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Controversy continues over proposed WSU medical school

Controversy continues over proposed WSU medical school

 The University of Washington released a scathing rebuttal this week to a report supporting the creation of a medical school for Washington State University, saying it contains “a number of deep flaws,” and is based on “faulty assumptions, omissions and erroneous data.”

WSU first approached consultant MGT of America in February to conduct a feasibility assessment for a new medical school based on the University's health sciences campus in Spokane. Specifically the assessment was to focus on the need for physicians in Eastern Washington, the best educational model to meet those needs, if current WSU resources were capable of creating a program to meet accreditation standards and the required time and resources to develop a new medical school.

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More concerns for Riverside Village residents

In an effort to take control of their community, homeowners at Riverside Village Mobile Home are seeking the help of American Manufactured Homeowners Group of Washington.

In their first meeting with AMHO Tuesday night, they were able to openly express concerns with an AMHO adviser and a lawyer. Saying many of the problems have been going on for years, but after July's storm caused major damage more light has been shed on them.

AMHO said the first step is making sure these homeowners know their rights. For example, one of the big concerns is the possibility of rent increasing. Homeowners claim it's been done illegally in the past.

"The state law says they can raise rent once a year on the anniversary date of when they moved into the park or the community and a lot of them don't know that," said Rany Chapman, a representative from AMHO.

AMHO said the ultimate goal is to develop a homeowners association in order to create open lines of communication between home owners and management. The homeowners association is only for the residents who own their mobile homes but rent the land.

Rally for Rick

Rally for Rick

A Spokane man is asking for the public's support as he battles with stage four brain cancer. Rick Ecklel is 29 years old and has nearly 20 tumors in his brain, some as large as a golf ball. Because of this and his upcoming treatment, Rick is unable work and will have zero income for the duration of his battle.

How you can help:

This Sunday, September 21 you can help support Rick without missing a second of football by heading down to PJ's Pub at 1717 North Monroe. Events include both dart and pool tournaments, along with a karaoke showdown, silent auction and raffle for the chance to hit PJ's owner Meadow Frank with a pie.

If you would like to donate to Rick's cause, but are unable to make it to the fundraiser on Sunday, there is a GoFundMe account set up here. You can also donate items for the silent auction by contacting PJ's Pub at (509) 919-3788 or Brenda Baldwin at (509) 218-0119.

Eastern students participate in day of service

Eastern students participate in day of service

More than 250 incoming Eastern Washington University students are joining staff and faculty for a day of service next Tuesday, September 23.

Projects vary from supporting local Cheney and Spokane Parks to assisting seniors at Volunteer Chore Services and Cheney Care Center to providing assistance at the EWU and Vinegar Flats community gardens. These students will join the thousands of Eastern students who invest their time and talents in serving local and regional communities each year.

According to Molly Ayers, director of Eastern's Office of Community Engagement, EWU is committed to developing opportunities for students that are transformative and cultivate “professionally, socially and culturally engaged leaders, citizens and communities.”

“The university recognizes the importance of engaging with our local communities and values the opportunities community engagement provides for students, faculty, staff and graduates as well as the communities we serve,” Ayers said.

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Spokane Police urging anonymous tipster to call back

Spokane Police urging anonymous tipster to call back

Spokane Police Major Crimes detectives are looking for the public to help them gain more information about a homicide at the Howard Johnson Motel on August 10.

The day after the crime, Spokane Police received two anonymous messages from the same person with information, and now detectives are asking that individual to contact them again and request to speak with Detective Barrington.

Crime Stoppers is offering a cash reward for anyone providing information that leads to an arrest in the indicident. Persons with information, including the anonymous tipster, should call the Crime Stoppers Tip Line at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

Community's generosity helps rescue animal rescue

Community's generosity helps rescue animal rescue

Last week a local animal rescue lost almost all of its hay in a barn fire. This week Second Chance Ranch is rebuilding thanks to the generosity of the community.

Ranch owner Joy Katterfeld cannot express her gratitude enough. She says because of the overwhelming support from the community she can not only rebuild but save even more animals.

"If we count all the animals including chickens and rabbits we probably have 75 to 100 animals here," Katterfield said.

On Monday, scoop by scoop, Katterfield was busy cleaning up moldy hay that had been watered down after a fire at the ranch.

"You can see all the mold, it's just nasty," she said.

She said she can continue on knowing there's more coming in thanks to the generosity of the community.

"I've had anonymous donors, I've had anonymous hay dropper offers and it's just been overwhelming," she said.

Grant County child hospitalized with possible enterovirus

Grant County child hospitalized with possible enterovirus

A Grant County child has been hospitalized with a severe respiratory that may be enterovirus D68. A test returned positive for enterovirus/rhinovirus, but was unable to distinguish between the two. Additional testing is being done at the Centers for Disease Control that will determine which it is, with results expected next week.

Grant County Health Officer Dr. Alexander Brezny issued a public health advisory to local healthcare providers and schools. The CDC has said this is a rapidly evolving situation. Previously EV-D68 has been rare in the U.S, but in other states the outbreaks are resulting in many children requiring ER visits and hospitalizations, mostly for breathing problems and severe asthma.

The virus spreads from person to person like a cold and has been causing mild to severe breathing illnesses (runny nose, cough, difficulty breathing) both with and without fever. Children with per-existing asthma may suffer worse infections. There is no vaccine or specific treatment for enteroviruses.