Business

Google, Microsoft battle drives down prices for PCs, tablets

6 a.m. April 1

SAN FRANCISCO — Google is releasing its cheapest Chromebook laptops yet — two versions priced at $149 and aimed at undercutting Microsoft's Windows franchise and gaining ground in even more classrooms.

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Business News

U.S. stocks slide for second day

By ALEX VEIGA, Associated Press April 1, 2015 4:16 p.m.

A batch of discouraging economic news deepened investors' concerns about corporate earnings, pulling major U.S. stock indexes down on Wednesday for the second day in a row.

McDonald's revamps grilled chicken to cut ingredients

By Associated Press April 1, 2015 4:16 p.m.

NEW YORK — McDonald's says it is simplifying its grilled chicken recipe to remove ingredients people might not recognize, marking the latest sign that the company is rethinking its menu to keep up with changing tastes.

USDA: Record soybean acres expected

By DAVID PITT, Associated Press April 1, 2015 6 a.m.

DES MOINES, Iowa — Farmers are expected to plant a record number of soybean acres this year, but fewer acres of corn as profit potential for the grain remains low due to slumping prices, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said Tuesday in its first report of the new crop season.

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Briefs

Portland company buys Ridgefield Kayaking

April 1, 2015 6 a.m.

Ridgefild — Alder Creek Kayak & Canoe of Portland has acquired the assets and business operations of Ridgefield Kayaking.

State approves second location for Herbery

By The Columbian March 31, 2015 5:46 p.m.

A second Vancouver location for the Herbery, a marijuana retailer, has been approved by the State Liquor Control Board, said Jim Mullen, the store's chief operating officer.

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Strictly Business

Strictly Business: Vancouver vibe lacks, as many in tech see it

By Gordon Oliver March 29, 2015 6 a.m.

When high-end digital pen maker Wacom sprung the news this month that it would bail from Vancouver for a glitzier corporate address in Portland's Pearl District, company spokesman Doug Little acknowledged the move would be a loss to Vancouver and its technology business sector.

Strictly Business: Will jobs fall into tech gap?

By Aaron Corvin March 22, 2015 6 a.m.

I'm stuck. Stuck between two schools of thought about the inexorable shift toward higher levels of technology, toward the further distillation of automatic, mobile, social, virtual — everywhere, at all times.

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Columnists

Singletary: Short-term loans are just not worth it

By Michelle Singletary April 1, 2015 6 a.m.

I had a hallelujah moment when I saw that the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is proposing new rules that would require payday lenders to make sure that borrowers have the means to repay their loans.

Brunell: Franchises are treated unfairly by wage law

By Don Brunell March 31, 2015 6 a.m.

Ever since the $15 wage proposal was narrowly approved by City of SeaTac voters, municipal leaders in neighboring Seattle have pushed to impose the same edict.

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Real Estate

Vancouver-based firm eyes purchase of tax liens

By Gordon Oliver April 1, 2015 6 a.m.

Stephen Seal found his first business success in buying and selling rural land. Now, the investment manager, who lives in Long Beach and operates his companies out of Vancouver, is moving in a big way into investments in tax liens on foreclosed properties, mostly undeveloped land, in Florida and Arizona.

Work starts on Parade of Homes residences

By Gordon Oliver March 25, 2015 3:13 p.m.

The Building Industry Association of Clark County signaled the official launch of construction for this year's NW Natural Parade of Homes with a groundbreaking ceremony Wednesday morning at the site where six to eight luxury homes will be built for the September show.

There's change coming at Dollars Corner

By Eric Florip March 25, 2015 6 a.m.

You might say Randy Radtke is the last man standing at Dollars Corner.

Former Vancouver man's online company has roofing jobs covered

By Gordon Oliver March 23, 2015 4:42 p.m.

Josh Davis is showing that he's found a way to reduce the cost of a new roof installation by about 30 percent without sacrificing quality.

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Register for the upcoming Economic Forecast Breakfast on Jan. 22, 2015 at the Vancouver Hilton, and catch a glimpse of the growth and development opportunities that lie ahead for this region. This year's keynote features Ken Fisher, founder and CEO of Fisher Investments in Camas, who will provide his outlook for the local economy.

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