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Top stories you need to know as you start your Thursday

SPOKANE, Wash. - Happy Thursday! You've almost made it to the end of your week. Here are the top headlines you need to know as your day begins. 

SPS approves $462M budget for upcoming school year

The Spokane Public School board approved a $462 million budget on Wednesday night. The approval comes after the board's initial decision to postpone a $459 million budget vote in July. Board members said it's not the budget they wanted, but it's their reality now. 

City considers Salvation Army to operate proposed new homeless shelter

The Salvation Army of Spokane is being considered to operate a proposed new homeless shelter. The City of Spokane submitted the request for proposals in June and carefully evaluated its applicants based on a variety of factors. The location of the proposed shelter is still to be determined, but City officials said they are considering the former Grocery Outlet on E. Sprague. 

Scientists create vaccine for cat allergies

Good news, cat lovers! If you've put off adopting a fur friend because of allergies, scientists might have something for you. Swiss scientists have come up with a potential vaccine that makes cats less likely to cause allergies. 

Nia Wong joins 4 New Now evening news team

We have a secret we've been keeping from you. For the last few months, we've been looking for someone to join our evening news team… and we've finally found her! Nia Wong will join Aaron Luna to anchor the 5 and 6 p.m. newscasts on 4 News Now. 



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