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Cyclist safety takes center stage following hit and run

The hit and run death of Spokane Valley bicyclist has re-opened the topic of bicycle safety. With more people commuting via bike, cyclist safety is more important than ever.

The League of American Bicyclists has named Washington state "the most bicycle friendly state in America" for seven years in a row, but two wheel transit still has its fair share of risks.

Between 1997 and 2006, 103 cyclists died on Washington roads.

Erika Prins of the Spokane Bicycle Advisory Board gives these tips for staying safe:

1. Behave predictably. which means not swerving into other lanes randomly or making any sudden movements.

2. Make yourself visible. Wear bright protective clothing and put lights and reflectors on your bike.

3. Avoid busy roads. Accidents are more likely to occur in high traffic areas.

4. Always wear a helmet.

Prins adds that courtesy and respect between drivers and cyclists is crucial for keeping everyone on safe on the road.

Detectives continue investigation into fatal hit and run

Detectives continue investigation into fatal hit and run

Spokane Valley Sheriff's detectives are continuing to investigate a fatal hit and run accident early Tuesday morning on North Park Road overpass at 1-90.

Investigators say 47-year old Robert R. Royer was killed after he was struck by a car.

Detectives have located a person of interest and and possible suspect vehicle, they are also processing evidence that includes video from a nearby home.

Wednesday Royer's fiance Tina Murray said he had gotten of work and was headed to the Spokane river around 1:30 a.m.

"He had this bright idea throughout the day that he was going to catch a fish for Royanne because she hadn't caught one down at the fishing hole," Murray said.

The couple had planned to practice for the first day of school by getting up early and making the short walk to the school. After that they planned to head to the river where Royer would have a fishing pole with a fish on the line waiting so he could watch the excitement in his daughters eyes as she reeled it in.

Fire safety reminder for dormitory living

Fire safety reminder for dormitory living

Dorms are filling up fast around Washington State as students begin or continue their college education, and the state Fire Marshal wants to make sure everyone has a safe school year.

“Fire safety should be reviewed as students settle into their new places,” said State Fire Marshal Chuck Duffy. “Understanding the safety features of a building and knowing your escape routes can significantly increase your personal safety.”

The United States Fire Administration reports an estimated 3,800 university housing fires occur each year. The leading causes include cooking, intentionally set fires, careless smoking, unattended candles and overloaded electrical wiring. Marshal Duffy suggests the following tips to reduce the risk of fire and increase safety:

Cooking should only be done in a location permitted by the school’s policies. Never leave your cooking unattended. If a fire starts in a microwave, leave the door closed and unplug the unit.

Working 4 you: How to crave healthy foods

Working 4 you: How to crave healthy foods

Could it be possible to rewire your brain so that it wants, even craves healthy food? New research suggests it could be possible.

So how do you do it?

Researchers suggest all you have to do is eat healthy. They say by following a healthy diet, a person can actually change how their brain reacts to high- and low-calorie foods. It could be the difference between deciding to snack on carrots or cookies.

Researchers divided the participants of this study into two groups.

The experimental group was offered healthier meals for six months and asked to reduce their calorie intake by 500 to 1,000 calories per day. The meals in the second group, the control group, were not adjusted.

The experimental group ended up losing about 14 pounds, on average during that period.

Then, at the end of that six months, both the experimental and control groups were shown photos of healthy and unhealthy foods.

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.