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TUESDAY, OCT. 26, 2010

Settlement puts $11.7 million in pension fund

Washington's pension fund reserves will get a $11.7 million boost from a settlement announced today by Treasurer James McIntire.The agreement with State Street Bank resolves a dispute over foreign exchange transactions executed between 1997 and 2007, when the bank had custody of funds managed by…

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MONDAY, OCT. 25, 2010

Idaho home prices tumble 14 percent 

Idaho home prices tumbled 14 percent between August 2009 and August 2010, the worst depreciation in the country, according to business information provider Core Logic.In Washington, prices fell 5.1 percent eighth worst in the United States. Oregon ranked fourth, with a 6.3 percent decline.Spokane homes…

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FRIDAY, OCT. 22, 2010

WEDNESDAY, OCT. 20, 2010

Airport sets $60 million budget

Spokane International Airport directors today unanimously voted to pass a $60.3 million 2011 budget along to Spokane County and the City of Spokane for approval.The budget, split $28 million for operations and $32.3 million for capital expenditures, is five percent higher than the 2010 budget,…

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TUESDAY, OCT. 19, 2010

Nectar Tasting Room lists the first winery lineup

We mentioned last week that the Nectar Tasting Room, opening in downtown Spokane this fall, will feature five area wineries. Company founder Josh Wade didn't have those wineries lined up when we first posted the mention.Now he has. The five wineries are:Kirkland-based Northwest Cellars.Anelare Winery…

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State unemployment rate holds at nine percent

The unemployment rate in Spokane County fell to 8.2 percent in September as employers added another 1,220 workers.Employment in the county has increased by more than 2,000 since September 2009.The improving employment picture locally, the rate was 8.8 percent in August, contrasts with that for…

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Economic vitality of Northwest cities tumbles

The economic vitality of Northwest cities has tumbled in the last year, according to new rankings by the Milken Institute.The exception in the 2010 index of Best-Performing Cities was the Tri-Cities, which climbed to fifth among the 200 rated by job, income and output growth,…

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MONDAY, OCT. 18, 2010

Unpaid employment taxes triple

Washington employers have not paid unemployment taxes for 11,485 workers so far in 2010, triple the number for the first three quarters of 2009, the Employment Security Department reported today.Auditors found $196 million in unreported wages and $2.12 million in unpaid taxes, the depatment said,…

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FRIDAY, OCT. 15, 2010

THURSDAY, OCT. 14, 2010

GSI sponsoring a primer on social media

Greater Spokane Incorporated is sponsoring Social Media 101: Engaging Social Media for Beginners and Skeptics. It runs from 8 to 9:30 a.m. on Oct. 21 at the GSI office, 801 W. Riverside. Presenters will be Andrei Mylroie and Emily Easley of Desautel Hege Communications. It's…

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Local foreclosure rates increase

Foreclosure rates increased in Spokane and Kootenai counties during the third quarter of 2010, but filings fell in September compared with 2009, according to a national real estate research company.RealtyTrac said 727 Spokane properties received a notice of trustee sale, or were taken over by…

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WEDNESDAY, OCT. 13, 2010

TUESDAY, OCT. 12, 2010

MONDAY, OCT. 11, 2010

Spokane home sales slow

Home sales in Spokane County last month fell to their lowest level since February, and pending sales were lower still, according to figures released today by the Spokane Association of Realtors.Buyers took title to 317 residential properties, down almost eight percent from August and more…

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FRIDAY, OCT. 8, 2010

THURSDAY, OCT. 7, 2010

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