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Seahawks grant wish for Newman Lake teen

Seahawks grant wish for Newman Lake teen

A Newman Lake teen on cloud nine after getting the Seahawk experience of a lifetime. Chase Palmer, 14, has Cystic Fibrosis, and was granted a wish by the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

The teen decided the 12th man experience was the way to go. He spent several days in Seattle and then took in a Seahawks game. Palmer was able to meet Head Coach Pete Carroll and players like Russell Wilson.

"He's really nice and kind and he really cares about kids," Palmer said.

Carroll showed him around the Seahawk facilities, when game time rolled around Palmer got things started by taking the game ball to the refs.

"It was scary at first but when I did it, it wasn't as bad," Palmer said.

After he dropped off the game ball his family watch the game from the comfort of a suite.

"I would like to say thank you very much," Palmer said.

Volunteers needed for SNAP ombudsman program

Volunteers needed for SNAP ombudsman program

SNAP is largely known for their services helping low-income individuals and families, but did you know they also offer a vital service for the elderly?

Lisa Petrie has been the regional Long Term Care Ombudsman for Eastern Washington since 1990, responsible for overseeing 284 nursing homes, assisted living facilities and adult family homes across Spokane, Pend Oreille, Ferry, Stevens and Whitman counties.

“This population is so very vulnerable, and it's so hard for them to speak up for what they need. The ombudsman is that voice,” said Petrie. “The whole idea is to visit with residents and make sure that they have the quality of care and quality of life that they deserve. Residents have rights, and we make sure they know that.”

Petrie has 38 volunteers that all make weekly and monthly visits to facilities from Colville to Colfax, getting to know the staff and residents. From their official paperwork, the responsibilities of ombudsman include:

Working 4 you: There's been another data breach, now what?

Working 4 you: There's been another data breach, now what?

Data breaches seem to be becoming the norm, and there's another consumers need to be aware of. Millions of people's personal information is at risk after hackers targeted a hospital network.

Community Health Systems announced the breach yesterday in a regulatory filing. The organization operates 206 hospitals in 29 states across the country.

It says hackers in China have stolen data on 4.5 million patients. The breach happened sometime in April and June this year.

The hackers accessed patients' names, social security numbers, addresses and phone numbers.

Anyone who received treatment from a network-owned hospital in the last five years is affected. People who were referred there by a doctor are also impacted.

The large data breach puts these people at a heightened risk of identity fraud.

But, experts say there are steps to take to make sure your identity stays safe.

First, if you think your SSN has been stolen, contact the three major credit-reporting agencies. They are Equifax, TransUnion and Experian. Tell them your social has been stolen and each will give you a free copy of your credit report.

First West Nile infection of 2014 reported

First West Nile infection of 2014 reported

The Washington Department of Health has confirmed the first case of in-state West Nile virus since 2012.

A Walla Walla man in his 20's was exposed somewhere near his home and hospitalized. The infection was confirmed by testing at the Washington State Public Health Laboratories in Shoreline.

Two other Washington residents have been diagnosed with the infection this year, both both contracted the disease while traveling out of state. Additional reports of possible infections are currently under investigation.

“The mosquito samples that have tested positive for West Nile virus in eastern Washington this season are a reminder that the virus is here and we should protect ourselves,” said State Health Officer Dr. Kathy Lofy. “The best prevention is to avoid mosquito bites – at home and while traveling.”

So far 34 mosquito samples have tested positive for West Nile virus in 2014, including:

Spokane Valley refinances bonds to save $1.5 million

Spokane Valley refinances bonds to save $1.5 million

The City of Spokane valley has refinanced its outstanding 2003 tax bonds in order to take advantage of lower market interest rates and a stronger credit rating.

The refinancing is expected to result in more than $1.5 million of debt service savings over the next 20 years.

The bonds were issued in 2003 for two related purposes:

$5.6 million is associated with the CenterPlace and Mirabeau Point, a 54,000 square-foot regional and community event center completed in 2005. Every six months the Spokane Public Facilities District makes payments to the City related to that project. The refunding savings of $1.38 million on that portion will reduce the amount of those payments, which are made from regional tax revenues.

$1.39 million is associated with road and street improvements in the city that were supplemented or matched with federal and state funds. The savings of $201,000 will accrue to the city's operating funds.

MDA Fill The Boot campaign today

MDA Fill The Boot campaign today

Members of the City of Spokane Fire Department Local 29, along with the Muscular Dystrophy Association, will celebrate their 60-year partnership and kick off the fire fighters' annual Fill the Boot fundraising campaign to benefit children and adults affected by muscle disease throughout the City of Spokane.

Fire fighters will be out on the streets with boots in hand for this year’s drive on Friday, August 15th from 3PM-6PM. There will be 16 intersections throughout Spokane with Fire Fighters Filling the Boot.