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Working 4 you: How much will America spend on Halloween?

Working 4 you: How much will America spend on Halloween?

Fall is here and that means retailers and shoppers are turning their attention to Halloween. But will consumers be willing to spend as much this year on costumes and candy?

Stores like Target and Walmart are already gearing up for the Holiday. And if you feel like it's just a little too early to get ready for Halloween, you may be surprised to hear that one-third of Americans say they'll be making their holiday purchases before October 1st.

Halloween is the last major retail event before the big holiday rush. It can offer retailers clues on how willing Americans will be to open their wallets, and how stores should approach holiday inventory, discounts and deals.

Many shoppers say the U.S. economy is still weighing heavily on their minds. one in five people say it will make an impact on how they approach holiday spending.

But it may not affect it as much as you'd think.

New numbers from the National Retail Federation show most consumers won't be afraid to spend on Halloween this year.

So, how much will the average American be spending?

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Spokane Co. Sheriff's Deputies hold prescription drug drop-off

Spokane Co. Sheriff's Deputies hold prescription drug drop-off

Bag after bag of unused or expired prescription drugs were dropped off Saturday at the North Spokane Library and Spokane Valley Police Department. Both locations collected a total of 196 lbs. of prescription medications.

"I knew you shouldn't flush medications and it's sometimes just hard to get rid of it in a safe way," said Jackie Saling, who dropped a bag of prescription drugs off.

Saling said she's been holding on to these medications for the past year, not knowing what to do with them.

"When they change their medication then you're stuck with what you have, you cannot re-purpose them even if they're packaged and labeled you still have to dispose of them," said Saling.

Sailing said having the medication just sitting in her home was a constant concern for her.

"These pharmaceuticals are expensive and they sit in your home and if anybody even knew I had those in my cupboard, who knows what would have happened," said Saling.

Prescription drug abuse is something that effects people of all ages, genders and social classes. Deputy Mark Gregory says it's a big problem in Spokane.

Dept. of Natural Resources lifts statewide burn ban

Dept. of Natural Resources lifts statewide burn ban

The Washington State Department of Natural Resources announced Friday that the statewide burn ban on DNR-protected lands has been removed. Fire danger has been reduced by the recent rainfall and moderating temperatures.

Restrictions set by local authorities are not affected by DNR's actions. Additionally, while conditions no longer warrant a statewide burn ban, some local areas may still remain dry. Anyone who plans on burning should check with local authorities beforehand.

You can also always find the latest on your local fire restrictions here.

Calling all kids, Mr. Yuk needs you!

Calling all kids, Mr. Yuk needs you!

Calling all Washington kids, Mr. Yuk needs your help! The lovable mascot of the Washington Poison Center wants children to send in their best artwork for the 8th annual statewide Poison Prevention Poster Contest.

The Washington Poison Center uses the contest to reminder parents and children to be vigilant about poisons and drugs. The winning poster will be part of the 2015 Poison Prevention Week campaign celebrated across the state during the third week in March.

The Poison Center is looking for young artists to create poison safety awareness through eye-catching posters displaying suggestions on how Mr. Yuk helps them avoid being poisoned. The contest is open to children ages 6 to 12 in Washington State. The top prize earns $500, a visit from Mr. Yuk to their school or program, a trip to the Capitol to meet their legislators and having their winning design featured as the poster for Poison Prevention Week. Four runners-up will receive $100 in the mail, and all contest participants will receive a gift from Mr. Yuk in the mail.

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Vote for 2nd Harvest to receive $60,000 grant

Vote for 2nd Harvest to receive $60,000 grant

As Hunger Action Month come to a close, Second Harvest is asking for the public's help in a contest that could net them a $60,000 grant from the Walmart Foundation.

Fifty food banks across the nation will be selected for one of the grants based on the number of online votes they receive by October 5. Currently Second Harvest has barely more than 100, while the leaders are all in the thousands, but with nine days left to vote there's still time for a comeback.

Second Harvest is the only food bank in Washington state competing in the contest which began September 15.

Walmart is teaming up with acclaimed chef, cookbook author and TV host G. Garvin, and calling on the public to support their local food banks by voting online at www.Walmart.com/fighthunger.

Annual Greek festival returns to Spokane

Annual Greek festival returns to Spokane

The dining tents are up, the souvlaki is on the grill, and the Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church is set to host the 79th Annual Greek Festival.

The festival is a chance to share the food and culture and your opportunity to be Greek for at least a day.

"It's the heritage of who I am and what our culture is," Adair Truman said.

Truman was standing in front of tables full of pastries Thursday morning as she was preparing for the festival, everything from baklava to diples, paximadia and much more, all hand made by a small by mighty group of volunteers.

"They are working non-stop the last two month, six-year-olds to 90-year-olds do the work together to pull off this event for the three days we have it," she said.

The doors open at the Greek festival each morning at 11 and it runs from now through Saturday. For a full list of events, times, and ticket prices click here

Prescription Drug Take-Back Saturday

Prescription Drug Take-Back Saturday

Is your medicine cupboard getting a little cluttered? Not sure what to do with all those leftover prescriptions? This Saturday is your chance to take care of all of that with a prescription drug take-back event.

Tossing pills in the trash could allow a child or pet to accidentally eat them, and flushing them down the toilet only puts them into the water supply – but drop them off this weekend and they are guaranteed to be disposed of safely.

You can drop drugs off Saturday from 10 am until 2 pm at either the Spokane Valley Police Department (12710 E. Sprague Ave.) or at the North Spokane Library (44 E. Hawthorne).

Items Accepted: