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Working 4 you: Americans working more than 40-hour weeks

Working 4 you: Americans working more than 40-hour weeks

For many Tuesday means back to work after the Labor Day weekend. But for many full-time employees, they may still be clocking in close to 40 hours this week.

A new study suggests most full-time employees are logging more than 40 hours per week. Gallup's annual Work in Education Survey shows that many people could be working a full workday longer each week.

Some experts believe the reason for this is some people might be more resourceful, while for others, it may be part of their pay structure.

Employees paid by the hour are sometimes restricted in the amount of time they can spend on the job because of limits on overtime. That's typically not an issue for salaried employees, so they are more likely to log more hours at the office.

Gallup's survey found about half of the adults it surveyed say they work 47 hours a week, on average. Nearly one in ten say they work even more, at least 50 hours a week. And 18 percent they work 60 hours a week or more.

So, if you're a full-time employee but actually work less than 40 hours a week, you're in the eight percent minority.

Record breaking year for Pig Out in the Park

The 35th annual Pig Out in the Park is in the books and it was a good year for food vendors and the downtown area.

Event organizer Bill Burke says the food festival has a $4.1 million dollar economic impact on the city.

"This has been the best Pig Out ever," Burke said. "Obviously people were excited for this one because they showed up in droves."

Burke says about 112,000 people came to eat and watch the bands. He adds there were about 20,000 more people in attendance this year than last. He attributes the growth to better marketing outside the Spokane area.

"We saw an increase from Montana, Wyoming, Idaho, from Oregon, from British Columbia, we saw people out of Alberta this year," Burke said.

For venders like Daniel Miranda, who owns the Bacon Wrapped Hot Dog Stand says they did very well.

"We're all really tired," Miranda said. "But it's been a great week, like I said before it's the crowd that kind of keeps you going."

He says he was surprised to see how their new bacon wrapped corn dog did.

Man in critical condition following downtown Spokane fight

A man is in critical condition after a fight between two people in downtown Spokane Sunday morning.

The incident occurred near Sprague and Stevens just before 2:30 a.m.

Spokane Police patrol officers responded to the report of an assault. Officers arrived on scene and medics were immediately called to treat one man who had been involved in the altercation and was unresponsive.

According to witnesses, the injured man walked out in front of a taxi and started the confrontation. Spokane Major Crimes detectives are investigating the incident.

No arrests have been made and all parties involved are accounted for.

Anyone who may have witnessed the event and has not yet been contacted by police is asked to call Crime Check at 509-456-2233.

Spokane Labor Day closures

A number of closures could affect your Labor Day plans on Monday.

Spokane City Hill will be closed along with other City facilities, including the Municipal Court. The garbage transfer stations and the Waste-to-Energy facility will also be closed.

Parking meters don't have to be fed on Labor Day.

Garbage pickup and curbside recycling will be one day late all week. Friday's pickup will occur on Saturday.

All Spokane Public Library branches will be closed on Monday. The Eastside, Hillyard, and Indian Trail branches will also be closed on Tuesday.

The Spokane City Council will not meet for the week of Sept. 1. The next meeting is Monday, Sept. 8.

Musician pleads for return of stolen instruments

On Thursday afternoon, Rollin' Joe Jordan, a traveling street performer for over 40 years, had most of his instruments stolen right behind his back. The loss included many prized harmonicas and an electronic keyboard.

"I lost those harmonicas, and I mean those are my life and my livelihood and I really need to get them back or replace them," said Jordan.

He doesn't want to press charges. He just wants to be able to play again.

"If somebody out there knows where they are, I'm going to be down in the park the next three afternoons. We'll work something out," said Jordan

Rollin' Joe says the instruments are worth about a thousand dollars; money he can't afford to spare.

"I'm an old guy. I'm partially disabled. I'm not going to get a job anywhere else. I don't have much," said Jordan.

A six string banjo is all he has left, but he says he will keep playing.

If you have any information on this case, please call Crime Check at 509-456-2233.�

Park bathrooms closed for the season September 2

Park bathrooms closed for the season September 2

You may need to do a little extra planning the next time you head to a Spokane park. Even though the warm weather will draw large crowds, bathrooms in the majority of parks will close for the season on Tuesday, September 2nd.

Due to budget limitations, the annual restroom season only runs from Memorial Day through Labor Day. The closure includes all parks except Riverfront Park, Manito Park, the SE Sports Complex and the Dwight Merkel Sports Complex.

Portable toilets will be placed at more popular locations like Mission Park, Audubon Park, Comstock Park and Franklin Park through the end of October.

Working 4 you: The best Labor Day deals

Working 4 you: The best Labor Day deals

If you're going to say goodbye to summer, at least you can say hello to some bargains. And there are some great deals over the Labor Day weekend.

One of the first may be the fuel it takes to go shopping the weekend. AAA says the current price of gas is $3.44 on average, 15 cents less than it was at this time last year, although that's not quite the cast here in Spokane.

But, lower prices could be why AAA projects nearly 35 million Americans will travel this weekend, the most since 2008.

So, what deals are on the table?

Kiplinger.com says, look for those larger appliances in your home. Discounts can be up to 45% on major appliances, with chances to save the most by purchasing online and using coupon codes.

Next, think about what you'll miss when winter arrives, and chances are you'll find opportunities for sales. Bicycles go on sale this time of year, along with camping gear and patio furniture.

Kiplinger says last year, Lowes, Target and Walmart took up to 75% off patio furniture over Labor Day. It says discounts look to be in the same range this year.