June 5, 2007 in Business

Palouse outages slated for Friday

The Spokesman-Review
 

Electricity provided by Avista Utilities and Inland Power & Light will be interrupted in several Palouse region towns south of Spokane early Friday morning.

The planned power outages are scheduled from 12:01 a.m. to 5 a.m. for Rosalia, Pine City, Malden and Spangle, along with customers in rural areas west of Highway 195 from Rosalia to Spangle.

The outage – affecting about 2,000 customers – will allow the Bonneville Power Administration to replace insulators on transmission lines providing service to these areas, according to a joint press release by Avista and Inland Power.

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn.

Albertsons stores recalling beef

Supervalu Inc. said on Monday it was recalling some ground beef sold in its Albertsons and Save-A-Lot stores because it is believed to be contaminated with E. coli.

Most of the products were sold under the Moran’s label at Albertsons stores in California, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, North Dakota, Oregon, Utah, Washington and Wyoming and Save-A-Lot stores in Arizona, California, and Nevada.

The recalled products had sell-by dates from April 20 through May 7. It included Moran’s brand meat sold in 1- to 5-pound varieties under UPC numbers 34779 60501, 34779 60000, 34779 96000, 34779 91000, 34779 60010, 34779 96194, and 34779 21117.

Also recalled was Albertsons 90/10 Sirloin fresh hamburger patties. Customers can return recalled products to the store for a full refund or exchange. Customers with questions about the recall can call United Food Group’s hotline at (800) 325-4164.

The Supervalu recall stems from a recall announced Sunday by meat supplier United Food Group LLC of 75,000 pounds of contaminated ground beef.

Symptoms of E. coli include stomach cramps that may be severe and diarrhea that may turn bloody within three days. E. coli sometimes can lead to complications including kidney failure.

CHICAGO

Ad revenue up in gay press

Ad revenue at gay and lesbian publications continues to grow faster than in the mainstream press – expanding at almost three times the mainstream rate over the past decade – according to a new report.

Total ad spending in gay- and lesbian-oriented publications hit a record $223.3 million last year, up 5.2 percent from 2005 and better than triple the 1996 figure, according to the Gay Press Report, an annual survey produced by ad agency Prime Access Inc. and gay media representative firm Rivendell Media. Over the past 10 years, ad revenue for all consumer magazines grew at a compound annual rate of 4 percent versus an 11.8 percent pace for gay-targeted media

More than 180 Fortune 500 brands bought into gay media last year, up from just 19 in 1994, with popular categories including travel, financial services, automotive, fashion and entertainment. Circulation is also doing far better than the rest of the publishing industry, rising 10.4 percent last year, according to the study’s findings.


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