Clocking in on Thanksgiving in Vancouver

6 a.m. November 27
Fred Meyer employee one of many local retail workers who toil on Turkey Day

On a recent November afternoon, Sheryl Procopio, a home clerk and cashier for the Fred Meyer in Orchards, walked the floor, fluidly connecting with customers.

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Business News

Millions expected to shop on Thanksgiving

By ANNE D'INNOCENZIO, Associated Press November 27, 2014 10:16 a.m.

NEW YORK — Millions of Americans are expected to head to the stores for holiday gift shopping on Thanksgiving in what's quickly becoming a new holiday tradition.

Barnes & Noble offers books signed by authors — in stores only

By Alison Griswold, Slate November 27, 2014 6 a.m.

Instead of competing head on with Amazon this Black Friday, Barnes & Noble is looking to offer something that the online retailer can't.

Polls: Health coverage still a priority for employers

By TOM MURPHY and JENNIFER AGIESTA, Associated Press November 27, 2014 6 a.m.

Employers squeezed by years of rising medical costs and pressure from the health care overhaul are still making employee health insurance a priority, but that coverage may grow skimpier in the coming years.

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CREDC reps attend China conference on composites

By The Columbian November 27, 2014 6 a.m.

Columbia River Economic Development Council representatives attended the JEC Asia Composites Show and Conferences in Singapore Nov. 17 to 19 as part of CREDC's effort "to support the growing composites industry in Clark County," the public-private organization said in a news release.

Tesoro Refinery builds fuel rack to fill tanker trucks

By Associated Press November 26, 2014 6 a.m.

MOUNT VERNON — A $23 million construction project will soon give the Tesoro Refinery in Anacortes the capability to fill fuel tanker trucks.

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Strictly Business

Strictly Business: Driving on with new technology

By Gordon Oliver November 16, 2014 6 a.m.

Ready or not, we're approaching the day when we'll hand control of our cars over to computers.

Strictly Business: Downside for falling gas prices?

By Gordon Oliver November 2, 2014 6 a.m.

We love those lower gas prices, right? We drive away from the pump with a few more dollars for groceries, movies, maybe even our savings accounts to backstop our flat wages.

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Singletary: When free money isn't really free

By Michelle Singletary November 26, 2014 6 a.m.

We have become a nation charmed by offers that something might be free. Especially when it comes to credit.

Brunell: Freedom is a fragile thing

By Don Brunell November 25, 2014 6 a.m.

For some, Thanksgiving is a time to gather with family and friends and give thanks for the blessings we enjoy. For others, it's a time to volunteer at soup kitchens to help the less fortunate. For still others, it's simply a chance to eat a huge meal and watch football.

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Real Estate

Parking at premium near Union High

By Tyler Graf November 26, 2014 2 p.m.

Residents of a Clark County subdivision between Vancouver and Camas are considering rules that would dictate who could park in their neighborhood — but their plans might not stop there.

Panera rises at Steakburger site

By Gordon Oliver November 21, 2014 5:28 p.m.

Steakburger is gone, but the beloved fast-food joint won't be forgotten at its former home in Hazel Dell.

Homeownership program expands to Clark County

By The Columbian November 20, 2014 6 a.m.

Proud Ground, an Oregon nonprofit agency that aims to provide affordable homeownership for low- to middle-income, first-time homebuyers, has won a grant to expand its services into Clark County.

Full recovery eludes local home prices

By Gordon Oliver and Justin Runquist November 16, 2014 6 a.m.

David Capolarello bought his home in a quiet Hazel Dell neighborhood in 2008. At the time, housing prices were near their peak following a stratospheric climb that was fueled by easy money and low or no-down payment deals. Homeownership was on the rise, and some thought the good days would keep on rolling.

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