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Grant County child hospitalized with possible enterovirus

Grant County child hospitalized with possible enterovirus

A Grant County child has been hospitalized with a severe respiratory that may be enterovirus D68. A test returned positive for enterovirus/rhinovirus, but was unable to distinguish between the two. Additional testing is being done at the Centers for Disease Control that will determine which it is, with results expected next week.

Grant County Health Officer Dr. Alexander Brezny issued a public health advisory to local healthcare providers and schools. The CDC has said this is a rapidly evolving situation. Previously EV-D68 has been rare in the U.S, but in other states the outbreaks are resulting in many children requiring ER visits and hospitalizations, mostly for breathing problems and severe asthma.

The virus spreads from person to person like a cold and has been causing mild to severe breathing illnesses (runny nose, cough, difficulty breathing) both with and without fever. Children with per-existing asthma may suffer worse infections. There is no vaccine or specific treatment for enteroviruses.

Merger announced for Lake City Playhouse, Interplayers

Merger announced for Lake City Playhouse, Interplayers

A major announcement from the Inland Northwest arts scene – Coeur d'Alene's Lake City Playhouse and Spokane's Interplayer's Professional Theatre have announced they are merging, with Lake City taking operational control.

Interplayers has presented live, professional dramas and comedies since it was founded in 1980, but financial challenges have remained persistent. Despite best efforts by management, staff and board members, Spokane's professional non-profit theater has found it difficult to attract the kind of support in the form of season subscriptions, individual ticket purchases, donations and corporate sponsorships that it needs to ensure sustainability. Unwilling to close, the Board of Trustees decided to seek support from another local theater.

Working 4 you: How safe is Apple Pay?

Apple wants you to use your phone, and even your watch, to pay for your shopping. The tech company unveiled Apple Pay as part of its announcement of the iPhone 6, iPhone 6+ and Apple Watch.

It sounds cool, but is it safe?

Apple Pay lets you store and use your credit cards just by scanning your phone.

The technology that sends your money from the phone to the register is called NFC. It stands for Near Field Communication, and it's basically an antenna inside your phone that delivers short, encrypted radio waves with payment data. And it's been around for a while.

It's used on Google Wallet, Paypal and a few other services.

It turns out that this payment method is a lot safer than using credit cards. And it's much harder to steal data with NFC.

With Apple Pay, your phone doesn't give up your credit card number. I creates a one-time used code that gets approved by the bank for every transaction.

And the CVV code on the back of your credit card changes with every transaction too. So, even if hackers manage to hack their way into a store and grab this payment data, it's useless to them because each code can only be used once.

Z Nation premieres Friday night

Z Nation premieres Friday night

After months of filming across Spokane, SyFy's latest series, Z Nation, premieres Friday evening at 10 p.m. with a special screening at the Garland Theater.

"It's going to be a very successful series," North By Northwest co-founder Rich Cowan said.

Cowan has been involved in every step of the process of getting the show filmed, edited and ready for the screen

"We're editing everything here as well and the full delivery right out of North by Northwest straight to the network," he explained.

One of the biggest roles in the 13-episode series is Spokane, from dozens of local extras to filming locations.

"We've been all around Spokane County and we've been in Lincoln County and just great locations as always in Spokane," Cowan said.

In front of that backdrop are the actors who bring Z Nation to life, like newcomer Nat Zang, who graduated from high school in Seattle a month before filming began and plays the character 10K.

"The name 10K comes from my goal of how many I want to kill," Zang explained.

The natural blonde left school unable to tell his classmates what he was up to.

Greatest Show On Earth returns to Spokane this weekend

Greatest Show On Earth returns to Spokane this weekend

They call it the Greatest Show on Earth for a reason. The Ringling Bros. And Barnum & Bailey Circus has been touring the country for 144 years, entertaining millions and showcasing talent from around the world, and the show comes to Spokane this weekend.

Each year this traveling show has to re-invent itself with a different theme each season, which is no small feat, according to Andrew the Clown.

"That's no easy feat you know. And this year what we have done is created Super Circus Heroes which is a totally unique show and we take all the acts you expect to see the circus and asked that you've never seen before and up them to the superhuman level," Andrew the Clown said.

Andrew the Clown is humbled to be a part of what he calls pure magic, bringing joy to young and old every weekend and for a moment at least helping them forget the stresses of everyday life.

"To know that I am a part of that for thousands of people across the country is really rewarding in itself," Andrew the Clown said.

Whether you're new to the circus or go each year you have to check out the pre-show one hour before every performance this weekend.

Working 4 you: Research shows the importance of driver's ed for teens

Working 4 you: Research shows the importance of driver's ed for teens

Now that kids are back to school, some parents of teens may be preparing for another rite of passage -- getting a driver's license. But, according to the American Automobile Association, many teens are skipping a crucial step to safe driving.

Vehicle crashes remain the leading cause for death for teenagers, highlighting the importance of safe driving skills, but AAA says fewer new drivers are getting the proper education to prepare them for the roads.

In a new report, AAA found sate funding and requirements for driver's ed courses have declined. That means teens are hitting the road with little formal training.

The organization used surveys, driver's license test results and driving records to study the issue.

Researchers found that teens who took a driver's ed course had 4.3 percent fewer crashes and 40 percent fewer convictions on the road.

Driver's ed courses also led to higher scores on the driving exam.

In Washington State, parents can enroll their child in Traffic Safety Education as soon as they turn 15. And the Department of Licensing has these tops for picking a good program:

Spokane firefighter waves flag in honor of 9/11

Alex Mickschl, a Spokane�firefighter,�remembers 9/11 in his own way, waving the American flag every year on that fateful day.

"Hopefully they will see the flag and remember to thank a veteran, or a police officer, or a firefighter and just thank them for their service," says Mickschl.

He waves the flag all day near the Hamilton exit on I-90, with heavy hands but a hopeful heart.

"We come together, and we strive to overcome whatever is put in front of us," Mickschl says.

The honks and waves he receives assures him that better days are ahead, and that people appreciate the message he is sending.

"When you see the flag, don't take it for granted. It's a symbol of all that is good in this country, and when people see it, they should reflect on all the good things about this country and the good things that we do," says Mickschl.