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Lifestream monitors to be sold by Rite Aid

Lifestream Technologies Inc., of Post Falls, says the big Rite Aid Corp. drug-store chain has agreed to distribute its home cholesterol monitor and should have the units on its shelves in time for holiday sales. All of Rite Aids 3,600 stores...

Storm-water documents raise business concerns

Two hefty draft documents that most Spokane-area business owners probably know little about could raise the costs of dealing with storm-water runoff regulations beginning next year, some reviewers of the documents say.The documents, which about...

HillyardÂ’s little grocery giant

Look at the top of a can of green beans or a box of macaroni at Bargain Giant Foods, and youll see something you wont likely see at a supermarket: a price. Theres no fancy electronic price-scanning equipment at this northeast Spokane mark...

Holiday sales look promising

While national analysts and trade groups say many big retail chains are facing a tough holiday-sales environment this year, some local retailers here are forecasting a jollierin some cases, a much jollierseason. One wouldnt think that a a...

Kim Hotstart hops on new train

Kim Hotstart Manufacturing Co., a longtime Spokane maker of electric pre-heaters for diesel engines, says that thanks to a series of big breaks this summer, a relatively new product it developed for railroad locomotives is on track to bring in $1 a...

Dollar stores look to cash in

A dollar might not buy as much as it once did, but a flood of new dollar-retail outlets will be peddling more stuff for a buck in the Spokane market soon. Three dollar-store chains have solid plans to expand their presence here in the next six...

Community colleges here face wave of unemployed

Many of the workers whove been set adrift by the regions recessionary economy are washing up at community colleges here, and the schools are scrambling to address the needs of that group. Some vocational and technical training programs in a...

Bridging the distance for employee training

Around five times a week, Sally Nowak puts on training seminars for fellow Agilent Technologies Inc. employees in Australia, Germany, Singapore, and numerous other locations around the world.Dont get carried away dreaming about how youd her...

Spokane company eager to roll out electric car

Spokane businessman Rick Woodbury believes hes come up with a product that will revolutionize the automotive industry. Theres just one obstacle: He needs $20 million to begin mass-producing it.The product is an all-electric commuter car, to...

Love those SUVs

Competition in the automotive sport-utility market continues to rev up, as at least 11 new SUVs will drive onto the playing field for the 2003 model year, along with a host of new midsize sedans and high-performance sports cars.From the sporty...

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