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New child mental health facility opening in north Spokane

New child mental health facility opening in north Spokane

Children's Home Society of Washington will give children and families in north Spokane greater access to mental health services when their new facility opens on August 25.

The mental health facility, located in the Northeast Community Center at 4001 N. Cook St., is the first of its kind in north Spokane.

“We are excited to be able to collaborate with the other community providers located at the Northeast Community Center,” said regional director Libby Hein. “We are all working on the same goal, to help children and families thrive in Spokane.”

Two full-time counselors will assist children and their families, and collaborate with organizations also located in the center.

CenturyLink announces high-speed fiber network in Spokane

CenturyLink announces high-speed fiber network in Spokane

Good news for Spokane businesses – your internet is about to get a lot faster! CenturyLink announced the availability of fiber-based Internet and data connection speeds of up to 1 gigabit per second for a significant percentage of Spokane businesses.

“Business customers are important to CenturyLink, and we are focused on innovations that can help businesses reach their goals and simplify their lives using gigabit fiber technology” said Tom Novotney, VP/GM for Greater Washington. “We’re committed to delivering the most advanced, convenient and affordable fiber-based solutions to the businesses that drive the economy here in Spokane”

Fiber infrastructure has proved to be beneficial to economic vitality. The Bureau of Labor Statistics forecast in 2009 that jobs depending on broadband and information communication technologies will grow by 25 percent from 2008 to 2018.

Washington fourth in nation for reducing uninsured adults

Washington fourth in nation for reducing uninsured adults

A new Gallup poll puts Washington state fourth in the nation for reducing the number of uninsured adults since the new healthcare law took effect at the beginning of the year.

Washington dropped from 16.8 percent in 2013 to just 10.7 percent in the first half of 2014.

Governor Jay Inslee released a statement about today's report saying, “Gallup has confirmed what we know from our experience here in Washington: expanding coverage for working people in Washington by effectively implementing needed reforms makes a huge difference in getting people insured so they can get the health care they need. Thanks to the Affordable Care Act we enrolled more than 600,000 people in health coverage through our exchange, the Washington Healthplanfinder. We have a lot to be proud of, and will continue doing everything we can to make the ACA work for the people and businesses of Washington.”

Working 4 you: Is your news feed biased?

Working 4 you: Is your news feed biased?

As the crisis in Gaza and Israel plays out, the world is paying attention online. That's where most of us get our information, and it could be influencing how we view the conflict.

Many of us see the world through an internet filter and that can be dangerous when it comes to forming opinions about major issues such as the conflict in the Middle East.

If you use Facebook, for example, your news is processed through a filter of things you are most likely to "like." It may keep you engaged with the story, but you will only be fed information that agrees with your point of view or that of your friends.

And Facebook isn't the only company that uses these algorithms to filter you news feed.

Eli Pariser, author of "The Filter Bubble," has warned about the dangers of internet customization. He points out that a Google search of a country or conflict will yield completely different results for different users, dependent upon what they have viewed in the past.

Yahoo News also personalizes stories to fit what the company believes is the user's perspective.

Detectives investigating body found in Spokane Valley

Detectives are investigating a body that was found Thursday evening in a wooded area in Spokane Valley.

The Spokane County Sheriff's Office was notified by hikers that a body was off North Pines Road near Mirabeau Park around 8:30 p.m. Thursday.

Deputies secured the scene and detectives were called in to investigate the body. The person, who has not been identified, was a black male in his 40s or 50s.

The identity of the person or how they died has not been released by authorities, though authorities said there was no obvious signs of trauma.

It's not known if foul play is involved, so detectives will provide assistance with the Medical Examiner's office, who will determine the cause of death.

Boil-water advisories over for some after storm

Boil-water advisories over for some after storm

Health advisories asking residents to boil their drinking water after last week's storm have ended in two of six impacted areas now that power has been restored and lab tests show the water is safe to drink.

Boil-water advisories in Spokane and Pend Oreille counties have ended, specifically:

  • 333 resdients of Chattaroy Valley Mobile Estates in Chattaroy.
  • Sandy Shore and Sandy Meadows water system customers in Pend Oreille County.

The following four water systems in three counties remain on boil-water advisories:

Carlton Complex Fire officials say no more donations!

Carlton Complex Fire officials say no more donations!

It turns out there can be too much of a good thing. According to the official Carlton Complex Fire blog, the community has overwhelmed community groups with their donations.

Effective immediately, physical donations of clothing, books, toys and more will no longer be accepted.

Okanogan County resources no longer have the space to store additional donations or the manpower to sort them. All donations currently being sorted are more than enough to cover what's needed – they are being transported to a central location and then distributed to members of the community from there.

If you would still like to offer assistance to victims of the Carlton Complex fire, please consider a cash donation to the Apple Valley Chapter of the American Red Cross or other local charities. You can also donate cash for fire victims at any North Cascades Bank.