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LaCroix maker’s public statements catch regulators’ attention

The SEC recently inquired about some public statements made by the company last year. In a May 4, 2017 news release, Caporella lashed out at Maxim Group, a New York investment banking firm that Caporella had criticized National Beverage. “I am certain Maxim’s ultimate goal is to create havoc and deliberately misguide investors in order to profit from a short position,” Caporella said.

Stormy Daniels to Jimmy Kimmel: It ‘doesn’t look like my signature’ on Trump statement

Anticipation had been building for the interview that porn star Stormy Daniels was set to give late-night host Jimmy Kimmel on Tuesday night following President Donald Trump’s State of the Union speech. And then just a few hours before it hit the airwaves came a curveball: Daniels, who in 2011 gave an interview in which she claimed (in lurid detail) to have had an affair with Trump, apparently issued a statement saying she hadn’t actually had such a relationship after all.

Teaching teens about dating abuse

Jenny Moeller, founder of the Spokane group Create Your Statement, has built curriculum around teaching teenagers to recognize danger signs and empower them to avoid unhealthy relationships.

Bill would require statement on initiatives’ funding on ballot

OLYMPIA – State initiatives would contain a ballot message that they could require the Legislature to cut programs or raise taxes if they pass under a bill passed overwhelmingly by the Senate. The bill is a reaction by some legislators to recent initiatives that have approved major changes to state policies without providing a way to pay for them, from teacher raises to reductions in the number of students in public school classrooms. It would require any initiative that is estimated to raise state spending by more than $25 million to state the estimated impact on the state budget and a warning: “This means other state spending may need to be reduced or taxes increased to implement this proposal.”

Fairchild versus McConnell cost-benefit comparison

Although the Air Force studied four bases as possible first homes for the KC-46A, Fairchild and McConnell Air Force bases would have the lowest costs, see the smallest number of personnel changes and need the least amount of construction. Here are some differences listed in the draft environmental impact statement for bringing the first wing of new tankers to Fairchild and McConnell.

Pentagon analysis shows McConnell cheaper option than Fairchild for new tanker

Sending the first squadron of KC-46A tankers to Fairchild Air Force Base would have provided a $292 million boost to the local economy from new construction and added more than 400 personnel to the West Plains military installation. But it would have cost U.S. taxpayers more money and caused more disruptions than sending them to McConnell Air Force Base, which is the Pentagon’s preferred location to be the first home for the new plane, a study of the different options shows.

Longview coal port skeptics want thorough study

Inland Northwest residents turned out in force in Spokane on Wednesday evening to persuade officials that a proposed West Side shipping terminal’s potential environmental impacts reach far beyond its site on the lower Columbia River. “The environmental impact statement should include environmental impacts in Spokane,” Spokane City Council President Ben Stuckart told representatives of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Washington state and Cowlitz County at a hearing at the Spokane Convention Center. “Spokane deserves to know how these terminals would affect our quality of life.”

State: Greater scrutiny of coal trains required

The effects of more coal trains rolling through communities like Spokane, as well as possible increases to global warming from that coal being burned in Asia, must be studied before a new terminal can be built near Bellingham, a state agency said Wednesday. In a move hailed by environmentalists and condemned by business and labor organizations, the state Department of Ecology said the environmental impact statement for the proposed Cherry Point coal terminal on the north Puget Sound coast will look far beyond the immediate area when considering the effects of a new port.

I-502’s fiscal result remains hazy

SEATTLE – The state’s latest financial analysis says legalizing and taxing marijuana could bring Washington as much as nearly $2 billion over the next five years – or as little as nothing. The Office of Financial Management released its fiscal impact statement for Initiative 502 on Friday, and the results track closely with its earlier analysis, released in March.

Casino, base may be compatible

The development of a second tribal casino complex on the West Plains wouldn’t necessarily encroach on nearby Fairchild Air Force Base, a draft environmental impact statement concludes. The draft EIS prepared by the U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs was made public Friday.

Verner looking to limit burden

Spokane Mayor Mary Verner warned Monday that her budget for 2012 will focus on spending cuts rather than new taxes to help cover projected shortfalls. “We also must limit the financial burdens on citizens and businesses. They, too, are feeling the impacts of the downturn and need predictability of city services and costs so they can prepare their own budgets and be ready to address other rising costs, including higher utility bills,” Verner said.