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U.S. productivity falls for first time in nearly 4 years

American workers were less efficient in the July-September quarter, pushing down productivity for the first time since late 2015.


Council President Ben Stuckart, GSI at odds over Northeast Public Development Authority hire

David Guthrie will lead the Northeast Public Development Authority, an entity created eight years ago in an attempt to bring economic redevelopment to a depressed and contaminated industrial area on …


U.S. industrial production down 0.5% in April

WASHINGTON – U.S. industrial production fell in April, dragged by a big drop in factory output as production of autos and auto parts continued to slide. Industrial output – reflecting …


Apple to tutor women in tech in bid to diversify industry

Apple is launching a new program designed to address the technology industry’s scarcity of women in executive and computer programming jobs.


Grow Op Farms in Spokane Valley expanding its already-huge marijuana business

Grow Op Farms has carved out the largest share of a growing marijuana industry in Eastern Washington, with plans to expand. Does that mean the end for small-time outfits?


Motorcycle industry is in deep trouble and needs help fast, panel agrees

A group of two dozen concerned motorcycle veterans has published a comprehensive research document that addresses the question, “Can this industry be saved?”


Women raise their profile in the auto industry

About 28 percent of jobs in the motor vehicle manufacturing industry are held by women, and about 21 percent of dealerships’ employees are women, according to the U.S. Labor Department.


UPDATED: Fri., Oct. 6, 2017

Baby boomers, not millennials, have influenced auto industry and still do

With advanced technology and designs catering to this demographic, boomers will influence our rides long past when they hang up their key chains.


UPDATED: Fri., Aug. 18, 2017

U.S. stocks slide again as industrial companies and banks drop

U.S. stocks continue to skid Friday morning as industrial companies fall after a weak report from farm equipment giant Deere. Banks are also down as bond yields continue to slide, …


UPDATED: Wed., July 26, 2017

A timeline of Telect Inc. history

Telect Inc. has sold to giant Amphenol Corp. A timeline of the company and its founding in Liberty Lake.


Edmonds takes clean energy pledge

Edmonds, Washington, has pledged to have clean, renewable energy powering its homes, offices and other buildings by 2025.


UPDATED: Wed., June 21, 2017

As pot comes out of black market, regulators face scrutiny

Take a black-market business that relies on cash. Move the business out of the shadows by giving it government oversight. Hire new regulators to keep watch on the business, all …


UPDATED: Fri., June 16, 2017

Marijuana sales up slightly in Spokane County in May

A second retail pot shop opened in downtown Spokane last month, contributing to a modest sales increase over a slow April. Thirty-one retailers reported $7.9 million in sales before taxes …


UPDATED: Fri., June 2, 2017

Exiting Paris accord likely to have muted impact in key industries

In part that is because the Paris agreement only went into effect last year, it’s voluntary, and doesn’t carry penalties for countries that fall short of emissions-cutting targets.


UPDATED: Fri., May 5, 2017

Spokane County marijuana sales slide in April, despite strong 4/20

The unofficial marijuana holiday once again prompted huge sales figures for retailers statewide, but Spokane County’s legal pot industry shrunk by about 6 percent in April compared to March, according …


EPA chief delays methane rule at behest of oil and gas firms

The Environmental Protection Agency is again moving to derail Obama-era regulations aimed at reducing pollution from the fossil fuel industry.


UPDATED: Thu., April 13, 2017

Spokane County marijuana businesses net $15 million in March

The figure is an increase over revenue from the previous month, but reflects slower growth than in previous years, according to at least one store owner. The industry generated $3 …


Spokane County marijuana sales up slightly in February, amid potential federal action

Sales at marijuana retailers in the county were up 2.8 percent last month over January, but that’s a more modest increase compared to two-month differences in years past. Sales numbers …


UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 9, 2017

Marijuana sales in Spokane County slide in January but still up over 2016

Spokane County’s 29 retail pot shops sold $6.9 million worth of weed in January, down 7 percent from the December sales total but up more than 43 percent from the …


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 1, 2017

Oil, coal train protesters in Spokane file federal lawsuit claiming climate change protections

Citing the climate-damaging effects of coal and oil, a group of protesters who were arrested protesting in Spokane last year have filed a federal lawsuit declaring federal control of rail …


Idaho oil and gas industry growing; new potential areas eyed

The amount of severance taxes generated by Idaho’s oil and gas industry is getting close to paying what it costs the state to regulate that industry.


Canada to phase out coal-fired electricity by 2030

Canada is announcing a plan to phase out the use of coal-fired electricity by 2030.


GM laying off more than 2,000 at two car plants as sales slow

Falling demand for cars is forcing General Motors to lay off more than 2,000 workers indefinitely at two assembly plants in Ohio and Michigan starting in January.


‘From trails to cocktails,’ active wear hot at outdoor show

Once an afterthought in the historically male-dominated outdoor retail industry, women have become a sought-after force with companies vying to tap into a market that has grown to $4.6 billion …


G-7 finance leaders seek to reassure on global economy

Finance leaders of major industrial countries meeting in Japan need to find ways to use all the “policy levers” they have to help counter anxiety over global economic prospects, U.S. …


Xerox says Ursula Burns won’t be CEO after company splits

Xerox says Ursula Burns, the first black woman to run a Fortune 500 company, won’t be CEO after the company splits in two later this year.


Uber testing self-driving car in Pittsburgh

Uber is testing a self-driving car on public streets in Pittsburgh.


Lesser prairie chicken won’t be listed as threatened

The Obama administration has abandoned its effort to list the lesser prairie chicken as a threatened species, drawing cheers Wednesday from lawmakers who had fought the designation but skepticism about …


El Salvador river threatened by molasses spill

SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador – Environmental officials in El Salvador said more than 900,000 gallons of molasses spilled into a river near the border with Guatemala, fouling the waters and …


Sue Lani Madsen: Agriculture more important to Washington than high-tech

Agriculture still is an important economic driver in Washington, and unlike the high-tech industry, ag jobs can’t easily be shipped overseas.