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Workers at the Hanford nuclear reservation are starting to install a thick plastic covering over a tunnel that collapsed on May 9. That tunnel holds highly radioactive waste left over from the Cold War.

At least one private homeowner has filed a suit against the Air Force after chemicals believed to have come from firefighting foam showed up their well in Airway Heights.

Airway Heights officials say they hope to have the chemicals flushed out of the water system, but it may take as long as ten more days. That, after the city manager said earlier this week he expected the job to take 28 hours. In the meantime, the water supply will not take in water from 4 wells shown to have concentrations of the chemicals.

New Idaho Medical School Breaks Ground

May 19, 2017
Idaho State Journal

The state of Idaho and a private partner have broken ground on what is officially the state of Idaho’s first medical school.

For years the University of Washington has trained medical students at the University of Idaho, part of the UW’s five-state program known as WWAMI, an acronym for Washington Wyoming Alaska Montana Idaho. But the program is administered in Seattle.

For years, leaders in the Gem State have wondered whether Idaho should create its own publicly-funded medical school.

Refugee Resettlement Work Active in Spokane

May 18, 2017

We say goodbye this week to our intern reporter Emily Goodell. Emily is graduating from Whitworth University on Sunday.

As one of her final projects she and two classmates created a podcast that looks at the role of the refugee agency World Relief in assimilating people fleeing violence in other countries into the Spokane community. Along the way they interviewed two former refugees who now own restaurants here.

Inland Journal, May 18, 2017

May 18, 2017

This week on the Inland Journal, we take a few minutes to review the cleanup of mining waste in north Idaho’s Silver Valley. We’ll talk with two of the men involved in it. That cleanup started more than 30 years ago and it may be that long before it’s finished. We’ll talk about this week’s reopening of the North Cascades Highway — later than usual — after a severe winter. And we’ll hear about the work done to assimilate refugees in the Spokane area and how the current political climate might affect that.

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