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Local high schools collecting safe driving pledges

Local high schools collecting safe driving pledges

Two local high schools are competing in a nation-wide campaign for the chance to win $100,000 grant and a private concert by Grammy nominated The Band Perry.

This is the third year “Celebrate My Drive” has been hosted by State Farm Insurance, designed to lower the rate of fatal car crashes for teens 14-18 and unite teens, parents, school officials and community members around teen driver safety in a positive and celebratory way.

Celebrate My Drive asks everyone 14 and older to make a safe driving commitment in support of their favorite school by visiting CelebrateMyDrive.com from October 15-24. The 100 schools to generate the most commitments will win a prize.

Locally you can dedicate your safe driving commitment to either Gonzaga Prep or East Valley High.

Hoedown for HOPE fundraiser this weekend

Hoedown for HOPE fundraiser this weekend

Get your cowboy boots out and prepare to boogie at this weekend's Hoedown For HOPE, a fundraiser for children with hearing loss.

The event begins Saturday, October 4th at 5 pm at Riverside Place, 1108 W. Riverside, Spokane.

During the evening you will enjoy live music and dancing to Spokane's own rockabilly band “Sharecroppers,” dinner and dessert by London's Ultimate Catering, and fabulous items offered through raffles, live auction and prize packages. Tickets are only $55.

Last year more than 200 local and statewide professionals from the medical, educational and business communities attended, raising over $45,000 to support local deaf and hard of hearing children to listen and talk. The success of this event enables HOPE School to continue providing specialized services to all children with hearing loss, regardless of their families ability to pay full tuition, and also provides an opportunity to increase awareness of the effects of hearing loss and the benefits of accessing early intervention services.

WSU regents approve bond sale for health clinic, more residencies

WSU regents approve bond sale for health clinic, more residencies

To help overcome the physician shortage in central and eastern Washington, the Washington State University Board of Regents, at its September meeting, approved the sale of up to $16.25 million in revenue bonds for design and construction of the University district Health Clinic.

The clinic will be part of the Spokane Teaching Health Center consortium of Empire Health Foundation, Providence Health Care and WSU Spokane, which was established in November.

The consortium uses federal teaching health center funds to increase the number of physician residencies. Six additional residency slots are already available in Spokane because of the consortium's efforts.

Residents are newly graduated medical doctors who must complete at least three years of graduate education in an accredited physician training program before they can apply for board certification in a specialty.

Controversy continues over proposed WSU medical school

Controversy continues over proposed WSU medical school

 The University of Washington released a scathing rebuttal this week to a report supporting the creation of a medical school for Washington State University, saying it contains “a number of deep flaws,” and is based on “faulty assumptions, omissions and erroneous data.”

WSU first approached consultant MGT of America in February to conduct a feasibility assessment for a new medical school based on the University's health sciences campus in Spokane. Specifically the assessment was to focus on the need for physicians in Eastern Washington, the best educational model to meet those needs, if current WSU resources were capable of creating a program to meet accreditation standards and the required time and resources to develop a new medical school.

Fire safety reminder for dormitory living

Fire safety reminder for dormitory living

Dorms are filling up fast around Washington State as students begin or continue their college education, and the state Fire Marshal wants to make sure everyone has a safe school year.

“Fire safety should be reviewed as students settle into their new places,” said State Fire Marshal Chuck Duffy. “Understanding the safety features of a building and knowing your escape routes can significantly increase your personal safety.”

The United States Fire Administration reports an estimated 3,800 university housing fires occur each year. The leading causes include cooking, intentionally set fires, careless smoking, unattended candles and overloaded electrical wiring. Marshal Duffy suggests the following tips to reduce the risk of fire and increase safety:

Cooking should only be done in a location permitted by the school’s policies. Never leave your cooking unattended. If a fire starts in a microwave, leave the door closed and unplug the unit.

Check your child's vaccinations before heading back to school

Check your child's vaccinations before heading back to school

Getting ready for back to school means getting school supplies and backpacks, but it's also the perfect time to make sure children are up-to-date on their shots. Getting all of the recommended shots is one of the most important things parents can do to protect their kids' health.

A new survey from the Washington State Department of Health shows vaccination rates are on the rise (71 percent in 2013 versus 65 percent the year before) but are still below the Healthy People 2020 goal of 80 percent, leaving many kids unprotected.

Below is a summary of shots children need:

Spokane salon sending kids back to school in style

Spokane salon sending kids back to school in style

A Spokane salon is helping send kids from McDonald Elementary back to school in style with free haircuts this Friday, August 29.

“It's important to me and the team at dept. Z to give back to our community,” said owner Zoe Boysen. “Everyone should feel fresh and confident after a haircut, and we want to help students from McDonald Elementary feel that way when they return to the classroom next week. The last thing a child needs on the first day of school is a bad hair day.”

The 24 appointment slots filled quickly, but Boysen says she and her stylists will take as many kids as time allows.

“We may not be able to supply all these kids with food and clothing but we can definitely give them a really great haircut,” said senior dept. Z stylist Mateo Balmes. “When you look good you feel good and that's so important for your first day at school. I thought by providing students with a free cut and style, we could get them off to a great start for the new school year.”