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MONDAY, OCT. 24, 2011

THURSDAY, OCT. 6, 2011

More students trying WSU’s online campus

There is a growing group of Washington State University students who rarely set foot on school property. They may not even live near Pullman, Spokane, Vancouver or the Tri-Cities while taking classes. They are members of the university’s fifth campus -- the one that exists…

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Tamarack suitor reportedly owes $350,000

A suitor of Idaho’s beleaguered Tamarack Resort owes a handful of companies more than $350,000 after he issued bad checks, failed to pay employees and stiffed contractors for work on his home, according to liens, police complaints and a lawsuit. Copies of the bounced checks…

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2 Washington hospital systems to combine forces

SEATTLE — Two of Western Washington’s largest hospital systems have announced a plan to create a new not-for-profit entity to operate an even larger health care system in the state. Leaders of Swedish Health Services and Providence Health & Services described their “innovative affiliation” Wednesday…

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FRIDAY, SEPT. 16, 2011

FRIDAY, AUG. 19, 2011

Employment picture not improving in N. Idaho 

The Idaho Labor Department today released the July unemployment numbers, and the news is not encouraging in North Idaho. Four of the five counties in the panhandle saw the unemployment rate go up last month, and the rate remained the same in the fifth: Kootenai…

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WEDNESDAY, AUG. 17, 2011

Wells Fargo to test $3 debit card fee 

NEW YORK — Wells Fargo plans to test a $3 monthly fee for its debit cards starting this fall. The San Francisco-based bank said the fee will be applied to checking accounts opened in five states starting in October, according to the Associated Press. The…

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FRIDAY, AUG. 5, 2011

Coming up in Sunday Business: Art of Fabrication

Sean “Smitty” Smith straddles two worlds: artist and contractor. And his imaginative creations can be found throughout Spokane: At Zola, The Flying Goat, Main Market Co-op. Learn more about what inspires his work in our “Front & Center” profile, by writer Michael Guilfoil, this weekend…

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Washington berry farms fined for hiring kids 6 and up

The U.S. Labor Department has fined three Washington state strawberry farms a total of $73,000 for employing children as young as 6 years old as pickers, The Associated Press reported today. The department’s Portland, Ore., office says Thursday the violations include failing to maintain proof-of-age…

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THURSDAY, AUG. 4, 2011

INB parent posts second-quarter loss

Spokane-based Northwest Bancorporation, Inc., the bank holding company for Inland Northwest Bank, today reported a net loss of $249,000 for the second quarter of the year, compared to a profit of $269,000 for the same quarter in 2010. After accrual of dividends on preferred stock…

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MONDAY, JULY 25, 2011

Failed ID, MT resort owners want to join lawsuit

BOISE — Two principals at failed western resorts are trying to recoup money they lost when their developments imploded by joining a lawsuit against Credit Suisse Group, the Associated Press reported. Alfredo Miguel of Tamarack Resort in Idaho and Tim Blixseth of Montana’s Yellowstone Club…

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Wheat harvest runs behind normal

WALLA WALLA – Cold weather makes some things hard to start and the 2011 wheat harvest is no exception. Cool temperatures, along with wet spring weather, has pushed back harvest locally and regionally, but the extra rain may boost yields in some areas, according to…

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Numerica CU names new CEO

Spokane-based Numerica Credit Union has named a new chief executive officer: Carla Altepeter, the longtime CEO of CitizensFirst Credit Union in Oshkosh, Wisc. Altepeter replaces Dennis Cutter, who will retire Aug. 31 after 40 years as Numerica’s president and CEO. Altepeter has served as president…

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WaMu again seeks approval of reorganization plan

WILMINGTON, Del. — Bank holding company Washington Mutual Inc. is asking a Delaware judge to approve its revised reorganization plan. The judge convened a three-day hearing today to consider the plan, which centers on the settlement of lawsuits pitting Washington Mutual, the Federal Deposit Insurance…

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TUESDAY, JULY 12, 2011

Most violent job in Washington? Nurses aide

SEATTLE — The most violent job in Washington state isn’t being a police officer or a security guard. It’s working as a nurse’s aide. Seattle public radio station KUOW-FM made that finding as part of an investigative series on workplace safety airing this week. The…

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MONDAY, JULY 11, 2011

Spokane gas prices inch upward

Average retail gasoline prices in Spokane rose 0.2 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.72 per gallon Sunday, according to gasoline price website This compares with the national average that increased 6.3 cents per gallon in the past week, to $3.63. Prices…

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Fewer people sought unemployment aid last week 

The number of people applying for unemployment benefits fell last week to the lowest level in seven weeks, although applications remain elevated, the Associated Press reports. The Labor Department said today that applications for benefits dropped by 14,000 to a seasonally adjusted 418,000. The four-week…

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Scott Maben joined The Spokesman-Review in 2006. He currently is the Business Editor.

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