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Could a megafire similar to those menacing California erupt in Spokane? Expert says ‘It’s just a matter of time’

Fuel. Topography. Wind. Temperature. Humidity. Sometimes they all coalesce in the worst ways possible, creating a blaze so destructive and deadly that entire towns are engulfed without warning. That was …


UPDATED: Fri., Nov. 9, 2018, 10:20 p.m.

A vaccine for you, and your pooch, too

Several dozen low-income and homeless people took advantage of the WSU Colleges of Nursing and Veterinary Medicine’s free health screening and vaccination clinic on Friday.


Former Cougars cornerback accuses Pullman police of excessive force in 2017 arrest

Treshon Broughton, who graduated from Washington State University last year after two seasons as a cornerback, claims the officers repeatedly struck his head and inappropriately deployed a Taser into his …


WSU student sues Pullman police for excessive force during arrest in restaurant

A Washington State University student is suing the Pullman Police Department alleging a pair of officers used excessive force while taking him into custody inside a Pullman Jack in the …


UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 30, 2018, 8:08 p.m.

Pullman police sergeant arrested under suspicion of custodial sexual misconduct with WSU student

A Pullman police sergeant was arrested Tuesday morning, seven months after an alleged sexual encounter with an 18-year-old Washington State University student.


UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 30, 2018, 10:23 a.m.

Research finds Nez Perce had tobacco long before Euro-American trappers, settlers arrived in NW

Nez Perce Indians grew and smoked tobacco 1,200 years ago, long before white traders and settlers arrived in the Pacific Northwest. New research from Washington State University analyzed pipes from …


100 years ago in Pullman: 300 Washington State students sick with Spanish flu

The Spanish flu struck a new target: Washington State College at Pullman. The situation had become so bad among the students “that a desperate call for medical aid was sent …


Couches, mattresses set on fire after Cougar win

Fresh off a critical 34-20 win over the 12th-ranked University of Oregon Ducks, Washington State University fans took the Saturday night celebration from Martin Stadium to the surrounding College Hill …


UPDATED: Mon., Oct. 15, 2018, 6:43 p.m.

Hall of Famer Bob Robertson retires from calling WSU sports

Hall of Fame broadcaster Bob Robertson is stepping away from the microphone. Robertson issued a statement through Washington State on Monday announcing his retirement, effective immediately.


UPDATED: Fri., Oct. 12, 2018, 9:50 a.m.

Lisa Brown: From legislator to educator to serious contender for Congress

Supporters say it’s a combination of academic accolades and political bona fides that make Lisa Brown the right candidate at the right time to put Eastern Washington back in the …


Ask Dr. Universe: Why do we have eyelashes?

The lashes are just thick enough to keep things like small particles of dust away from their eyeballs. But there are some animals with even thicker lashes.


UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 4, 2018, 10:44 p.m.

Prosecutor to weigh charges against Pullman police sergeant after sexual misconduct allegation

The Washington State Patrol has completed its investigation into an allegation of sexual misconduct against a Pullman police sergeant. The WSP forwarded its findings last Friday to the Whitman County …


UPDATED: Wed., Sept. 26, 2018, 10:30 p.m.

WSU alumnus, Army Special Forces medic to receive Medal of Honor

A Washington State University graduate who later went on to serve in the Army’s Special Forces in Afghanistan will receive the Medal of Honor from President Donald Trump on Oct. …


UPDATED: Tue., Sept. 18, 2018, 10:55 p.m.

Jason Gesser resigns from WSU as new allegations of sexual misconduct surface

The resignation Tuesday of WSU assistant athletic director Jason Gesser blunted the career of a former standout Cougar quarterback who returned home to raise money for his alma mater. But …


UPDATED: Mon., Sept. 17, 2018, 10:35 p.m.

Pullman police arrest Greek Row arson suspect in Cheney

Pullman police arrested a 19-year-old Cheney man Monday for allegedly starting several fires on Washington State University’s Greek Row.


