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In brief: Low temperatures cause school pipes to freeze

Tue., Dec. 10, 2013, midnight

Frigid temperatures overnight caused water pipes to freeze at Adams Elementary School in the Central Valley School District, canceling classes Monday and today. Parents are asked to check in today for updated information. School officials hope to reopen the school Wednesday.

Frozen pipes also closed both schools in the Troy, Idaho, district about 11 miles east of Moscow, according to a district spokeswoman.

Forecasters say the cold snap that caused the pipe issues should give way this week to more-normal cloudy-rainy weather with a chance of light snow in places during the transition.

The National Weather Service says temperatures are expected to remain below freezing in Eastern Washington this week with a chance of snow or light freezing rain.

Low temperatures hit 7 in Spokane, 3 in Yakima and zero in Pullman on Monday.

Kip Hill

Credit card fraud prompts texting scam

Spokane police are warning residents that a scammer is exploiting fears generated by recent reports of widespread credit card fraud affecting customers of Spokane and North Idaho grocery stores.

Some people are receiving “phishing” text messages from a person posing as an official collecting personal data.

Sgt. Lydia Taylor, a Spokane police spokeswoman, couldn’t say how many such text messages have been received.

But she noted “a large number” of would-be victims told two Spokane-area credit unions they received the bogus messages sent from the number (208) 758-0211.

Last month, more than 1,000 area credit or debit cards were involved in a data breach. URM Stores, a Spokane-based cooperative that handles card payments for several area chains, including Rosauers, Harvest Foods and Yoke’s Fresh Market, has said it’s patched whatever security hole in its network was exploited.

No arrests have been made and the source of that breach has not been identified by authorities.

The scam tells would-be victims their credit or debit card is inactive due to fraud. It can be reactivated if the recipient calls back to provide account information, Taylor said.

Tom Sowa


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