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Free Stroke Screening

Stroke is the third leading cause of death in the United States.  More than 130,000 people die every year. A stroke an interruptions of blood supply to any part of the brain. People who smoke, are overweight, have high blood pressure and high cholesterol levels are at increased risk for a stroke.  St. Luke's Rehab is hosting a free Stroke screening this week end.  Participants will get their cholesterol, body fat, body mass index, blood pressure and blood glucose checks.  A full lipid panel cholesterol screening is also available for $20 dollars.To register go to 

Another Ghost Bike Appears

By now you've seen the ghost bike at Sprague and Division from last year's fatal accident in March. It was left in memorial to David L. Squires who was killed in a hit and run.

5 Pound Burrito Eating Contest

A Spokane nightclub's Cinco de Mayo Challenge was not for those with a weak stomach.The Marquee Lounge challenged patrons to wolf down 5 pound burritos Thursday night."Its a lot like giving birth into your mouth," said one competitor.Taco Del Mar sponsored the contest.Marcus Kelsey won the contest and the $50 gift certificate up for grabs.

Having It All Thanks To Stella And Dot

Giving up a budding career to be a stay-at-home mom is a life altering adjustment.  Just ask California transport Vanessa Wheat, who gave up work as a successful advertising rep. at Spokane Metro Magazine to stay at home with her brand new baby girl almost two years ago.She'll be the first to tell you she feels fortunate to be able to stay at home with her daughter.  However, she'll also be the first to admit it's a tough transition from working woman to mommy, giving up a career and the independence that comes with it.

Junior Lilac Parade Set for Saturday

Lilacs blooming across the region signify the beginning of spring and the beginning of parade season. The Spokane Jr. Lilac Parade is set for Saturday May, 7th at 10 a.m. in downtown Spokane. The Parade, sponsored by the Rotaract Club, will feature more than 70 local marching bands, drill teams and floats.

Severe Weather Awareness Week: Do You Know What To Do?

Last week's horrific, record-shattering tornado outbreak had many of us breathing a sigh of relief that we live so far away from "tornado alley".  That said, we do get our own brand of severe weather here in the Inland Northwest, and it's important that we know what to do when it happens.  This is "Severe Weather Awareness Week", and our local National Weather Service office has a series of special reports chock-full of important information about weather dangers right here where we live.  Flooding, tornadoes, wind, lightning and wildfires - to learn more.

Spokane's First Dog Park Prepares For Busy Spring Season

SPOKANE-- The first off-leash dog park within city limits opened at High Bridge Park in January and it's about to enter it's busy season. In preparation Spokanimal is holding dog park etiquette classes.  Here is their press release: Spring has sprung in Spokane, and unfixed dogs are in heat.  Dogs can have behavior changes in the spring, and with the advent of the sunny skies, the dog park will be getting busier than ever. 

Off-Leash Park To Hold Etiquette Class For Dogs, Humans

In January dogs and their humans across Spokane rejoiced when the city's first off-leash dog park opened. Now it's time to understand the rules when you visit the Spokanimal Dog Park at High Bridge Park.The first dog park in the city of Spokane opened just four months ago and it's about to enter it's busy season with spring hopefully on the way. So, in preparation Spokanimal is holding etiquette classes to get Spokane residents and their dogs ready.The dog park is 12 acres of heaven for most dogs with plenty of room to run, chase balls and socialize. The park is open from dawn until dusk daily.

Suspicious Device Prompts Spokesman-Review Evacuation

The Spokesman Review building was briefly evacuated after a security guard reported a suspicious package in their loading dock. The bomb squad quickly determined it was not an explosive device.Initially the report came in that a security guard found the device, reportedly a red tube, was found in the loading dock. The Spokane Police Department sent officers to the scene to investigate but were initially unable to located the object.It was later found inside the building.The Spokesman Review tweeted that, A perimeter was established and the bomb squad sent a technician in who quickly determined that it was not an explosive device.

Browne's Addition Rosauers Has Solution For Bicyclists

You're ready to do some grocery shopping in Browne's Addition. You rode in on your ride of steel. Maybe it's a fixie or maybe it's a mountain bike. One problem... where do you lock it up?This came up during Wednesday's neighborhood council meeting. The bike rack currently provided at Rosauers is a little... sketchy (see below).

May Extreme Team Project Chosen

May's Extreme Team was announced Wednesday and Lila and her daughter Toni will recieve lots of help. Last month during the Premier Home Show the Spokane Home Builders Association asked those coming in to nominate people for the "Where does your home hurt" contest. Out of hundreds of of nominations it was decided that Lila and Toni would recieve the help...mainly in the back yard. On May 16 and continuing to Thursday the 19th , The Extreme Team will rework the back yard for ease of use as Lila has some medical issues, and a corner for just peace and quiet. Congratulations from the Spokane Home Remodelers and KXLY 4's Extreme Team.

Weed Control

 Dandelions are popping up in a lot of yards; now is the time to start spraying. Experts say spraying the flower with weed killer is pretty good, but it's better to get them before they flower, when they are still small and green.  Home owners should "spot spray" weeds; walk your yard with a bottle of weed killer and just spray individual Dandelions. This is enviromentally better than "broadcast" spraying. If the Dandelion is still very small, one can pull them out of the ground. However, if the pesky weed is quite large, pulling them will only result in more Dandelions in the future because their tap root is so large and deep, it can be difficult to get the whole root out of the ground.   

