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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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Community gardening has increased sevenfold in Spokane area

When Patricia Munts, small farms and agriculture coordinator at Washington State University Spokane County Extension, began working with gardens in the city in 2008, there were at least eight community gardens, she recalls. ...

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Aiding sexual assault survivors through Spokane SANE

A sexual assault is committed in the U.S. every 98 seconds, according to the national anti-sexual violence organization Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network, and a new effort, Spokane SANE Foundation...

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Pelvic PT

While most of us are familiar with the use of physical therapy to reduce muscle pain and improve or restore mobility after surgery, it’s probably not as commonly thought of as a treatment for women’s health issues....

Nationwide contraception initiative arrives in Spokane

Multiyear initiative Upstream Washington is working to decrease the number of unwanted pregnancies by increasing same-day access to birth control, and has turned its attention to Eastern Washington, which has a higher-than-average rate of unintended ...

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Spokane advisers on the FIRE approach to investing, saving

While many of us have asked a financial adviser what steps might help us achieve an early retirement, it’s a good bet the majority of younger workers don’t really expect to be able to do so anytime soon. ...

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Factoring illness, diseases into financial planning

When someone has or suspects they might develop a chronic, disabling health condition, such as Alzheimer’s disease or Huntington’s disease, preparing for retirement has challenges to be faced on a case-by-case basis, some financial advisers here ...

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Quantum Financial takes team approach to planning

Quantum Financial Planning Services Inc., founded here by Al Herman and Houston Scrudder in 1979, got on the financial planning train relatively early, says Eric Christiansen, certified financial planner and a managing member with the company. ...

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Manufacturing next-generation interest

When Spokane-based manufacturer Wagstaff Inc. landed a series of large contracts recently to produce custom machinery components, a quandary presented itself: the maker of aluminum-casting equipment didn’t have the skilled workforce needed ...

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