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Hilary Franz

The spring floods in eastern Washington are just receding, but already wildfire season has begun. A brush fire pushed by strong winds burned nearly three thousand acres Sunday near the Hanford Nuclear Reservation.

This summer, crews in Washington and Idaho will work on forest restoration projects on state and federal lands. Some projects are aimed at lowering wildfire risk; others have different goals.

Farmers in north central and northeast Washington are waiting for the waters to recede from their fields so they can repair the damage from recent flooding.

WSU Looks to Create Medical Residency Program

Jun 7, 2018
Washington State University

On Friday, the Washington State University Board of Regents will be asked to allow the WSU College of Medicine to get into the medical residency business.

In the American medical education system, students normally get a bachelor’s degree, then go on to four years of medical school. That’s unknown as undergraduate medical education. They get their M.D. and then match with a hospital system or clinic or other health care provider that provides training for the first few years of practice. That’s known as graduate medical education, or GME.

Smart Justice Spokane

Today [Thursday] a new law goes into effect in Washington that could lower the debt burdens faced by many formerly incarcerated people.

Last month, we told you about legal financial obligations, or LFOs. Those are the fees imposed by courts on people who are convicted of everything from felonies to traffic tickets. In many cases, defendants are hit with thousands of dollars in charges, everything from court filing costs to crime victim funds to the costs of hiring a public defender.

The new law makes several changes.

Since 2008, wildlife biologists in Washington state have worked to reintroduce the fisher, a locally-extinct forest weasel. They are not shouting from the tree tops about success, but say things are looking positive. Fishers were previously reintroduced in the southern Oregon Cascades.

Dennis Richardson is being treated for a “small, cancerous brain tumor,” he announced Wednesday.

Richardson, Oregon’s Secretary of State since 2017, revealed in his regular newsletter that he was diagnosed with cancer in May and that he’s feeling “blessed and optimistic.”

Medicaid for Idaho

Supporters of Medicaid expansion in Idaho are gearing up their campaign.

They believe they have submitted the required number of signatures to the state.  

They are now touting a new poll that shows good support for the idea.

Two candidates for the Washington Supreme Court have been disqualified from appearing on the November ballot.

Washington Department of Ecology

Washington state officials are ready to move contaminated soil at a northeast Spokane railroad site. The area is near where the North-South Freeway will eventually be built through Hillyard.

Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson is suing Facebook and Google for campaign finance violations. The lawsuits filed Monday allege the companies failed to keep records about who purchased political advertising from them.