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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.”

National Geographic Live in Spokane

National Geographic Live in Spokane

A new series is coming to Spokane designed to inspire the next generation and open a window on often unseen world.

National Geographic Live is a four-part speaker series bringing award winning photographers, filmmakers, scientists and explorers to the INB Performing Arts Center to show off their works and engage the audience in a question and answer series about their experiences.

The first event comes in early October, featuring underwater photographers and videographers David Doubilet and Jennifer Hayes as they explore the ocean from warm tropical waters to the polar ice caps.

In November, sit down with NASA engineer Kobie Boykins who helped design and build the Mars Exploration Rovers Spirit, Opportunity and Curiosity. Boykins will talk about the latest discoveries made on the red planet, and reveal the latest chapter in Mars exploration.

Sharknado 2 storming into local theaters for one night only

Sharknado 2 storming into local theaters for one night only

Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the theater! Lovers of movies so bad they're good will be excited to hear that Sharknado 2: The Second One is following it's predecessor to the big screen for one night only.

This time the action is moving to New York, with stars Ian Ziering and Tara Reid from the Syfy's original 2013 sensation Sharknado joining the likes of Vivica A. Fox, Mark McGrath, Kari Wuhrer, Judah Friedlander and Kelly Osbourne for even bigger thrills.

The original “Sharknado” created a major storm of social activity and audience engagement that was as unexpected as the movie’s titular event, when it first aired on Syfy on July 11, 2013.

After generating close to 5,000 tweets per minute and 400,000-plus social mentions, Fathom Events and the film’s producer, The Asylum, brought that film to theaters for a rowdy midnight screening last August.

Lowe's stores to accept Red Cross donations through Aug. 27

Lowe's stores to accept Red Cross donations through Aug. 27

In response to the recent wildfires in Washington and Oregon, Lowe's has activated its customer donation program in all Washington and Oregon stores to provide a convenient place for customers to make financial donations to support American Red Cross Disaster Relief.

Donations enable to Red Cross to prepare for, respond to and help people recover from disasters big and small, like the wildfires in several states.

In Washington, the Red Cross has served nearly 33,000 meals and snacks to affected residents and distributed more than 3,500 cleanup supplies. In Oregon, the Red Cross served more than 2,000 meals and snacks and opened four shelters in response to the wildfires.

As a member of the Red Cross Annual Disaster Giving Program, Lowe's pledges donations on an ongoing basis in advance of disasters to help the Red Cross deliver immediate aid to communities in need.

Since partnering with Red Cross in 1999, Lowe's and its customers have contributed more than $25 million for disaster relief.

Storm damages Whitworth campus

Storm damages Whitworth campus

Church service was held outside Sunday morning at Whitworth Presbyterian after two trees claimed the roof of their building on West Hawthorne Road.

"It's not so bad if you look inside," Pastor Daniel White said. "Some ceiling tiles are gone, there is one branch sticking inside the building, but it's more of a concern of what the structural damage is going to be."

Worship music came with a faint sound of chainsaws as crews cleared fallen trees on the Whitworth University campus. It was a scene all too familiar for President Beck Taylor. He said he thought they dodged a bullet with the last storm.

"We had a few trees the first storm, very minimal structural damage," Taylor said. "This storm was of course a lot worse."

Outside the student dining facility, it's much like a tree graveyard. At least 10 full grown pines were uprooted in that one area. On the other side of campus, trees found their new home on top of dorm buildings. Luckily no one was injured.

"It could have been a lot worse, but we have time to clean up before our new students arrive in late August," Taylor said.