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WA Senate approves WSU med-school bill

WA Senate approves WSU med-school bill

 

In a resounding bipartisan vote on Wednesday, the Washington State Senate gave final approval to a bill paving the way for a new medical school in Spokane to be operated by Washington State University.

 

The Senate approved House Bill 1559 by a vote of 47-0. Gov. Jay Inslee has five days to act or it becomes law without his signature.

 

Sen. Michael Baumgartner, R-Spokane, sponsor of an identical bill that passed the Senate earlier this month said the measure heralds a new era of economic development for Spokane and will go a long way toward relieving a statewide shortage of physicians.

 

Working 4 you: Why you shouldn't skip your workout

With the temperatures rising and Spring officially here, you may be thinking it's time to get back to the gym. But what has happened to your body after neglecting your workout routine all winter?

According to experts, just how fast you fall out of shape depends on two factors: the level of fitness you were at before and how long you had been exercising. The longer you had been in shape and the fitter you were, the longer it will take your muscles to lose tone. But that's no excuse for a long hiatus from the gym.

Experts say one week off is generally okay. In fact, taking a couple days off is good to allow your muscles to recuperate. But, once you approach two weeks away from your routine, that is where the concern sets in. A study in the journal of applied physiology says at the 14 day mark you can see a loss in cardiovascular fitness and lean muscle mass. 

Body pulled from Spokane River

Spokane police are investigating a body that was pulled from the Spokane River Tuesday afternoon. 

A white male's body was found under the Monroe Street Bridge, near the Spokane Club. Detectives say the body appears to have been in the water for less than 24 hours. 

Crews had a difficult time reaching the river's bank because of the steep slope leading into the water. Traffic was restricted along the Monroe Bridge while crews worked. 

Detectives are now working to determine how the body ended up in the river. They're looking at video from a number of surveillance cameras in the area, but say there have been no reports of anyone jumping from the bridge. 

Spokane receives funding for needy families, homeless

Spokane receives funding for needy families, homeless

 

Spokane's Community, Housing and Human Services (CHHS) Department has been awarded two grants totaling more than $3.5 million for programs and services that help Spokane's low-income and homeless individuals and families.

 

According to the City, the larger of the two grants comes from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). HUD selected CHHS for funding in its Continuum of Care (CoC) program which is designed to promote community-wide initiatives to end homelessness. The funding amounts to approximately $3.5 million.

 

Working 4 you: Getting your finances in order when buying a home

For first time home buyers, it's important to make sure your finances are in order. To successfully buy a home, you'll need patience, an ability to take rejection and sound financial planning. 

So here's what you need to get in order:

Your other debts: The first thing lenders will look at when you're buying a home is your other debts. This includes car loans, student loans, credit card payments and anything else you may owe each month. They'll want to see that your debts plus your proposed mortgage will consume 45% or less of your income. 

Your credit score: You'll also need to get your credit score in order. The minimum credit score to get a mortgage these days is about 600. Your credit score dictates what loan program you can apply for, which can sway a seller. So, the higher your credit score, the more and better loan offerings you will receive. 

Police locate missing family

Police say a family who was feared missing Thursday evening has been found. 

Thursday night around 7:30, police received reports of suspicious activity at a home near the corner of 18th and Fiske. 

The report indicated 24-year-old James Bench was seen carrying his unresponsive girlfriend, 24-year-old Lindsay Montano, out to their car. He then put their children in the car and took off. 

Police say the family was found. Montano was taken to the hospital and Bench was arrested on unrelated warrants. Police say the children are safe. 

Hoopfest 2015 registration is now open

Hoopfest 2015 registration is now open

 

Registration for the world's largest 3-on-3 basketball tournament is now live!

 

Entry forms for Spokane Hoopfest 2015 are available online at register.spokanehoopfest.net. Hard-copy entry forms are also available at any Bruchi's Cheesesteaks and Subs or Yokes Fresh Market northwest locations. 

 

This year Hoopfest will celebrate its 26th year as a Spokane institution. Every year the tournament brings approximately 28,000 players and 225,000 spectators to the streets of downtown Spokane.

 

Registration to the tournament is guaranteed to teams that register prior to May 11th. Forms and entries to those who register late are only granted based on space availability with an additional $20 late fee through May 25th. Nonetheless, Hoopfest organizers recommend playing it safe by registering early.