Trump wall at WSU

The Washington State University chapter of the College Republicans wants to build another mockup of a border wall on the Pullman campus to “own the libs mercilessly” and show support …


UPDATED: Thu., Nov. 29, 2018, 10:03 p.m.

Pullman police sergeant resigns over alleged sexual misconduct with WSU student

Pullman police Sgt. Dan Hargraves submitted his resignation on Monday, a month after he was criminally charged with sexual misconduct and a day before he was scheduled to be interviewed …


UPDATED: Mon., Nov. 26, 2018, 9:59 p.m.

WSP tickets driver in UW marching band bus crash

The Washington State Patrol has cited the driver of a charter bus that slid off Interstate 90 and rolled onto its side on Thanksgiving, injuring members of the University of …


Life after death: Recompose, a soil-based alternative to burial and cremation, moves closer to reality

Today, Recompose – which would convert human remains to soil – is still just a concept. But it’s approaching reality, with scientific testing done at Washington State University and legislative …