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Working 4 you: Why you should fix your pets

Working 4 you: Why you should fix your pets

America grew up hearing Bob Barker's reminders to spay and neuter your pets, and veterinarians agree, sterilization is important. But why?

According to the Humane Society of the United States, there are an estimated six to eight million homeless animals entering animal shelters every year. About half of those get adopted, but sadly the other half have to be euthanized.

The primary reason for spaying and neutering your pets is population control. Every year around one million dogs are euthanized, simply because they have no place to go.

And vets say you should get your pets fixed, whether they play inside or outdoors.

But spaying and neutering doesn't only help the population of unclaimed kitties and puppies, most research finds that pets who get sterilized at a young age actually live longer, healthier lives.

Vets say that by spaying or neutering your pets, you can avoid a lot of costly medical complications in the future caused by infections.

Veterinarians say you should get your pets fixed when they are two to six months old.

Working 4 you: How much will America spend on Halloween?

Working 4 you: How much will America spend on Halloween?

Fall is here and that means retailers and shoppers are turning their attention to Halloween. But will consumers be willing to spend as much this year on costumes and candy?

Stores like Target and Walmart are already gearing up for the Holiday. And if you feel like it's just a little too early to get ready for Halloween, you may be surprised to hear that one-third of Americans say they'll be making their holiday purchases before October 1st.

Halloween is the last major retail event before the big holiday rush. It can offer retailers clues on how willing Americans will be to open their wallets, and how stores should approach holiday inventory, discounts and deals.

Many shoppers say the U.S. economy is still weighing heavily on their minds. one in five people say it will make an impact on how they approach holiday spending.

But it may not affect it as much as you'd think.

New numbers from the National Retail Federation show most consumers won't be afraid to spend on Halloween this year.

So, how much will the average American be spending?

Special needs students crowned University High Homecoming Royalty

Friday was a big night for University High School: a packed crowd for Homecoming, a grand halftime show, and a landslide football victory. But the most important event of the night might well have been the coronation of the Homecoming King and Queen.

"[The students] very deliberately decided that they wanted these two special people to become our Homecoming Queen and King," said University High teacher Paul Schneider. "And it was overwhelming. It was just a landslide victory for these two."

So what makes these new royals so extraordinary? Keeley Blanchard has autism. Taylor Baggarley is a few grades behind average. Both are enrolled in the school's special needs program. To say the new monarchs were stunned would be an understatement.

"Totally unexpected," Blanchard said. "I was surprised when i got voted Homecoming Queen."

The new boss of U-High feels the same way.

"I was just like awe and amazed," said Baggarley. "I was just like screaming out for joy. Just like, this is new."

Dept. of Natural Resources lifts statewide burn ban

Dept. of Natural Resources lifts statewide burn ban

The Washington State Department of Natural Resources announced Friday that the statewide burn ban on DNR-protected lands has been removed. Fire danger has been reduced by the recent rainfall and moderating temperatures.

Restrictions set by local authorities are not affected by DNR's actions. Additionally, while conditions no longer warrant a statewide burn ban, some local areas may still remain dry. Anyone who plans on burning should check with local authorities beforehand.

You can also always find the latest on your local fire restrictions here.

Fire officials searching for serial arsonist

Fire officials confirmed Thursday afternoon a potentially dangerous fire last week that threatened homes in Greenacres was the work of arsonist who may have set up to 17 suspicious fires in the area in the last week.

Most of the fires haven't been more that a quarter of an acre except for last week's fire south of the Barker Road exit, which burned eight acres on Saltese Road near Greenacres. That fire required the work of multiple agencies from across Spokane County as well as air support from the Department of Natural Resources to get under control.

So far no buildings have been lost and no one has been hurt in any of the fires.

During a press conference Thursday afternoon, Spokane County Fire District 8 Chief Tony Neilson said all of the firest have had similiarities.

"We have noted that there is a pattern of two fires per day, ranging from early morning to late in the evening. We are calling is suspicious because we are not able to determine any other reasonable cause for these fires," Neilson said.

Teen sentenced to 60 days for fatal crash

Teen sentenced to 60 days for fatal crash

Despite impassioned pleas from the parents of two teens killed in a high speed crash last year, Judge Michael Price sentenced Preston Maher to 60 days in juvenile detention Thursday morning.

Maher, the driver of the vehicle in which University High sophomores Josie Freier and McKenzie Mott were killed last year, was sentenced to 60 days in confinement and 300 hours of community service.

The sentence specifically called for 30 days in confinement for each of the two teens killed in the crash.

Maher, who had recently gotten his driver's license, was driving his car at freeway speeds through a residential neighborhood last year when he tried to launch his car over the Ponderosa Jump. He lost control of his car when it went airborne and it slammed into a tree, killing Mott and Freier on impact.

Calling his actions beyond stupidity, Judge Michael Price, who said Maher's sentencing one of the toughest he's made in his 11 years on the bench, maintained he had to follow the law in sentencing Maher, going below the standard range because Maher has no criminal history.

Prescription Drug Take-Back Saturday

Prescription Drug Take-Back Saturday

Is your medicine cupboard getting a little cluttered? Not sure what to do with all those leftover prescriptions? This Saturday is your chance to take care of all of that with a prescription drug take-back event.

Tossing pills in the trash could allow a child or pet to accidentally eat them, and flushing them down the toilet only puts them into the water supply – but drop them off this weekend and they are guaranteed to be disposed of safely.

You can drop drugs off Saturday from 10 am until 2 pm at either the Spokane Valley Police Department (12710 E. Sprague Ave.) or at the North Spokane Library (44 E. Hawthorne).

Items Accepted: