Seattle minimum wage talk heats up

By MANUEL VALDES, Associated Press April 20, 2014 5:31 p.m.

SEATTLE — As the drumbeat for a $15 an hour minimum wage in Seattle grew louder last year following the election of a Socialist City Councilmember and a new mayor, the business community remained fairly quiet.

Fracking foes cringe as unions back drilling boom

April 20, 2014 5:03 p.m.

PITTSBURGH (AP) — After early complaints that out-of-state firms got the most jobs, some local construction trade workers and union members in Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia say they’re now benefiting in a big way from the Marcellus and Utica Shale oil and gas boom.

Relief sought on student loans

By Jamie Smith Hopkins, The Baltimore Sun April 20, 2014 6 a.m.

BALTIMORE — Janice Peete-Bey didn't stay long at the Baltimore trade school where she enrolled 25 years ago, leaving after the class seemed useless. But the student loan debt from her non-education haunts her to this day.

Clark County Business Briefing

April 20, 2014 6 a.m.

A weekly listing of business accomplishments and events in Clark County.

Analysis: Women's employment resilient during recessions

By Los Angeles Times April 20, 2014 6 a.m.

Women’s employment during economic recessions is more resilient than men’s, even expanding during previous recessions, according to a new analysis by a U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics economist.

Twitter to acquire data partner, microblogging service Gnip

By Sarah Frier, Bloomberg News April 20, 2014 6 a.m.

SAN FRANCISCO — Twitter is buying longtime partner Gnip, seeking to offer more insight into trends, breaking news and other data from the tweets generated by the 241 million users of the microblogging service.

Coffee flour may hit the spot for Seattle startup

By Angel Gonzalez, The Seattle Times April 20, 2014 6 a.m.

SEATTLE — In Seattle’s latest and perhaps most original contribution to the worship of java, a local startup is trying to make a new culinary staple out of coffee flour.

App makers race to keep up with updates, trends

By Andrew Wyrich, The Record (Hackensack, N.J.) April 20, 2014 6 a.m.

Smartphone application developers say they are challenged by the glut of apps as well as the need to update their software to keep up with evolving phone technology, making creative pricing strategies essential to finding their niche.

Defrosting negative public view

By CANDICE CHOI, Associated Press April 20, 2014 6 a.m.

NEW YORK — Frozen foods are about to get some badly needed image therapy.

Clark County economic recovery begins to clock in

By Gordon Oliver April 20, 2014 6 a.m.

Ever since the Great Recession was declared officially over on Sept. 20, 2010, economists have talked about the slow pace of recovery in comparison to past recessions. In Clark County, where a largely middle-income, commuter-driven economy took a deeper dive than most in the Portland metropolitan area, it sometimes felt like the rising tide of that slow recovery would never raise our boats.

Trains hauled 11M barrels of oil through Oregon in '13

April 19, 2014 11:12 p.m.

PORTLAND (AP) — The volume of oil hauled on railroads in Oregon increased last year to more than 11 million barrels — a dramatic increase from about 3 million barrels in 2012, reports to the state show.

Health worker report

By Pauline Sipponen April 19, 2014 6 a.m.

The Health Systems Quality Assurance Division of the state Department of Health recently took disciplinary actions or has withdrawn charges against these Clark County health care providers.

Feeding craving for chocolate

By Jane M. Von Bergen, The Philadelphia Inquirer April 19, 2014 6 a.m.

That chocolate Easter bunny you’re buying — or, if that isn’t your thing, that artisanal dark chocolate, that chocolate milk, or that chocolate chip cookie — chances are that, no matter what it is, no matter whose name is on it, Blommer Chocolate Co. was involved.

Record labels sue Pandora

By Chris Dolmetsch and Andy Fixmer, Bloomberg News April 19, 2014 6 a.m.

NEW YORK — Major record labels sued Pandora Media, the biggest Internet radio service, for failing to pay for using music recorded before 1972.

'Ideal' spring for asparagus

By LORETTO J. HULSE, Tri-City Herald April 19, 2014 6 a.m.

KENNEWICK — If you’re driving through Mid-Columbia farmland, look closely at the fields. Chances are good you’ll spot asparagus spears pushing up to the light. Growers began harvesting the tender spears within the past few weeks.

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