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Gonzaga launches initiative to meet educational, health needs in northeast Spokane

Gonzaga University announced the Opportunity Northeast initiative last week, two years after the school embarked on a listening tour to learn about issues and perceptions from the people who live and work in northeast Spokane. The initiative will build upon existing programs to focus on unmet educational, health and safety needs.

Montana town’s toxic-waste battle reaches high court

After more than a decade of court battles, the Supreme Court on Tuesday will hear residents’ case against the property’s current owner. Theirs is more than just a David vs. Goliath confrontation – a rural community of 700 against Arco, a subsidiary of the oil giant BP – because of its potential for upending one of the nation’s key environmental laws.

NASA’s storm-silenced rover marks 15th anniversary on Mars

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – NASA’s Opportunity rover is silently marking the 15th anniversary of its touchdown on Mars. The spacecraft hasn’t been heard from since a global dust storm last June. The six wheeler – about the size of a golf cart – logged more than 28 miles on the red planet before falling silent. There was so much dust in the Martian atmosphere that sunlight could not reach Opportunity’s solar panels to generate power.

Idaho scholarship bill passes, in win for Otter

The Idaho House on Monday voted 37-32 in favor expanding Idaho’s Opportunity Scholarship program to also cover “adult completers” who are returning to school to finish their degrees – handing Gov. Butch Otter a win on a long-sought initiative he’s been pushing for the past three years.