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The Journal’s View: State legislators should delay school employee benefits plan

The Washington state Legislature should delay approval of the School Employee Benefits Board program and look for a less-expensive option. As it stands, the program would cost the state an estimated $900 million in the upcoming biennium and rise ...

Guest Commentary: Budget calls for more taxes to outspend record revenue

The 66th Legislature convened Jan. 14 and is slated to end on April 28. During that time, the top job for lawmakers is to craft the state’s two-year operating budget. ...

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Bank of America building sells for $47.7 million

The Bank of America Financial Center—the tallest building in Spokane—has sold to Canada-based Redstone Group of Cos., one of British Columbia’s largest private commercial real estate companies. ...

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Spokane County plans new $10 million Medical Examiner project

Spokane County is planning a $10 million remodel to a commercial building near the south edge of the University District, where it intends to move the Spokane County Medical Examiner’s Office....

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Coworking spaces gain momentum in downtown Spokane

Offering various amenities for members, a handful of coworking spaces operate in the city’s core, and some say the trend is gaining traction here. ...

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Costco completes sale of North Side property

Costco Wholesale Corp. has completed the sale of its former 134,000-square-foot warehouse store building on Spokane’s North Side to San Pedro, Calif.-based Rich Development Enterprises LLC....

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Rooted in Spokane area, Wheatland Bank expects to grow

With several Inland Northwest banks in the area becoming acquisition targets in recent years, Spokane-based Wheatland Bank is steadfast to remain independent, asserts Susan Horton, CEO and president of the bank. ...

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Cobenali Creations: Warmest greetings—without the warmth

Spokane Valley-based illustrator Colin Hayes prides himself on his aversion to sappy greeting cards. He demonstrates this through his new venture, a line of quirky and witty cards called Cobenali Creations, soon to be available in gift shops nationally. ...

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Out of the bag: Grocers prepare for potential plastic ban

Retailers throughout Washington state soon could be banned from offering customers single-use plastic bags, in an effort to reduce plastic waste and better protect the environment....

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Avista program sparks charging station trend

Spokane-based Avista Corp. has partnered with more than 50 Washington businesses to install 136 electric vehicle charging stations throughout the state as part of a pilot program....

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