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Working 4 you: Just how good for you is running?

Working 4 you: Just how good for you is running?

Good news for runners.

A new study shows the benefits of running for your health, but this study says it doesn't matter if you're a 15-minute miler, or an elite marathoner. The benefits are still the same.

According to the study running, even for a few minutes a day, can reduce your risk of death from heart disease compared to those who don't run at all. That study was published this week in the journal of the American College of Cardiology.

Researchers studied some 55,000 adults between the ages of 18 and 100 over a 15 year period. They noted their overall health, if they ran and how long they lived.

Compared to non-runners, investigators found those who ran had a 30% lower risk of death from all causes, and a 45% lower risk of death from cardiovascular disease.

In fact, runners on average lived three years longer compared to those who did not hit the pavement.

When data was broken down by age, sex, body mass index, smoking and alcohol use, the benefits were still the same. And the speed at which runners ran made little difference.

Working 4 you: Officials warn of beach dangers after tragic accident

Working 4 you: Officials warn of beach dangers after tragic accident

Millions of Americans are flocking to the beaches on these hot summer days, and officials are sending out a new safety warning. But this warning has nothing to do with sharks or rip currents, this warning is all about the sand.

The warning comes after a terrible tragedy at a northern California beach. It's probably something you've seen people do over and over.

Rescue workers say Adam Pye, a recent college graduate, died last week, buried alive inside a ten-foot deep hole he dug in the sand.

Dozens of beachgoers frantically tried to reach him, but it was too late.

And this isn't the first incident of its type to spark such a warning.

Back in 2011 it took firefighters 27 minutes to rescue a 17-year-old boy who survived being buried in a seven-foot deep tunnel.

But in 2012 a 12-year-old New Jersey boy wasn't so lucky. He died after being trapped in a tunnel he dug with his brother.

And officials want you know that a deadly situation like this happens in seconds, but it can be prevented.

Mail carrier on unpaid leave, accused of stealing mail from customers

Mail carrier on unpaid leave, accused of stealing mail from customers

A Spokane mail carrier is on unpaid leave tonight, under investigation for stealing mail from the customers on her route. The specific charges are "delay or destruction of mail," and "theft of mail matter by an officer or employee."

According to co-workers, the woman was caught after she took her private vehicle to a garage for repairs and mechanics found mail addressed to other individuals.

The mechanics thought they were only turning in a mail thief, but investigators quickly learned the suspect was a postal worker herself.

The United States Postal Service says theft by carriers is very rare. In 2013, only 339 were fired for the crime out of a half-million employees. Much more common is non-employee thieves who steal mail from boxes after it's been delivered.

"If you see anyone out there tampering with a mail box, who is not a postal carrier and you know should not be at that mailbox, you need to immediately report it to crime check," said Robbin Darst with USPS.

The USPS says all potential victims have been notified of the carrier's actions.

If convicted she faces up to five years in federal prison and $250 million in fines.

Could last week's storm lower your taxes?

Could last week's storm lower your taxes?

If your property took a big hit during last week's storm, did you know your federal taxes could be impacted?

The Spokane County Assessor's Office is responsible for administering a state program for property that has been destroyed by natural disasters called “Taxpayer’s Claim for Reduction of Assessments resulting from Destroyed Real or Personal Property or Loss of Value in a Declared Disaster Area.”

Qualifying property owners will receive an adjustment to the taxes due for 2014, depending on the value of the remaining property. If the property is a total loss, then abatement (tax reduction or exemption) will be done for the remainder of the year.

Spokane girl needs new kidney

Spokane girl needs new kidney

Anna Copley is a 14-year-old Lewis and Clark High freshman, she has been fighting for her life since she was a baby. A serious illness as an infant left Anna's kidneys slowly deteriorating.
Her dad, John Copley, said he doesn't think Anna has ever really known what it's like to feel good.
"She was fine until she got into about 4th grade. The doctor came in after doing lab work and said, this is the news we didn't want to hear," said John.
For the past four years Anna has gotten by on various medications, until February of this year. She progressed to stage 5 kidney failure and started hours of dialysis every Monday and Friday. The bottom line, she needs a new kidney.
"I was the oldest and I wanted to be the one to give her a kidney. This is like the least I could do," said her brother, Andrew Copley.
"It's amazing and when I was diagnosed in 4th grade that was the first thing he said was that he was going to be the one to give me my kidney," said Anna Copley.
Anna has had to sacrifice a lot at such a young age. From giving up her favorite foods, to missing out on Andrew's wedding.

STA Plaza renovation delayed

The STA board announced in May a $4.7 million renovation on the Plaza, but it may be some time before riders actually see those changes.

Plans to renovate the STA Plaza have been in place since 2008 but the down economy delayed the process.

Now the delay continues, at least for another three months according to Steve Stevens, CEO of Greater Spokane Inc.

"We felt strongly that it would be in the best interest of the community if we just took a little more time to evaluate the project in terms of does it really meet some of the goals of what the reconstruction was to do," said Stevens.

Stevens said one of those goals, get people off the street.

"Currently some of the activity that goes on around it is by folks who are not really here to use transit," said Stevens.

Stevens said there is a history of people loitering outside the Plaza and nearby establishments hindering business, as well as using the facilities for illegal activities.

Ashley Paulus frequents the STA Plaza, she said she wished the plaza felt more inviting.

"It's pretty bad sometimes but it all depends on the people," said Paulus.

License plate readers target parking ticket holders

Spokane has a new high-tech tool to find people with unpaid parking tickets. Parking enforcement officers will now be outfitted with the same technology used by the Spokane Police Department to find stolen vehicles.

A new parking enforcement vehicle will be driving around Spokane with an automatic license plate reader. Cameras on the car scan license plates and check the numbers against the data base of unpaid tickets. Cars with multiple tickets will get the boot.

The Spokane Police Department is already using license plate reader technology to find stolen cars. The cameras feed passing plates to a data base of missing vehicles faster than you can snap your fingers.

"It's really just an extra set of eyes for us, it's capturing images of license plates for us that there's just no way we could run all those license plates," said officer Glenn Bartlett.

The license plate reader also keep tabs on which cars are parked in free, one hour zones and can tattle on drivers who plug meters in two hour spots. But most of all, it's looking for long-time parking scofflaws who didn't take advantage of a 60 days amnesty program to clear up their tickets.