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URM cyber attack investigation coming to a close

URM cyber attack investigation coming to a close

URM Stores' investigation of a criminal cyber attack is coming to a close.

The company says they now know which stores were affected by the attack and the incident was limited to credit and debit card transactions made in those stores made between September 1, 2013 - November 24, 2013.

A list of the affected stores can be found at www.urmstores.com under the "Credit/Debit Card Announcements" link.

"We are incredibly grateful to our customers for their patience and understanding through this difficult experience. We are humbled by their support and continue to extend our sincere apologies for any frustration and inconvenience," said URM CEO Ray Sprinkle.

If you see a fraudulent charge on your card, URM asks that you contact the issuing bank.

Mix of freezing rain and snow hits Eastern Washington

Mix of freezing rain and snow hits Eastern Washington

A winter storm warning is in effect until Wednesday afternoon for freezing rain in Washington's Cascade passes.

The National Weather Service expects hazardous driving conditions on Snoqualmie, Stevens and White passes before the precipitation changes to rain or snow. Snow accumulations should be less than 6 inches.

Forecasters say the storm moving through the state will bring a wintry mix of freezing rain or snow across Eastern Washington through Wednesday.

The Weather Service says Thursday will be cool and showery but the weekend looks mostly dry.

Local impact of the push to raise minimum wage

Local impact of the push to raise minimum wage

Minimum wage was a key topic in President Obama's State of the Union address Tuesday night. He wants to raise it from $7.25 an hour to $10.10 an hour for federally contracted workers.

"The cold, hard fact is that even in the midst of recovery, too many Americans are working more than ever just to get by, let alone get ahead. And too many still aren't working at all," President Obama said.

An Associated Press fact check shows it boost pay for about 200,000 employees. The president can issue the executive order, but would need congressional approval to raise minimum wage for all federal workers.

"Because if you cook our troops' meals or wash their dishes, you shouldn't have to live in poverty," President Obama said.

Some people we talked with agree.

"With what minimum wage is right now, a man cannot even pay his rent," taxi driver Larry Boyd said. "He must work a job and a half to do it."

"I think it gives you more incentive to work and it gives people a little more incentive to find those kind of jobs," Evander Cobbs said.

Trooper hit at traffic stop in Moses Lake

The Washington State Patrol says a trooper suffered only minor injuries when he was struck while he was outside of his car Monday night for a traffic stop in Moses Lake.

The trooper, 40-year-old Jeremy Weber of Waterville, was evaluated at the scene and did not require treatment at a hospital.

The patrol says the car that struck him failed to stop at the scene but was pulled over down the road. The driver, a 53-year-old Reno woman, was arrested for investigation of drunken driving, hit-and-run and reckless endangerment.

Threat closes Soap Lake Schools

Threat closes Soap Lake Schools

All schools in Soap Lake have been closed Tuesday due to threats.

The school board held an executive session Monday night to discuss building security and announced the one-day closure.

The Grant County town has about 500 students in four schools.

The website iFIBER One News reports Soap Lake school board President Jerry Bessett declined to elaborate on the threats. But, he says the district is shutting down due to safety concerns for students and staff.

Last week a 16-year-old Soap Lake High School student was arrested after he made threats to kill school staff and students.

How to cope with SAD during the winter months

How to cope with SAD during the winter months

These gray skies can sure bring on the winter blues. But is it just that or perhaps something more? Winter months in the Pacific Northwest are often known to bring on Seasonal Affective Disorder.

With the weather we've been seeing in Spokane it's not a huge surprise that people often experience SAD. Doctors say it is a real thing and is classified as a modifier to serious depression.

Even in the most beautiful of cities, gray skies can make people feel, well, kind of blue.

"It only affects me when we have low light and the less light we have, like right now, the more depressed I can get," said Spokane Valley resident Midge Stumm, who has SAD.

"I'd love to go to Palm Spring and spend the winter but it's a little cost prohibitive," she added.

Instead she uses several methods to beat the blues.

"Chocolate is probably the best one but the worst on my hips," she said with a smile.

While some attribute the winter blues to just plain old grumpiness, doctors say SAD is a condition.

"And we know it exists. We tend to see it more in the northern areas like here," said Dr. Jeff Wirthlin.

No injuries in Grant County drive by shooting

No injuries in Grant County drive by shooting

From the Grant County Sheriff’s Office:

 

No one was hurt but two vehicles were struck by bullets during a drive-by shooting Saturday evening in the Larsen Housing Area.