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University of Washington secures building lease in Spokane

University of Washington secures building lease in Spokane

The Spokane City Council on Monday night formally approved the lease of the former Spokane Visitor Information Center to the University of Washington, which will use the space for many purposes, including business outreach, alumni activities and student admissions. The site will also help support the UW's efforts to expand its existing medical school in Spokane.

The city of Spokane sought tenants for the roughly 2,550-square-foot space and the UW submitted its lease proposal on Oct. 2, 2014. The space is expected to become a hub for prospective students and their parents, alumni and other members of the community to learn more about the university. It may also provide opportunities for startup companies and other innovators in the Spokane area to interact with the UW.

Beaver knocks out power at Colfax

Avista Utilities says a beaver is to blame for a power outage at Colfax.

The utility says a beaver chewed through the tree that fell on a line about 2 a.m. Monday, cutting electricity for about 600 residents. Service was restored by 7 a.m.

The Moscow-Pullman Daily News reports the beaver remains at large.

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.

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.

First Pullman pot shop opens its doors

Saturday was homecoming for WSU but it was also the grand opening for the first recreational marijuana store in Pullman.

Owners says they were shooting to open their doors that weekend and when they found out it was homecoming it only gave them more motivation.

As soon as the clock struck noon, customers were filling MJ's Pot Shop.�Each customer wanting to claim their own piece of Pullman history.

?I'm not a very frequent pot smoker so I'm looking more for the good time and something that's clean, natural, and something I can trust,? said buyer Johnathan.

Johnathan didn't want to show his face on camera, but says it was a day of firsts for him.�First customer of the day and it was his first time buying from a pot shop.

?It was really good. Very efficient,? said Johnathan.

Johnathan has an auto immune disease and has smoked pot medicinally for years.�But for someone who isn't a frequent smoker, he says it's a hassle having to maintain the card.

?I'd much rather have it legal and be able to use it when I need it,? he said.

And after months of waiting, customers will be able to do just that.

Working 4 you: American spending shows positive signs for the economy

Working 4 you: American spending shows positive signs for the economy

Some good news for the economy. Americans are spending more!

Purchases of durable goods, such as furniture and cell phones are increasing. For the month of August, purchasing of such items increased 2% in America. That may not seem like a lot, but compare that to an increase of only 0.1% in July.

This is according to data released by the Bureau of Economic Analysis.

But what drove the August rush in spending?

The biggest factor was auto sales, everything from cars to parts, which accounted for half the gains.

People typically don't make big purchases like cars unless they feel confident in the economy and their personal finances.

Overall, consumer spending increase a total of 0.5% in August.

Economists say the increase in spending is a good sign for the economy. Some say buyers are a critical indicator of the economy's health since they make up a majority of how much product gets produced in the United States.

After the financial crisis in 2008 and the recession, people cut back heavily on purchases. But, as more people are finding jobs, that should translate into more spending.

Working 4 you: Reducing your risk of breast cancer

Working 4 you: Reducing your risk of breast cancer

As most people know, October is Breast Cancer Awareness month, but do you know how to reduce your risk of the disease?

Doctors say there are steps you can take now to reduce your chances of getting the disease in the future.

Taking steps to be healthy may not prevent all breast cancers, but for most women these steps can reduce the risks.

First, doctors say to watch your weight. Being overweight or gaining weight as an adult increases the chances of developing the disease, especially after menopause. So, eat well to keep you weight in check throughout your life.

Also, get some exercise. Experts recommend about 150 minutes of moderate aerobic activity each week, or 75 minutes of vigorous exercise. If possible, include at least two strength training sessions a week, as well.

Also, don't smoke. Just another reason to quit if you do smoke. And if you drink, limit yourself to no more than one drink per day. Experts say the more alcohol you consume, the greater your chance of developing breast cancer.

If you are able to breast feed when you have children, doctors say this can offer some protection against the disease as well.