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Hire Ability Day touts workplace accommodations

Smart businesses are hiring workers with disabilities now because they know entry-level job openings will go begging in 15 years when there will be fewer workers to fill them, said former Assistant U.S. Secretary of Labor Neil Romano. Employers are finding workers that, thanks to federal education mandates, are better prepared for the workplace than those hired in the past only as favors or charity cases, he said at the annual Hire Ability Day luncheon.

Here’s the Dirt: Safeway updating regional center

It’s costing Safeway Corp. $1.9 million at its Spokane regional distribution center to move the large building’s refrigeration system onto the roof. The work started in July and is expected to end in the fall. Center manager Mike Fuhrman said he hopes the center can switch over to the new roof lines at the end of October.

New composting facilities give stores the green light

Managers of Spokane Valley-based Yoke’s Fresh Market say they’re saving $7,000 a week by separating food waste from store garbage and sending it to a regional composting facility. Yoke’s seven Spokane stores started separating food products from other trash in late May.

Northeast community center expanding

Spokane’s Northeast Community Center, at 4001 N. Cook St., has started work on a $3 million addition that will create 30,000 square feet of meeting and office space and a new computer lab. The three-level project includes a basement and two above-ground floors. When all facility improvements and equipment costs are included, the total cost will be around $6 million, said Jean Farmer, the center’s executive director.

Robber steals cash from Safeway bank

A man robbed a bank inside an Spokane grocery store Monday. About 5:26 p.m., the robber entered a Banner Bank branch inside the Safeway store at 933 E. Mission Ave., police say. He handed the teller a note demanding cash; it said he had a gun although no weapon was displayed, said Spokane police Officer Brian Eckersley.

Shopping center update almost complete

A longtime North Side fixture is receiving a contemporary face-lift. Aaron Lake of Stejer Development said the makeover of the Town and Country Shopping Center on west Francis Avenue is scheduled to be completed next week. “This is the third substantial remodel of the center,” he said. “The exterior of the main portion received a new façade, new storefronts and new lighting.”

Man denies robbing credit union

An accused bank robber and part-time rapper from Spokane who calls himself "Dead Poet" told a U.S. District Court jury Thursday he wasn't one of three men who robbed a North Side credit union of almost $10,000 a year ago. John "Bobby" Vigil testified he accompanied his longtime friends Brad, Greg and Dustin Rockstrom on a trip to Montana after they held up the Safeway Federal Credit Union on Nov. 28, 2006, while he was home taking a shower.