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FRIDAY, JAN. 28, 2011

Spokane International Airport traffic increases

Spokane International Airport handled almost 3.2 million passengers last year, an increase of 4 percent from 2009, which had the lowest total since 2004. December traffic also rose about 4 percent, to 137,820. Freight and mail rose more than 10 percent for the month, to...

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THURSDAY, JAN. 27, 2011

Habitat moving stores to industrial park

Habitat for Humanity will close its Spokane and Spokane Valley stores, and consolidate retailing into a single location in the Spokane Industrial Park. The existing stores at 850 E. Trent and 11410 E. Sprague will close March 1. The the Spokane store will reopen for...

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WEDNESDAY, JAN. 26, 2011

TUESDAY, JAN. 25, 2011

Sterling reports smaller loss

Sterling Financial Corp. today reported smaller fourth quarter and annual losses. The net loss for the quarter was $38.1 million, down from $48 million for the quarter ended Sept. 30 and $328.7 million for the 2009 fourth quarter. For the year, Sterling's net loss was...

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Power out on South Hill

Power is out on a portion of the South Hill this afternoon as Avista Utilities crews replace a pole at 9th Ave. and Monroe St. destroyed in a motor vehicle accident at about 10 a.m. A spokeswoman said service should be restored to all customers...

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MONDAY, JAN. 24, 2011

FRIDAY, JAN. 21, 2011

Chubb subsidiaries fined

Six subsidiaries of Chubb & Son have agreed to pay a $534,000 fine ordered by Washington Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler. An identical amount was suspended as long as the companies do not violate, for at least three years, a negotiated compliance plan that requires self-audits,...

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THURSDAY, JAN. 20, 2011

WEDNESDAY, JAN. 19, 2011

Joblessness creeps up in December

Washington added an estimated 2,100 jobs in December, with the manufacturing and retail sectors leading hiring. Still, the estimated unemployment rate increased slightly from 9.2 percent to 9.3 percent, the state reported this morning. Job numbers and the unemployment rate are derived from separate surveys....

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TUESDAY, JAN. 18, 2011

Washington signs off on the Comcast-NBC merger

We saw a press release from the Washington Attorney General's office today. It said Rob McKenna and several other state AGs have formally agreed to the U.S. Department of Justice settlement that allows Comcast to merge with NBC Universal. What we're not sure about is...

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No news on Northwest Broadcast-DIRECTV impasse 

Area subscribers to DIRECTV continue hoping the payment dispute with Northwest Broadcasting, Inc., which operates KAYU TV, will be settled soon. The latest is a press release from Northwest saying it's asking for an independent verification of statements made by DIRECTV about what it has...

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