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WSU researchers create gel to keep fields healthy during drought

WSU researchers create gel to keep fields healthy during drought

Washington State University researchers have created a product that could help farmers keep their fields moist during a drought.

Led by Associate Professor Jinwen Zhang, the group created hydrogel pellets similar to the super absorbent material used in diapers. The main difference is what they're made of. While diapers rely on petrolium based gel, WSU researchers have created one out of soy protein.

The pellets swell to hold 250 times their weight in water, and because they are made of biodegradable agricultural material instead of chemicals they leave no residue behind when they disintegrate in the ground. In fact, the soy protein can actually act as a source of nitrogen to help plants grow.

A soy-based product would also lessen dependence on foreign oil imports, and boos the local economy since the U.S. Produces half of the world supply of soy beans.

EWU student killed in single-car rollover crash in Cheney

EWU student killed in single-car rollover crash in Cheney

An Eastern Washington University student was killed in an early morning crash in Cheney Tuesday.

Police say a car was involved in a rollover accident at the intersection of K Street and 6th Avenue just before 2 a.m. Tuesday.

Officers say the driver left the roadway and hit a tree in Sutton Park.

Eastern Washington University confirmed the driver killed in the crash was Adam Morales, 21, a sophomore at EWU from Grandview, Wash. He was majoring in Computer Information Systems.

Two passengers in the car were friends but not EWU students, according to the university. Both are being treated for serious, but non-life-threatening injuries.

This is the second fatal crash involving an Eastern Washington University this year. In February four EWU students riding in a VW Jetta near Colfax were involved in a two-vehicle collision. Two of the passengers in the car -- Nancy Zepeda, 21, and Ashley Gonzalez, 21 -- were killed in that crash.

The investigation into Tuesday morning's crash is ongoing.

New round of Washington charter proposals begins

Organizations that want to open a charter school in Washington state have until the end of the day on Friday to turn in a form that says they plan to apply to the statewide charter commission.

As of Thursday afternoon, five letters of intent had been posted on the state's charter school website, including some from organizations that had applied during the last round but weren't approved.

The next deadline in the process will be July 15, when formal applications to open a charter school are due. After public forums, interviews and other evaluations, The Charter School Commission plans to vote in October on which schools will be given tentative approval to open.

Spokane Tribal College creates community for students

Spokane Tribal College creates community for students

Spokane Tribal College might be one of Spokane’s best kept educational secrets. Located at Indiana and Monroe it’s easy to miss, but the school is helping students who might otherwise fall through the cracks find their way to a degree.                                                                      


Athletes shine at 13th annual Developmental Olympics

Athletes shine at 13th annual Developmental Olympics

As temperatures soared into the 80s Thursday a special group of kids from the Mead School District got their shining moment on the track during the 13th annual Developmental Olympics.

The Olympics hit Mead High School Thursday, where 105 athletes participated and everyone got a ribbon for their effort. They were also cheered and encouraged on by sophomore Tatum Eames, the ultimate cheerleader leading the bowling station at the district's Developmental Olympics.

"It's so awesome, I was really excited, I couldn't sleep last night because I was really just pumped to be out here with all the kids," Eames said.

Dressed in jerseys with their numbers pinned on, these kids spend the morning moving through different stations and competing in various events.

"For the parents, you see a lot of emotion out here because they don't get to see all the things their students can do necessarily, what they see is the struggles, the daily struggles," Lindy Terry with the Mead School District said.

Thursday wasn't about struggles. It was about succeeding, about trying your best.

Teams needed to run the TC50

Teams needed to run the TC50

It's time for runners to sign up for the 4th annual TC50 Relay Race! The name “TC50” stands for Teen Closet and... 50 miles! The race consists of a 50 mile course, consisting of 10 legs (they are not equal in length).  Spokane area high schools are used as start/finish, water stops and transitions. The focus is on the high schools, because that is the age group most served by Teen Closet.

The race is Saturday, June 14th.  Teams of up to 10 can compete.  All ages and athletic abilities are welcome. The cost is $300 per team up to 10 runners, $200 for high school teams. There is an increase in registration fee if your team signs up after May 31st.

EWU celebrates Eagle Week in Cheney, Spokane

EWU celebrates Eagle Week in Cheney, Spokane

This week is Eastern Washington University's Eagle Week in Spokane and Cheney and there are plenty of activities to celebrate, all leading up to the annual Red and White game on Saturday, April 26 at Roos Field.

Head Coach Beau Baldwin says his student athletes are spending the week out in the community talking to high school students and getting fans pumped.

He says the big game Saturday is a chance for the community to see what they have been working for. A chance to finally get out of the weight room and, for the younger Eags, a chance at a big break.

"They're getting some of their first opportunities, especially if they came in as a Freshman last fall. A lot of those times you were red shirting on the scout team, and now you're getting your first opportunity to really compete within our defense. It's always fun to see those guys emerging too during spring practice," said Coach Baldwin.

For all the details on Eagle Week, check out the News Links page of the website.