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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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Seattle minimum wage talk heats up

By MANUEL VALDES, Associated Press April 20, 2014 5:31 p.m.

SEATTLE — As the drumbeat for a $15 an hour minimum wage in Seattle grew louder last year following the election of a Socialist City Councilmember and a new mayor, the business community remained fairly quiet.

Fracking foes cringe as unions back drilling boom

April 20, 2014 5:03 p.m.

PITTSBURGH (AP) — After early complaints that out-of-state firms got the most jobs, some local construction trade workers and union members in Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia say they’re now benefiting in a big way from the Marcellus and Utica Shale oil and gas boom.

Relief sought on student loans

By Jamie Smith Hopkins, The Baltimore Sun April 20, 2014 6 a.m.

BALTIMORE — Janice Peete-Bey didn't stay long at the Baltimore trade school where she enrolled 25 years ago, leaving after the class seemed useless. But the student loan debt from her non-education haunts her to this day.

Clark County Business Briefing

April 20, 2014 6 a.m.

A weekly listing of business accomplishments and events in Clark County.

Clark County economic recovery begins to clock in

By Gordon Oliver April 20, 2014 6 a.m.

Ever since the Great Recession was declared officially over on Sept. 20, 2010, economists have talked about the slow pace of recovery in comparison to past recessions. In Clark County, where a largely middle-income, commuter-driven economy took a deeper dive than most in the Portland metropolitan area, it sometimes felt like the rising tide of that slow recovery would never raise our boats.

Twitter to acquire data partner, microblogging service Gnip

By Sarah Frier, Bloomberg News April 20, 2014 6 a.m.

SAN FRANCISCO — Twitter is buying longtime partner Gnip, seeking to offer more insight into trends, breaking news and other data from the tweets generated by the 241 million users of the microblogging service.

Analysis: Women's employment resilient during recessions

By Los Angeles Times April 20, 2014 6 a.m.

Women’s employment during economic recessions is more resilient than men’s, even expanding during previous recessions, according to a new analysis by a U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics economist.

Defrosting negative public view

By CANDICE CHOI, Associated Press April 20, 2014 6 a.m.

NEW YORK — Frozen foods are about to get some badly needed image therapy.

App makers race to keep up with updates, trends

By Andrew Wyrich, The Record (Hackensack, N.J.) April 20, 2014 6 a.m.

Smartphone application developers say they are challenged by the glut of apps as well as the need to update their software to keep up with evolving phone technology, making creative pricing strategies essential to finding their niche.

Coffee flour may hit the spot for Seattle startup

By Angel Gonzalez, The Seattle Times April 20, 2014 6 a.m.

SEATTLE — In Seattle’s latest and perhaps most original contribution to the worship of java, a local startup is trying to make a new culinary staple out of coffee flour.

energy boom has odd couples

By NICHOLAS RICCARDI, Associated Press April 20, 2014 12:05 a.m.

DENVER — The U.S. energy boom is blurring the traditional political battle lines across the country.

Delay won't quell political wrangling over Keystone

By JOSH LEDERMAN, Associated Press April 20, 2014 12:05 a.m.

WASHINGTON — Democrats sweating this year’s elections may be hoping that the Obama administration’s latest delay to the proposed Keystone XL pipeline takes a politically fraught issue off the table for the midterms. Fat chance.

Vancouver seeks oil spill risk assessment

By Aaron Corvin and Erin Middlewood April 19, 2014 11:41 p.m.

The city of Vancouver is seeking an independent assessment of the region's readiness for possible oil spills, explosions or other accidents that may result from the Northwest's largest proposed oil-by-train terminal.

Trains hauled 11M barrels of oil through Oregon in '13

April 19, 2014 11:12 p.m.

PORTLAND (AP) — The volume of oil hauled on railroads in Oregon increased last year to more than 11 million barrels — a dramatic increase from about 3 million barrels in 2012, reports to the state show.

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.

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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retail & real estate reporter
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