THE LEAD: Spokane International sees record number of passengers in 2018… oh and it snowed in Chewelah
US stocks slide as health care and energy companies slip
Stocks are lower in early afternoon trading on Wall Street Wednesday after giving up an early gain. Energy companies are down as the price of crude oil falls for the third time in four days after a strong start to 2019. Drug and infant formula maker Abbott Laboratories is leading health care stocks lower after its sales fell short of Wall Street’s estimates. Click here for the full story.
Spokane International sees record number of passengers in 2018
More people took off from Spokane International Airport in 2018 than ever before, according to airport officials, who reported a 12.6 percent increase in passenger activity from the previous year and a total of nearly 4 million travelers. Click here for the full story.
Shutdown delays start of flights in Everett, Washington
Alaska Airlines says it will delay the start of commercial passenger service at Paine Field in Everett, Washington, by at least three weeks due to the ongoing partial shutdown of the federal government. Alaska and United Airlines plan a combined 24 daily flights at a new passenger terminal at the airport, but they are awaiting Federal Aviation Administration approval. The officials who must sign off on a final environmental assessment are on furlough. Click here for the full story.
Starbucks rolls out delivery service for coffee drinkers
Starbucks is expanding its delivery service and aims to offer it at nearly one-fourth of its U.S. company-operated coffee shops. The company said it is launching the service Tuesday in San Francisco and will expand to some stores in New York, Boston, Washington, Chicago and Los Angeles in coming weeks. It tested the idea in 200 Miami stores last fall. Click here for full story.