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WSU lowers campus speed limit to 20 mph

Courtesy of Matt Haugen, WSU News:

PULLMAN, Wash. – Students returning here to the main campus of Washington State University next month for the start of fall semester will find they need to adjust to a slightly slower pace than last year – at least when it comes to driving on and around campus.

WSU Assistant Chief of Police Steve Hansen said this week that, effective August 2, his office will begin enforcing a 20-mile-per-hour speed limit on all campus streets as part of an ongoing effort to promote pedestrian safety.

Idaho 4-H working toward specialty license plates

Idaho 4-H working toward specialty license plates

Do you want to show your support to the State of Idaho's 4-H program by sporting a 4-H themed license plate? Well now you can help make that happen.

A volunteer fund raising group, Idaho Friends of 4-H, is asking supporters of the University of Idaho Extension 4-H Youth Development program to participate in a survey about adding a green clover to special Idaho license plates.

The group is offering an online survey to get opinions and collect signatures. It is five questions and takes about two minutes to complete.

Crimson plates bring in major scholarship money

Crimson plates bring in major scholarship money

High sales of the crimson Washington State University specialty license plates means good news for scholarship seeking Cougs this year. The crimson plates have brought in nearly half a million for scholarships.

While WSU has had specialty plates for alumni for many years, the solid crimson plates were introduced in the spring of 2012. There are 17,200 Coug alum flashing their colors with the updated plates across the state. That is more than all the other available collegiate plates in the state combined.

“With more crimson plates on the road, the Alumni Association can help provide more scholarship support for WSU students,” explains WSU Alumni Association President, Ken Locati.

For every Coug plate, $28 a year goes directly to student scholarship funds. So far, the plates have brought in nearly $500,000 in scholarship aid.

“There is a huge potential to see even more crimson plates on the road,” says Locati.

4-H Members Pledge Not to Text and Drive

4-H Members Pledge Not to Text and Drive

Area teens were reminded of the dangers of texting and driving at the 4-H Teen Conference at Washington State University on Monday afternoon.

WSU 4-H and the Washington State Patrol gave a distracted driving presentation as part of the conference. Teens who have been negatively impacted by distracted driving shared personal testimonies and encouraged their peers to take a pledge not to talk or text while driving.

“We think it's terrific that the 4-H program is helping to spread the word among young people about the dangers of texting and driving, and that 4-H is dedicated to the effort to save lived and prevent injuries,” said Jonna VanDyk, Washington State Traffic Safety Commission Program Manager.

Due to a rise in distracted driving fatalities, the Washington State Patrol has been giving educational presentations in an effort to raise awareness. The WTSC and State Farm Insurance has provided funding for programs focused on preventing distracted driving.  

Man Robbed at Gunpoint While at Rest Stop

Man Robbed at Gunpoint While at Rest Stop

The Whitman County Sheriff's Office is looking for anyone who may have witnessed an armed robbery at rest stop along highway 195 on Friday morning.

Aron M. Taylor, of Lewiston, was stopped at the Horn School Rest Area, near Rosalia, when a white male approached him with a gun. The suspect pointed the gun at Taylor and demanded money and took Taylor's cell phone.

The suspect took off in a white, older model, Pontiac traveling southbound on 195. Taylor followed the car for about five miles and reported that there appeared to be three passengers in the car and that one of them struck and cracked the front windshield.

The suspect is described as a white male, approximately 25 years old, heavyset with dark hair and scruffy facial hair. He was wearing a heavy winter jacket and hat.

Whitman County Sheriff's Deputies are still investigating and ask that if anyone witnessed the incident or has any other information that they contact the Sheriff's Office at (509) 397-6266.

Click it or Ticket Presents Positive Results

Click it or Ticket Presents Positive Results

As part of Target Zero Task Force, a traffic safety program that strives to end traffic deaths and serious injuries in Washington by 2030, Click it or Ticket recently showed successful results. The goal was to pursue unbuckled and distracted drivers.

More than 130 police and sheriff agencies statewide worked the extra patrols, funded by a grant from the Washington Traffic Safety Commission.

Between May 20th and June 2nd, extra law enforcement patrolled Spokane, Whitman, Pend Oreille and Ferry County roads looking for unbuckled drivers and passengers, and motorists using their cell phones or other electronic devices.

During these patrols, 297 seatbelt infractions were written, in addition to 101 cell phone/texting or usage of other electronic device tickets.

Other tickets issued during extra patrols included

Get nonstop from Spokane to L.A.

Get nonstop from Spokane to L.A.

Getting to Los Angeles just got quicker and easier. Spokane International Airport will accept the first passengers to embark on a nonstop flight from GEG to LAX on Tuesday. They're doing it in style.

Passengers will be given a celebrity welcome, complete with chair massage and breakfast. Paparrazi will be on hand, capturing the headlines and taking photos of the travelers against a backdrop of the golden California sand and surf. Each person also can participate in a raffle for California-themed prizes.