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Spokane County unemployment rate drops to 5.2 percent

UPDATED: Tue., May 23, 2017, 3:29 p.m.

Spokane County’s unemployment rate fell in April to 5.2 percent, down from 6.2 percent in March and one year ago. (Washington Employment Security Department)
Spokane County’s unemployment rate dropped one percentage point, to 5.2 percent, in April. That’s also one point below the April 2016 unemployment rate, the Washington Employment Security Department said Tuesday.

AP Exclusive: CEOs got biggest raise since 2013

UPDATED: Tue., May 23, 2017, 10:04 a.m.

Here are the top 10 highest paid CEOs in 2016, according to a study carried out by executive compensation data firm Equilar and The Associated Press. On top row, from left: Charter Communications CEO Thomas Rutledge; CBS CEO Leslie Moonves; Walt Disney CEO Robert Iger; Discovery Communications CEO David Zaslav; and Activision Blizzard CEO Robert Kotick. On bottom row, from left: Comcast CEO Brian Roberts; Time Warner CEO Jeffrey Bewkes; IBM CEO Virginia Rometty; Regeneron Pharmaceuticals CEO Leonard Schleifer; and Wynn Resorts CEO Stephen Wynn. (Associated Press)
The typical CEO at the biggest U.S. companies got an 8.5 percent raise last year, raking in $11.5 million in salary, stock and other compensation last year, according to a study by executive data firm Equilar for The Associated Press. That’s the biggest raise in three years.

Boeing blamed for maintenance errors on Air Force One

Mon., May 22, 2017, 6:12 p.m.

Boeing mechanics are to blame for accidental contamination of oxygen systems aboard one of the modified Boeing 747 planes known as Air Force One used for presidential travel, the Air Force said in an investigation report.

Ford names new CEO amid management shake-up

Mon., May 22, 2017, 6:10 p.m.

Ford confirmed on Monday that, in a wide-ranging reshuffling of the company’s top management, Jim Hackett will become the automaker’s new CEO. The move brings the three-year tenure of Mark Fields as chief executive to an abrupt end.

Shell CEO says climate change is real, but energy demand growth is ‘unstoppable’

Mon., May 22, 2017, 5:27 p.m.

Royal Dutch Shell CEO Ben van Beurden, right, in Rotterdam, Netherlands, in 2014. (Ronny Rozenberg / AP Images for Shell)
Ben van Beurden, the chief executive of Royal Dutch Shell, took time to speak to The Washington Post on May 17 during a visit to Washington, and he touched on the oil giant’s transformation, climate change, millennials, the new Trump administration, economic sanctions, and the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries.

20 brilliant ways to save on summer travel

UPDATED: Mon., May 22, 2017, 6:17 p.m.

In this Aug. 3, 2016, photo, a large bison blocks traffic in the Lamar Valley of Yellowstone National Park. (Matthew Brown / Associated Press)
If you’re planning to head out on a summer vacation this year, you’re not alone. A 2017 AARP travel survey revealed that 99 percent of boomers intend to take at least one trip this year. And AAA said that more than a third of all Americans will embark on a family vacation in the next 12 months.

Credit cards give investors jitters, but bankers sleep fine

UPDATED: Mon., May 22, 2017, 6:12 p.m.

In this May 9, 2012, file photo, a Visa credit card is tendered at a store in New York’s Times Square. (Richard Drew / Associated Press)
For Kevin St. Pierre, the math on credit cards is pretty simple. “Generally, if the consumer has income, they pay their debts,” St. Pierre, an analyst at Sanford C. Bernstein, said in a note to clients last week. “Consumer credit losses are driven predominantly by unemployment.”

Motley Fool: Documented profits for Iron Mountain

Sun., May 21, 2017, 6 a.m.

Iron Mountain’s (NYSE: IRM) core business is providing storage, primarily of records, and information management services to companies and government organizations. It’s also been expanding into related operations, such as data centers.

Professors rescue design drawings for neon signs on Route 66

Sun., May 21, 2017, 6 a.m.

This photo shows one of the neon signs that has been refurbished along Route 66 in Albuquerque, N.M. University of New Mexico associate dean and architecture professor Mark Childs pointed to the detail of this motel sign as a classic example of the midcentury designs used by the sign makers and business owners to attract customers. (Susan Montoya Bryan / Associated Press)
They were just a bunch of old business records belonging to New Mexico’s oldest and largest sign-making shop, the last of the manufacturers from neon’s midcentury heyday. No longer needed and deemed a fire hazard, the file drawers were moved outside and placed on pallets under a tree. Ellen Babcock spotted them during one of her many visits to Zeon Signs as part of her interest in sign-making and the installation of public artwork on unused signs in Albuquerque.

The Dirt: Green’s Fresh Market to open in Hillyard

Sun., May 21, 2017, 5:36 a.m.

A new fresh market is set to open in Hillyard this June. Owners Jack and Mary Green recently purchased a building at 4915 N. Market St. to launch Green’s Fresh Market. Jack Green previously operated Piccolo’s Market on East Mission Avenue in Spokane for 25 years before selling that business about eight years ago.

Front & Center: Real estate photographer is virtual tour guide

Sun., May 21, 2017, 5:30 a.m.

Real estate photographer Jack Pemberton photographs a home in Spokane on Wednesday. (Kathy Plonka/THE SPOKESMAN-REVIEW)
Real estate photographer Jack Pemberton, who uses infrared 3-D cameras to create “fly-through” virtual tours of homes, discusses what homes and golf courses have in common, what he recommends homeowners not include in their virtual tours, and his favorite customer reaction.

Business Beat

Sun., May 21, 2017, midnight

Alyssa Curnutt (Courtesy photo)
The National Academic Advising Association announced that

Week Ahead

Sun., May 21, 2017, midnight

Conventions WSSMA Annual Conference – Washington State Society of Medical Assistants, Sunday, Hotel RL Spokane at the Park, 200 attendees.

Keurig designing eco-friendly K-cups

Sat., May 20, 2017, noon

The K-cup that sparks so many millions of coffee drinkers to life each morning is appealing to eco-conscious consumers – just as the market for its Cup of Joe appears to be cooling.

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