Stories tagged: industry
UPDATED: Wed., June 21, 2017, 5:17 p.m.
As pot comes out of black market, regulators face scrutiny
Take a black-market business that relies on cash. Move the business out of the shadows by giving it government oversight. Hire new regulators to keep watch on the business, all …
UPDATED: Fri., June 16, 2017, 8:23 p.m.
Marijuana sales up slightly in Spokane County in May
A second retail pot shop opened in downtown Spokane last month, contributing to a modest sales increase over a slow April. Thirty-one retailers reported $7.9 million in sales before taxes …
UPDATED: Fri., June 2, 2017, 3:16 p.m.
Exiting Paris accord likely to have muted impact in key industries
In part that is because the Paris agreement only went into effect last year, it’s voluntary, and doesn’t carry penalties for countries that fall short of emissions-cutting targets.
UPDATED: Fri., May 5, 2017, 4:45 p.m.
Spokane County marijuana sales slide in April, despite strong 4/20
The unofficial marijuana holiday once again prompted huge sales figures for retailers statewide, but Spokane County’s legal pot industry shrunk by about 6 percent in April compared to March, according …
Thu., April 20, 2017, 2:57 p.m.
EPA chief delays methane rule at behest of oil and gas firms
The Environmental Protection Agency is again moving to derail Obama-era regulations aimed at reducing pollution from the fossil fuel industry.
UPDATED: Thu., April 13, 2017, 5:06 p.m.
Spokane County marijuana businesses net $15 million in March
The figure is an increase over revenue from the previous month, but reflects slower growth than in previous years, according to at least one store owner. The industry generated $3 …
Wed., March 8, 2017, 2:08 p.m.
Spokane County marijuana sales up slightly in February, amid potential federal action
Sales at marijuana retailers in the county were up 2.8 percent last month over January, but that’s a more modest increase compared to two-month differences in years past. Sales numbers …
UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 9, 2017, 6:10 p.m.
Marijuana sales in Spokane County slide in January but still up over 2016
Spokane County’s 29 retail pot shops sold $6.9 million worth of weed in January, down 7 percent from the December sales total but up more than 43 percent from the …
UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 1, 2017, 3:13 p.m.
Oil, coal train protesters in Spokane file federal lawsuit claiming climate change protections
Citing the climate-damaging effects of coal and oil, a group of protesters who were arrested protesting in Spokane last year have filed a federal lawsuit declaring federal control of rail …
Mon., Jan. 2, 2017, 8:17 p.m.
Idaho oil and gas industry growing; new potential areas eyed
The amount of severance taxes generated by Idaho’s oil and gas industry is getting close to paying what it costs the state to regulate that industry.
Mon., Nov. 21, 2016, 8:35 a.m.
Canada to phase out coal-fired electricity by 2030
Canada is announcing a plan to phase out the use of coal-fired electricity by 2030.
Wed., Nov. 9, 2016, 9:54 a.m.
GM laying off more than 2,000 at two car plants as sales slow
Falling demand for cars is forcing General Motors to lay off more than 2,000 workers indefinitely at two assembly plants in Ohio and Michigan starting in January.
Fri., Aug. 5, 2016, 1:07 p.m.
‘From trails to cocktails,’ active wear hot at outdoor show
Once an afterthought in the historically male-dominated outdoor retail industry, women have become a sought-after force with companies vying to tap into a market that has grown to $4.6 billion …
Fri., May 20, 2016, 12:43 p.m.
G-7 finance leaders seek to reassure on global economy
Finance leaders of major industrial countries meeting in Japan need to find ways to use all the “policy levers” they have to help counter anxiety over global economic prospects, U.S. …
Fri., May 20, 2016, 11:18 a.m.
Xerox says Ursula Burns won’t be CEO after company splits
Xerox says Ursula Burns, the first black woman to run a Fortune 500 company, won’t be CEO after the company splits in two later this year.
Thu., May 19, 2016, 12:34 p.m.
Uber testing self-driving car in Pittsburgh
Uber is testing a self-driving car on public streets in Pittsburgh.
Wed., May 11, 2016, 4 p.m.
Lesser prairie chicken won’t be listed as threatened
The Obama administration has abandoned its effort to list the lesser prairie chicken as a threatened species, drawing cheers Wednesday from lawmakers who had fought the designation but skepticism about …
Mon., May 9, 2016, 7:04 p.m.
El Salvador river threatened by molasses spill
SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador – Environmental officials in El Salvador said more than 900,000 gallons of molasses spilled into a river near the border with Guatemala, fouling the waters and …
Fri., April 15, 2016, 11:26 a.m.
Sue Lani Madsen: Agriculture more important to Washington than high-tech
Agriculture still is an important economic driver in Washington, and unlike the high-tech industry, ag jobs can’t easily be shipped overseas.
Wed., March 2, 2016, 11:51 a.m.
VW rejects allegations it didn’t give timely info on scandal
Volkswagen on Wednesday rejected allegations that it didn’t go public early enough with information on its emissions-rigging scandal.
Wed., March 2, 2016, 10:56 a.m.
McKesson acquires Canadian pharmacy operator Rexall
Prescription drug distributor McKesson Corp. is buying Canadian pharmacy operator Rexall Health from Katz Group for $2.2 billion, strengthening McKesson’s Canadian pharmaceutical supply chain.
Tue., March 1, 2016, 9:41 a.m.
Honeywell walks away from $90 billion bid for United Technologies
Honeywell abandoned a bid worth more than $90 billion for rival United Technologies, saying it did not want to force a deal with an unwilling partner.
Tue., March 1, 2016, 7:28 a.m.
Automakers post healthy February sales gains
Automakers posted big U.S. sales gains in February as consumers returned to showrooms after a snowy January.
Mon., Feb. 29, 2016, 9:42 a.m.
Massive cargo ship arrives in Elliott Bay
The largest cargo ship to visit the United States, the CMA CGM Benjamin Franklin, arrived in Seattle Monday morning.
Wed., Feb. 3, 2016, 9:26 a.m.
Lawmakers propose bill to privatize air traffic control
Responsibility for the nation’s air traffic control operations would shift from the government to a private, nonprofit corporation, under legislation introduced Wednesday.
Tue., Feb. 2, 2016, 7:35 a.m.
Air bag-maker Takata struggling with quality processes, panel finds
An outside panel hired by embattled air bag maker Takata Corp. says the company lacks processes to improve product quality including air bag inflators that have been blamed for at …
Wed., Aug. 5, 2015
July pot sales end hot streak
Marijuana sales in Spokane County dipped in July, the first drop in month-to-month retail receipts since the drug became legal. The county’s 15 shops sold $3.8 million worth of marijuana …
Sat., July 11, 2015
Legal pot survives year of upheaval
It’s been a little more than a year since Mike Boyer held the marijuana he purchased legally, the first person in Spokane County to do so, above his head and …
Tue., March 17, 2015
Robert J. Samuelson: Job worries, hopes each have their place under robot invasion
For some time, I’ve been collecting news stories about robots and jobs. By robots, I mean almost any automated process that substitutes machines for people. Here are some examples: • …
Tue., July 8, 2014, 8:37 a.m.
Attorney General: eFoodHandler certificates worthless
SEATTLE (AP) — The Washington attorney general’s office says food handler certificates issued through the eFoodhandlers website are not valid in the state.