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Working 4 you: How to make telemarketers stop calling

We all know how difficult it can be to deal with telemarketers, and sometimes it feels like they'll never stop calling you back. But now, former telemarketer Erica Elson is speaking out, sharing her secrets in the August issue of Reader's Digest.�

Elson says it's easy to get callers off your back if you know what not to do.�

First, she says not to just hang up. Ignoring the call or hanging up mid-conversation will only put your name right back on the call list.�

She also says not to engage the telemarketer, even to explain why you're not interested. Elson says any conversation opens the door to another sales pitch.

She adds to never tell telemarketers to call you back, because they will.�

"Even if you say something like 'I'm in the middle of dinner,' that means 'oh I shouldn't call at 6 p.m., so I'll try them in the morning,'" said Elson.�

So, if you want telemarketers to stop calling, Elson says to politely ask to be added to the "do not call" list. Asking to be added to the list will ensure that company stops calling you.�

Spokane woman accused of defrauding $100k in disability from the state

Spokane woman accused of defrauding $100k in disability from the state

A Spokane woman is charged first-degree felony theft, accused of defrauding the state of $101,000 in disability benefits while working with her husband to operate his motel and their nightclub and apartment building.

In September 2010, 52-year-old Mistie Crosby submitted a claim to Labor and Industries (L&I) saying she hurt her back, neck and shoulder while working at Sunset Junction, a nightclub in Spokane that has since closed. Physicians confirmed she was injured and L&I opened her claim.

When Crosby submitted the claim, she did not indicate whether she was an owner, partner or corporate officers in the business where she was injured. Business owners must provide employees with workers' compensation insurance, but the coverage is optional for the owners themselves and Crosby never enrolled.

Working 4 you: Why now is the time to ask for that raise

Working 4 you: Why now is the time to ask for that raise

There's good news from economists, and it could be beneficial for your paycheck. If you've been thinking about asking for a raise, now may be the best time. Economists say you're more likely to get one this year.

That's according to a survey by the National Association for Business Economics. They poll economists from a variety of different industries. And this year, the results look promising.

The poll found that 43% said their firms have given pay bumps in the last three months. That's up from only 19% last year.

And the news gets better. None of the economists surveyed reported pay cuts. Plus, one third of them expected raises in the near future.

Of course, not everything about the study was positive.

The biggest problem economists are seeing right now is wages have not been keeping up with inflation.

Real wages were lower in may than they were a year ago, down a tenth of a percent. And that's a big concern for the Federal Reserve.

Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen said last month she wanted to see wags rebound faster than inflation.

Stolen gun recovered, returned after 32 years

Stolen gun recovered, returned after 32 years

A gun stolen 32 years ago on the other side of the state has finally been returned to it's owner after popping up on Craigslist.

On July 15, a Stevens County Reserve Deputy found the gun posted for sale in Medical Lake and was interested in buying it. However after he ran the serial number, he found the Smith & Wesson .38 caliber revolver had been stolen in Tacoma back in 1982.

Detective Dave Knechtel contacted the Tacoma Police Department and confirmed the revolver had been stolen during a burglary in 1982. He also contacted the Craigslist seller who says he purchased the revolver near Tacoma about six months ago and had no idea it was stolen.

Detective Knechtel was able to track down the original owner of the revolver who was extremely surprised it had been found and happy it was not used in a crime. The weapon has since been returned to him.

Spokane adding 225 more parking meters

The city of Spokane is installing 225 more parking meters along the edges of downtown near hospitals and Lewis and Clark High School.

The Spokesman-Review reports the city expects to collect up to $50,000 a year from the new meters.

Residents with meters near their homes may be able to buy a $25 monthly pass.

Working 4 you: Saving on back-to-school costs

Working 4 you: Saving on back-to-school costs

It's late July, and that means stores and families are already thinking about back-to-school, ready or not. And families are expected to spend more on their children this year.

Retailers are estimating families with grade-school children will spend an average of just over $669 this year on back-to-school expenses. That's a total of $26.5 billion, according to an annual survey by the National Retail Federation.

Spending has increased five percent per household from a year ago.

There's also an increase as school districts are asking families to provide more of their own classroom supplies, with spending on those items increasing 12 percent.

As you can imagine, students will spend the most on the necessary electronics. Likely, families will spend more than $212 on average on needed electronic items.

And this year, shoppers are hitting stores early.

Two thirds of those surveyed said they'll start at least three weeks early, some saying they're getting a two-month head start. And families say they're hitting the stores early, hoping to get the best deals.