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Cantwell airs oil terminal concerns

8:50 p.m. April 16
U.S. senator seeking more federal dollars to address safety issues

Gov. Jay Inslee, who will have the ultimate say over the construction of what would be the Northwest's largest oil-by-rail transfer terminal in Vancouver, hasn't taken a stand on the project. But members of the state's Congressional delegation are weighing in.

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Feeding craving for chocolate

By Jane M. Von Bergen, The Philadelphia Inquirer April 19, 2014 6 a.m.

That chocolate Easter bunny you’re buying — or, if that isn’t your thing, that artisanal dark chocolate, that chocolate milk, or that chocolate chip cookie — chances are that, no matter what it is, no matter whose name is on it, Blommer Chocolate Co. was involved.

Record labels sue Pandora

By Chris Dolmetsch and Andy Fixmer, Bloomberg News April 19, 2014 6 a.m.

NEW YORK — Major record labels sued Pandora Media, the biggest Internet radio service, for failing to pay for using music recorded before 1972.

'Ideal' spring for asparagus

By LORETTO J. HULSE, Tri-City Herald April 19, 2014 6 a.m.

KENNEWICK — If you’re driving through Mid-Columbia farmland, look closely at the fields. Chances are good you’ll spot asparagus spears pushing up to the light. Growers began harvesting the tender spears within the past few weeks.

Union rejects Boeing contract in Calif.

By Pat Maio, The Orange County Register April 18, 2014 5:58 p.m.

The aerospace union that represents an estimated 1,000 workers on Boeing Co.’s dying C-17 cargo jet program in Long Beach, Calif., rejected a proposed contract because of cuts to pension and medical benefits, union officials announced Thursday.

Report: Payrolls up in most states in March

By Shobhana Chandra, Bloomberg News April 18, 2014 5:50 p.m.

WASHINGTON — Payrolls climbed in 34 states in March and unemployment rates fell in 21, showing the job market was making progress across much of the world's largest economy.

Auditor won't investigate port complaint

By Aaron Corvin April 18, 2014 5:46 p.m.

The Washington State Auditor's Office says it won't investigate a complaint filed by a Vancouver resident about the Port of Vancouver's closed-door discussion of a lease to build the Northwest's largest oil transfer terminal.

Northwest Pipe to provide material for Texas project

By The Columbian April 18, 2014 5:39 p.m.

Northwest Pipe Co. says it's been chosen to provide 81,958 feet of 108-inch diameter welded pipe for a pipeline project to boost the volume of water delivered from East Texas lakes to the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

Internal documents show dip in morale at Boeing

By Dominic Gates, The Seattle Times April 18, 2014 5:37 p.m.

SEATTLE — Boeing Co.'s December disclosure that it will transfer about 1,000 research engineering jobs out of Washington has sown widespread internal dissent, distrust and confusion, according to internal employee feedback gathered by company managers.

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.

Prestige Plaza's grand opening celebrated

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.

Aaron Corvin
port & economy reporter
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Cami Joner
retail & real estate reporter
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