Graffiti Reports in Neighborhoods

The Spokane Graffiti Prevention Facebook page done through the Spokane County Sheriff Department released the number of graffiti reports per neighborhood this morning. The numbers are based on reports in the city limits called in between January 1st and April 30th, 2011. The neighborhood with the highest amount of incidents: Riverside. The neighborhood with the lowest: a tie between North Indian Trail and West Hills. Some neighborhoods are not on this list. Missing from this list are Minnehaha, Manito-Cannon Hill, Grandview/Thorpe, Five Mile Prairie, Comstock and Balboa/Sound Indian Trail.

Suspect Praises K9 Officer For A Job Well Done

An armed robbery suspect who held up the G&B Grocery Store with another man has nothing but nice things to say about the K9 officer who caught him.Police responded to a report of an armed robbery at the G&B Grocery store at 2104 East Francis Wednesday night. The victim reported two men, later identified as 23-year-old Jenson Richards of Spokane and 22-year-old Steven Shoffner of Medical Lake, entered the store and demanded cash and cigarettes. They also indicated that they had a gun.Richards and Shoffner ran from the scene when they got what they wanted, but were spotted a short time later near Napa and Decatur. Richards was caught and arrested, but Shoffner kept running.K9 Officer Shawn Kendall and his dog, Stryder, tracked Shoffner to a garage in an alley in the 1700 block of East Decatur. Stryder quickly found him hiding under a mattress with a hatchet-like weapon and officers were able to arrest him.The money and cigarettes were recovered, but no gun was found.Shoffner and Richards were arrested for First Degree Roberry. Shoffner was transported to a local hospital for treatment on minor injuries he got from the K9 capture.After his arrest Shoffner told officers he thought Stryder did a great job and that police officer would not have located him without the K9.

Man Stabbed Outside Top Hat Pub

Spokane Police are investigating a stabbing at the Top Hat Pub in North Spokane.The stabbing happened just before two a.m. at the bar located near Division and Francis.Officers say a man inside the bar took a phone call outside where he got into a fight with a man police identify as Bobby Galloway in the bar's parking lot.  

Families Near Northtown Evacuated For Gas Line Rupture

Several families were forced to evacuate their homes when a gas line ruptured along Division Street.A cement cutter ruptured the two-inch pipe carrying natural gas at Division and Queen near Northtown Mall.Firefighters evacuated homes within seven blocks of the leak as a precaution.Most were allowed back in their homes by one a.m.

Marcella's Royal Dress

They say imitation is the best form of flattery, which means Kate Middleton has a lot to be flattered about when it comes to her wedding dress.  Replicas of her gown are popping up everywhere.  And now, a replica has popped up in Spokane.Marcella Davis of Marcella's Bridal created the dress in less than a week.  She says she had all of the fabric, lace and trim needed to create the Alexander McQueen look-alike.  She popped into the KXLY studio tonight to show off the dress.  Check out Marcella's Facebook page to see the dress.

Spokane's River is now Hot 96.9

As many of our loyal listeners may have discovered today, the KXLY Radio Group has changed formats on one of our stations.  As of 3:05 pm, Spokane's River 96.9 became Hot 96.9. The new 96.9 is playing Spokane's hottest music, artists like Beyonce, Rihanna, Usher, Kanye West, Nicki Minaj and more. Find out more about Hot 96.9 at  or check out the . Hot 96.9 is also on .

Bridging The Train Tracks

The new Havana Street bridge over the Union Pacific and Burlington Northern-Santa Fe railroad tracks is really beginning to take shape now that the girders have been put in place. Construction of the bridge just north of the Spokane Interstate Fair & Expo Center began last year.  The section of Havana between Broadway and Trent has always been a trouble spot for drivers who often found themselves waiting for trains to pass.

Seen in Peaceful Valley

South Hill Twitter user, @ErickDoxey, spotted this display of Bloomsday shirts in Peaceful Valley this afternoon. How many years of shirts featured in this photograph do you have in your collection? I'd tell you my number, but it's embarrassing. Hint: It rhymes with hero. 

Help the Spokane River By Watching Youtube!

First impression: That's a fish in a mall. That's a talking fish in a mall. Oh my goodness that talking fish in a mall is giving kisses to Aveda employees. Is that sanitary?That fish is actually a . It's all part of who are working on water issues. There are 20 non-profits nationally that are teamed up with Aveda. Locally, Aveda stores have partnered with the to produce this video as part of their submission to the national contest.

Lewis And Clark Senior All Nighter 2011 Fund-Raiser

 The Lewis and Clark Senior All Nighter 2011 Fund-Raiser will be at South Perry Pizza on Monday, May 16th from 5:30-8pm. Your $30 ticket buys unlimited pizza and salad and two beers from Northern Lights. Seating is limited for this event so don't delay. Buy your tickets at www.LCSENIORS.org

Seen on the South Hill

Tucked away just beyond Polly Judd Park is a makeshift memorial. It was spotted by Twitter user, @ErickDoxey and his young Twitter padawan, @ClarkDoxey. It overlooks the Latah Valley neighborhood just off of Highway 195.

City Says Lincoln Street Storm Gardens Working Fine

A spokesperson for the City of Spokane reports new storm gardens on the city's South Hill are working as expected.The city installed the gardens on Lincoln Street in the summer of 2010. They're intended to divert storm water off the streets, filter it through the soil and then direct it to the pond in Cannon Hill Park instead of the city's sewer system. The system is designed to prevent raw sewage from flowing into the Spokane River. During large storms, rain water and sewage would overwhelm the city's combined sewer system and overflows would dump into the river.City spokesperson Marlene Feist said the storm garden system is working fine. Neighbors around the park have complained about dead turtles, fish and frogs in the pond and blame the new system. Feist said the dead animals are typical during the spring because the pond freezes for much of the winter. The animals are killed by low water levels and poor water quality.