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Looking to cut down on crime? There's an App for that

If you can't afford to install high tech surveillance cameras to keep an eye on your home, you might be in luck. There's an App for that.

Over in the Cannon Hill neighborhood The Scoop is serving up ice cream along with a firm stance on intruders. After a thief broke in and stole money last month, owner Jennifer Davis came up with a cost-saving way to have eyes on their ice cream shop.

"I couldn't afford the Costco cameras or the packages that they had," she said.

Instead she found an App called manything which lets you turn your iPhone or iPad into a security camera.

"You can see it real time going on, you can also review the film later on your laptop," Davis said.

You don't have to search through hours of footage as the timeline will track noise and movement, and its one of several free services Davis uses to help secure The Scoop. She also uses Next Door, which is a private social network for the neighborhood, where you can let neighbors know of everything from a bake sale to a burglary.

Spokane looks to change how Municipal Code looks at gender identity

 Spokane looks to change how Municipal Code looks at gender identity

The Spokane City Council will soon vote to change the way the city looks at gender identity within city code. Councilman Jon Snyder has proposed an ordinance that would amend how the Spokane Municipal Code defines gender identity when it comes to non discrimination law.

The proposed amendment would provide gender identity it’s own definition within the code. Currently, gender identity is included within the definition for sexual orientation.


Brush up on traffic safety prior to Bike to Work week

Brush up on traffic safety prior to Bike to Work week

Spokane’s Bike to Work Week kicks off in just three weeks, but are you up to date on the rules of the road? The League of American Bicyclists is offering a three class course that covers everything from how to legally ride in traffic to how to avoid a crash.

The Smart Cycling Traffic Skills 101 course begins on April 30th at the Spokane Regional Health District. Here’s more from The League of American Bicyclists:

McMorris-Rodgers to seek 6th term

 McMorris-Rodgers to seek 6th term

U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers says she will seek her sixth term in the U.S. House from Washington's Fifth Congressional District.

McMorris Rodgers on Monday announced the kickoff of her re-election campaign. The Fifth District includes Spokane and the eastern third of the state.

McMorris Rodgers is a member of House Republican leadership and is the highest ranking GOP woman in Congress.

She says her top priorities have been to control federal spending and stop needless regulations.

Greater Spokane Incorporated hires new leader

Greater Spokane Incorporated hires new leader

News release from Greater Spokane Incorporated:

The Board of Trustees of Greater Spokane Incorporated (GSI) has appointed Steve Stevens as the organization's new President and CEO. Stevens will officially begin July 1.

Spokane City Council sends letter to County Prosecutor about timely investigations

The Spokane City Council voted quickly Monday night to send a letter to prosecutor Steve Tucker asking for faster answers on officer involved shootings. The special resolution passed 7-0.

Councilman Jon Snyder brought the letter forward.

"We don't want them to rush it, but we do want to see if we can close the loop and get a more timely review done because we think that's better for the officer. We also think that's better for the public," Snyder said.

Snyder said members of the Department of Justice asked similar questions when they were in Spokane reviewing the police department.

"They commented, 'why does it take so long?' and it made me think, I've had that same concern myself," Snyder said.

Officers involved in a shooting outside the Salvation Army last year waited eight months to find out the shooting was justified. During that time, they were on paid administrative leave and off the streets.

"Yet (they) may have to sit and wait for a year, before they find out whether they're going to be prosecuted for doing their duty," Snyder said.

Attorney Breean Beggs is running for county prosecutor, and fully agrees with the letter.

New center helping women get ahead in business

New center helping women get ahead in business

SNAP's women's business center, now open in the East Central Community Center, is open and ready to give women a helping hand to get their small businesses off the ground.

The women's business center is the only one of its kind in the region. It's been open for less than a month, and is already helping women launch businesses throughout the area.

Inside, manager Laurie Roth offers advice to clients like Heather Riviere, who wants to open a crepe food truck, a sweet idea that actually came during a sour time.

"I was laid off in November and thought this is the perfect opportunity for me to do something in synch with who I am," Riviere said.

For the last month, Riviere has been using the center, getting one-on-one help from Roth and taking courses on how to run a business.

"There is no way I could have taken the idea and gotten to this point on my own, the team has just been amazing," Riviere said.

Right now there are about 20 women who are using the resources of the center.