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Black, Tomlinson Agencies To Merge

James S. Black & Co. and the Tomlinson Real Estate group - two of the oldest and largest real estate companies in Spokane - will merge March 1, the companies …


Sales Tax Proceeds Show Dropoff In Retail Growth But Kootenai County Merchants Enjoyed A Strong Holiday Season

Kootenai County merchants rang up strong holidayseason sales, but the local economy also showed signs of slowing down. Taxable sales increased 3.6 percent during the fourth quarter of 1994 compared …


Twa Revises Proposed Plan For Restructuring

Trans World Airlines Inc. on Friday filed a new financial restructuring plan that sweetens the terms for creditors and could help the struggling carrier avoid bankruptcy. The revised offer was …


Us West Cuts Deal For Interactive Service

US West said Tuesday it has agreements with 22 companies to provide services for its interactive TV trial in Omaha, Neb. The trial is one of the first by a …


Sheriff Busts Ring Producing Bogus Software

Sheriff’s deputies raided a computer software counterfeiting factory in an investigation of a ring that cost Microsoft Corp. $3.3 million in sales, authorities said Tuesday. Law officers seized 20,000 software …


Ex-Morrison Knudsen Chairman Took Extreme Security Precautions

With shark-like precision, the white and gray Suburban glided into view, a chase car full of bodyguards in tow as it pulled up to a downtown Boise office building. The …


Apple Loses Appeal Over Copyrights

The Supreme Court refused Tuesday to reinstate Apple Computer’s massive copyright lawsuit against rivals Microsoft and Hewlett Packard. The court, without comment, turned down Apple’s argument that the two companies …


Fleet-Shawmut Deal Creates `Powerhouse’

The planned takeover of Shawmut National Corp. by Fleet Financial Group Inc. will create a banking “powerhouse” ranked ninth nationwide in terms of assets, the new bank’s president said Tuesday. …


Mexican Markets Slump Despite Bailout

The signing of a $20 billion loan package Tuesday failed to boost the Mexican stock markets or the peso. A sharp rise in interest rates, made as part of the …


Salty’s Remodeling Payments Disputed

A Seattle-based company is seeking foreclosure and at least $100,000 from Salty’s at the Falls Restaurant in a dispute over construction expenses. Wilson & Dean Construction Co. Inc. claims Salty’s …


Heavy Traffic Fuels Business Growth On Government Way

The oldtimers remember when Government Way was the main corridor between Coeur d’Alene and Hayden. Many out-of-towners, using Highway 95 from the north, would stop for a break in Coeur …


Dow Edges Up In Mixed Trading

The stock market recovered its poise Tuesday after the previous session’s sharp sell-off, but buyers confined their interest mainly to big-name companies. Several widely-watched Wall Street indicators finished modestly higher …


Commercial-Free TV

It could be paradise: No repetitive jingles singing the praises of the latest cereal, no interruptions to that cliff-hanger season finale. To the delight of millions of television viewers - …


Dell Computer Profits Shoot Up

Profits for Dell Computer Corp. more than tripled in its fiscal fourth quarter on strong sales of notebook and higher-end systems based on the Pentium microprocessor, the company said Tuesday. …


Bearish Analysts Say Signs Point Toward U.S. Recession Most Experts Still Predict A Slowdown, But No Recession

A few bearish economists have come out of the woods, predicting the U.S. economy will founder enough to fall into recession and possibly convince the Federal Reserve to actually lower …


Travel Agents Challenge Fee Cap Trade Group Accuses Airlines Of Price-Fixing For Lowering Commissions On Tickets

The world’s largest organization of travel agents accused the nation’s major airlines Tuesday of price-fixing for reducing commissions on domestic airline tickets. The American Society of Travel Agents Inc. plans …


Nextel Gets Bargain Price On Dial Page

Nextel Communications Inc. reached a final agreement Monday to acquire Dial Page Inc. for a substantially smaller price than the two wireless communications firms had planned. The transaction’s value fell …


Starbucks To Establish Code For Suppliers Company May Set Requirements For Wages, Housing And Safety

Starbucks, whose stores have been the target of a nationwide campaign citing poor working conditions among Guatemalan coffee growers, said last week it will devise a code of conduct for …


American Leak Detection Leak Busters Came To Town With A Mission To Track Down, Dry Up Wayward Water

Patti Godwin handles marketing for the local American Leak Detection franchise, while husband Joe does the field work. Photo by Sandra Bancroft-Billings/The Spokesman-Review


Bureau Of Mines Closures Go Before House Subcommittee

The future of nearly 200 U.S. Bureau of Mines jobs in Spokane comes before the House Interior Appropriations Subcommittee again this week, with bureau director Rhea Graham and Inland Northwest …


Burlington Denies That It’s Moving Out

Burlington Coat Factory is seeking to squelch rumors that its store in downtown Spokane is closing. Store employees blame the rumors on scuttlebutt that the building in which Burlington Coat …


Court Upholds Sale Of Mccaw To At&T;

A federal appeals court upheld on Friday a decision that permitted telecommunications giant AT&T; to acquire McCaw Cellular for $11.5 billion last year. The appellate court for the District of …


Wwp Strikes Deal With Former Soviet Republic Spokane Company To Help Privatize Kyrgyzstan’s Electric Utility

The Washington Water Power Co. will help with privatization of the stateowned electric utility in Kyrgyzstan, a former Soviet republic deep in Central Asia. Representatives of the two utilities signed …


God, Food And Finery Vrbetas Share Great Loves

Boris Vrbeta in his Eat Rite restaurant. Photo by Dan McComb/The Spokesman-Review


Microsoft Rivals Gain New Hope Judge’s Ruling Raises Spirits, But Final Impact Is Uncertain

A federal judge’s rejection of the government’s proposed antitrust settlement with Microsoft Corp. has given smaller rivals hope they can compete more effectively against the computer-software behemoth. But it’s premature …


Consumer Prices Shoot Up 0.3 Percent

Increases for everything from airline fares to postage stamps sent prices rising in January with the underlying inflation rate climbing at the fastest pace in more than two years. The …


Wheat Crop Worth Millions To Economy

Wheat pumps $151 million into Washington’s economy each year, and produces another $80 million in state and local taxes, a new Washington State University study shows. About 13,400 jobs are …


Washington Trust Income Falls Slightly

Washington Trust Bank net income was off slightly last year, but only because of a timely restructuring of the bank’s securities portfolio. The Spokane-based institution, which also operates several branches …


Micron Workers Nix Expanding In Boise

A supermajority of Micron Technology Inc.’s work force told the company it should not locate its $1.3 billion expansion in Boise. In a survey of most of its 5,800 workers, …


Office Depot Plans New Store On North Division

Office Depot plans to open a second Spokane store this spring at the corner of Wellesley and North Division. The store would be in a 25,000-square-foot building that has been …