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UPDATED: Wed., April 10, 2019

REI reports more sales, income, and members – but also higher costs (and it still needs a new CEO)

Despite a business environment that is increasingly hostile to physical retailers, REI is delivering impressive results.


Midwest flooding costs increasing, with $1.6B damage in Iowa

Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds said Friday that recent flooding in the state has caused an estimated $1.6 billion in damage, pushing the total costs from the devastating Midwest flooding to …


UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 29, 2019

Spokane-area hospitals post prices online under federal directive criticized as imperfect

The new federal rule requires health care providers to post prices for their procedures in spreadsheet form, part of an effort the Trump administration says is intended to improve transparency …


UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 15, 2019

Walgreens partners with Microsoft to battle Amazon

Walgreens Boots Alliance is teaming with Microsoft to design “digital health corners” for its stores as both companies battle an ever-expanding Amazon.com.


UPDATED: Fri., Jan. 4, 2019

Hospitals now required to reveal secret prices lists online for every medical procedure, service

Hospitals across the country rang in the New Year with a federal mandate to reveal their once-secret master price lists, although it’s unclear whether the new requirement will assist many …


UPDATED: Tue., Dec. 4, 2018

Christmas lights start and end their lives in China, and face rising costs

When the Christmas lights go out, you can recycle them, beginning a trans-Pacific journey that’s poised to get more expensive thanks to the U.S.-China trade war.


UPDATED: Mon., June 4, 2018

Feds: Skimping can’t save seniors from rising med cost

Medicare recipients filled fewer prescriptions for pricey brand-name drugs – but spent more on such meds anyway, says a government report released Monday. It blames rising manufacturer prices for squeezing …


UPDATED: Mon., April 30, 2018

Idaho indigent care program seeing spike in costs, cases

One of Idaho’s largest counties is seeing the cost and caseload of medical care for people without health insurance increase during the first few months of 2018.


Selling a home for the first time? Know the market and what costs to expect to avoid frustrations

Kenneth Sax, president of the Spokane Association of Realtors and designated broker at Keller Williams Realty, said it’s important for first-time home sellers to understand if they are in a …


UPDATED: Thu., April 12, 2018

Montana snowplowing costs rise as winter weather continues

Officials say the cost of plowing Montana roads has been higher than average and is continuing to rise as winter weather persists.


Saudi Arabia’s VAT to make haj, umrah more costly

With the new policy, a levy of 5 percent will be charged on most goods and services in Saudi Arabia, driving up the costs for Muslims going on the pilgrimage …


With Trump pardon, Arpaio again wiggles out of legal trouble

In his 24 years as metro Phoenix’s sheriff, Joe Arpaio survived scandals and dodged investigations that would easily have sunk the careers of many politicians.


Robert J. Samuelson: Health care debate emotional, not rational

What we want as individuals (unlimited care) may not be good for the larger society (overspending on health care).


UPDATED: Mon., July 17, 2017

Netflix still piling up viewers and big programming bills

Netflix is pulling in new viewers and award nominations in droves, but the online video service still faces a long-term problem: Its acclaimed programming line-up is costing far more money …


In 2015, health care tab grew at fastest rate in 8 years

The nation’s health care tab grew at the fastest rate in eight years in 2015, driven by the coverage expansion in President Barack Obama’s law and by costly prescription drugs, …


Outside View: Cut costs of public disclosure

A small fee would be palatable if combined with other ideas for cutting costs of public disclosure and expanding access to information.


Save money on health care? Can be done

It’s easy to feel that health care decisions are out of your control. Doctors order tests and prescribe drugs. Follow-up appointments are scheduled automatically. The default position for health-care providers …


A $3 million firefight

The Valley View wildfire neared 100 percent containment Wednesday as state authorities prepared to hand command of the 1,000-acre blaze over to local officials by this morning. Hundreds of fire …


Kootenai Home Sales Take Plunge

Kootenai County home sales dropped sharply in November, suggesting a mild slowdown in the pace of the local real estate market. Home sales fell 31 percent compared to November 1995, …


Spokane County Home Sales Increase 20% Over April 1995

Home sales in Spokane County sped up in April, outpacing March and topping last April by more than 20 percent. The Spokane Association of Realtor’s Multiple Listing Service reported 473 …


Tri-Cities Home Prices Plunge Sharp Decline There Contrasts With 4.6% Increase Nationwide

The Tri-Cities posted the worst decline in home prices in the nation in the third quarter, according to the National Association of Realtors. As recently as late 1993, the TriCities …