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Washington farmers react to China’s announcement to boycott U.S. ag products

Had China’s announcement this week to stop purchasing U.S. agricultural products been the first volley of a trade war, local trade officials would have taken it like a punch to …


UPDATED: Tue., July 30, 2019, 6:28 p.m.

Cougar Country in Pullman to reopen under new ownership

A Pullman couple has purchased Cougar Country Drive-In and aims to reopen the iconic restaurant in August.


UPDATED: Fri., July 5, 2019, 10:35 a.m.

Finding role models in medicine: Program at WSU Spokane inspires high schoolers to explore health sciences

Medicine is not a field for the squeamish. Just ask Danna Rosales, a high school senior from Kennewick who had an up-close experience with a human cadaver last week at …


UPDATED: Tue., June 25, 2019, 6:56 a.m.

100 years ago in Spokane: At federal trial, prosecutors say former Washington State coach ‘Lone Star’ Dietz was posing as Indian

The government rested its case in the William H. “Lone Star” Dietz trial, and in closing arguments called Dietz a fake, an impostor and a “slacker.”


Ask Dr. Universe: Why do people litter?

It wasn’t until the invention of new materials, like plastic, that we started creating more litter. In fact, along with the rise of these new materials came the word “litterbug.”


100 years ago in Spokane: Man accused of advocating revolution found guilty

H.M. Wicks, firebrand radical orator, was convicted of criminal syndicalism for a speech he gave in a vacant lot on Madelia Street.


UPDATED: Wed., June 19, 2019, 6:38 a.m.

100 years ago in Spokane: Washington State football coach who led Cougars to Rose Bowl win accused of evading draft

William “Lone Star” Dietz, former Washington State College football coach turned famous movie actor, was in Spokane to stand trial on a shocking charge: being a wartime “slacker.”


Mount Spokane graduate biking across country to raise awareness about disabilities

About nine months ago, Jared Mehring signed away his 2019 summer, committing to a cross-country bike ride from Seattle to Washington, D.C.


Pullman-Moscow bus route pros, issues discussed

Washington State University and the University of Idaho dropped their intercampus commuter shuttle agreement with Wheatland Express in 2011, but talks of re-establishing the service between the two largest Palouse …


UPDATED: Wed., June 12, 2019, 11:58 a.m.

WSU regents approve 2.4% tuition hikes, athletic budget, purchase of Monsanto property near Othello

Washington State University’s board of regents approved 2.4% tuition increases for most students on Friday. The hikes mean undergraduates from Washington will pay $9,953 in tuition for the 2019-20 academic …


WSU to research crumbling roads and bridges with $7.5 million federal grant

Washington State University has been chosen to receive a $7.5 million federal grant for research and education programs dedicated to improving the nation’s roads and bridges.


Shawn Vestal: WSU’s growing athletics debt will top $100 million by 2023

Each year, the athletics department’s accumulated deficit – the amount it “owes” to other departments at the school – grows. Today, for example, the school’s Board of Regents is expected …


UPDATED: Mon., June 3, 2019, 10:43 p.m.

Beyond the high: WSU researcher identifies chemicals in marijuana

A Washington State University researcher and a Spokane budtender have at least one thing in common: They want more cannabis research.


Shawn Vestal: Universities should look at their out-of-classroom spending growth before they start slashing budgets

As Eastern Washington University wades into the thicket of budget cutting by 3.5% here and 3.5% there, there’s another percentage that’s worth consideration. One hundred and fifty-five percent.


UPDATED: Tue., May 21, 2019, 8:05 p.m.

WSU researchers team with Puyallup tribe on medicinal cannabis research

The partnership is intended to provide data that will help develop drug treatment plans for those seeking to manage pain and other disorders. The Puyallup Tribe of Indians recently opened …


100 years ago in Spokane: Urban farmers with cows squeezed by new Washington law

Owners of dairy cows in cities were learning of a recently-passed state law that created significant obstacles for them to continue selling milk.


UPDATED: Tue., May 7, 2019, 9:48 p.m.

WSU names new provost, executive vice president

Mitzi Montoya, an administrator at Oregon State University, will start her new job at Washington State University on Aug. 1.


Courage and questions: Olympian with local ties reflects on Caster Semenya

Three years after the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Olympic athlete Angela Whyte said she still remembers the controversy surrounding Caster Semenya. While she and her teammates heard …


UPDATED: Fri., April 19, 2019, 10:23 a.m.

WSU settles class action suit over 2017 hard drive theft

A King County judge on Thursday approved a settlement in a class-action lawsuit against Washington State University over a potential data breach in April 2017. WSU and its insurers agreed …


UPDATED: Tue., April 16, 2019, 10:10 p.m.

Patriot Prayer, Three Percenters demonstration at WSU draws meager turnout

There was a “Don’t Tread on Me” flag. There were students chanting about democracy and immigrant rights. There were police officers keeping watch from the library roof. And there was …


Two people escape injury in Pullman plane crash

A single-engine airplane has crashed on the runway at the Pullman-Moscow Regional Airport, but the two people on board were not injured.


UPDATED: Mon., April 15, 2019, 11:03 p.m.

Patriot Prayer, Three Percenters leaders to speak at WSU

Joey Gibson, who founded Patriot Prayer in Vancouver, Washington, and Matt Marshall, who leads the Washington Three Percenters, plan to speak on the Pullman campus from noon to 3 p.m., …


WSU celebrates Mom’s Weekend with production of ‘Merry Wives of Windsor’

Performances are 8 p.m. Friday and 2 p.m. Saturday in the Bryan Hall Theatre.


UPDATED: Mon., April 8, 2019, 8:21 p.m.

Authorities search for suspect in armed robbery at Whitman County pot shop

Authorities were searching Monday for a man who entered a marijuana shop near Pullman, pointed a handgun at an employee and escaped with an undisclosed amount of cash.


Cannabis retailers’ perspective wanted for WSU study

Washington State University is conducting a study on experiences, perceptions, and views about cannabis purchases from pregnant women.


Court dismisses student’s lawsuit against WSU

A lawsuit alleging Washington State University violated federal law and failed to protect an African-American student from a hostile campus environment in 2015 was dismissed from federal court last week.


Ask Dr. Universe: How many different types of plankton are there?

We can find millions and millions of plankton in bodies of water all over the world – from oceans, rivers, and lakes to ponds and mud puddles.


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.