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Mother still searching for missing Spokane daughter

Saturday marks four years since the disappearance of Heather Higgins. The Spokane woman was last seen leaving her apartment off Maple and 10th. It's been a long four years for her mother, Jackie Forney, who is still pleading for her daughter's return.

?Nobody has forgotten her one inch,? Forney said.

It is still hard for Forney to talk about her blue-eyed, blonde-haired daughter without tearing up. Forney remembers every detail about the moment she knew something was wrong.

?Everybody is calling her, and they're getting the same straight to voice mail, and that's the way it stayed,? Forney said. "Everything went quiet."

There have been many theories about what happened to Higgins, but Forney says it's a mother's intuition that's telling her that Higgins didn't have a choice in the matter.

?I know somebody knows something,? Forney said. ?You don't have somebody just go poof and disappear.?

The Spokane Police Department is unable to give specifics into the investigation because it is currently open, but they want to assure everyone that this is not a cold case. They have not forgotten about Higgins.

Sue the T-Rex takes over Mobius Science Museum

Sue the T-Rex takes over Mobius Science Museum

Few things will ever be as cool or awe-inspiring as dinosaurs, and today is the first day you can meet one up close and personal at Mobius Science Museum. Not just any dinosaur either, but Sue – the largest and most complete fossil of a T-Rex ever discovered.

Sue's trip to Spokane began as a whirlwind affair, with an empty stretch in her schedule the options were to either be shipped back to Chicago for storage or find a museum who would be willing to take her.

“Sue is what we call, in the business, a last minute booking,” said Mobius CEO Phil Lindsey. “Some of our board members had been reaching out to the Field Museum in Chicago about her availability and we reached a point where we thought we were going to be able to get her out here. From the booking to the shipping, everything was about six weeks.”

Apple fans line up for the latest iPhone

The sidewalk along downtown Main Street in Spokane was packed Friday morning for the release of the iPhone 6, the larger screen and enhanced performance drawing hundreds of fans to be among the first inside the Apple store to get their hands on one.

Just before 8 a.m. the store opened its doors, its first customers ? North Idaho natives Jason Allen and his brother Bret ? were very happen to be out of the cold.

?I have been doing the lines for the iPhone since the 3G," Jason said.

?Every time I come to Spokane, people are great here. They're really friendly. It's a blast. This is my first time ever doing it, its been a lot of fun," Bret added.

In order to be the first in line for the new phone the Allen brothers camped out on Main Street since Wednesday evening.

?It's been good, a lot of interesting people downtown," Jason said.

Obviously sleeping on the sidewalk proved to be a bit difficult.

?Back is a little bit sore from sleeping on the concrete,? Bret said.

Working 4 you: Extra precautions for online protection

Working 4 you: Extra precautions for online protection

Hacks and scams have become a way of life, and they could have people wondering if their personal information is safe anywhere. From the leak of personal celebrity photos to one of the largest data breaches in history at Home Depot, consumers have reason to be on edge.

These recent headlines can certainly make consumers uneasy about trusting third parties with their personal data.

Unfortunately, it's virtually impossible to avoid online transactions and interactions.

By now consumers have heard the warnings: create strong passwords, change them periodically and don't use the same one across all online accounts. These are all important steps to take to ensure your safety while hanging out online.

But, Kiplinger's Personal Finance says there are some extra precautions you can take that will really make a difference.

First, after private photos of celebrities were leaked online, the importance of protecting yourself in the cloud has been front and center. So, check your settings on multiple devices, like your phone and your computer to make sure that things meant to be private wont' go public.

Working 4 you: Avoiding booster seat blunders

This week is National Child Passenger Safety Week and one organization is out with some alarming numbers, finding many parents aren't properly using booster seats.

No parents intentionally put their children in harm's way. For almost all, ntohing is more important to them than the safety of their children. But, when it comes to cars, many parents aren't equipped with the right knowledge to make sure their kids are protected in the event of an accident.

Safe Kids Worldwide released a brand new study that finds nine out of ten parents stop using booster seats too soon.

It also found seven out of ten adults don't know how tall their child should be before transitioning from a booster seat to riding with a seat belt. The answer to that one is at least 57 inches tall.

And we know it's always important to make sure your children are buckled up before heading out. But, the study found that one in four parents say they don't buckle up their kid on every single car ride.

Protesters confront Knezovich over grievances

Protesters confront Knezovich over grievances

A group of protesters gathered outside Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich's office Thursday, frustrated with his leadership and confronted him outside the Spokane County Courthouse in what Knezovich called a political stunt.

Knezovich advanced through the primary election with a landslide, but there are some in the community who are concerned about his leadership of the sheriff's office, and a handful of them took to the streets outside the courthouse Thursday morning to voice their frustration with Knezovich's leadership.

"We're trying to call attention to a huge problem with continuing against the sheriffs department," protester Scott Maclay said.

One of the people protesting outside Knezovich's office was Alan Creach, whose father Scott was shot and killed by Deputy Brian Hirzel outside his Spokane Valley business in 2011.

"He's very aware of the facts of the case, he's very aware that his officer was wrong and yet he has declined to do anything about it," Creach claimed.

Poverty on the rise in Washington

Poverty on the rise in Washington

While the rest of the country has seen a decrease in poverty, Washington is among the three states with a poverty rate on the rise.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau 915,000 Washington residents were living in poverty in 2013. The most recent data shows that population has increased to nearly 970,000. So how does Spokane factor in?

"Even though the Census data may show poverty coming down in the country, that's not the case in Washington and certainly in Spokane I guarantee you that is not the case," said Rob McCann, Director of Catholic Charities.

Last year Catholic Charities had about 77,000 people come through it's doors. This year they've seen a big increase.

"The manager kicked me out of my apartment. They thought I was knocking on everybody's doors. They threw everything of mine away, they even threw away my prosthetic leg," said Robin Jones, a Catholic Charities client.

Jones has been staying at House of Charity for about 5 months, but he was unable to get a bed at the shelter right away so he was briefly living on the streets.

"I was sleeping under a bridge and someone stole my wheelchair," said Jones.