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In brief: AT&T shareholders meeting to be held in Spokane

From Staff And Wire Reports

AT&T, one of the world’s largest companies, will hold its annual meeting of shareholders in Spokane on Friday.

The Dallas-based telecommunications company chose Spokane because it’s trying to rotate its annual meetings around the country, said Andy Colley, AT&T’s director of communications for Washington.

“This lets stockholders around the country who are not able to travel long distances attend meetings, so in recent years we’ve held our meetings in places like Little Rock; Salt Lake City; Cheyenne, Wyoming; and Columbus, Georgia,” he said via email.

The meeting will be held at 9 a.m. in the DoubleTree Hilton Spokane City Center.

Company annual meetings typically draw executives, employees, shareholders and media. Colley couldn’t say how many were expected at AT&T’s meeting, but the Grand Ballroom where it’s scheduled to take place holds up to 1,200 people in a theater-style configuration.

Spokane House to be Red Lion

The former Spokane House Hotel in west Spokane will become a Red Lion Inn and Suites, Spokane-based Red Lion Hotels Co. said Monday.

The hotel at 4301 W. Sunset Blvd. opened in 1953 and once was a go-to spot in Spokane. Originally called the Desert Caravan Inn, it was a “Duncan Hines selection as one of the 10 best motels in America” the year it opened, according to Spokesman-Review archives. It changed hands several times, however, and fell into disrepair.

Pintu Bath, who owns a hotel and conference center in Renton, Washington, that became a Red Lion franchisee last year, also owns the Sunset Boulevard property in Spokane. A news release said the future Red Lion Inn and Suites Spokane is currently undergoing a multimillion-dollar renovation.

Bath also owns a hotel property in Sacramento, California, that will become a Red Lion franchise, the release said.

“It is very gratifying to have our owners converting multiple properties” to Red Lion franchises, company Chief Franchising Officer Brian Quinn said in the release.

Blue Bell issues total recall

BRENHAM, Texas – Texas-based Blue Bell Creameries issued a voluntary recall Monday for all of its products on the market after two samples of chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream tested positive for listeriosis.

The company “can’t say with certainty” how the bacteria was introduced to the manufacturing line, Blue Bell chief executive Paul Kruse said in a statement.

“We’re committed to doing the 100 percent right thing, and the best way to do that is to take all of our products off the market until we can be confident that they are all safe,” Kruse said.

The first recall in the family-owned creamery’s history was issued last month after the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention linked ice cream contaminated with listeriosis to three deaths at a Kansas hospital.

The recall extends to retail outlets in Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Nevada, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Wyoming and international locations.

Kraft Mac & Cheese losing dye

NEW YORK – This is the last year the original version of Kraft Mac & Cheese sold in the U.S. will contain artificial preservatives or synthetic colors.

In January, Kraft said, its macaroni and cheese will be colored using paprika, annatto and turmeric.

There has been a huge shift away from processed foods in the U.S.

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