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Child hit by car, critically injured

A 10-year-old has been hospitalized with critical injuries after being hit by a car Thursday morning.

The collision happened near the intersection of Mission and Smith.

Spokane Police Lieutenant Dave McCabe said officers responded to the scene around 7:15 Thursday morning.

?When we arrived we discovered that the victim of the crash was a 10-year-old boy who had been walking with other students," he said.

The students were attempting to cross the street to get on a bus. One lane of traffic did come to a stop but a driver in the eastbound lane did not.

?Unfortunately he suffered critical injuries at this point and is at the hospital being treated,? McCabe said.

Mission was closed at Altamont and Lacey in both directions as investigators reconstructed the crash scene.

?The first snow of the year always seems to do that. The other issue besides the weather here is just being aware of where you are at in relation to crosswalks," McCabe said, adding that with icy and snowy roads, paying attention to kids crossing the street needs to be second nature.

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Women and Children's Free Restaurant to host 17th Annual Community Thanksgiving

Women and Children's Free Restaurant to host 17th Annual Community Thanksgiving

Even though Thanksgiving is still a week away, dinner preparations are in full swing at Spokane's Women and Children's Free Restaurant (WCFR).

WCFR will host their 17th Annual Community Thanksgiving Dinner at the Rogers High School Commons on Saturday, November 22 from 4:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m. The event is free to attend and everyone is welcome.

On Thursday morning, about a dozen volunteers gathered at WFCR to carve 150 turkeys for Saturday’s event. These volunteers consist of Spokane area caterers and chefs who posses the knowledge needed to properly carve the birds.

WFCR Office Manager and Volunteer Coordinator, Karen Orlando, said people who plan to attend can expect to enjoy a free, traditional, and nutritious Thanksgiving dinner.

All Spokane County Library facilities to close for Thanksgiving holiday

All Spokane County Library facilities to close for Thanksgiving holiday

All Spokane Country Library District  facilities will be closed Thursday, November 27, and Friday, November 28, in observance of the Thanksgiving Day holiday.

Regular hours resume Saturday, November 29, 2014.

SCLD online services remain available 24/7.
 

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Warming Shelter desperate for volunteers

Spokane's unseasonably cold weather is�taking a toll on�the�city's homeless.�Now, the Salvation Army is putting out a call for volunteers to help staff the City's only warming center.

The Salvation Army usually opens their warming center when temperatures drop below 21 degrees.

This year, they decided they wanted to open it starting at 32 degrees and below. That, coupled with unseasonably cold temperatures, means the Warming Center will be open more nights this year than before.

So far, the Salvation Army has seen record numbers at the Center, with more than 100 people coming per night.

On Wednesday, Salvation Army administrators and Sheriff's Deputy Craig Chamberlin had to step in to fill the void.

The Salvation Army says the Warming Center is essential to help prevent Spokane's homeless from getting hypothermia. It also provides them a safe place to stay out of trouble at night.

The City of Spokane announces Snow Season Plan

The City of Spokane announces Snow Season Plan

The City of Spokane is geared up for snow response as the possibility of snow looms in the forecast. The City’s defined Snow Season runs from Nov. 15 to March 15 each winter.

A Stage 1 Snow Event is called when two inches of snow are on the ground and four inches or more are anticipated during the current snow event. During a stage 1 event, citizens must move parked cars off all arterials and fixed bus routes within six hours of City declaration of a snow event. Cars parked in residential hill areas also must be moved to the even side of the street within six hours.

A Stage 2 Snow Event is called when six inches of snow are on the ground and more is anticipated during the current snow event. During Stage 2 Snow Events, the City may utilize private contract crews to further expand snow removal efforts.

Gonzaga accounting students need votes to make national finals

Gonzaga accounting students have made the PWC National Accounting Case Competition Semi-Finals, but they need the public's help to move on to the national finals.

Gonzaga's team was selected as one of five schools given the chance to move on to the competition's national finals via a social media competition. The other teams competing in this competition are Villanova University, University of Texas, University of Connecticut, and University of Arizona.

Each of the teams had two days to post a video to the PWC Facebook page. At the end of the week, the video with the most votes will move on to the national finals competition in New York City.