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FRIDAY, OCT. 29, 2010

THURSDAY, OCT. 28, 2010

Big turnout when the Rack opened today

The Nordstrom Rack at Spokane Valley Plaza drew more than 500 people, a spokesman for the Seattle based retailer told us.The best guess was that 525 were there, all of whom tried to be the winner of the 90-second free shopping blitz just before the…

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Avista improves 3Q income  

Spokane-based Avista Corp. on Thursday posted third-quarter earnings of $12.3 million, or 22 cents a share, compared with income of $8.1 million and 15 cents per share in the third quarter of 2009.Over the first nine months of 2010, the power utility reported income of…

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Unemployment claim hours extended

Phone lines for those filing unemployment claims or seeking information will open one hour earlier starting Nov. 1, the Washington Employment Security Department announced today.From Monday through Friday, call center agents will be available 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. The number is 1-800-318-6022.Applications for benefits…

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WEDNESDAY, OCT. 27, 2010

TUESDAY, OCT. 26, 2010

Governor's order targets barriers to small business

Washington Gov. Chris Gregoire today ordered state agencies to develop programs and institute reforms that will boost small businesses faltering in the ongoing economic downturn.The initiatives range from help with exports, to improving access to credit, to alleviating the burdens imposed by the state's complex…

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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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