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Chardonnay in the shoe department: Retailers are increasingly serving alcohol to woo shoppers

Across the country, shopping centers, malls and such major chains as Nordstrom, Crate & Barrel, Whole Foods and Giant are increasingly allowing – even encouraging – customers to imbibe while …


UPDATED: Mon., Feb. 3, 2020

Hard coffee, hard kombucha – experts say no beverage is safe from booze

Big alcohol brands are following, not leading. And where they are headed is alternative drink categories, many of them “hard” versions of nonalcoholic beverages. Hard seltzer surpassed $500 million in …


David Ozgo: Outlet expansion in Washington benefits consumers and state

When Washington decided to expand the number of outlets for distilled spirits in July 2012, some claimed the increased access would lead to many societal harms. That has not proven …


100 years ago in Spokane: Sheriff vows crackdown on illegal booze in new year

The county’s “dry squad” would receive renewed resources to battle bootleggers and moonshiners in 1920, promised Spokane County Sheriff George L. Reid.


Dr. Zorba Paster: Seniors binge drinking, smoking pot more – with serious consequences

OK, when you think of binge drinkers, who do you picture? Close your eyes and see them. College kids. Six-pack Joes and Janes after work. Am I right? But do …


UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 13, 2019

Police identify WSU fraternity member who died after ‘fraternity function’

The 19-year-old Washington State University fraternity member who was found dead Tuesday morning has been identified as Samuel Martinez, according to Pullman police.


UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 13, 2019

WSU fraternity member dies in ‘alcohol-related’ incident, Pullman police say

The member of the Alpha Tau Omega fraternity was discovered unconscious and not breathing Tuesday morning, and was declared dead in the fraternity house just after 8:30 a.m. Police are …


Beer, wine, spiked cider becoming popular at ACC stadiums

There’s a growing trend at Atlantic Coast Conference football games: alcohol sales to the general public. Now everyone can enjoy their beverage of choice at most ACC stadiums, not just …


UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 13, 2019

United tells pilots no alcohol for 12 hours before flights

United Airlines tightens alcohol-drinking rules for pilots after two were arrested before a flight in Scotland.


100 years ago in Spokane: National prohibition chairman appeals to churches for petition help

The national prohibition committee chair, Virgin Hinshaw, has appealed to church leaders across the nation to set aside June 8 to preach about the dangers of alcohol and then circulate …


Idaho lawmakers pass bill allowing alcohol sales in historic theaters

A bill cleared the Idaho Senate floor on Thursday that could make life a lot simpler for the Panida Theater in Sandpoint – and other historic theaters like it.


Is alcohol sabotaging your diet?

A new study from Penn Nursing suggests that, if you want to lose weight and keep it off in the new year, you might want to think about cutting back …


Walt Disney banned alcohol, but now theme parks say ‘drink up’

For the first time, Disneyland will break its prohibition on alcohol and begin selling drinks to the general public, the California theme park recently announced.


Defense attorney says her DUI arrest a ‘blessing in disguise’

An Asotin County public defender facing a DUI charge made her first appearance as a defendant Tuesday in District Court.


UPDATED: Fri., April 13, 2018

When to say when: Study says limit alcohol to 1 drink a day

Here’s some sobering news: A large international study says adults should average no more than one alcoholic drink per day, and that means drinking guidelines in many countries may be …


Doctors reluctant to talk with patients about binge drinking

Most Washingtonians who engage in binge drinking report their doctors haven’t talked to them about cutting back, according to a new study from the Washington Health Alliance.


UPDATED: Wed., March 7, 2018

Idaho lawmakers squabble over Liquor Division budget, new stores

The Idaho Legislature’s joint budget committee bogged down in a big way on Wednesday over the state Liquor Division budget, as Sen. Fred Martin, R-Boise, led an ultimately unsuccessful move …


UPDATED: Sat., Oct. 21, 2017

University of Idaho tailgating may proceed with caution

Limited game day alcohol service and tailgating at Idaho universities received what amounts to a yellow light Thursday.


Nebraska court ends beer sales near South Dakota reservation

Four Nebraska beer stores criticized for selling millions of cans each year to an American Indian reservation where alcohol is banned will remain closed after the state Supreme Court on …


Dr. Bax: Focus on campus drinking when students fall

Too often these tragedies focus is on the railing, the window or some other distraction from the real issue, which is excessive alcohol use.


Father of injured WSU student: ‘Nobody should be able to accidentally fall out of a window’

Matthew Gray was three days into his freshman year at Washington State University when he fell out the window of his second-story dorm room.


WSU officials postpone any decisions on expanding alcohol sales at games

Alcohol sales to general ticket holders at Cougar football games will wait until at least next season while Washington State University officials re-examine the proposed move.


UPDATED: Tue., July 25, 2017

Tailgating at Idaho Vandals games may get a little more legal

A portion of Moscow’s city code may be amended to allow tailgaters at University of Idaho football games to consume alcoholic beverages in areas outside the Kibbie Dome.


UPDATED: Fri., June 16, 2017

Decision on alcohol at Idaho Vandals games put on hold

Vandal football fans who pay for premium seating will have access to alcoholic beverages at games this season, but fans in general seating are on hold.


University of Idaho wants alcohol sales at football games

Vandal football fans told the University of Idaho they want the option to purchase alcohol at games, so school officials are again asking their governing body for permission to allow …


Officials withdraw proposed alcohol ban at Eugene city parks

Eugene city officials say they have rescinded their proposal to prohibit alcohol in all city parks except during large, permitted gatherings.


UPDATED: Tue., May 23, 2017

Just one alcoholic drink a day increases risk of breast cancer, study says

Just one glass of wine or other alcoholic drink a day significantly raises the risk of breast cancer, while vigorous exercise such as running and bicycling reduces it, according to …


UPDATED: Tue., May 9, 2017

New Washington laws cover liquor samples, wine auctions, tasting rooms

Washington’s evolving liquor laws add mixers to liquor samples, tasting rooms for wineries and a legal recognition of mead.


South Carolina asks: Are frozen ‘Booze Pops’ food or alcohol

Charleston officials are asking South Carolina regulators to reconsider a decision to treat frozen ice pops made with alcohol as food and not liquor.


Study: Cigarettes go better with alcohol than marijuana does

For millennials, cigarettes go better with booze than they do with weed. That’s the conclusion of a new University of California, San Francisco study showing tobacco accompanied by alcohol gives …