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Colorado marijuana stores experience sky high sales

Colorado marijuana stores experience sky high sales

Recreational Marijuana shops are up and running in Colorado. During the first day of sales on Jan. 1, lines wrapped around the corners of stores. Sales have since slowed down, but people who chose to get into the pot business are calling it the best decision of their lives.

Linda Andrews is the owner of Lodo Wellness Center in Downtown Denver. She split her medical pot business into a half recreational, half medical retailer.

"On the first day we did what we usually do in a month for medical," Andrews said.

Many strains of weed are available at Lodo Wellness Center, from Sour Diesel to Durban Poison. The store will often run out of the popular edible products like cookies, brownies, and drinks.

"It's the first time I've been able to impulsively purchase marijuana," Jesse, a customer at the store, said.

The 36 percent tax in Denver keeps some potential clientele away.

"If you want to get rid of a black market, you can't overtax the product, and I think that's what they're doing," Kyle O'Malley, a marijuana user, said.

Though, O'Malley does think that there is peace of mind in buying from a store.

Deep freeze forecast this week in Washington

A cold week is forecast for Washington.

The National Weather Service says low temperatures Tuesday through Friday in Western Washington will be in the teens and highs only in the 20s.

Forecasters say it will be even colder in Eastern Washington with lows in single digits. Light snow is forecast Monday in southeast Washington, but it should be mostly clear through the week statewide.

The Weather Service says precipitation returns to the area Saturday and there's a good chance it will start as snow.

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.