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THURSDAY, DEC. 9, 2010

Judge approves AmericanWest sale

U.S. Bankruptcy Court Judge Patricia Williams today authorized the sale of AmericanWest Bank to a holding company that will inject as much as $200 million in new capital into the Spokane-based institution.The $6.5 million deal between AmericanWest Bancorporation and SKBHC Holdings LLC is expected to…

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Unemployment insurance rates to rise in 2011

Washington's unemployment insurance tax rate will increase to an average 3.26 percent next year because jobless workers received a record $2 billion in benefits, the Employment Security Department said today.The unemployment trust fund collected only $1.2 billion during the year, but retained a $2.5 billion…

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TUESDAY, DEC. 7, 2010

Teddie Gibbon to take over as KXLY GM in January

KXLY TV's Teddie Gibbon, who's been vice president and station manager, will move into the general manager's job effective in January. Formally, she's taking that job with Spokane Television, Inc., the company that operates KXLY TV. Gibbon, who's 46, takes over for Steve Herling, who's…

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MONDAY, DEC. 6, 2010

FRIDAY, DEC. 3, 2010

THURSDAY, DEC. 2, 2010

Red Lion adds California franchise

A Concord, Calif., hotel will become a Red Lion Hotels Corp. franchisee next month, the Spokane-based chain said today.The Holiday Inn Concord, with 189 room and 5,400 square feet of meeting space, is the third Northern California hotel to convert to the Red Lion brand…

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TUESDAY, NOV. 30, 2010

Spokane company gets grant for burn treatment

A start-up pharmaceutical company in Spokane has received a $1.38 million grant to develop new burn treatments for the Department of the Army.Iasis Molecular Sciences will work with Virginia Commonwealth University and the University of Connecticut Health Center to formulate and test compounds based on…

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FRIDAY, NOV. 26, 2010

Shoppers file into the Spokane Valley Shopko store at the 5 a.m. opening Friday, Nov. 25, 2010. (Jesse Tinsley / The Spokesman-Review)

Roads, cold don't deter shoppers

Shoppers jammed parking lots from Wandemere to Spokane Valley to North Idaho this morning, ignoring snowy roads and cold temperatures to buy 46-inch televisions and 700-count sheets.At the Northpointe shopping Center, Best Buy Manager Keat Shankle estimated as many as 2,000 shoppers had been through…

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MONDAY, NOV. 22, 2010

North Idaho counties lose jobs

Employment in most North Idaho counties fell in October, with Boundary County the notable exception.The Idaho Department of Labor Friday released a county-by-county breakdown of employment statistics, having announced earlier in the month a statewide rise in joblessness to 9.1 percent from nine percent in…

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FRIDAY, NOV. 19, 2010

THURSDAY, NOV. 18, 2010

WEDNESDAY, NOV. 17, 2010

Seasonal hires brighten jobs picture

The unemployment rate in Spokane County slipped to 7.8 percent in October, the lowest rate in almost two years.The number of employed rose to 220,210, up from 216,960 in September and 218,850 in October 2009.But Doug Tweedy, local labor economist for the Washington Employment Security…

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TUESDAY, NOV. 16, 2010

Economists forecast more of same for 2011

The economic recovery will grind slowly forward next year, extending this year's modest improvements but not breaking out strongly enough to significantly affect unemployment and household income, economists John Mitchell and Grant Forsyth said today.Speaking at a Greater Spokane Incorporated forecast breakfast, Mitchell said businesses…

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MONDAY, NOV. 15, 2010

The Spokesman-Review business team follows economic development in Spokane and the Inland Northwest.

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