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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.

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.

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.

New phone scam may be targeting recently widowed

New phone scam may be targeting recently widowed

Spokane Police want to warn citizens about a new scam that appears to be targeting the recently widowed, claiming to be from a life insurance company and requiring money to ensure proper compensation.

Crime Check took the first report on Friday, September 26. The potential victim's husband had died the week before and she received a call from someone claiming to be from an insurance agency where her husband had a policy.

The caller told the widow that the policy payments had not been kept up to date but, if she caught up with the payments, they would be able to ensure she received her life insurance payout from her husband's death. The caller then instructed the woman to get pre-paid cards loaded with cash.

Fortunately, the victim realized the call was a scam and reported it to police. If you receive a call similar to this one, or believe you may have been the victim of a scam, please call Crime Check at (509) 456-2233.

Working 4 you: More hospitals ask for payment upfront

Working 4 you: More hospitals ask for payment upfront

If you're planning any future trips to the hospital, you may want to get your credit card ready before heading into the operating room. That's because hospitals are increasingly asking patients to pay for procedures either upfront, or before they're discharged.

Traditionally, neither patients nor providers knew the exact price of procedures until after the insurer processed the charges, but that's all changing.

New technology is now allowing hospitals to determine a patient's responsibility in advance of treatment.

Hospitals say it's important to discuss the cost as early as possible because patients are facing higher deductibles and larger payments for services. Administrators say many people don't even know what their deductible is.

Officials say Americans are shouldering a greater portion of their health care bills, and medical centers don't want to get stuck paying what their patients can't.

But for those who are worried about footing the bill early, hospitals are providing several options.

Suspect in Spokane Valley shooting still at large

Police still searching for suspects after a shooting Monday afternoon in Spokane Valley near Herald and Valley Way.

Spokane County Sheriff's Deputies were on the scene of a shooting for several hours Monday after a white male was shot in the head.

Police do not have a shooter in custody, and don't have a name or description of who they are looking for.

"It occurred in the roadway. The victim was transported to a local hospital," said Spokane Sheriff's Deputy Craig Chamberlain.

The first deputy to arrive saw two people run into a home on Herald street, unsure if one of them was the shooter, the home was evacuated.

Police believed the shooter was inside the home, but after several hours it was determined that home was empty.

"The house in question right now is a duplex so we had about 9 people detained right now that we're speaking with," said Chamberlain. "We're just trying to figure out what transpired and who is involved."

The victim of the shooting is in stable condition. Police say the public is not at risk.