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Japan’s oldest winemaker readies for European grape onslaught

With the removal of tariffs on European wines as soon as next year, Kirin Holdings Co.’s wine-making unit is betting on Japanese grapes to weather the onslaught.


An ideal niche product for baseball fans who want to put their heads together

He doesn’t make bobbleheads. He makes display cases that you put your bobbleheads in.Talk about a niche business.


The Dirt: Buildings’ demolition clears way for Larry H. Miller dealership parking lots

More than two full city blocks in the city core are being remade for the creation of parking lots for a large downtown auto dealership, according to permits issued by …


Will adding a sour kick get millennials to eat raisins?

Sun-Maid Raisins is easily one of the most recognizable brands in the United States. But even the company’s iconic red bonnet-wearing farm girl hasn’t been enough to keep this century-old …


Week Ahead

Saturday Veteran Resource and Job Fair - Representatives from local veteran organizations, community organizations, the Spokane Vet Center and the Department of Veterans Affairs will provide resources and employment opportunities …


Motley Fool: Made-to-order growth

Moves suggest McDonald’s recent growth may continue.


Tom Kelly: Empty house on the market may cost more to insure

Because a primary residence was unoccupied, vacant and headed for sale, its insurance premium had jumped to nearly eight times the normal rate.


BBB Tip of the Week: New law makes credit freezes, thaws easier and free

Identity theft can happen to anyone, but consumers have a new free tool to help protect themselves against scammers who would steal their financial information.


Semis, the last bastion of stick shifts, are going automated

The strictly manual transmission is disappearing from the cabs of semitrailer trucks – and the strong economy is one reason why. In its place is a manual transmission with a …


Buildings’ demolition clears way for Larry H. Miller dealership parking lots

More than two full city blocks in the city core are being remade for the creation of parking lots for a large downtown auto dealership, according to permits issued by …


Spokane area housing projects receive funding from state

Two projects in Spokane were part of a $9.9 million grant and loan program announced Thursday by the Washington state’s Department of Commerce.


Recreational cannabis operation planned for Spokane’s Hillyard neighborhood

Developers of a large recreational cannabis facility are seeking permission to build a 9,500-square-foot plant in Spokane’s Hillyard neighborhood a couple of blocks from a future interchange with the north-south …


Alaska Airlines’ new bare-bones airfare will likely put you in a middle seat in the back

To compete with ultra-low-cost carriers such as Spirit and Frontier, the country’s largest airlines have over the last few years begun selling dirt-cheap fares that come with a long list …


UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 21, 2018, 5:48 p.m.

Legislators urge Trump to end trade dispute to help Moses Lake silicon manufacturer

Senators and representatives from Washington and Montana are asking President Donald Trump to help manufacturer REC Silicon and resolve the ongoing trade dispute with China over polysilicon and solar panels.


Appeals court will consider class-action question in Microsoft gender-bias case

Women suing Microsoft alleging widespread gender discrimination will get another chance to convince a court that their claims should be considered together as a class, after the Ninth Circuit Court …


Seattle trucking-tech company Convoy gets $185 million delivery

Seattle tech startup Convoy, which connects truckers to companies that need freight moved, has raised $185 million in a financing round led by an investment fund connected to Google.


Twitter finds software privacy bug affecting direct messages

Twitter says it found a software bug that may have sent some private messages to the wrong people.


UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 21, 2018, 5:53 p.m.

JetBlue founder says his new startup will cut fares, add legroom

Serial airline entrepreneur David Neeleman is determined to make his next carrier stand out in a market where rivals large and small shoehorn budget-minded travelers into cramped cabins.


UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 21, 2018, 9:48 p.m.

Is $1,100 too much for an iPhone? Get an older one for less

The $1,100 price tag on Apple’s latest iPhone turned heads when the company announced it last week. But for less than half as much, you can still get a good …


UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 21, 2018, 3:55 p.m.

Credit freeze free nationwide as of Friday

Consumers can now freeze their credit for free under a new federal law.


UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 21, 2018, 5:30 p.m.

Rising oil prices haven’t hurt the U.S. economy so far

America’s rediscovered prowess in oil production is shaking up old notions about the impact of higher crude prices on the U.S. economy.


Trade war may mean higher prices at Gap

Gap Inc. says it doesn’t want to raise the price of your sweaters but, thanks to the trade war, it may have no other option.


Wells Fargo to cut 10 percent of workforce over next three years

Wells Fargo plans to cut up to 10 percent of its workforce over the next three years, the bank announced Thursday, which will result in thousands of job losses for …


Gen Z won’t kill brick-and-mortar, new surveys say

If millennials are killing brick-and-mortar stores, then their successors might save it, according to new surveys that say some young shoppers actually like to shop in person.


UPDATED: Thu., Sept. 20, 2018, 4:43 p.m.

Hard seltzers on the rise, sold as a ‘better-for-you’ way to catch a buzz

Hard seltzers, the feistier cousins of nonalcoholic sparkling waters like LaCroix, are surging in popularity – a small but growing reason for optimism within the flagging beer industry.


It’s high times for soaring marijuana stocks on Wall Street

Investors are craving marijuana stocks as Canada prepares to legalize pot next month, leading to giant gains for Canada-based companies listed on U.S. exchanges. Some experts are concerned that the …


UPDATED: Thu., Sept. 20, 2018, 7 p.m.

Stocks at records; Dow beats all-time high from January

Wall Street delivered another set of milestones Thursday as a wave of buying sent U.S. stocks solidly higher, driving the Dow Jones Industrial Average above the all-time high it closed …


Get ready for ‘Bongzilla,’ selfie frenzy at Vegas pot museum

Las Vegas’ newest attraction – and Instagram backdrop – is a museum celebrating all things cannabis.


Today’s active-adult communities are stepping up their games

Remember the scene in “It’s a Wonderful Life,” when the retractable floor over the gym swimming pool slides open during a dance? Residents at Trilogy at Tehaleh, an active-adult community …


UPDATED: Thu., Sept. 20, 2018, 5:41 p.m.

U.S. home sales were flat in August

U.S. sales of existing homes were unchanged in August, as a shortage of houses priced at less than $250,000 – a level considered to be affordable for the middle class …