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Wanapum Dam repairs to continue through winter

Repairs at Wanapum Dam will continue through the winter as workers anchor the spillway to bedrock.

The Grant County Public Utility District says 11 of 35 anchors were installed as of last week, but it can't say yet when the reservoir will be raised.

The water was lowered nearly 30 feet after a 65-foot crack was discovered in February in the spillway, the result of a construction error when the dam was built in the 1960s.

The Wenatchee World reports the utility had hoped to raise the reservoir by December. The drawdown has reduced power production at the Wanapum Dam and the upriver Rock Island Dam, near Wenatchee in central Washington.

Moses Lake police investigating drive-by shooting

Moses Lake Police have identified the man killed in a drive-by shooting on Friday as 23-year-old Jose Pichardo, according to iFIBER One News.�

Some Moses Lake residents say around 5:00 p.m. Friday they heard the sound of gunshots.�

Police say Pichardo was driving near the intersection of Paxson Drive and Valley Road, when he was shot by someone in a vehicle driving next to him.�

"We just heard gun shots and we heard the car hit the house and after that with in minutes we had cops there," said Adam, neighbor.

Adam did not want to go on camera because the severity of the crime. One person was killed and neighbors are calling it a drive-by shooting.

"It was just unexpected!" Adam said. "It was all of a sudden."

After Pichardo was shot, his car veered off the road, slamming into a nearby home.

"I've been here since March and I've never seen this happen around here," said Adam.

Adam said thankfully there weren't many trick-or-treaters out at the time because this tragedy could have quickly gone from bad, to worse.

"We're a pretty close-knit community around here a lot of families around here," said Adam.

Neighbors shaken by fatal drive-by shooting in Moses Lake

Some Moses Lake residents say around 5:00 p.m. Friday the only sound they were expecting to hear was their doorbells ringing for trick-or-treatersm, instead they heard gunshots.

The shooting happened near the intersection of Paxson Drive and Valley Road.

"We just heard gun shots and we heard the car hit the house and after that with in minutes we had cops there," said Adam, neighbor.

Adam did not want to go on camera because the severity of the crime. One person was killed and neighbors are calling it a drive-by shooting.

"It was just unexpected!" Adam said. "It was all of a sudden."

Eyewitnesses say people in one vehicle shot the driver in another car that was heading westbound on Valley Road. The car then veered off the road, slamming into a nearby home.

"I've been here since March and I've never seen this happen around here," said Adam.

Adam said thankfully there weren't many trick-or-treaters out at the time because this tragedy could have quickly gone from bad, to worse.

"We're a pretty close-knit community around here a lot of families around here," said Adam.

No injuries in Moses Lake drive-by shooting

No injuries in Moses Lake drive-by shooting

Nobody was hurt and a car was seized after a Wednesday evening drive-by shooting in the Larson community in Moses Lake.

Grant County Sheriff's Deputies and Moses Lake Police arrived just before 6 pm to answer a call for shots fired near 8924 Westover Boulevard. Witnesses described a silver Pontiac with three Hispanic males inside. The right front passenger aimed a firearm out the window toward a possible intended victim.

Witnesses further said the car stopped at the east end of Travis Drive, then the armed passenger got out of the car and fired three shots at two fleeing people. One of the fleeing persons returned fire, striking a nearby home. An unassociated vehicle parked on Travis was also struck. At this point nobody has come forward claiming to be injured.

Shortly after the shooting, investigators received word that the silver Pontiac was parked at 1228 Arlington Drive. The Pontiac was seized as evidence used in a felony crime against a person, and will be processed for evidence.

Working 4 you: American spending shows positive signs for the economy

Working 4 you: American spending shows positive signs for the economy

Some good news for the economy. Americans are spending more!

Purchases of durable goods, such as furniture and cell phones are increasing. For the month of August, purchasing of such items increased 2% in America. That may not seem like a lot, but compare that to an increase of only 0.1% in July.

This is according to data released by the Bureau of Economic Analysis.

But what drove the August rush in spending?

The biggest factor was auto sales, everything from cars to parts, which accounted for half the gains.

People typically don't make big purchases like cars unless they feel confident in the economy and their personal finances.

Overall, consumer spending increase a total of 0.5% in August.

Economists say the increase in spending is a good sign for the economy. Some say buyers are a critical indicator of the economy's health since they make up a majority of how much product gets produced in the United States.

After the financial crisis in 2008 and the recession, people cut back heavily on purchases. But, as more people are finding jobs, that should translate into more spending.

Working 4 you: Reducing your risk of breast cancer

Working 4 you: Reducing your risk of breast cancer

As most people know, October is Breast Cancer Awareness month, but do you know how to reduce your risk of the disease?

Doctors say there are steps you can take now to reduce your chances of getting the disease in the future.

Taking steps to be healthy may not prevent all breast cancers, but for most women these steps can reduce the risks.

First, doctors say to watch your weight. Being overweight or gaining weight as an adult increases the chances of developing the disease, especially after menopause. So, eat well to keep you weight in check throughout your life.

Also, get some exercise. Experts recommend about 150 minutes of moderate aerobic activity each week, or 75 minutes of vigorous exercise. If possible, include at least two strength training sessions a week, as well.

Also, don't smoke. Just another reason to quit if you do smoke. And if you drink, limit yourself to no more than one drink per day. Experts say the more alcohol you consume, the greater your chance of developing breast cancer.

If you are able to breast feed when you have children, doctors say this can offer some protection against the disease as well.

Working 4 you: More hospitals ask for payment upfront

Working 4 you: More hospitals ask for payment upfront

If you're planning any future trips to the hospital, you may want to get your credit card ready before heading into the operating room. That's because hospitals are increasingly asking patients to pay for procedures either upfront, or before they're discharged.

Traditionally, neither patients nor providers knew the exact price of procedures until after the insurer processed the charges, but that's all changing.

New technology is now allowing hospitals to determine a patient's responsibility in advance of treatment.

Hospitals say it's important to discuss the cost as early as possible because patients are facing higher deductibles and larger payments for services. Administrators say many people don't even know what their deductible is.

Officials say Americans are shouldering a greater portion of their health care bills, and medical centers don't want to get stuck paying what their patients can't.

But for those who are worried about footing the bill early, hospitals are providing several options.