UPDATED: Tue., Sept. 18, 2018, 8:06 a.m.

WSU places Jason Gesser on leave after former nanny files formal complaint alleging sexual misconduct

Washington State University placed Jason Gesser, a former quarterback and current athletic department employee, on administrative leave Monday after a former Cougar athlete came forward with new allegations that Gesser …


UPDATED: Tue., Sept. 18, 2018, 11:33 a.m.

WSU breaks ground on $61.9 million building addition for animal disease lab

Work has begun on a $61.9 million building addition that will serve as the new home of the Washington Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory, which plays a crucial role in infectious …


UPDATED: Sat., Sept. 15, 2018, 9:58 p.m.

Some fans must choose between family, team ties as Washington State Cougars host Eastern Washington Eagles

With a proximity of only 80 miles between the two schools, the sellout crowd of nearly 33,000 at the Washington State-Eastern Washington football game had dozens of fans whose families …


UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 14, 2018, 8:24 p.m.

WSU’s Gesser denies accusations of sexual misconduct, calls report a ‘non-story’

Former Washington State quarterback, and current athletic department employee, Jason Gesser has issued a statement denying that he has had any inappropriate sexual relations with interns or staff, and wrote …


UPDATED: Thu., Sept. 13, 2018, 9:12 p.m.

WSU responds to report alleging inappropriate sexual conduct by former football quarterback Jason Gesser

Washington State University officials announced Thursday that they found “no violation of University policy” regarding an investigation into alleged inappropriate sexual conduct by former quarterback, and current athletic staff member, …


WSU launches paraeducator pilot program as way to tackle teacher shortage

Washington State University has launched a pilot program to let paraeducators earn a master’s degree in teaching while still working full time.


Campus vote shaping up as battleground in race between Cathy McMorris Rodgers and Lisa Brown

Younger votes tend to sway Democratic, but they’re also the demographic less likely to fill out a ballot by Election Day. Can Lisa Brown and her supporters find enough votes …


Medvengers 2 raises funds for scholarships for WSU medical students

Medvengers features dinner, live music, a live auction and a paddle raise.


UPDATED: Tue., Sept. 11, 2018, 2:43 p.m.

WSU scientists experimenting with paper mill waste to fight soil disease

Soil acidification is killing crops at a slow but increasing rate in Eastern Washington. It’s a long-term problem that’s caused by adding nitrogen to the soil to increase crop yield.


UPDATED: Tue., Sept. 25, 2018, 10:03 p.m.

WSU Spokane researcher Lois James’ study of police bias helps earn her YWCA recognition as a Woman of Achievement

For her study of police bias and nurse fatigue, Lois James will be among several women honored Oct. 4 with the YWCA’s Women of Achievement award.


UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 7, 2018, 9:24 a.m.

Gifts totaling $100,000 to benefit WSU health sciences students in Spokane, Yakima

Washington State University announced Thursday it has received donations totaling $100,000 that will be used to purchase training equipment for health sciences students in Yakima and Spokane.


WSU anticipates revenue boost from partnership with international student recruiter

WSU administrators say the INTO University Partnership will eventually bring in thousands more students from other countries, making the university more culturally diverse, boosting tuition revenue and improving the school’s …


UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 22, 2018, 11:03 a.m.

Wally Lindblad is frustrated with the care he gets in assisted living. So he’s giving $1 million to WSU.

Waldron (Wally) Lindblad has a button strapped around his wrist that he presses when he needs help. Sitting in his recliner in his apartment at an assisted living facility in …


UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 16, 2018, 9:23 p.m.

Cougs on the move: Students converge on Pullman for move-in day

Pullman streets were noticeably more crowded Wednesday as students numbering in the thousands converged on the town for Washington State University’s official move-in day of the year.


Other Voices: Leaving more than 200 Washington State University students without beds is unacceptable

Washington State University will welcome its largest freshman class ever Wednesday, but students will be greeted with cramped rooms as the university struggles to meet its freshman live-in requirement.