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Thu., Aug. 18, 2011

Wi-Fi, luggage carts to be free at airport

Spokane International Airport will offer limited, free Wi-Fi service starting Monday and free luggage carts beginning in early September.

Airport Director Lawrence Krauter said the changes are intended to improve passenger service and reduce some of the charges people face when they travel by air.

Until now, passengers had to pay a $7.95 access fee to use the wireless Internet. Starting Monday, they will receive their first 20 minutes free of charge. The airport eventually is likely to invest in completely free Wi-Fi, Krauter said.

Passengers also paid $4 for a baggage cart, and those will now be free. Krauter said additional carts will be purchased to meet an expected increase in use.

Customer surveys pointed to the need for the improvements, he said.

Mike Prager

Cigarette-makers sue over images on packs

The tobacco industry’s latest legal challenge to increased government regulation may not hold up in court, but it could mean it will be years before cigarette packs carry pictures of a smoker’s corpse or other graphic images meant to convey the dangers of smoking.

Four of the five largest U.S. tobacco companies sued the federal government Tuesday in an attempt to ward off the new labels that are to cover half their packages with disturbing images of the effects of cigarette smoking. The companies said the requirement, set to take effect in 2012, violates their free speech rights.

R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co., Lorillard Tobacco Co. and the other companies also say the labels would cost millions of dollars to print. Altria Group Inc., parent company of the nation’s largest cigarette maker, Philip Morris USA, is not a part of the lawsuit.

Experts said that even if the tobacco industry loses its lawsuit, it could at least push back the launch date for the new labels by a few years.

Associated Press

Cargill plant producing ground turkey again

MINNETONKA, Minn. – Minnesota-based Cargill Inc. has resumed production of ground turkey at an Arkansas plant linked to a salmonella outbreak.

Cargill spokesman Mike Martin said limited production has resumed after the U.S. Department of Agriculture approved additional anti-bacterial safety measures.

Federal officials said the salmonella outbreak has sickened 107 people in 31 states as of Aug. 11.

Cargill recalled about 36 million pounds of ground turkey on Aug. 3, nearly five months after the first illness was reported. Cargill, of Minnetonka, shut down operations at the Springdale, Ark., turkey processing plant at that time.

Associated Press

Safety commission recalls feeding chairs

WASHINGTON – Tens of thousands of tabletop feeding chairs for babies and toddlers were recalled Wednesday after reports that they can come loose.

The Consumer Product Safety Commission says certain versions of the “metoo” clip-on chairs imported by Colorado-based phil&teds USA Inc., can unexpectedly detach from a table, sending the chair and the child to the floor.

The company and CPSC have received 19 reports of the chairs falling from table surfaces, including five reports with injuries.

About 54,000 of the chairs are being recalled.

The company is providing consumers who have the recalled chairs with new rubber grips that cover the metal clamps to better fasten the chair to a table as well as plastic spacers to help prevent finger injuries should the chair come loose during use on a tabletop.

Associated Press


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