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Working 4 you: Partners more successful reaching health goals together

If you're looking for the key to success in getting healthy or quitting smoking, it may be time to get your spouse involved.

A new study from the JAMA Internal Medicine Journal�found that having your spouse or partner join your efforts in a major lifestyle change will more than double your chance at success. Researchers at the University College London found this was true for both men and women and at any age. Researchers looked at data from nearly 4,000 married and cohabitating couples. They looked at areas like smoking, physical activity and obesity.�

For people who wanted to quit smoking, they saw a huge success rate when their partners joined them. The study shows men were 48% percent successful at quitting smoking when their partner joined, compared to the 8% who tried to do it on their own. Women were slightly more successful, with 50% quitting smoking with a spouse, compared to only 8% who succeeded on their own.�

Working 4 you: Perils of financial infidelity

If you've ever hidden financial information from your spouse, you're not alone. A new survey from Creditcards.com finds that Americans are keeping their partners in the dark about everything from bank accounts to extra purchases.�

The survey found more than 7 million Americans of hidden a banking or credit card account from their live-in partner or spouse. Additionally, one in five Americans have spent $500 or more on a purchase without telling their significant other.�

Some couples surveyed said they didn't feel like little secrets about big spending were a very big deal. But, over time the effects of financial infidelity can add up.�

Financial infidelity can include: keeping a secret credit card or banking account, lying about money earned, hiding a major purchase, hiding a bill or receipt, ore 'forgetting' to tell a significant other about a major purchase.�

Keeping these secrets can lead to problems like not being able to balance a household budget, increased credit card debt and additional financial stress.�

Spokane Co. Sheriff searches for funding for drug task force

Many parts of eastern Washington have become hotbeds for drug trafficking and gang activity, and the Spokane County Sheriff's Office says Spokane could be next if it loses a key task force.

"This is the only drug and gang enforcement effort the Spokane County has," said Spokane County Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich.

The Spokane County Drug and Gang Task Force have been nationally recognized for their "outstanding task force effort" in a 2013 multi-agency raid that seized over 10,400 OxyContin pills, and arrested 57 people on charges ranging from drug trafficking to money laundering.

"Which at the time was the largest number of indictments handed down in eastern Washington," said Lt. John Knowles with the Spokane Regional Drug Task Force.

The investigation targeted criminals here in Washington and the Los Angeles area.

"We were able to reduce crime in Los Angeles and here in Spokane. We were able to affect the drug distribution and price of narcotics here," said Knowles.

Now, the team's future is in peril.

"Without funding from the county, that task force in is jeopardy of being shut down in June," said Knezovich.

Spokane lawmakers introduce WSU med-school bill with broad bipartisan support

Spokane lawmakers introduce WSU med-school bill with broad bipartisan support

Spokane lawmakers Michael Baumgartner and Marcus Riccelli introduced bills in Olympia on Wednesday that pave the way for a new Washington State University medical school in Spokane, with broad bipartisan co-sponsorship demonstrating deep support in the House and Senate.

Senate Bill 5487, sponsored by Sen. Baumgartner, R-Spokane, has a total 17 signatures. The measure sponsored by Rep. Riccelli, D-Spokane, House Bill 1559, has a total 60 signatures. According to the Washington State Legislature, the strong support in both chambers augurs well for a proposal that aims to boost medical education statewide and relieve a severe shortage of doctors across the state of Washington.

“I am thrilled to be able to submit this bill,” Riccelli said. “Sixty members of the House of Representatives from both sides of the aisle, from all over the state, are joining together to support a stronger, more vibrant medical school system in Washington.”

Cathy McMorris Rodgers Responds to State of the Union

After President Barack Obama delivered his State of the Union Speech on Tuesday, Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers responded by saying she was very disappointed.

The Congresswoman called the President's plan outdated, government-knows-best, top down approach.�

As the highest ranking Republican woman in the U.S. House, and Vice-Chair of the Conference, it's her job to brand the party's message.�

McMorris-Rodgers said the Republican's plan to get people back to work and grow the economy is all about creating opportunities and unleashing the entrepreneurial spirit.�She said, it begins with changing the nations tax code. �

McMorris-Rodgers also added that a big question facing the President, is how to fund important transportation projects. She said she'll fight to complete Spokane's North-South Freeway.

Dense fog Tuesday morning in Spokane

The National Weather Service says it's foggy Tuesday morning in many places across Washington but especially in Spokane.

Forecasters have issued a dense fog advisory until noon for the Spokane-Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, area.

With visibility down to a quarter-mile or less, drivers are advised to slow down. Forecasters also say roads could be slick from overnight temperatures below freezing.

Working 4 you: How pizza affects a child's diet

Pizza is a staple of movie nights and sleepovers, but a new study says all that pizza consumption is negatively impacting kids' diets.�

The study published Monday in the medical Journal Pediatrics looked at over a decade of data and found it's the second largest contributor �to calorie and nutrient intake in a child's diet.�

The study found that pizza helps contribute to a higher calorie intake for children and leads to weight gain. Two slices of pizza have nearly the same calories as a fast food chicken nugget or burger meal with french fries.�

According to the study, on the day children eat pizza, it accounts for more than 20 percent of their daily calorie intake and increases the amount of saturated fat and salt in children's diets.�

Nutritionists say the problem with pizza is using too much of the wrong ingredients, but that doesn't mean your kids have to remove pizza from their diet. You can focus on making it a healthier meal.