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Phone scam imitating WSU Police

Phone scam imitating WSU Police

Washington State University wants everyone to be aware of an ongoing phone scam targeting people across the state.

There have been multiple reports of people receiving phone calls from someone claiming to be an official with the WSU Police Department. The caller demands money and threatens legal trouble if the funds are not sent. Most alarming is that caller ID shows the name and phone number from a legitimate police agency.

WSU Police want you to know that they will never call anyone demanding money. Even if the caller is able to provide sensitive information (last four digits of social security number, address, date of birth, etc.) do not provide information to them.

If you do receive a call like this, WSU Police want you to report it to them at (509) 335-8548.

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Local finalist in PETA's Sexiest Vegan over 50 contest

Local finalist in PETA's Sexiest Vegan over 50 contest

When you hear vegan, what's the first thing that pops into your head? It's probably not “sexy,” but that's what PETA is trying to change with their current competition for Sexiest Vegan over 50. The field has been narrowed down to just 14 men and women from around the US and one of them is from right here in Spokane.

Atania Gilmore is marking her two-year anniversary as a vegan this month. She's a runner and says it was another runner's book that encouraged her to make the change for what she calls selfish reasons.

“As a runner you're always looking for an edge,” she said.

Gilmore says it was “Eat and Run,” a book written by ultra-marathoner Scott Jurek that inspired her. In the book, Jurek explains that his record setting speeds to his vegan diet.

“I'm a turtle when I run,” said Gilmore. “I wanted to be faster so I thought it was worth a try.” So she decided to give it a try for the 30 days leading up to Thanksgiving and see if it made a difference.

Non-profit volunteer fair at Clearwater Casino

Non-profit volunteer fair at Clearwater Casino

If you've been looking to get involved in the community, an upcoming fair at the Clearwater Casino is the perfect place to start.

IdaVend broadcasting, with the help of the Clearwater Casino, is hosting the “Non Profit Connect Fair” on Friday, October 24.

From 2-5 pm, the public is welcome to come and connect with nearly 100 local and regional non-profit organizations. Once there, individuals can learn how to volunteer for and organization as well as what function that organization serves the community.

If you work for a non-profit or local school or governmental agency and would like to reserve a booth space at the fair, you can contact Morgan Carson at IdaVent Broadcasting at (208) 743-1551 or email her at mcarson@idavend.com.

Idaho food banks in need of milk

Idaho food banks in need of milk

Idaho's food pantries have a crucial need for more milk, and the Great American Milk Drive wants to make it easy to donate a gallon with the click of a mouse.

October is Idaho Hunger and Food Security Awareness Month, and United Dairymen of Idaho is encouraging people across the state to participate by making a $5 contribution for milk to their local food bank.

You can visit www.MilkLife.com/give and enter your zip code to ensure milk is delivered from the farm to a food bank in your community. You can also test “MILK” from your cell phone to 84465 to add a $5 donation to your phone bill.

According to Feeding America, the nation's largest domestic hunger-relief organization, milk is one of the most requested by food bank clients, yet there is a nationwide shortage because it is rarely donated.

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Free IHOP Scary Face pancake on Halloween

Free IHOP Scary Face pancake on Halloween

Looking for a special way to celebrate Halloween with your Ghosts and Ghouls? IHOP wants to help kick off the festivities with a free Scary Face pancake for all kids 12 and under on October 31.

From 7 am to 10 pm, each child can receive one of IHOP's buttermilk pancakes decorated with a whipped topping smiles and eyes and a strawberry nose. Then kids can use a kit of delicious toppings – eight pieces of candy corn and two mini Oreos – to finish decorating the face however they choose.

If you can't make it on Halloween, don't worry too much – the Scary Face pancake is available as a regular menu item all month long.

FEMA wants you to participate in earthquake drill Thursday

FEMA wants you to participate in earthquake drill Thursday

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is encouraging participation in a national earthquake drill this Thursday, October 16.

FEMA says over 40 states are at risk of earthquakes, but surveys report fewer than one-third of adults have participated in a drill in the last year. That's why they're spreading the word about this year's Great ShakeOut.

“Past practice and previous participation in a drill can make all the difference in an emergency,” FEMA administrator Craig Fugate said. “Everyone should know how to drop to the ground, cover themselves under a sturdy table or desk, and hold on to it until the shaking stops. It needs to happen with enough regularity that it becomes second nature during an actual earthquake.

At 10:16 am local time, participants should do the following:

After 24-year wait, same-sex couple ties knot in Moscow

After 24-year wait, same-sex couple ties knot in Moscow

Gay rights advocates are cheering after six marriage licenses were issued to same-sex couples in Latah County on Friday, the latest turn in the roller coaster ride for couples wishing to tie the knot in the Gem State.

Tabitha Simmons and Katherine Sprague were among the first to get their marriage license. The pair have been together for 24 years. They could've gone across the border into Whitman County and gotten married in Washington, but they held out to be married in Idaho. Moscow is home to them.

"Incredible, overwhelmed, so many things," Simmons said.

The couple have trouble summing up just how special it is to finally be married. They've been together for 24 years, running a comic book and costume shop in downtown Moscow.

"Honestly when we got together we did think this would ever happen in Idaho. And then when it was right there in front of us, after 23 years and it kept getting pulled away and moved back, even when people said 'Oh don't worry it will be another week,' I think my patience ran out," Sprague said.