Union, United Grain deny agency's allegations

By Aaron Corvin April 23, 2014 6:01 p.m.

In their long-running contract dispute, the International Longshore and Warehouse Union and United Grain Corp. at the Port of Vancouver agree on at least one thing: The National Labor Relations Board's allegations that both sides have engaged in unfair labor practices are off base.

Trust wins grant $650K for purchase of Academy

By Tom Vogt April 23, 2014 5:15 p.m.

The Fort Vancouver National Trust has been awarded a $650,000 challenge grant from the M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust to help purchase the historic Academy building in Vancouver.

Seattle-based company reaches settlement over job seekers' documents

By By Kyung M. Song The Seattle Times April 23, 2014 5:13 p.m.

WASHINGTON — A Seattle-based international sandwich supplier has reached a settlement with the U.S. Justice Department over the company’s alleged practice of requiring specific forms of identification from job seekers who are not American citizens.

Sales of new U.S. homes plunge 14.5%

By Associated Press April 23, 2014 4:58 p.m.

WASHINGTON — The number of Americans buying new homes plummeted in March to the slowest pace in eight months, a sign that real estate's spring buying season is off to a weak start.

Apple increases stock buyback, raises dividend

By Associated Press April 23, 2014 4:53 p.m.

CUPERTINO, Calif. — Apple plans to buy back an additional $30 billion of its stock, raise its quarterly dividend by 8 percent and split its stock for the first time in nine years.

Microsoft expands ad-free Bing for schools

By Associated Press April 23, 2014 4:50 p.m.

LOS ANGELES — Microsoft is expanding a program that gives schools the ability to prevent ads from appearing in search results when they use its Bing search engine. The program, launched in a pilot program earlier this year, is now available to all U.S. schools, public or private, from kindergarten through the 12th grade.

Faster production boosts Boeing's 1Q profit

By SCOTT MAYEROWITZ, Associated Press April 23, 2014 4:45 p.m.

Boeing’s increased rate of commercial jet manufacturing is starting to pay off for shareholders.

Illegal tree-cutting could prompt hefty fine

By Eric Florip April 23, 2014 4:17 p.m.

A Vancouver man could face thousands of dollars in penalties after illegally cutting a large swath of trees on a slope near his home.

Death notices

By The Columbian April 23, 2014 6 a.m.

A daily list of death notices

Fort Vancouver site chosen for teacher development program

By Tom Vogt April 23, 2014 6 a.m.

Fort Vancouver National Historic Site is one of 13 national parks in the Pacific West Region chosen to take part in a teacher development program this summer.

Vancouver open house will set out future of landfill site

April 23, 2014 6 a.m.

An open house next week will give residents a chance to learn about long-term planning efforts at the former Leichner Landfill site in the Orchards area.

PeaceHealth receives mental health grant

April 23, 2014 6 a.m.

The PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center Foundation will be presented today with a $30,000 grant for its ADAPT program.

Volunteers have opportunities to mark Earth Day

April 23, 2014 6 a.m.

A pair of volunteer events this week will offer residents service opportunities to celebrate Earth Day, which was Tuesday.

National Trust invites nonprofits to join ‘Go 4th’ fundraising

April 22, 2014 8:57 p.m.

The Fort Vancouver National Trust is offering its “Go 4th” fundraising opportunity for nonprofit organizations, service organizations, and school teams and clubs.

Job-finding events set for May in Vancouver

April 22, 2014 8:55 p.m.

U.S. Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler, R-Camas, will host a job workshop May 9 and a job fair on May 14 in Vancouver.

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