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Working 4 you: Americans working more than 40-hour weeks

Working 4 you: Americans working more than 40-hour weeks

For many Tuesday means back to work after the Labor Day weekend. But for many full-time employees, they may still be clocking in close to 40 hours this week.

A new study suggests most full-time employees are logging more than 40 hours per week. Gallup's annual Work in Education Survey shows that many people could be working a full workday longer each week.

Some experts believe the reason for this is some people might be more resourceful, while for others, it may be part of their pay structure.

Employees paid by the hour are sometimes restricted in the amount of time they can spend on the job because of limits on overtime. That's typically not an issue for salaried employees, so they are more likely to log more hours at the office.

Gallup's survey found about half of the adults it surveyed say they work 47 hours a week, on average. Nearly one in ten say they work even more, at least 50 hours a week. And 18 percent they work 60 hours a week or more.

So, if you're a full-time employee but actually work less than 40 hours a week, you're in the eight percent minority.

Splashdown happy with the summer heat

Splashdown happy with the summer heat

Temperatures may be below average now, but the last two months have brought record breaking heat to Spokane. While you may have been ready for a cool down several weeks ago some businesses were grateful for the heatwave.

"Hot summers are imperative," Melissa Kellogg, owner of Splashdown Water Park, said.

It's pretty simple, the hotter the day, the more people there are looking for ways to cool down.

"It feels better in the cold water when it's hot out," Grace Kellogg said.

With the hottest July and August on record for Spokane, Splashdown has been packed all summer, though, even on the hottest days, the park still has some competition.

"We went to Silverwood, we were at the lake fishing or at the pool, any way to stay cool," Amanda Short said.

Despite the competition Splashdown still had above average attendance this summer.

"When it's cool, people still come but it's just so much more vibrant and fun when there are a lot of people around," Melissa Kellogg said.

Dinghy's Tavern Midgets return to the baseball diamond

Remember your childhood friends, the kids who helped define who you are today? A group of former Little Leaguers got together again, 40 years after they last hit the baseball diamond to play another game together.

Back in the 1970s they were called the Dinghy's Tavern Midgets, and played baseball on an Otis Orchards field. Today they're junior high principals, ballistic missile engineers and even a TV news anchor, but on August 23 they all got back together for another game.

This was the second time the Midgets got back together; they played a game last year, but this year was special as all three of their coaches were able to attend this year's game.

And just like they did when they were Little Leaguers, they ran through their old warm ups before hitting the diamond for another game. And as they played they shared stories and for two hours, the briefest moments compared to the 40 years since they were last on the field, they were Dinghy's Tavern Midgets again.

New pot shop opens in Spokane Valley

Sativa Sisters is the 48th licensed pot shop to open in Washington state and will be serving up recreational marijuana from their Spokane Valley storefront.

The store's owners came out of retirement to open the pot shop and after a pile of paperwork and four months of renovations they are finally open for business.

When driving down Trent it's hard to miss the shop's bright green building.

?You noticed it right?! Everybody noticed it so that why we like the green,? Store manager Eric Skaar said.

Sativa sisters is officially open for business Friday after a weeklong soft opening.

?We've been gearing up, getting ready for today, getting the kinks out of the system so we can serve everyone smoothly and timely,? Skaar said.

They may be opening up a month and a half after the first retail stores in Spokane but they feel that's been to their benefit.

?Supply everyday is becoming more consistent and more is coming online,? Skaar said.

For many of the employees it hasn't gone unnoticed that the average customer is in their 50s; to some it goes against the stereotype, but Skaar said he's not surprised.

Spokane Valley begins turning dirt on Appleway Trail project

Earlier this week Spokane Valley started work on the Appleway Trail project, an effort to beautify a heavily traveled, undeveloped piece of land.

The property is a former railroad right of way near where Appleway Boulevard ends at University in Spokane Valley, and while the city wanted to develop it there was a catch: Spokane County owned the property.

Mayor Dean Grafos says it took some time and a lot of work to build a partnership between the city and the county to move the ball forward on the trail, which will run from University to Bowdish along the old Milwaukee railroad right of way.

The development will feature green spaces, a plaza, room for a community garden, safety crossings and an improvement in the quality of life improvement for residents living nearby.

It's also a positive example of city-county teamwork.

?It benefits both them and us and it also preserves this corridor if we need it for rapid transit or light rail or whatever in the future. So it's a win-win for the community and for the county,? Grafos said.

Sheriff defends deputy's actions in dog shooting

Sheriff defends deputy's actions in dog shooting

Spokane County Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich is defending the actions of one of his deputies who shot and killed a dog in Spokane Valley after the dog attacked him Wednesday evening.

Knezovich said Deputy Ryan Smith was trying to do the dog's owner a favor. Bradley Beck had dropped his cowboy hat and keys earlier in the week while walking through the neighborhood intoxicated, so Smith was returning those items Wednesday to his home.

When Smith went to his house and walked into Beck's yard he was confronted by Beck's dog Cash, who bit the deputy. The deputy tried to use a collapsible baton to fend off the dog, but after being knocked to the ground he fired his service weapon at the dog, killing Cash.

"I came after work and saw all the police officers here and pulled off the side of the road to see what was going on and I found out that my dog had been shot," Beck said.

Earlier this week someone spotted Beck stumbling around his neighborhood, near the intersection of Henry and Sprague in Greenacres, and called the sheriff's office.

Deputy shoots, kills dog after attack

A Spokane County Sheriff's deputy has shot and killed a dog in Greenacres after he was bit multiple times.

According to authorities on the scene, the deputy was returning some personal items, including a hat and some keys, to a residence, and decided instead of leaving the items outside a gate to take them to the house.

When the deputy opened the gate and walked toward the house he was bitten by the dog.

The deputy, who has not been identified, has been taken to a hospital in Spokane for treatment of his injuries.

Representatives from SCRAPS as well as Spokane County Sheriff's detectives are at the residence investigating the incident.

"We're treating this just like we would treat a situation with a human," said Deputy Craig Chamberlain. "We have major crime detectives documenting the scene, we have forensics out here photographing and documenting the scene. Really, we're treating it no different."

The Sheriff's Office could not immediately determine or confirm the breed of the dog.