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Spokane Symphony Musicians approve new contract

Spokane Symphony Musicians approve new contract

The Spokane Symphony Society announced Tuesday that the musicians of the Orchestra and the Board of Trustees have unanimously approved and ratified a new two-year labor agreement.

“This new agreement recognizes the dedication and talent of our musicians, and it demonstrates our commitment to them. We understand that their artistry is an important asset that enriches the vitality of our region, enhancing our city's reputation as an attractive place to live and work,” said Executive Director Brenda Nienhouse. “This spirit of partnership and joint problem-solving as we move forward together has the Symphony poised for great things as we launch our 2014-15 Super-Sonic Season and plan for the future.”

September is National Disaster Preparedness month

September is National Disaster Preparedness month

Disaster can strike at any time, and the American Red Cross encourages everyone to take the first step during National Preparedness Month and create a disaster plan for their household that can keep people safe in an emergency.

“Having an emergency plan is an important step so everyone in the household knows what they should do if something happens,” said Martha Reed, Regional Disaster Program Officer. “We believe people should mark National Preparedness Month by creating or updating their plan.”

As we recently saw throughout central and eastern Washington, flash floods and severe weather can strike quickly, leaving residents with only moments to evacuate in some cases. Every second counts during a disaster so the best time to prepare is before one hits.

The Spokane Regional Health District is also participating in National Preparedness Month with a different, but important message every week. They'll be providing resources online and on social media to assist families with the following themes:

Bicyclist killed in Spokane Valley hit and run

Bicyclist killed in Spokane Valley hit and run

Spokane Valley Police are investigating an early morning fatal hit-and-run.

The incident happened on the overpass at Park and Cataldo above I-90 around 1:30 a.m. Tuesday.

Police say a vehicle hit a man in his 40's on a bicycle then drove away.

Police are looking for the suspect vehicle, though they have little information to go off of.

Anyone who may have seen something is asked to call Crime Check at 456-2233.

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.