State's effective property tax rate bests U.S. average

By The Columbian March 4, 2015 6 a.m.

Washington's effective property tax rate in 2014 was lower than the national average, according to a study released Tuesday by RealtyTrak, a California-based housing research firm.

Gas prices jump in Vancouver, across state

March 4, 2015 6 a.m.

It's time to put more money for gasoline back into the family budget.

U.S. short on storage for oil; price collapse next?

By JONATHAN FAHEY, Associated Press March 4, 2015 6 a.m.

NEW YORK — The U.S. has so much crude that it is running out of places to put it, and that could drive oil and gasoline prices even lower.

Farmers urge Clark County council to protect agriculture

By Kaitlin Gillespie March 3, 2015 9:53 p.m.

A group of local farmers and food advocates urged the Clark County council Tuesday to consider action they say would protect and encourage local agriculture.

Oil magnates ask Congress to lift export ban

By Sean Cockerham, McClatchy Washington Bureau March 3, 2015 4:30 p.m.

WASHINGTON — As the number of U.S. drilling rigs plummets by a third and thousands in the industry face layoffs, oil companies are focusing on an effort to persuade Congress to lift the longstanding ban on oil exports.

Best Buy signals new cost-cutting phase

By David Phelps, Star Tribune March 3, 2015 4:23 p.m.

MINNEAPOLIS — Best Buy on Tuesday announced plans to reduce operating costs by $400 million over the next three years.

CEO group: Trade would increase hiring in the U.S.

By JIM KUHNHENN, Associated Press March 3, 2015 4:08 p.m.

WASHINGTON — Top business executives are pressing Congress to give President Barack Obama greater authority to negotiate international trade deals, citing the potential for increased hiring in the United States and greater competitiveness for their companies overseas.

Target to lay off thousands, sharpen product categories

By Kavita Kumar, Star Tribune (Minneapolis) March 3, 2015 3:57 p.m.

NEW YORK — Target will cut "several thousand" jobs over the next two years, the company said Tuesday, as it sharpens merchandise and spends more on digital initiatives.

Costco names Citi, Visa as new credit card partners after AmEx deal ends

By Javier Panzar, Los Angeles Times March 3, 2015 6 a.m.

Citigroup Inc. will become the exclusive issuer of Costco's credit cards and Visa Inc. will replace American Express as the credit card network for Costco's stores starting in 2016, the retailer announced Monday.

IRS audits of U.S. businesses at lowest level since 2005

By Bloomberg News March 3, 2015 6 a.m.

WASHINGTON — The Internal Revenue Service audited 0.57 percent of U.S. businesses in 2014, the lowest rate since 2005.

Google to offer own cellular network plan

By JOSEPH WILSON, Associated Press March 2, 2015 4:37 p.m.

BARCELONA, Spain — Google will soon be offering cellular network plans in a bid to bridge the gap between the realms of Internet services and mobile device software it dominates.

Dot-com deja vu: Nasdaq again tops 5,000

By STEVE ROTHWELL, Associated Press March 2, 2015 4:36 p.m.

NEW YORK — The last time the Nasdaq was this high, Bill Clinton was president, your Internet connection was probably still dial-up and the iPod, iPhone and iPad didn't exist.

HP purchasing Aruba Networks for $2.7B

By BRANDON BAILEY, Associated Press March 2, 2015 4:35 p.m.

SAN FRANCISCO — Hewlett-Packard is buying wireless networking company Aruba Networks for about $2.7 billion, in what amounts to HP's first major acquisition since its disastrous purchase of a British software company in 2011.

Port of C-W ready for building phase of major projects

By Aaron Corvin March 2, 2015 4:28 p.m.

The Port of Camas-Washougal is poised to launch several major construction projects, including a park and trail, and a building that will enable an existing tenant to expand.

Barnes & Noble will spin off college-bookstore business

By Matt Townsend, Bloomberg News March 2, 2015 6 a.m.

NEW YORK — Barnes & Noble Inc. will spin off its college-bookstore business from its retail chain and Nook e-reader operations, creating two publicly traded companies.

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