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Working 4 you: American spending shows positive signs for the economy

Working 4 you: American spending shows positive signs for the economy

Some good news for the economy. Americans are spending more!

Purchases of durable goods, such as furniture and cell phones are increasing. For the month of August, purchasing of such items increased 2% in America. That may not seem like a lot, but compare that to an increase of only 0.1% in July.

This is according to data released by the Bureau of Economic Analysis.

But what drove the August rush in spending?

The biggest factor was auto sales, everything from cars to parts, which accounted for half the gains.

People typically don't make big purchases like cars unless they feel confident in the economy and their personal finances.

Overall, consumer spending increase a total of 0.5% in August.

Economists say the increase in spending is a good sign for the economy. Some say buyers are a critical indicator of the economy's health since they make up a majority of how much product gets produced in the United States.

After the financial crisis in 2008 and the recession, people cut back heavily on purchases. But, as more people are finding jobs, that should translate into more spending.

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Working 4 you: Reducing your risk of breast cancer

Working 4 you: Reducing your risk of breast cancer

As most people know, October is Breast Cancer Awareness month, but do you know how to reduce your risk of the disease?

Doctors say there are steps you can take now to reduce your chances of getting the disease in the future.

Taking steps to be healthy may not prevent all breast cancers, but for most women these steps can reduce the risks.

First, doctors say to watch your weight. Being overweight or gaining weight as an adult increases the chances of developing the disease, especially after menopause. So, eat well to keep you weight in check throughout your life.

Also, get some exercise. Experts recommend about 150 minutes of moderate aerobic activity each week, or 75 minutes of vigorous exercise. If possible, include at least two strength training sessions a week, as well.

Also, don't smoke. Just another reason to quit if you do smoke. And if you drink, limit yourself to no more than one drink per day. Experts say the more alcohol you consume, the greater your chance of developing breast cancer.

If you are able to breast feed when you have children, doctors say this can offer some protection against the disease as well.

Roller derby fundraiser for Spokane Humane Society

Roller derby fundraiser for Spokane Humane Society

Roller Derby is one of the toughest sports out there, and one local team is joining up with the Spokane Humane Society to help homeless pets in need.

The “Who Let the Belles Out” bout will feature Inland EmPower's Brass Belles in their first home game since the founding of their league last year.

“We are a very community-minded league, committed to making Spokane a better place,” said league president Jen Mayernik. “We wanted to have our premier home bout to be something spectacular that also helped a non-profit in the region and we love helping our furry friends in need.”

A portion of the ticket sales for this event will be donated to the Spokane Humane Society to help them continue to care for the thousands of homeless pets they see each year. The bout will also feature a dog parade and fun animal-themed games and trivia for the audience.

The adults aren't the only ones having fun either. Junior derby team Cherry Bomb Brawlers are also getting in on the action, making this event a double header.

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Sheriff's office welcomes three new deputies

Sheriff's office welcomes three new deputies

Spokane County Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich welcomed three new deputies this morning during a commissioning ceremony. After being sworn in as Spokane County Sheriff’s Deputies, they were welcomed by the Sheriff, several members of the Sheriff’s Office and their family and friends.

The Sheriff’s Office would like to introduce to you Deputy John McQuitty, Deputy Stan Kravtsov and Deputy Nguyen. May they have a safe and rewarding career as they serve the Citizens of Spokane County and work to keep our community safe.

Deputy John P. McQuitty, Jr., prior to serving as a Corrections Officer for the Spokane County Jail for the past ten years, was a Sergeant with the United States Army Rangers. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology from Eastern Washington University. Deputy McQuitty is scheduled to attend the Basic Law Enforcement Academy (BLEA) this month.

Sheriff's office wants to reunite theft victims with stolen property

Sheriff's office wants to reunite theft victims with stolen property

The Spokane County Sheriff's Office want to reunite potential theft victims with their recovered property.

Deputy Scott Streltzoff recovered the property on Thursday, September 25 in the Mead area while investigating a suspicious vehicle. After contacting the occupants, 31-year-old Brenda Arndt was taken into custody for providing false statements and for an active felony warrant for Escape Community Custody.

During their contact, Arndt not only provided false information regarding her identity, but the stories she gave about the property was very vague, leading Deputy Streltzoff to believe the items were stolen.

You can view photos of the property on the SCSO Facebook page at this link. If you recognize any of the photographs, can prove ownership and have filed a theft report, please call Deputy Streltzoff at (509) 464-8565 and provide your report number and the picture number.

Booktober Fest for Spokane Humane Society this weekend

Booktober Fest for Spokane Humane Society this weekend

The Spokane Humane Society is hoping you'll attend their annual fundraiser and fill your bookshelves at the same time.

All year, community members, businesses and individuals have been collecting nearly 16,000 new and gently used books, CD's, DVD's and magazines to raise funds for the animals of the Spokane Humane society.

The annual Booktober Fest book sale runs this weekend, October 4 and 5, in the Spokane Human Society big, red barn at 6607 N. Havana.

“We have something for every age,” said Associate Director Kerry Wiltzius. “It's a fun event that will raise nearly $4,000 for the animals in our care.”

Volunteers have been picking up and sorting books for weeks and are encouraging everyone to come buy some books and see the animals.

Saturday: 8 am – 4 pm

Sunday: 9 am – 3 pm