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Keystone Automotive to open warehouse on West Plains

A multinational corporation that specializes in aftermarket and specialty auto parts will open a distribution center on the West Plains. Keystone Automotive Corp., a subsidiary of LKQ Corp., will build a 250,000-square-foot warehouse just off of Hallett Road, south of Interstate 90, according to Robin Toth, vice president of business development at Greater Spokane Incorporated.

Mechanic follows dad’s footsteps into Save More Automotive

Cory Howard is taking a leap of faith in opening his own auto repair shop on North Hamilton Street in Spokane. He is seeking to follow in the footsteps of his late father, Ron Howard, who ran Save More Automotive until his untimely death from a heart attack in 2012.

Harley-Davidson introduces electric motorcycle

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Harley-Davidson will unveil its first electric motorcycle next week, and President Matt Levatich said he expects the company known for its big touring bikes and iconic brand to become a leader in developing technology and standards for electric vehicles. Harley will show handmade demonstration models Monday at an invitation-only event in New York. The company will then take several dozen riders on a 30-city tour to test drive the bikes and provide feedback. Harley will use the information it gathers to refine the bike, which might not hit the market for several more years.

Front and Center: Toby’s Body and Fender

When new customers walk into Toby’s Body & Fender, naturally they ask for “Toby.” So when ownership of the business transfers, the nickname goes with it.

State officials: Companies offering health benefits must cover same-sex spouses

OLYMPIA – Businesses that offer health coverage to opposite-sex spouses must also offer it to same-sex spouses, state officials said Thursday. Insurance plans must offer equal coverage to all spouses. Attorney General Bob Ferguson, Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler and Human Rights Commission Executive Director Sharon Ortiz issued an open letter to the state’s employers, insurance companies and benefit plan administrators that state law requires same-sex and opposite-sex spouses to be offered equal health coverage. Otherwise, they run afoul of state laws that ban discrimination based on sexual orientation.

The Dirt: Auto repair shop opens in Spokane

Auto repair shop opens in Spokane Tiffany McKeown and Duane Ruegsegger have opened Carcraft Automotive, a full-service repair shop, at 3105 N. Nevada Ave. in North Spokane.

Family sues dealership over rental car mix-up

A North Idaho family detained by police at gunpoint after their loaner car from a Spokane BMW dealership was mistakenly reported stolen is suing Lithia Motors and Camp Automotive. Casey and Sheree Bryntesen describe a harrowing experience they say left them and their two children traumatized, and they are seeking more than $2.2 million plus punitive damages.

Auto mechanic Osusky bucks trends as his business grows

Two years ago, as the engine of commerce chugged along as if running on fumes, Sven Osusky ignored conventional wisdom and opened his own business: EuroPro Automotive in Spokane Valley. As it turned out, his timing couldn’t have been better.

Indy to replace entire fleet with electric, hybrid

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indianapolis wants to become the first major city to replace its entire fleet with electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles in a move the mayor says is designed to reduce U.S. reliance on foreign-produced fuels, city officials said Wednesday. Mayor Greg Ballard signed an executive order Wednesday mandating the city to replace its current sedans with electric vehicles. The city will also work with the private sector to phase in snow plows, fire trucks and other heavy vehicles that run on compressed natural gas, and it will ask automakers to develop a plug-in hybrid police car as one doesn't yet exist.

NTSB urges safety technologies be made standard

WASHINGTON (AP) — The government should require automakers to make the latest collision prevention technologies standard equipment on all new cars and trucks, a move that could reduce fatal highway accidents by more than half, federal accident investigators said Wednesday. The technologies include lane departure warning, forward collision warning, adaptive cruise control, automatic braking and electronic stability control. They are available on many cars and trucks already, although some are limited primarily to higher-end models. The National Transportation Safety Board said they should be required on all vehicles, despite the auto industry's concern that doing so could add thousands of dollars to the cost of a new car.

Gov’t to examine technology for automated cars

WASHINGTON (AP) — Cars that drive themselves may hold the potential to save thousands of lives, an Obama administration safety official said Tuesday, as the government prepares to launch a research initiative to determine the safety and reliability of automated driving technologies. Automated vehicles are the next "evolutionary step" in car technology, David Strickland, head of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, told an industry gathering sponsored by Swedish automaker Volvo and the Swedish Embassy in Washington. He said his agency has held extensive discussions with automakers and Google about what needs to happen before automated cars can be safely introduced to consumers.

Ryan asked for federal help as he championed cuts

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan is a fiscal conservative, champion of small government and critic of federal handouts. But as a congressman in Wisconsin, Ryan lobbied for tens of millions of dollars on behalf of his constituents for the kinds of largess he's now campaigning against, according to an Associated Press review of 8,900 pages of correspondence between Ryan's office and more than 70 executive branch agencies. For 12 years in the House, Ryan wrote to federal agencies supporting expansion of food stamps in his Wisconsin district. He supported city officials and everyday constituents who sought stimulus grants, federally guaranteed business loans, grants to invest in green technology and money under the health care law he opposes.

Counterfeit air bags called ‘extreme safety risk’

WASHINGTON (AP) — Thousands of motorists may be driving cars and trucks installed with dangerous counterfeit bags and they should have them replaced at their own expense, the Obama administration warned Wednesday. Most at risk are motorists who have had their airbags replaced over the past three years by a repair shop other than a new car dealership, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration officials said.

Honda announces recall of 300,000 cars for air bag problems

Honda Motor Co. is recalling 304,000 vehicles globally for air bags that may inflate with too much pressure in a crash, send metal and plastic pieces flying and cause injuries or deaths. Honda said there have been 20 accidents so far related to the problem, including two deaths in the U.S. in 2009.

Camp Subaru buying former Empire Ford site

Spokane’s Camp Subaru will relocate later this year, moving into the spacious, empty Empire Ford building downtown at the corner of Third Avenue and Stevens Street. The sale closing is set for next week, said Jim Quigley, of Kiemle & Hagood Co. Quigley and Mike Livingston, also of Kiemle, represented the building owner, Ford Motor Credit LLC.

Court sides with laid-off car dealership employees

A Seattle car dealer with a familiar Spokane name did not give employees enough warning of impending layoffs in 2007, according to the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. In a Jan. 21 ruling by two of three judges, the court said Gee West Seattle LLC was required to notify its 150 employees at least 60 days ahead of the pending closure of its dealership, which was for sale.