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WEDNESDAY, JAN. 25, 2017

WEDNESDAY, JAN. 25, 2017, 9:46 A.M.

Restaurants: The next front for the immigration debate?

The national debate over immigration policy could be coming to a diner near you. From down-home delis to upscale bistros, dozens of restaurants nationwide are seeking “sanctuary” status, a designation owners hope will help protect employees in an immigrant-heavy industry and tone down fiery rhetoric sparked by the presidential campaign.

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WEDNESDAY, JAN. 25, 2017, 8:12 A.M.

Dow 20,000, your gift for living through Brexit and the election

Between the worst start to a year ever, the violent reversals of last March, then Brexit and the U.S. elections sending stocks into the biggest tailspins since the flash crash, almost everyone lost their nerve at some point. Now, with the Dow Jones Industrial Average sailing past 20,000, the virtues of patience, of tuning out the crowd, are on display once more.

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TUESDAY, JAN. 24, 2017

Travel through Spokane International Airport was up 3.2 percent in 2016, with 3.2 million passenger arrivals and departures. That also was the highest number since 2008 and 2007. (Christopher Anderson / Spokesman-Review)

UPDATED: TUESDAY, JAN. 24, 2017, 5:02 P.M.

Travel through Spokane Airport rises 3.2 percent in 2016

Travelers stepped on and off commercial planes 3.2 million times at Spokane International Airport last year, which was a 3.2 percent increase over 2015, year-end numbers show. That also was the highest number since 2008 and 2007, two years that saw record-high travel of 3.4 million departures and arrivals.

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UPDATED: TUESDAY, JAN. 24, 2017, 9:53 P.M.

Nike, Ford caught in crossfire of Trump’s trade overhaul

Sneaker producers, automakers and retail giants are facing tumult in their international operations as President Donald Trump pushes ahead with a dramatic overhaul of U.S. trade policy. His decision not to join the Trans-Pacific Partnership and pledge to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement are forcing companies to rethink supply chains and capital investments in a new era of protectionist policies.

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TUESDAY, JAN. 24, 2017, 9:46 A.M.

Microsoft, feds spar in court over customer privacy

Microsoft and the Justice Department sparred in court in Seattle on Monday over whether the software company had the right to push back against law-enforcement searches of customers’ data. The Redmond company sued the federal government last year, arguing that ...

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The week that was…

On tonight’s “Idaho Reports” on Idaho Public Television, co-host Melissa Davlin interviews outgoing U.S. Attorney for Idaho Wendy Olson, and Senate Majority Leader Bart Davis, R-Idaho Falls. The show also ...

Parting Shot — 2.24.17

Veteran Ron Goodall stands by his Harley-Davidson three-wheeler revving the engine to disrupt Friday's Where's Cathy demonstration at the Walla Walla County Courthouse along Main Street, Walla Walla, Wash. The ...

Baumgartner town hall Saturday

It may not have the passion and excitement of a congressional town hall meeting, but state Sen. Mike Baumgartner will hold a legislative town hall meeting on Saturday. Baumgartner, a ...