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Trick-or- Treating safety tips for Halloween night

Trick-or- Treating safety tips for Halloween night

From the City of Moscow:


Halloween is just around the corner and we all want it to be enjoyable for the children in our community.  The Moscow Police Department is passing on some safety precautions as a good reminder.

Label dating game leads to $165b annual food waste

Label dating game leads to $165b annual food waste

Americans waste $165 Billion worth of food each year, which averages out to about $2,200 per family. Part of that waste is caused by confusion over expiration labels.

What does sell by, use by, best by - and other labels really mean? And, will eating food past that date really make you sick?

A new study from the Harvard Food Law and Policy Clinic says date labels differ so widely that they are essentially useless. In fact, Washington State law only requires date labels on perishable foods. Idaho has no laws on the books requiring dates. This allows manufacturers to make their own choices about how and what they label.

As you walk through the aisles of the grocery store you pass by thousands of products and thousands of labels. Does the food go bad on its marked date? As we found out no. In fact, some of the foods we buy are still safe to eat months after the date stamped on the side.

Dates, in essence, don't tell the consumer anything about the safety of the food. We wanted to dig deeper, so two KXLY viewers allowed us to go inside their refrigerators with food safety expert Lisa Breen with the Spokane Regional Health District.

Trick-or-Treat with the Cougars

Trick-or-Treat with the Cougars

If you’re thinking about skipping the Cougs game on Halloween night to take the kiddos trick-or-treating it’s time to reconsider. The Halloween at Washington State University Carnival will not only allow you to watch the game without missing out on Halloween, but it might actually be more fun than ringing door bells in the search of candy.

Last chance to get discounted season passes at local ski resorts

Last chance to get discounted season passes at local ski resorts

The forecast calls for another week of sunny skies and mild temperatures.  But make no mistake, ski season is right around the corner.  And if you wait to buy your season passes, you're going to miss out on some big savings.

For example, today's the last day to buy an adult season pass at 49 Degrees North for the pre-season sale price of $399.  On Saturday, the price jumps to $725.

At the other four local resorts, you can buy passes at preseason prices until October 31st.  On November 1st, the cost will jump considerably:

Mt. Spokane season passes will increase from $399 to $499.

Lookout Pass increases from $229 to $329.

Silver Mountain increases from $389 to $619.

Idaho offers unemployment benefits to furloughed workers

Idaho offers unemployment benefits to furloughed workers

The Idaho Department of Labor is prepared to help all federal workers in Idaho furloughed as a result of the government shutdown.

From Idaho Department of Labor:
Federal and contract employees laid off due to the government shutdown are eligible to file for unemployment benefits under the same conditions as all other workers. But should Congress approve back pay for federal employees, those receiving back pay will need to repay any benefits they received.

Washington WIC not impacted by shutdown

Washington WIC not impacted by shutdown

Washington residents who are a part of the Women, Infants and Children program, known as WIC, will not be impacted by the government shutdown. A spend it forward contingency plan is providing the program in Washington enough funding to stay open for the next nine days.

 

Over 20,000 low income families benefit from WIC which provides vouchers for healthy food options and formula for families as well as other health care services. Kim Papich with the Spokane Regional Health District said that they don't anticipate the closure of any clinics at this time.

 

This isn't the first time this year the WIC program has faced closure for budget reasons. This summer, WIC encouraged participants to use checks early in the case of a shutdown on the state level. The state shutdown never materialized, but to avoid having to stop services with the federal shutdown WIC is using emergency funds from last year.