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Hikes on Medicare drug premiums could be delayed until after 2020 elections

The moves could alleviate a looming problem for Trump in key states. Individual premiums for Medicare prescription drug insurance could jump 19 percent next year under the president’s plan to purge Medicare of the rebates that drug manufacturers pay to firms that manage pharmacy insurance.

Powell says he would reject any Trump request to resign

Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell said Friday that he will not resign if asked to do so by President Donald Trump, a message that heartened investors who had been concerned by Trump’s repeated attacks on his hand-picked choice to lead the nation’s central bank.

Gifting action for Grandparents Day

In 1979, President Jimmy Carter proclaimed the first Sunday after Labor Day each year as a time to recognize grandparents. As more people older than 50 are staying active with fitness, those elders likely would embrace both family time and an invite to go walking or cycling.

Tobacco-funded group starts Montana anti-initiative ad blitz

A group funded by the tobacco industry has launched a massive ad blitz against a ballot initiative to fund Montana’s Medicaid expansion program and other health programs by raising the cigarette tax by $2 per pack and taxing vaping products for the first time.

Things We’re Gonna Miss About Seattle

We’re gearing up to head out of the city we’ve called home for more than a decade, and we’re feeling a bit nostalgic. Sniff, sniff. Here are some amazing places we love… and you should try to visit next time you’re in Seattle.

Fed expects economic gains to prompt gradual rate hikes

The Federal Reserve says it expects that the ongoing strength of the U.S. economy will warrant gradual increases in interest rates this year, delivering the same steady-as-it-goes message under new leader Jerome Powell as it had provided under Janet Yellen.

Price hikes push health insurance shoppers into hard choices

This largely middle-class crowd of shoppers is struggling to stay insured. They’ve weathered years of price hikes and shrinking insurance choices with no help. Faced with more price increases for next year, they’re mulling options outside insurance or skipping coverage entirely – a decision that could lead to a fine for remaining uninsured and huge bills if an emergency hits.

Hikers fall for autumn trails

Hikers longing for a life-brightening dose of fall colors need to look no farther than the aspen grove that caught their attention as the wind rattled leaves in July or the last huckleberry patch they grazed in August.

Doug Clark: Avista profits can accessorize Reddy Kilowatt

In his column today, Doug Clark/SR pokes fun at Avista for asking for rate increases while pulling down a profit of 11 percent last week. Why the rate increase? asks Clark. Explains a mock Avista: "It’s a lot like playing the piano. If you practice long enough, you can get really good at it."

Autumn colors only one factor in pegging favorite fall hikes

Being a trail guidebook author who’s explored Inland Northwest trails for more than four decades, I’m regularly asked a question this time of year: “What’s your favorite fall hike?” The answer is as difficult as naming your favorite child. And as all parents know, even our children are a little more appealing some days than others depending on their mood, and ours.

Yellen stresses that Fed foresees gradual pace of rate hikes

NEW YORK – Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen said Tuesday that the Fed still envisions only a gradual pace of interest rate increases in light of global pressures that could affect the U.S. economy. Yellen didn’t specify a timetable for further hikes to follow the Fed’s rate increase in December from record lows. She said risks to the United States appear limited but cautioned that that assessment is subject to “considerable uncertainty.”

Out & About: Spokane Mountaineers’ centennial celebrated with 100 hikes program

OUTBACK – The Spokane Mountaineers are planning a series of events this year to celebrate the club’s centennial, including a free program, The Making of 100 Hikes, starting at 7 p.m. on Monday at Mountain Gear Corporate Offices, 6021 N. Mansfield. Rich Landers, guidebook author and The Spokesman-Review’s outdoors editor, will offer insight into the years of effort that went into selecting and researching 100 of the region’s best routes for the popular regional guidebook.