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Deep freeze forecast this week in Washington

A cold week is forecast for Washington.

The National Weather Service says low temperatures Tuesday through Friday in Western Washington will be in the teens and highs only in the 20s.

Forecasters say it will be even colder in Eastern Washington with lows in single digits. Light snow is forecast Monday in southeast Washington, but it should be mostly clear through the week statewide.

The Weather Service says precipitation returns to the area Saturday and there's a good chance it will start as snow.

12th Man fills Avista Stadium for photo shoot

12th Man fills Avista Stadium for photo shoot

Fans and vendors filled Avista Stadium Friday, two days before any players took the field. It was the 12th man, uniting for one take.

"We gather to support our team. Rain, snow, whatever, we're here," Bill Hansen said.

Lance Putt eats and breathes Seahawks football. He just got the team's logo tattooed on his forearm.

"This felt right, me and my brothers, all three of us got (tattoos) the same day," he said.

Then, the crowd started filing onto the baseball field and lined up as a giant '12.'

"This photo's going to be really cool. It's going to just go viral," Jamie Patrick said.

A helicopter overhead snapped the photo. Afterwards the fans were given a '12th Man' snack of Skittles.

The money made from the event will benefit the foundation of Spokane's own Super Bowl MVP Mark Rypien. Rypien says he thinks the Seahawks will walk away with the Lombardi Trophy this Sunday.

"17-13, 20-17, somewhere in there...Denver will have a chance, I still think Seattle got to be, their defense is so good," Rypien said.

Racist graffiti at Spokane Valley coffee stand was inside job

A hate crime and attempted arson against two Korean sisters running a Spokane Valley coffee stand has turned out to be a hoax with one of the sisters the admitted culprit.

That woman, 23-year-old Jennifer Na, is the co-owner of Coffee Break along with her sister, and investigators say they're not sure why she targeted her own business and that they may never know.

Na admitted she spray painted 'Go back to China' on the parking lot asphalt near their stand.

It didn't take long for fire investigators to solve the attempted arson.

"Ultimately, Deputy Fire Marshal Clifton Mahaffey did an outstanding investigation, watched the surveillance video," said Spokane County Sheriff's Deputy Craig Chamberlin.

That video showed Na carrying a gas can into the stand right before turning off the surveillance cameras.

"She admitted to the crime. As far as why, a lot of people want to know why, this case got national attention," Chamberlin said.

URM cyber attack investigation coming to a close

URM cyber attack investigation coming to a close

URM Stores' investigation of a criminal cyber attack is coming to a close.

The company says they now know which stores were affected by the attack and the incident was limited to credit and debit card transactions made in those stores made between September 1, 2013 - November 24, 2013.

A list of the affected stores can be found at www.urmstores.com under the "Credit/Debit Card Announcements" link.

"We are incredibly grateful to our customers for their patience and understanding through this difficult experience. We are humbled by their support and continue to extend our sincere apologies for any frustration and inconvenience," said URM CEO Ray Sprinkle.

If you see a fraudulent charge on your card, URM asks that you contact the issuing bank.

Woman reports assault in Liberty Lake parking lot

Woman reports assault in Liberty Lake parking lot

A woman was taken to the hospital after she reported being pushed to the ground and kicked in the parking lot of a Liberty Lake business Wednesday morning.

Liberty Lake police responded to the Meadowwood Technology Park, located in the 24000 block of E. Mission at 7:25 a.m. where they found the woman, who claimed after she got out of her car she was approached by a man who asked her for a cigarette. She claimed the man proceeded to push her to the ground and then kicked her.

"She was approached by the suspect in this case, asked if she had a cigarette and then was assaulted. She was pushed and knocked to the ground and kicked by this person," Liberty Lake Police Chief Brian Asmus said.

The suspect reportedly did not take anything from her and walked away.

The victim went inside the business and reported the assault to fellow employees, who called 911. The business went into lockdown until police arrived.

"We had actually recently done training for them about lockdown procedures, so they did a great job the did what they needed to do," Asmus said.

Mix of freezing rain and snow hits Eastern Washington

Mix of freezing rain and snow hits Eastern Washington

A winter storm warning is in effect until Wednesday afternoon for freezing rain in Washington's Cascade passes.

The National Weather Service expects hazardous driving conditions on Snoqualmie, Stevens and White passes before the precipitation changes to rain or snow. Snow accumulations should be less than 6 inches.

Forecasters say the storm moving through the state will bring a wintry mix of freezing rain or snow across Eastern Washington through Wednesday.

The Weather Service says Thursday will be cool and showery but the weekend looks mostly dry.

Local impact of the push to raise minimum wage

Local impact of the push to raise minimum wage

Minimum wage was a key topic in President Obama's State of the Union address Tuesday night. He wants to raise it from $7.25 an hour to $10.10 an hour for federally contracted workers.

"The cold, hard fact is that even in the midst of recovery, too many Americans are working more than ever just to get by, let alone get ahead. And too many still aren't working at all," President Obama said.

An Associated Press fact check shows it boost pay for about 200,000 employees. The president can issue the executive order, but would need congressional approval to raise minimum wage for all federal workers.

"Because if you cook our troops' meals or wash their dishes, you shouldn't have to live in poverty," President Obama said.

Some people we talked with agree.

"With what minimum wage is right now, a man cannot even pay his rent," taxi driver Larry Boyd said. "He must work a job and a half to do it."

"I think it gives you more incentive to work and it gives people a little more incentive to find those kind of jobs," Evander Cobbs said.