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Working 4 you: How much will America spend on Halloween?

Working 4 you: How much will America spend on Halloween?

Fall is here and that means retailers and shoppers are turning their attention to Halloween. But will consumers be willing to spend as much this year on costumes and candy?

Stores like Target and Walmart are already gearing up for the Holiday. And if you feel like it's just a little too early to get ready for Halloween, you may be surprised to hear that one-third of Americans say they'll be making their holiday purchases before October 1st.

Halloween is the last major retail event before the big holiday rush. It can offer retailers clues on how willing Americans will be to open their wallets, and how stores should approach holiday inventory, discounts and deals.

Many shoppers say the U.S. economy is still weighing heavily on their minds. one in five people say it will make an impact on how they approach holiday spending.

But it may not affect it as much as you'd think.

New numbers from the National Retail Federation show most consumers won't be afraid to spend on Halloween this year.

So, how much will the average American be spending?

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Spokane Co. officials investigating suspected arson fires

Spokane Co. officials investigating suspected arson fires

Three brush fires and one house fire over the weekend are believed to be the latest in the string of suspected arson fires in the southeastern part of Spokane County, bringing the total now to 23.

"We've had a total now of 21 grass and brush fires and also what we think are two additional unoccupied residential house fires," Chief Greg Godfrey with Spokane County Fire District 8 said.

Firefighters from Spokane County and Spokane Valley were called to the 17000 block of Apollo Road just after 7 a.m. on Sunday for a fire at an unoccupied house.

"We believe that they entered through the basement door, the sliding glass door was a walk out basement, similar to a fire we had just over a week ago in the same neighborhood," Godfrey said.

Godfrey is referring to a house on Daybreak Road that had a fire on September 13. That incident pushes the original time line when the suspected fires are believed to have started back. It was initially thought that the 8-acre fire that threatened almost a dozen homes on South Saltese Lake Road on September 18th was the first.

"It's getting scary, for the public and for us as well," Godfrey said.

Crews contain brush fire to 12 acres near Hangman Creek

Fire crews in south Spokane County have knocked down a brush fire near S. George and E. Pinegate along the eastern side of Hangman Creek.

Initially reported to be three acres, GPS mapping found that the fire burned approximately 12 acres before crews were able to knock it down. Two homes near the fire were threatened but here are no reports of any property damage done to structures in the area.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Flett gets 45 years for Childress killing

Flett gets 45 years for Childress killing

Jason Flett, convicted in August for the 2012 killing of his ex-girlfriend Ramona Childress, will spend most of the rest of his life behind bars.

Flett, a six-time convicted felon was sentenced to 540 months - about 45 years - in prison for the killing of Childress, who was strangled, stabbed and beaten with a shovel. Her body was found a year after her death buried in a shallow grave in a remote location near Elk after a witness came forward with information about the killing.

Prosecutors sought the life sentence against Flett because of his deliberate cruelty against Childress as well as the use of deadly weapons including the shovel.

"The jury also found two deadly weapons enhancements, non firearm, and also found beyond a reasonable doubt that Mr. Flett committed deliberate cruelty in the murder of Ramona Childress," Spokane County Deputy Prosecutor Larry Haskell said.

Childress, a 27-year-old mother of two, was killed according to prosecutors because she had information about Flett that could have sent him back to prison.

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SCRAPS seizing dozens of animals from Deer Park property

Animal protection officers are executing a search warrant at a property near Deer Park and seizing dozen of animals living in squalor.

In all, 72 chickens, 64 rabbits, four goats, three pigs, three dogs and two turkeys are being seized at the residence located at 503 W. Bridges Road #10. The seizure is part of an investigation into charges of first and second degree animal cruelty and confinement in an unsafe manner.

Authorities report that animals at the property did not have access to water, or the water they did have access to had green algae or feces in it, the property was littered with garbage, hazardous debris and animal waste, some animals had injuries left untreated, and animals were being kept in small cages with no shelter and standing in their own feces.

None of the animals are available for adoption.

Dept. of Natural Resources lifts statewide burn ban

Dept. of Natural Resources lifts statewide burn ban

The Washington State Department of Natural Resources announced Friday that the statewide burn ban on DNR-protected lands has been removed. Fire danger has been reduced by the recent rainfall and moderating temperatures.

Restrictions set by local authorities are not affected by DNR's actions. Additionally, while conditions no longer warrant a statewide burn ban, some local areas may still remain dry. Anyone who plans on burning should check with local authorities beforehand.

You can also always find the latest on your local fire restrictions here.

Calling all kids, Mr. Yuk needs you!

Calling all kids, Mr. Yuk needs you!

Calling all Washington kids, Mr. Yuk needs your help! The lovable mascot of the Washington Poison Center wants children to send in their best artwork for the 8th annual statewide Poison Prevention Poster Contest.

The Washington Poison Center uses the contest to reminder parents and children to be vigilant about poisons and drugs. The winning poster will be part of the 2015 Poison Prevention Week campaign celebrated across the state during the third week in March.

The Poison Center is looking for young artists to create poison safety awareness through eye-catching posters displaying suggestions on how Mr. Yuk helps them avoid being poisoned. The contest is open to children ages 6 to 12 in Washington State. The top prize earns $500, a visit from Mr. Yuk to their school or program, a trip to the Capitol to meet their legislators and having their winning design featured as the poster for Poison Prevention Week. Four runners-up will receive $100 in the mail, and all contest participants will receive a gift from Mr. Yuk in the mail.