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Wednesday, October 21, 2020  Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883
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Then and Now: Brown Metal Works

Thoburn C. Brown, born in 1907, was an inventor who knew his way around a pair of tin snips. Thoburn and his older brother William, born in 1902, attended Lewis and Clark High School. By 1929, both worked in their father’s business, Brown Metal Works. At night, the two young men tinkered with airplanes and in 1930 rolled out Thoburn’s first design, an all-aluminum, high-wing plane called the Metalark. Legendary Spokane pilot Nick Mamer made the first flight.

WoW Industries enjoys life in the country

“Our main focus is creating jobs for the local community to help us present an enjoyable product grown with consciousness to the environment, where we are not polluting the Earth but giving back.”

Washington state OKs some of the nation’s toughest OT rules

Washington state is adopting some of the nation’s most aggressive overtime rules, restoring protections for hundreds of thousands of salaried workers and taking what supporters say is a crucial step toward rebuilding the middle class.

Proposed change in Washington state’s overtime rules draws support, opposition

A proposal by the Washington State Department of Labor & Industries to change overtime rules for salaried employees has drawn concern from local businesses while others claim it could put more money in workers’ pockets. The proposal, introduced by the department last year, significantly increases the number of employees that would receive overtime pay by raising the state’s salary threshold for exempt workers to nearly $80,000 a year and updating a test used to determine who qualifies for the exemption.

Lincoln Heights Goodwill grows

A larger and more modern Goodwill store celebrated its grand re-opening last month on East 27th Avenue on Spokane’s South Hill.

Former manager of Cum Inn Bar & Grill to spend 30 days in jail for defrauding government

A Spokane Valley man who stole more than $230,000 in workers’ comp and federal disability benefits settled a plea agreement in November and will spend 30 days in jail and pay nearly $95,000 in restitution. Dennis J. Bennett, 64, was accused of managing the Cum Inn Bar & Grill while claiming he was disabled. From 2012 to 2016, Bennet recieved about $47,000 from Social Security and about $188,000 in wage replacement benefits from the Washington State Department of Labor and Industries, according to court documents.