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Clark County home sales continue to improve

5:20 p.m. April 14
Residential values climb, more list properties as local job picture brightens

Clark County home sales continued to show signs of improvement in March, as residential values increased and more sellers listed their properties for sale.

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Upscale subdivision planned for Camas

By Cami Joner April 15, 2014 4:52 p.m.

With the promise of 53 upscale homes, a planned Camas subdivision is already attracting buyers with the financial means to pay for views and custom-home features.

Oregon reports significant jobs growth in March

By The Columbian April 15, 2014 4:51 p.m.

SALEM, Ore. — Oregon state economists say March saw the largest one-month increase in jobs since well before the Great Recession.

OSHA fines Portland port terminal operator

By STEVEN DuBOIS, Associated Press April 15, 2014 4:30 p.m.

PORTLAND — The company that operates the Port of Portland’s container terminal has been fined $18,360 following a safety inspection by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

Cantwell to visit Vancouver on Wednesday, focus on small businesses

By Gordon Oliver April 15, 2014 4:27 p.m.

Sen. Maria Cantwell, will host a field hearing of the Senate Small Business Committee at 10:30 a.m. today at Vancouver City Hall, 415 W. Sixth St.

Washington View: Total pay crucial in minimum wage debate

By Don Brunell April 15, 2014 6 a.m.

One of the problems with the minimum wage debate is the name itself. If we want to ensure that we don’t hurt lower-income workers, we should consider total compensation, not just wages.

Small-business owners lose more than a week a year to tax preparation

By J.D. Harrison, The Washington Post April 15, 2014 6 a.m.

WASHINGTON — Carol Supplee thought she had everything in order.

County seeks data on fee-waiver program

By Tyler Graf April 14, 2014 8:50 p.m.

Waiving fees on new commercial development is expected to cost Clark County, but that hasn't stopped the program's top supporter from directing staff to look more closely at how such waivers could pencil out.

BNSF officials tell Vancouver safety top priority

By Stephanie Rice April 14, 2014 8:12 p.m.

BNSF Railway officials emphasized a safety-first mentality, billions of dollars' worth of capital investments and a pledge to spend millions training first responders in the event of an oil spill during a workshop Monday with the Vancouver City Council.

April 15 not much of a deadline for most

By STEPHEN OHLEMACHER, Associated Press April 14, 2014 5:27 p.m.

WASHINGTON — The calendar shows April 15, and you haven’t even started on your federal tax return? Chances are, you don’t need to fret.

Late filers keep local tax preparers busy

By Gordon Oliver April 14, 2014 4:26 p.m.

Taxpayers aiming to avoid heavy fees imposed on those who wait to file kept tax preparers busy Monday with a last-minute push to beat the federal income tax filing deadline of midnight today.

Oregon employers report big boost in vacancies

By JONATHAN J. COOPER, Associated Press April 14, 2014 4:18 p.m.

SALEM, Ore. — Oregon employers are reporting 10,000 more job vacancies than they had a year ago and more trouble finding the right candidates, leading to higher wages, according to a report released Monday by the Oregon Employment Department.

Working in Clark County: Dentist Constant Lu

By Mary Ricks April 14, 2014 6 a.m.

Constant Lu opened his first office in Hazel Dell shortly after he graduated from dentistry school. “I like the community,” Lu says. “People are friendly, open and there are many ways for people to get involved.” Lu is very involved, donating many hours to providing dental services to those in need through Compassion Connect.

Bezos family donates $20M to Seattle cancer center

By The Associated Press April 13, 2014 4:41 p.m.

SEATTLE — The family of Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos is donating $20 million to the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center.

Clark County business briefing

April 13, 2014 6 a.m.

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Clark County home sales continue to improve

Clark County home sales continued to show signs of improvement in March, as residential values increased and more sellers listed their properties for sale.

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