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UPDATED: Sun., Jan. 19, 2020

Gonzaga hosting voter rights presentation after Martin Luther King Jr. Day march

The two-hour presentation, titled “Lifting as We Climb: A Teach-In on Voter Rights and Suppression,” will begin at 12:30 p.m. in the third-floor ballroom of Gonzaga’s Hemmingson Center. Separately, comedian …


Spin Control: Inslee gives, gets apples as Legislature starts up

Apples made their way into House chamber, State of the State address.


UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 15, 2020

Gleason Institute ramps up fundraising while namesake receives honor

Washington State University is ramping up its fundraising aims to power the Gleason Institute, which will be a center primarily dedicated to the treatment and research of ALS. Meanwhile, Gleason …


UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 15, 2020

WSU fraternities make new rules on drinking, partying after freshman’s death

In addition to education and reporting requirements, the new rules from the Interfraternity Council include a ban on liquor at fraternity houses and fraternity-sponsored events. Beer and most wine will …


UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 7, 2020

EWU to vacate building on WSU Spokane campus after lease talks

Leaders at both schools say they will continue working together, but there are still many details to be worked out, and it’s unclear how much EWU will pay WSU to …


UPDATED: Fri., Jan. 3, 2020

Alcohol sales at Beasley Coliseum enliven gameday experience for Washington State basketball fans

In more ways than one, Washington State fans are promised a more refreshing experience at home basketball games this season.


UPDATED: Tue., Dec. 24, 2019

Deadly alcohol poisoning at WSU frat house was an accident, coroner says

The Whitman County coroner confirmed Monday that Samuel Martinez, a 19-year-old Washington State University freshman, died of acute alcohol intoxication during a party at his fraternity house last month. Coroner …


UPDATED: Mon., Dec. 16, 2019

Washington, Idaho colleges bracing for ‘enrollment cliff’ in 2025

Colleges and universities across the United States are bracing for an “enrollment cliff” in about five years – the result of a downturn in birth rates after the Great Recession. …


Ask Dr. Universe: How do people name continents or places on Earth?

Our world is full of so many different places. They get their names in lots of different ways. One way a place might get a name is from the person …


UPDATED: Wed., Dec. 4, 2019

Stores report brisk sales of WSU’s Cosmic Crisp apple. Here’s where to get them in Spokane.

After more than 20 years of research and development, the shiny, orange-red Cosmic Crisp apple debuted this week in grocery stores, including at all of the Rosauers, Safeway and Albertsons …


UPDATED: Fri., Nov. 29, 2019

WSU study: Shoppers support brick-and-mortar stores

Despite the availability of online retail, many consumers in the Pacific Northwest still prefer to do their holiday shopping at brick-and-mortar stores, according to a Washington State University study.


UPDATED: Fri., Nov. 29, 2019

Long-awaited Cosmic Crisp apples to hit shelves

The Cosmic Crisp, a new, Washington State University-bred apple with astronomical implications, is set to hit shelves in less than a week, but some local grocers say it remains to …


Spokane-area shoppers mirror a regional tendency toward holiday-spending frugality, research shows

Although retail analysts predict consumers nationwide will spend more on Christmas gifts this year because of job growth and higher wages, a recent study indicates Spokane residents will keep their …


UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 19, 2019

WSU student died hours before 911 call; chapter holding vigil

The Whitman County Coroner’s Office has determined Washington State University student Sam Martinez died four hours before the first 911 call reporting his condition last Tuesday. The Alpha Tau Omega …


UPDATED: Mon., Nov. 18, 2019

WSU fraternity suspended during investigation of freshman’s death

In a statement Monday, WSU President Kirk Schulz said the school “placed an interim loss-of-recognition status” on the Alpha Tau Omega house following the Nov. 12 death of Samuel Martinez.


UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 13, 2019

Police identify WSU fraternity member who died after ‘fraternity function’

The 19-year-old Washington State University fraternity member who was found dead Tuesday morning has been identified as Samuel Martinez, according to Pullman police.


UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 13, 2019

WSU fraternity member dies in ‘alcohol-related’ incident, Pullman police say

The member of the Alpha Tau Omega fraternity was discovered unconscious and not breathing Tuesday morning, and was declared dead in the fraternity house just after 8:30 a.m. Police are …


WSU partners with California company in hopes of receiving marijuana for research

Federal restrictions currently limit production of the drug for clinical use to one farm on the University of Mississippi’s campus. Biopharmaceutical Research Co., based outside of Monterey, is hoping to …


UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 5, 2019

Pullman hospital bond in jeopardy due to low turnout

Low voter turnout in Pullman may put the $29 million bond for Pullman Regional Hospital to expand its facilities and services on hold.


$29 million bond could pave way for family medicine residencies at Pullman Regional Hospital

Pullman Regional Hospital will build a 45,000-square-foot outpatient medical facility, upgrade its electronic records system and take a major step toward creating its first residency program if voters pass a …


UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 23, 2019

WSU adding weather stations in Skagit County

Farmers in Skagit County will soon have access to weather data that more closely represents their areas.


WSU study of connection between marijuana legalization, crime turns up surprises

A Washington State University study on the effects of legalizing marijuana turned up unintended consequences, found gaps in the data and came up with suggestions for law enforcement agencies.


UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 10, 2019

Former Pullman cop won’t be retried for sexual misconduct, prosecutor says

The Whitman County prosecutor announced Thursday he will not retry a former Pullman police sergeant accused of sexual misconduct, saying the alleged victim is “not willing to go through the …


Study by WSU researchers shows no significant link between marijuana legalization and crime rates

Looking at data from 1999 to 2016 reported to the FBI, a team of researchers that includes criminologists at Washington State University found no clear changes to crime rates in …


Ask Dr. Universe: Why do people like different kinds of music?

There are hundreds of genres of music, so while you might like one kind, a friend might like something completely different. Or maybe you became friends because of your similar …


UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 20, 2019

WSU eliminates $30 million deficit, but athletics department still overspends

The university said it closed the 2019 fiscal year, which ended June 30, with a balance of about $7.8 million, marking the first time it has broken even or had …


UPDATED: Thu., Sept. 19, 2019

WSU touts record fall enrollment; most growth in online programs

This semester’s headcount of 31,607 students tops last fall’s enrollment of 31,478, the university said in a news release Wednesday, noting that systemwide enrollment has increased each year since 2013.


UPDATED: Sun., Sept. 15, 2019

WSU engineering professor injured in crash near Pullman

An engineering teacher at Washington State University has been hospitalized after a one-vehicle crash near Pullman early Sunday, according to the Washington State Patrol.


Alleged victim testifies in trial of Pullman police officer

COLFAX – The alleged victim in a sexual misconduct case involving a former Pullman Police Department officer testified Wednesday and occasionally fought back tears as she recounted what she could …


UPDATED: Fri., Aug. 30, 2019

Spokane judge dismisses domestic violence charge against football legend Mark Rypien

A judge on Friday dismissed the misdemeanor domestic violence charges against former NFL and Washington State quarterback Mark Rypien, his attorney said