Wal-Mart names CEO

By Renee Dudley, Bloomberg News July 25, 2014 6:23 p.m.

Empty shelves, grumpy customers, long lines at the register: These are just some of the challenges facing Wal-Mart Stores Inc.'s new U.S. chief.

Environmental groups appeal decision on oil terminal

By Aaron Corvin July 25, 2014 6:10 p.m.

Two environmental groups on Friday filed an appeal seeking to overturn a lower court's decision that the Port of Vancouver complied with state environmental laws when it approved a lease for the Northwest's largest oil transfer terminal.

Retailers scale back 2014 sales expectations

By Kevin G. Hall, McClatchy Washington Bureau July 25, 2014 5:47 p.m.

WASHINGTON — A projected strong second half of 2014 won't be enough to offset the hit retailers took from harsh winter weather, the National Retail Federation said Wednesday, lowering its earlier sales forecasts for the year.

Record year for only nuclear plant in Northwest

By The Associated Press July 25, 2014 5:17 p.m.

RICHLAND — The operators of the only nuclear power plant in the Northwest say it generated a record amount of electricity in the fiscal year that ended in June.

Zillow purchase of Trulia would be 'blockbuster'

By Alex Sherman, Jeffrey McCracken and Prashant Gopal, Bloomberg News July 25, 2014 5:14 p.m.

A Zillow purchase of Trulia would create a dominant search website for U.S. house hunters, reshaping an online industry the companies helped popularize.

Boeing CEO apologizes for 'cowering' remarks

By Rami Grunbaum, The Seattle Times July 25, 2014 5:11 p.m.

Boeing CEO Jim McNerney apologized Friday in a companywide message for telling analysts this week that he won't retire after turning 65 next month because "the heart will still be beating, the employees will still be cowering."

Oregon oil train safety report calls for more rail inspectors, fees

By Cassandra Profita, EarthFix July 25, 2014 4:16 p.m.

A statewide rail safety report released today identifies gaps in the resources Oregon needs needs to prevent and respond to an oil train derailment.

Washington state competed for Tesla factory

By Associated Press July 25, 2014 9:50 a.m.

OLYMPIA — State officials say Washington competed to win a massive battery factory for Tesla Motors electric cars, but didn't make the list of finalists.

Tuscany Homes buys building owned by The Arc

By The Columbian July 25, 2014 6 a.m.

A long-vacant building owned by The Arc of Clark County at 9415 N.E. Fourth Plain Blvd. has sold for $550,000 and will become headquarters for Tuscany Homes, a home construction company.

BNSF loses freight to Union Pacific amid rail delays

By Thomas Black, Bloomberg News July 25, 2014 6 a.m.

DALLAS — BNSF Railway Co., the only U.S. railroad ordered by the regulator to provide weekly service updates, is losing market share to Union Pacific Corp., its main competitor, as train speeds slow and on-time deliveries drop.

Across U.S. job market, layoffs becoming rare

By Associated Press July 25, 2014 6 a.m.

WASHINGTON — The risk of losing your job is getting smaller and smaller. As the U.S. economy has improved and employers have regained confidence, companies have been steadily shedding fewer workers. It’s a big reason why applications for unemployment benefits have dwindled to their lowest level since February 2006 — nearly two years before the Great Recession began — the government said Thursday.

Sparks building transforming

By Courtney Sherwood July 24, 2014 6:49 p.m.

As developer Ryan Hurley walked through his latest downtown Vancouver acquisition on a recent July morning, he spoke of a vision beyond the gutted former home of Sparks Home Furnishings.

TV advertising sales fall short of target

By Meg James, Los Angeles Times July 24, 2014 4:48 p.m.

TV advertisers are being unexpectedly tight-fisted.

Habitat for Humanity Store grand opening Friday, Saturday

By The Columbian July 24, 2014 8:18 p.m.

The big-windowed building near the corner of Southeast Mill Plain and Interstate 205 used to sell used cars for profit. Now it sells used and donated building materials, and folds the revenues into the construction of new homes for the working poor.

Amazon shares shrink after big 2Q loss

By Jay Greene, The Seattle Times July 24, 2014 4:40 p.m.

Amazon.com shares sank in after-hours trading after the online retail giant posted a second-quarter loss that was larger than Wall Street expected.

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