Umpqua faces challenge as it grows

By Gordon Oliver April 17, 2014 5:41 p.m.

Umpqua Bank has been on a self-proclaimed mission of changing the face of banking with its living-room-friendly "stores," its hyper-courteous employees, and the "world's greatest bank" moniker it brashly embraced years ago as a tiny Oregon community bank.

4.5 million smartphones were lost, stolen in U.S. in 2013

By Salvador Rodriguez, Los Angeles Times April 17, 2014 4:41 p.m.

A report released Thursday says 4.5 million smartphones were lost or stolen in the U.S. last year, up from 2.8 million in 2012.

Esther Short building owners sign on six tenants

By The Columbian April 17, 2014 4:37 p.m.

Owners of the downtown Esther Short Building on Thursday announced plans to move six tenants and 60 employees into the vacant structure at 610 Esther St. that is owned by an LLC made up of local investors.

Secret Service: Target hackers may take years to find

By BREE FOWLER, Associated Press April 17, 2014 4:30 p.m.

WASHINGTON — Secret Service investigators say they are close to gaining a full understanding of the methods hackers used to breach Target’s computer systems in December.

Wal-Mart adds money transfer service

By Associated Press April 17, 2014 4:22 p.m.

NEW YORK — Wal-Mart is delving deeper into financial services at its stores and shaking up the money transfer business.

Michaels: Credit, debit cards may have been exposed

By Maria Halkias, The Dallas Morning News April 17, 2014 4:14 p.m.

Michaels Stores said Thursday that about 3 million customer credit and debit cards may have been exposed to hackers due to malware found on its Michaels and Aaron Brothers systems.

Oregon audit: Shift welfare focus to jobs

By Associated Press April 17, 2014 12:09 p.m.

PORTLAND — A state audit calls on Oregon to turn its attention from getting aid to people slammed by the Great Recession to getting them jobs.

Tours of Port of Vancouver scheduled

By The Columbian April 17, 2014 6 a.m.

The Port of Vancouver will hold its first of four public tours scheduled in 2014 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, April 30.

Tech firm Alibaba set to make a splash with U.S. IPO

By Andrea Chang and Julie Makinen, Los Angeles Times April 17, 2014 6 a.m.

LOS ANGELES — The largest tech IPO of the year will come from a company that many Americans have never heard of.

Obama announces $600M in workforce training grants

By Scott Wilson, The Washington Post April 16, 2014 7:04 p.m.

OAKDALE, Pa. — President Barack Obama on Wednesday announced a pair of grant programs designed to bring academic institutions and businesses closer together to help prepare the American workforce for jobs that may otherwise go unfilled.

Prestige Plaza's grand opening celebrated

By Cami Joner April 16, 2014 5:01 p.m.

Vancouver business leaders, city officials and a sister city mayor from Japan gathered at downtown's newest housing development, Prestige Plaza, on Wednesday to acknowledge the site's past and marvel at its future.

Why high oil prices are good for airlines

By SCOTT MAYEROWITZ, Associated Press April 16, 2014 3:28 p.m.

NEW YORK — Airline executives frequently complain about fuel costs. But the truth is higher prices actually have been good for business.

Cantwell in Vancouver seeking small-business answers

By Aaron Corvin April 16, 2014 4:20 p.m.

U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell, D-Wash., on Wednesday took public testimony and asked questions at Vancouver City Hall during her first field hearing as chairwoman of the Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship.

Jobless rate steady; state adds 6,700 jobs

By RACHEL LA CORTE, Associated Press April 16, 2014 12:11 p.m.

OLYMPIA — Washington state added an estimated 6,700 jobs in March and the unemployment rate is holding steady at 6.3 percent, according to a report released Wednesday by the state Employment Security Department.

Oregon schools hiring teachers again

By Associated Press April 16, 2014 9:59 a.m.

PORTLAND — After years of layoffs or weak hiring, many school districts in Oregon are hiring teachers.

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