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SPOKANE, Wash. - Welcome to your Thursday morning. Temperatures will continue to rise slightly today, with partly cloudy conditions and a high of 78.

Here's what you should know to start your day:

Debate day for ten candidates

Just ten of the roughly 20 candidates who are still in the running for the 2020 democratic presidential nomination will take the debate stage in Houston tonight. The others did not meet the strict requirements set by the Democratic National Committee in order to qualify for this debate. That means tonight, for the first time, all of the front-runners will face off on one stage. 

Tonight's debate will include Joe Biden, Elizabeth Warren, Bernie Sanders, Kamala Harris, Pete Buttigieg, Amy Klobuchar, Andrew Yang, Julian Castro, Cory Booker and Beto O'Rourke. Watch on ABC at 5:00 p.m.

Vaping: Why it's a concern, and what you should do

Health experts around the country are begging kids to stop vaping, as seemingly healthy people keep ending up in the hospital with lung illness. Last month, this 18-year-old student athlete in Illinois was hospitalized after using e-cigarettes for more than a year and a half. Now doctors say his lungs are similar to those of a 70-year-old. Here at home, local schools say they are inundated with vaping issues. The Spokane County Regional Health District wants parents to know what to look out for, and how to talk to your child about the dangers of vaping. Read their advice here.

Woman to be sentenced for stealing from local non profit 

A woman who pleaded guilty to embezzling almost $100,000 from Greater Spokane County Meals on Wheels will be sentenced this afternoon. Court documents state Michelle Susan Ferrell spent the money on personal expenses, like the mortgage on her Spokane Valley home. Prosecutors are requesting a two-year sentence and that Ferrell pay more than $135,000 in restitution.



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