Born and raised in Spokane. Graduated from high school in 1969. Spent 4 years in the Air Force and went into broadcasting after discharge in 1975. Dean has been in the Spokane market since 1982. He is married with 2 children and 2 grandchildren. When Dean’s not working you will most likely find him on the golf course or watching sports!
Teresa has been on the air in Spokane for more than two decades as a co-host & news anchor on two successful morning radio shows and a familiar face to Inland Northwest TV viewers as a morning news reporter and anchor. Her work behind the scenes includes producing and hosting numerous special programs like 4-Your Health, ExplorerTV, and Bloomsday coverage.
Today is the deadline to file taxes with the Internal Revenue Service or ask for an extension. This year marks the 100th anniversary of the income tax. Here are some more facts about it:
FACT: President Abraham Lincoln created the first income tax in 1862 as a way to help finance the Civil War. The tax topped out at five percent and lapsed after a decade.
FACT: President Woodrow Wilson signed the Revenue Act of 1913 into law, imposing a one percent tax on incomes more than three-thousand dollars for individuals and a percentage point higher for higher incomes. The tax capped at seven percent for income greater than 500-thousand dollars.
FACT: Tax rates reached their highest during World War II, starting at 23 percent for those with the lowest incomes and climbed to a whopping 94 percent for income greater than 200-thousand-dollars.
FACT: The IRS says it lost out on about 450-billion-dollars in 2006 from taxpayers who either underpaid or didn't pay their taxes.
A disappointing proposal attempt from her own boyfriend has led one woman to start a company that aims to prevent other people from feeling the same way she did. Sam Sheppard of Monmouthshire, Wales tells the "Daily Telegraph" that her beau's method of popping the question felt more like "being asked out for pizza." She says she knew her boyfriend didn't intend to make the proposal so bad, but he apparently needed a little help making it better. So Sheppard started the Proposal Expert, a company that gathers information about a couple and helps the proposer create a moment that will become a "lasting talking point" rather than a bad YouTube video. As for her own pending engagement, Sheppard says she's still with her boyfriend, who is planning a second attempt.
Man Asks U.S. Treasury To Replace Money Eaten By Dog
A dog owner in Montana has taken care of the dirty work, and now he's just waiting to see if the U.S. Treasury Department will replace the five hundred-dollar bills his canine companion ate earlier this year. Wayne Klinkel tells the "Helena Independent Record" that his 12-year-old golden retriever Sundance chowed down on the cash when they were visiting his daughter this past Christmas. Klinkel says he followed Sundance around for months picking out pieces of the bills from the dog's droppings, but he didn't think he had enough to do anything with until his daughter gave him more fragments she found in her yard. After thoroughly cleaning what was left of the money, he sent it into the Treasury's Bureau of Engraving and Printing. A federal employee tells the "Independent Recorder" that Klinkel's money will be replaced if they determine at least 51-percent of the bill is present, but that process could take up to two years.
Most parents believe it's up to them to teach their children about alcohol. More than 70-percent of the moms and dads answering The Century Council's poll think they should be responsible for educating their kids on the subject. In addition, 89-percent feel they have the biggest influence on their kids when it comes to drinking. And they're right. Nearly 85-percent of the ten-to-18-year-olds taking part in the poll say their parents are "the leading influence" on their decisions about drinking. But moms and dads also know they aren't the only ones their children turn to for advice. Nearly 60-percent recognize friends and peers as having an influence, 42-percent say siblings play a role, and 40-percent believe teachers can make a difference.
Parents are also stepping up to the task. Just ten-percent of the kids say they haven't discussed alcohol use and abuse with their parents. Two-thirds of the children say their talk addresses the physical affects of alcohol on the brain and body, while 64-percent are instructed on the hazards of drinking and driving. Nearly 60-percent say their parents stress that underage drinking is illegal.
Traditional tipping is becoming less commonplace. A new CouponCabin.com poll shows that just 51-percent usually give a tip of 16-percent or more when they dine at a restaurant, while 32-percent will give their server an eleven-to-15-percent tip. But 14-percent leave no more than ten-percent for the wait staff. Meanwhile, 16-percent admit they tend to leave a higher tip at fancy or more expensive restaurants, while 25-percent won't leave any tip when they dine at a more elegant establishment. Just over half say the type of restaurant they're in doesn't matter -- they base their tip solely on the quality of the service they receive. Nearly a third will walk out of a restaurant without leaving any tip if they weren't pleased with their waiter or waitress, while 50-percent "leave a small tip to make a point" about the less-than-satisfactory service. And 26-percent those who save a little money with a coupon or special deal base their tip on the discounted price -- not what would have been the actual total of the meal.
We wish we had some of his energy! An 80-year old Japanese man is hoping to conquer the world's highest peak for the third time. Yuichiro Miura -- who climbed Mount Everest in 2003 and 2008 -- is on his way to the peak to break a world record for the oldest person to summit the mountain, which was set by a 76-year-old in 2008. However, the octogenarian -- who has had four heart surgeries -- isn't concerned about the record. He says the important thing for him is to "get to the top." Miura says climbing Everest will show that if someone has the "courage and endurance," then they can conquer all their dreams.
Dedicated, Loyal To Favorite Brand
Coffee drinkers are committed to their preferred cup of joe. Nearly 40-percent of the respondents in a new Gevalia House Blend poll admit that they've gone to more than one store to find their favorite coffee. Just under 40-percent also say they'd opt to put in some extra time at work before they'd give up their daily cup of coffee. Coffee lovers are also happy to divulge their opinions on the beverage, and are more inclined to make recommendations about coffee than other services they use. Just 29-percent would send a friend or family member to their hair stylist, while 64-percent would suggest their favorite coffee brand to the people they know.
"Pride & Prejudice's" Elizabeth Bennet, "Gone With The Wind's" Scarlett O'Hara, Jane Eyre, and Bridget Jones have all ranked in the top 20 on the "Daily Mail's" list of the Most Inspiring Women. The fictional characters join actresses like Dame Judi Dench, who topped the list, and Maggie Smith, as well as political figures like Hillary Clinton and Michelle Obama. Four-thousand women were asked to rank their role models based on factors like intelligence, strength of character, and confidence. Beyonce came in at number 21, and singers like Adele, Madonna and Rihanna all made the list as well. Other inspirational women were "Harry Potter" author J.K. Rowling, Angelina Jolie, Anne Hathaway, Oprah Winfrey and Princess Diana.
Technology plays a big role in the lives of American teenagers. All one-thousand-203 respondents in a new Wikia survey say they're online for at least one hour a day, and 46-percent admit they're logged on at least ten hours a day. Kids don't give themselves many breaks from technology, either. Just 63-percent of the 13-to-18-year-olds polled say they're "unplugged" while at work or school, and only 44-percent are "unplugged" when they do homework. Forty-five-percent will go off-line when they're exercising or playing sports, and just 44-percent give their full attention to religious services. A quarter admit they'll check their e-mail and other messages within five minutes of waking up, while 73-percent look to see what's in their inbox during the first hour of their day.