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Gun industry seeks to ease restrictions on silencers

UPDATED: MONDAY, FEB. 13, 2017, 6:06 P.M.

Knox Williams, president and executive director of the Georgia-based American Suppressor Association, holds a handgun with a silencer. Buying a silencer has been as difficult as buying a machine gun, requiring a background check that can take close to a year. The industry has renewed a push in Congress to ease those restrictions, arguing that it will help preserve the hearing of gun users. (Lisa Marie Pane / Associated Press)
They are the stuff of legend, wielded by hit men and by James Bond. For decades, buying a silencer for a firearm has been as difficult as buying a machine gun, requiring a background check that can take close to a year.

Judge to hear arguments on Dakota Access pipeline work

MONDAY, FEB. 13, 2017, 8:58 A.M.

Two American Indian tribes have asked a federal judge to stop construction of the last stretch of the four-state Dakota Access pipeline, adding a religious freedom component to their argument that it would endanger their cultural sites and water supply.

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SUNDAY, FEB. 12, 2017

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Front & Center: Spokane native oversees videography company Hummingbird Productions

SUNDAY, FEB. 12, 2017

Marie Marx Strohm, of Spokane, has had a career as a flight attendant, then in radio, television, advertising, corporate communications and filmmaking. Her film about environmental issues in California’s Napa Valley recently won an award at the Los Angeles Independent Film Festival. Strohm has won many awards in the corporate and advertising world. (Jesse Tinsley / The Spokesman-Review)
If successful documentary filmmaking requires the ability to think fast while on the fly, Spokane native Marie Marx Strohm has the right background – eight years as a flight attendant. For the past 22 years, she has relied on those skills – and others honed as a special-ed teacher – to grow Hummingbird Productions, Strohm’s one-person videography company.

Made in Mexico, popular on U.S. highways

SUNDAY, FEB. 12, 2017

The Nissan Sentra was made in Tennessee from 1985 to 2000, when it was moved to Aguascalientes, Mexico. Nissan Motor Co. has built a second plant in Aguascalientes to make Sentras for global export. (John Locher / Associated Press)
Some of America’s most popular cars and trucks are made in Mexico – for now. Many Americans have benefited from Mexico’s emergence as a production hub. Low-cost production helps keep sticker prices lower on vehicles such as the Ford Fusion and Nissan Sentra.

The Motley Fool: AT&T stock offers solid income

SUNDAY, FEB. 12, 2017

AT&T (NYSE: T) is not a perfect investment: The company has a high debt load and primarily operates in the increasingly competitive wireless industry. However, it has been around as long as the telephone itself and is in no danger of collapsing now. Proposed lower taxes and a business-friendly environment in the U.S. should provide a tailwind for profits.

Week Ahead

SUNDAY, FEB. 12, 2017

Conventions Spokane Auto Show – Spokane New Car Dealers Association, Sunday, Spokane County Fair & Expo Center, 10,000 attendees.

Agriculture traders feel pain as plentiful harvests persist

FRIDAY, FEB. 10, 2017, 1:40 P.M.

The era of excess in agriculture is squeezing traders dry. Years of bumper grain harvests, coupled with low prices and diminished volatility in many markets, are making it tougher for the world’s biggest agriculture companies to make money buying and selling major crops like wheat, corn and soybeans. Now, firms including U.S. processor Archer-Daniels-Midlands and Chinese food giant Cofco Corp. are restructuring or scaling back their ambitions.

Stock indexes extend climb into record heights

FRIDAY, FEB. 10, 2017, 1:35 P.M.

Miners and other raw materials companies led a broad rally in U.S. stocks late Friday afternoon, steering the major indexes toward record highs for the second day in a row. Rising crude oil prices also gave energy companies a big boost. Investors kept their focus on strong company earnings and corporate deal news.

Fed urged to nix stress tests as GOP pushes banks’ wish list

FRIDAY, FEB. 10, 2017, 9:51 A.M.

Republican lawmakers are increasingly going after a target that’s long triggered compliance headaches for Wall Street: the Federal Reserve’s annual assessments of whether banks can survive financial meltdowns.

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