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Post Falls Police host virtual ride along

The Post Falls Police Department is welcoming everyone to join them for a virtual patrol ride along this afternoon and evening.

From 4 pm until midnight, the department will post all calls to the PFPD Facebook and Twitter feeds with pictures and video when possible. There will also be staff on hand to respond to any questions you may want to ask.

For more information, check out the YouTube video posted above.

No more poker at Coeur d'Alene Casino

No more poker at Coeur d'Alene Casino

The Coeur d'Alene Casino is refusing to fold after a federal judge ruled the Coeur d'Alene tribe must stop offering poker. It's a decision that Idaho Governor Butch Otter welcomes.

“I appreciate the initial determination that the Coeur d'Alenes' decision to conduct Texas Hold'em games violates state law and the Idaho Constitution,” Governor Otter said after U.S. District Judge Lynn Winmill's decision to grant the State of Idaho's request to stop the gaming, which began in May.

“The legislature and the people of Idaho have made it clear what kind of gambling they will accept. That does not include poker,” Governor Otter said. “And no matter how much the tribe insists otherwise, Texas Hold'em is poker.”

The Coeur d'Alene Tribe has argued that Texas Hold'em is a “bona fide contest of skill” and therefore exempt from the terms of the Tribe's compact with the state under the federal Indian Gaming Regulatory Act. But Judge Winmill concluded that Texas Hold'em clearly contains an element of chance.

Working 4 you: Be prepared for the cost of fall sports

Working 4 you: Be prepared for the cost of fall sports

There's been a lot of inspiration for young Washington kids in sports this year, with Clint Dempsey being the star of Team USA in the World Cup, and not to mention the Seahawks winning the Superbowl. But, if it's a child's first season playing sports, many parents may underestimate just how much it's going to cost.

Events like the Superbowl, the Olympics and the World Cup give aspiring athletes new heroes. Most children want to go out and play just like them, and parents are rarely going to hesitate, realizing the benefits that team sports offer.

"It's teamwork. You get to work together, and I always get to know the other team a lot," said Emma Pelletier, a youth soccer player.

Jahehi Burford, another youth soccer player added, "If you're a kid that doesn't talk in school, you can go to soccer, and you have many friends there you can just talk to."

And Soleil Brown, another youth soccer player, said, "I get to do things that I love, and I get to exercise too."

But what parents of kids playing sports for the first time might not realize is the costs can certainly add up.

KCSO creating free child ID kits this weekend

KCSO creating free child ID kits this weekend

In collaboration with the North Idaho Day of Hope, the Kootenai County Sheriff's Office will be at the Kootenai County fairgrounds this Saturday, September 6 to ID-A-KID.

Officers from the Crime Prevention Section will be available from 9 am until 2 pm to fingerprint and photograph your children. All the information is given to parents for safekeeping – nothing will be retained by the Sheriff's office.

The photographs, fingerprints and other identifying information can be a valuable tool for law enforcement if the child is ever missing.

There is no charge for the ID kits.

Fire safety reminder for dormitory living

Fire safety reminder for dormitory living

Dorms are filling up fast around Washington State as students begin or continue their college education, and the state Fire Marshal wants to make sure everyone has a safe school year.

“Fire safety should be reviewed as students settle into their new places,” said State Fire Marshal Chuck Duffy. “Understanding the safety features of a building and knowing your escape routes can significantly increase your personal safety.”

The United States Fire Administration reports an estimated 3,800 university housing fires occur each year. The leading causes include cooking, intentionally set fires, careless smoking, unattended candles and overloaded electrical wiring. Marshal Duffy suggests the following tips to reduce the risk of fire and increase safety:

Cooking should only be done in a location permitted by the school’s policies. Never leave your cooking unattended. If a fire starts in a microwave, leave the door closed and unplug the unit.

Working 4 you: How to crave healthy foods

Working 4 you: How to crave healthy foods

Could it be possible to rewire your brain so that it wants, even craves healthy food? New research suggests it could be possible.

So how do you do it?

Researchers suggest all you have to do is eat healthy. They say by following a healthy diet, a person can actually change how their brain reacts to high- and low-calorie foods. It could be the difference between deciding to snack on carrots or cookies.

Researchers divided the participants of this study into two groups.

The experimental group was offered healthier meals for six months and asked to reduce their calorie intake by 500 to 1,000 calories per day. The meals in the second group, the control group, were not adjusted.

The experimental group ended up losing about 14 pounds, on average during that period.

Then, at the end of that six months, both the experimental and control groups were shown photos of healthy and unhealthy foods.

Working 4 you: Americans working more than 40-hour weeks

Working 4 you: Americans working more than 40-hour weeks

For many Tuesday means back to work after the Labor Day weekend. But for many full-time employees, they may still be clocking in close to 40 hours this week.

A new study suggests most full-time employees are logging more than 40 hours per week. Gallup's annual Work in Education Survey shows that many people could be working a full workday longer each week.

Some experts believe the reason for this is some people might be more resourceful, while for others, it may be part of their pay structure.

Employees paid by the hour are sometimes restricted in the amount of time they can spend on the job because of limits on overtime. That's typically not an issue for salaried employees, so they are more likely to log more hours at the office.

Gallup's survey found about half of the adults it surveyed say they work 47 hours a week, on average. Nearly one in ten say they work even more, at least 50 hours a week. And 18 percent they work 60 hours a week or more.

So, if you're a full-time employee but actually work less than 40 hours a week, you're in the eight percent minority.