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UW rips WSU study on new medical school

The University of Washington on Monday criticized as “seriously flawed” a feasibility study supporting a second public medical school that would be established in Spokane by Washington State University.

Lynx protections expanded, new habitat denied

BILLINGS, Mont. — Canada lynx gained federal protections in New Mexico on Thursday, but U.S. wildlife officials again declined to designate critical habitat for the elusive animal in the Southern Rockies, parts of New England and other areas considered non-essential to their survival.

Local kids tested for severe respiratory illness

SEATTLE — Public health officials in King County are investigating whether patients being treated at Seattle Children’s Hospital have a severe respiratory illness that has sickened hundreds of children nationwide.

Northwest E. coli cases: Two children die, boy improving

TACOMA — A second Northwest child has died after contracting an E. coli infection and a 5-year-old boy being treated for E. coli complications remains in critical condition but is reported steadily improving in a Tacoma hospital, authorities said Wednesday.
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New rule protects endangered seabird

GRANTS PASS, Ore. — Federal fisheries managers have proposed a new rule requiring West Coast commercial fishermen who unroll long lines of baited hooks on the ocean bottom also put out long lines of fluttering plastic to scare off seabirds trying to steal the bait.

Zombie show filmed in Spokane starts Friday

SPOKANE — Many Spokane residents who worked as extras in the TV series Z Nation will see themselves on screen when the show premieres Friday night at the SyFy Network. Only one more episode is left to shoot in the 13-episode first season. It was filmed in the Spokane area because of its variety of locations.

Moses Lake man shot by police had 5 pounds of meth

MOSES LAKE — The 36-year-old man shot by Moses Lake Police rammed two police vehicles with his car and was under investigation for drug trafficking, according to a news release from investigators.

Inslee asks feds to reconsider aid

SPOKANE — Gov. Jay Inslee is asking the federal government to reconsider providing federal aid to people hurt by the state’s largest wildfire in Okanogan County. Inslee said Wednesday that more homes were destroyed or damaged than initially thought.

Gates Foundation to spend $50M in response to Ebola outbreak

SEATTLE — The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation announced Wednesday that it will spend $50 million to support emergency response to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, marking the group’s largest donation to a humanitarian effort.
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Montana sets drilling limits to help birds

BILLINGS, Mont. — Gov. Steve Bullock on Tuesday ordered restrictions on future oil drilling and other activities blamed for driving down sage grouse numbers, bringing Montana into step with other states across the West rushing to head off federal intervention for the ground-dwelling bird.
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Newborn orca spotted in Washington waters

SEATTLE— Whale researchers are celebrating the newest member of a population of endangered killer whales that frequent Puget Sound in Washington state.

Lawmaker’s ex-aide claims retaliation

A former aide to Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers contends an ethics investigation into her campaign for a House leadership post is ramping up with allegations that she retaliated against him. An attorney for the Spokane Republican calls those comments “more frivolous allegations and information.”
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Super while it lasted

The last Supermoon of 2014 peeks out from behind a layer of clouds and smoke from nearby wildfires over the Willamette Valley near Eugene, Ore., Monday. A so-called “super moon” occurs when the full moon reaches its closest point to Earth in its orbit. At 10:30 p.m., the full moon was 222,692 miles away from Earth. The moon was 222,612 miles away during the July supermoon.