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WSU opening retail store in downtown Spokane

Washington State University is opening a retail store in Spokane for sports fans and alums.

Unlike the WSU Connections stores in Seattle and Everett that sell apparel and gear, the Spokane store also will include a ticket office and provide services for donors and alumni.

The Spokesman-Review reports WSU plans to open the downtown store in gray and crimson colors at Riverside Avenue and Wall Street in time for the first home football game on Sept. 13.

Customers can buy sweatshirts or Cougar Gold cheese, and a sitting area will have three 70-inch televisions.

National Night Out Against Crime

National Night Out Against Crime

It's National Night Out and we've put together a list of celebrations in and around your neighborhood.

National Night Out began in 1984 in an effort to promote involvement in crime prevention activities, police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie to send a message to criminals letting them know neighborhoods are organized and fighting back.

Check out the list below to see what's going on in your neck of the woods:

 

Kootenai County, Idaho – Hayden City Park 8930 N. Government Way

  • 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm
  • Entertainment
  • Free Food and Drinks
  • Giveaways
  • Crime Prevention and Safety Information

 

Moscow, Idaho – Eastside Marketplate 1420 S. Blaine St.

New child mental health facility opening in north Spokane

New child mental health facility opening in north Spokane

Children's Home Society of Washington will give children and families in north Spokane greater access to mental health services when their new facility opens on August 25.

The mental health facility, located in the Northeast Community Center at 4001 N. Cook St., is the first of its kind in north Spokane.

“We are excited to be able to collaborate with the other community providers located at the Northeast Community Center,” said regional director Libby Hein. “We are all working on the same goal, to help children and families thrive in Spokane.”

Two full-time counselors will assist children and their families, and collaborate with organizations also located in the center.

CenturyLink announces high-speed fiber network in Spokane

CenturyLink announces high-speed fiber network in Spokane

Good news for Spokane businesses – your internet is about to get a lot faster! CenturyLink announced the availability of fiber-based Internet and data connection speeds of up to 1 gigabit per second for a significant percentage of Spokane businesses.

“Business customers are important to CenturyLink, and we are focused on innovations that can help businesses reach their goals and simplify their lives using gigabit fiber technology” said Tom Novotney, VP/GM for Greater Washington. “We’re committed to delivering the most advanced, convenient and affordable fiber-based solutions to the businesses that drive the economy here in Spokane”

Fiber infrastructure has proved to be beneficial to economic vitality. The Bureau of Labor Statistics forecast in 2009 that jobs depending on broadband and information communication technologies will grow by 25 percent from 2008 to 2018.

Washington fourth in nation for reducing uninsured adults

Washington fourth in nation for reducing uninsured adults

A new Gallup poll puts Washington state fourth in the nation for reducing the number of uninsured adults since the new healthcare law took effect at the beginning of the year.

Washington dropped from 16.8 percent in 2013 to just 10.7 percent in the first half of 2014.

Governor Jay Inslee released a statement about today's report saying, “Gallup has confirmed what we know from our experience here in Washington: expanding coverage for working people in Washington by effectively implementing needed reforms makes a huge difference in getting people insured so they can get the health care they need. Thanks to the Affordable Care Act we enrolled more than 600,000 people in health coverage through our exchange, the Washington Healthplanfinder. We have a lot to be proud of, and will continue doing everything we can to make the ACA work for the people and businesses of Washington.”

Working 4 you: Video games may be good for children

Working 4 you: Video games may be good for children

Researchers from Oxford University say video games could actually be good for kids.

According to the study, video games could have a positive impact on child development for kids between the ages of ten and 15 years old who play for a short time each day.

Kids who played for less than an hour a day were less likely to have emotional and friendship issues. Additionally, children who played video games were better adjusted than those who didn't play at all.

But scientists warn there is a point when video games become too much. Children who reportedly played more than three hours of games each day were said to have lower satisfaction with their lives overall.

In the study, 75% of the 5,000 students reported playing video games.

Children who reported playing for an hour or less each day were said to have higher satisfaction with their lives, got along better with their peers, were more likely to help people in difficulty and had lower levels of hyperactivity.

Doctors say video games can help give children a common language, which can make things easier in social situations.

Working 4 you: Is your news feed biased?

Working 4 you: Is your news feed biased?

As the crisis in Gaza and Israel plays out, the world is paying attention online. That's where most of us get our information, and it could be influencing how we view the conflict.

Many of us see the world through an internet filter and that can be dangerous when it comes to forming opinions about major issues such as the conflict in the Middle East.

If you use Facebook, for example, your news is processed through a filter of things you are most likely to "like." It may keep you engaged with the story, but you will only be fed information that agrees with your point of view or that of your friends.

And Facebook isn't the only company that uses these algorithms to filter you news feed.

Eli Pariser, author of "The Filter Bubble," has warned about the dangers of internet customization. He points out that a Google search of a country or conflict will yield completely different results for different users, dependent upon what they have viewed in the past.

Yahoo News also personalizes stories to fit what the company believes is the user's perspective.