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UPDATED: Wed., July 31, 2019, 5:17 p.m.

Avista requests Idaho rate adjustments that would lead to slight decrease in electric bills

If both rate adjustments are approved, the average residential electric customers in Idaho will see their monthly bills decrease from $82.57 to $82.12 – or about 45 cents a month


UPDATED: Mon., July 1, 2019, 5:55 p.m.

Avista seeks regulator approval for Idaho rate increases

Avista Corp. has finalized its request to Idaho regulators seeking an increase in rates for its residential electric and natural gas customers.


UPDATED: Mon., June 10, 2019, 7:46 p.m.

Avista seeks electric rate increase for Idaho customers

If approved by the IPUC, a typical household in Idaho using an average of 898 kilowatt hours per month could expect to see its bill increase $2.89 per month, or …


UPDATED: Fri., June 7, 2019, 8:20 p.m.

U.S. hiring slows sharply as Trump’s trade war hits jobs

Hiring slowed sharply in May, as companies in industries hardest hit by President Donald Trump’s escalating trade war hesitated to bring on new employees.


Dow jumps over 500 points amid hopes of Fed rate cut

The Dow Jones Industrial Average jumped more than 500 points Tuesday as investors welcomed signs that the Federal Reserve may cut interest rates to help buttress U.S. economic growth in …


UPDATED: Wed., March 20, 2019, 6:33 p.m.

Federal Reserve foresees no interest rate hikes in 2019

The Federal Reserve left its key interest rate unchanged Wednesday and projected no rate hikes this year, reflecting a dimmer view of the economy as growth weakens in the United …


UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 30, 2019, 6:01 p.m.

Fed sees low rates well into future and excites Wall Street

The Federal Reserve is keeping its key interest rate unchanged and signaling that it could leave rates alone in coming months given global economic pressures and mild inflation. The Fed …


Trump assails Fed as the ‘only problem our economy has’

President Donald Trump lashed out at the Federal Reserve on Monday after administration officials spent the weekend trying to assure the public and financial markets that Jerome Powell’s job as …


After the Fed’s likely rate hike this week, all bets are off

On Wednesday, the Fed is set to announce its fourth rate hike of the year. But after this week, no one is sure what it will do. Neither, most likely, …


UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 28, 2018, 5:42 p.m.

Powell: U.S. economy healthy, rate increases aren’t automatic

Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell cast a bright picture of the U.S. economy Wednesday and appeared to suggest that the Fed might consider a pause in its interest rate hikes …


UPDATED: Fri., Oct. 5, 2018, 9:51 p.m.

Suicide rates on the rise in Idaho, Mountain West

At the center of it all, doling out wristbands and comforting words, were siblings Kayla and Koby Gardner, who lost their brother Skyler to suicide in March. The Gardners organized …


UPDATED: Thu., Sept. 13, 2018, 12:26 p.m.

Bank of England holds rates as it awaits Brexit developments

The Bank of England has kept its main interest rate on hold at 0.75 percent as policymakers await developments in Britain’s looming exit from the European Union.


Trump escalates attacks on the Federal Reserve

President Donald Trump on Monday criticized Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell for raising interest rates, breaking with recent presidents’ practice of not commenting on the Fed’s handling of the economy.


Idaho health insurers raised rates 27 percent this year. For 2019? 8 percent.

Idaho health insurers plan to raise rates an average of 8 percent for their 2019 plans sold directly to customers, mostly through the state’s Your Health Idaho exchange.


UPDATED: Mon., July 30, 2018, 5:29 p.m.

Avista requests rate adjustments for Idaho electric customers that would result in a net reduction

Avista is asking Idaho regulators for two rate adjustments that, if approved, would result in a slight net reduction in electric rates.


UPDATED: Mon., July 30, 2018, 6:19 p.m.

Fed is set to leave rates alone as trade war raises anxiety

The Federal Reserve will meet this week to assess an economy that has just enjoyed a healthy spurt of growth but faces a flurry of trade fights pushed by President …


Bank of America 2Q profits boosted by tax law, higher rates

Bank of America’s second-quarter profits jumped 33 percent from a year earlier, the company said Monday, as like nearly all other big banks, it benefited greatly from the new tax …


UPDATED: Thu., April 26, 2018, 7:57 p.m.

More kids have autism, better diagnosis may be the reason

The government estimates that autism is becoming more common, but it’s only a small increase and some experts think it can be largely explained by better diagnosing of minority children.


UPDATED: Wed., April 18, 2018, 3:03 p.m.

Road to homeownership gets rockier this spring as rates rise

Higher mortgage rates are making the already challenging task of buying an affordable home even tougher for many Americans this spring.


UPDATED: Wed., April 11, 2018, 11:37 a.m.

Fed in March discussed ‘slightly steeper’ future rate hikes

Federal Reserve officials at their March meeting, the first under new Chairman Jerome Powell, decided to stick with a gradual approach to rate hikes. But officials also discussed the possibility …


Fed leaves key rate unchanged at Yellen’s final meeting

The Federal Reserve has left its benchmark interest rate unchanged but signaled that it expects to resume raising rates gradually to reflect a healthy job market and economy.


Regulators Avista rate hearing set for Coeur d’Alene

Idaho state regulators will take public comments Tuesday on requested rate increases by Avista Corp.


In prepared remarks, Powell backs further slow rate hikes

Jerome Powell says that if confirmed as the next chairman of the Federal Reserve, he expects the Fed to continue raising interest rates gradually to support its twin goals of …


UPDATED: Fri., Nov. 10, 2017, 2:33 p.m.

Montana lawmakers block planned Medicaid rate cuts

A legislative committee is blocking the state health department from reducing Medicaid provider reimbursement rates as a way to cut $3 million from its budget.


UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 26, 2017, 6:51 p.m.

Avista customers to get slight break on winter heating costs

Avista’s natural gas customers in Washington will get a slight break on their bills beginning Nov. 1.


Avista files for rate increase settlement, awaits Idaho regulator approval

Avista Corp. has reached a proposed settlement over its request to raise Idaho customers’ rates in 2018 and 2019.


Companies raise health insurance rates for Montana

Two companies have increased their health insurance rates for Montana after the president ended subsidies for low- to moderate-income policy holders under the Affordable Care Act.


UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 29, 2017, 1:48 p.m.

State’s health-exchange rates to increase by 24 percent

The board for Washington’s health-insurance exchange has approved an average rate increase of 24 percent, the largest premium increase since the exchange began in 2013.


Fed announces a start to modestly reducing its bond holdings

The Federal Reserve will begin shrinking the enormous portfolio of bonds it amassed after the 2008 financial crisis to try to sustain a frail economy. The move reflects a strengthened …


Avista asks state regulators rate adjustments

Avista is asking Washington regulators for several rate adjustments that, if approved, would raise electric rates slightly and decrease natural gas rates.