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Dr. Redinger's December SPS Progress Report

Dr. Shelley Redinger, Superintendent of Spokane Public Schools, has released her progress report for December. This month she's discussing the transition to Common Core State Standards and how parents can stay informed about school delays and closures during the winter months.

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Spokane Chiefs collecting Toys for Tots

Spokane Chiefs collecting Toys for Tots

Chiefs fans can lend a hand to Toys for Tots this month. Representatives from Toys for Tots will be collecting toys for kids in need at four games in December at the main gates.

The U.S. Marine Corps reserve Toys for Tots program is familiar to most, and collects new, unwrapped toys to distribute to families in need for Christmas. Distribution began on Monday, but the more toys collected the more children will have something special under the tree this Christmas.

Local companies finalists for Good Food Awards

Local companies finalists for Good Food Awards

Three local companies are finalists for the Good Food Awards presented by Seedling Projects. Sante Restaurant & Charcuterie, Roast House and Doma Coffee Roasting Co. will find out at a special ceremony in January if they’ve won.

Fire crews knock out N. Stone St. house fire

Fire crews were able to put out a house fire early Monday morning at Stone and Springfield.

The call came out just before 4 a.m. and it took crews more than an hour to put out the flames. High winds made the fire difficult to battle.

Fire crews searched the home and found no one was home. They discovered that no one was living at the home and it was being used as a business for Hearthstone Lawncare.

The homeowner believes the fire started in the attic and believes it was electrical.

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Local businesses gear up for Cyber Monday

Building boxes was an important job at the Huppin's warehouse on Sunday. After all, Monday is the company's busiest shipping day of the year.

"It's always fun to ship a lot of boxes," company President Murray Huppin said.
Some orders are from the weekend, but many more purchases are expected for

Cyber Monday is the holiday shopping day devoted to online sales, and the busiest day of the year for online shopping.

"We did very well in retail, sold a ton of product through our online division OneCall.com," Huppin said.

Huppin's is locally owned and has a retail store on north Division, but a good chunk of its sales are through its website OneCall.com.

"We've been selling online for 19 years through our One Call division, and this is the first year we have Huppins.com fully live for purchase as well as pick up in store," Huppin said.

Local company Mountain Gear's internet purchases make up about 90 percent of its sales. Monday, the store will have deals up to 72 percent off major brands.

"We have about 35-40 items we give an additional discount just for the day," said Dave Noonan, the Senior Vice President.

Dog presumed dead in North Spokane house fire

Neighbors are calling a duplex fire that broke out Monday morning suspicious. No one was hurt in the fire, but a dog was inside and is presumed to be dead.

The fire broke out at the home shortly before 6 a.m. at Denver and Marietta.

The duplex that burned is next door to a home that burned in August. That fire was declared to be arson.

Neighbors say a lot of people were traveling in and out of the home.

A car outside the home also burned in the fire.

Spokane PD arrest bank robbery suspect

Spokane Police arrested 31-year-old Alex D. Treadway, the suspect in two recent bank robberies, on Saturday morning.

Treadway is suspected in the November 14, 2013 robbery of Banner Bank at 6622 N. Division and the November 25, 2013 robbery of Washington Trust Bank at 3810 N. Maple.

Just before 10:00 a.m. Spokane Police Major Crimes detectives arrested Treadway at an apartment complex in the 7000 block of N. Colton. He was arrested without incident on two counts of robbery.