Office Hours archive for March 2011


Women own 8.1 million businesses

Women own 8.1 million businesses in the United States, and new business starts exceed the rate for all groups, according to a study released Thursday by American Express. The study, based on U.S. Census Bureau data, found the rate of increase for women-owned businesses in...

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Insurers fined $167,000, will refund $470,000

Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler has imposed $701,000 in fines, and ordered almost $470,000 in refunds so far in 2011. The largest fine, $534,000, was imposed in January against six Chubb & Co. subsidiaries for failing to document rate adjustments. The biggest refund, $415,299, will go...

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DigiDeal partners with game developer

DigiDeal Corp. has signed an agreement with Gaming Edge Entertainment LLC for consulting and game development. Spokane-based DigiDeal makes electronic gaming tables. Gaming Edge Owner Joe Awada, a professional poker player, has patented more than 50 table games for felt and electronic tables. DigiDeal already...

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MONDAY, MARCH 28, 2011

Columbia, Snake rivers re-open for shipping

Navigation on the Columbia and Snake rivers resumed Saturday after three months of repairs to three locks, and extended maintenance on others. Kristin Meira, spokeswoman for the Pacific Northwest Waterways Association, said several barge-tows were lined up below Bonneville Dam for passage upstream when U.S....

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Home Ownership bus at Riverfront Park

The "Home Ownership Matters" bus has parked at the Rotary Fountain Plaza in Riverfront Park. The bus, a project of the National Association of Realtors, is promoting the benefits of owning a home during one of the most challenging periods for the industry in decades....

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FRIDAY, MARCH 25, 2011

Kootenai County unemployment edges up

The unemployment rate in Kootenai County edged higher in February despite a slight gain in the number of workers holding jobs. The 11.2 percent rate was an increase from 11 percent in January, and 10.4 percent in February 2010. The number employed rose to 63,607...

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County unemployment climbs again

Unemployment in Spokane County climbed for the fourth consecutive month in February, to 10.6 percent. Statistics released today by the Washington Employment Security Department show a modest increase in total employment, to 213,210, up 460 from 212,750 in January. But the workforce grew faster, up...

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MONDAY, MARCH 21, 2011

FRIDAY, MARCH 18, 2011

Spokane man guilty of work comp theft

A Spokane man was found guilty Thursday of stealing more than $30,000 in worker's compensation benefits. A Spokane County Superior Court jury ruled Christopher Koker, 53, continued to collect time-lost benefits under a 1999 claim for a work-related injury while organizing 11 guns shows in...

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