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Becky Kramer

Becky Kramer

Becky Kramer covers business news.
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TUESDAY, SEPT. 18, 2018

Newport smelter hearing draws skeptical crowd

UPDATED: Tue., Sept. 18, 2018, 11:09 p.m.

About 100 people turned out for Tuesday’s public hearing on a silicon smelter proposed for the Newport area, with many raising concerns about the project.

FRIDAY, SEPT. 14, 2018

Spokane County Treasurer Rob Chase trying to block Avista’s sale

UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 14, 2018, 12:27 p.m.

Rob Chase doesn’t want Avista Corp. to sell to a Canadian utility, and the Spokane County commissioner candidate says he’s deploying a little-known part of federal laws to try to block it. Washington regulators, however, said the laws Chase cites don’t apply to the sale.

THURSDAY, SEPT. 13, 2018

I-90 construction through Coeur d’Alene nears final push

Road construction has snarled traffic on Interstate 90 through Coeur d’Alene for the past five months. The work is scheduled to wrap up by late October, but there’s one more major traffic revision in store for motorists before then.

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Trump administration will review pollution rules affecting Spokane River

Rules affecting the amount of cancer-causing chemicals flowing into the Spokane River will be reviewed by the Trump administration. Business and industry groups petitioned for the review last year, urging officials to overturn federal pollution limits that are stricter than state thresholds.

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Average housing prices in Spokane County drop $10,000 in July

UPDATED: Sat., Aug. 11, 2018, 2:17 p.m.

Buying a home in Spokane County just got a little more affordable. Average prices dropped about $10,000 between June and July – a cool-down that local Realtors attributed to discouraged buyers choosing to wait out the competitive market.