Insitu lands $41M Navy drone order

5:42 p.m. December 19

Insitu, the Bingen-based manufacturer of drones, has landed a $41.07 million Navy contract to supply three RQ-21A Blackjack unmanned aircraft systems.

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Business News

Changes proposed in U.S. coal royalty program

By The Associated Press December 20, 2014 6 a.m.

BILLINGS, Mont. — The U.S. government proposed changes Friday in how it values coal mined from public lands in the West to make sure companies aren't shortchanging taxpayers on sales to Asia.

Poll: Most OK with tight drone rules

By JOAN LOWY and JENNIFER AGIESTA, Associated Press December 19, 2014 5:54 p.m.

WASHINGTON — Americans broadly back tight regulations on commercial drone operators, according to a new Associated Press-GfK poll, as concerns about privacy and safety override the potential benefits of the heralded drone revolution.

Online price shifts pick up speed

By ANNE D'INNOCENZIO, Associated Press December 19, 2014 5:53 p.m.

NEW YORK — Online shopping has become as volatile as stock market trading. Wild, minute-by-minute price swings on everything from clothes to TVs have made it difficult for holiday shoppers to "buy low."

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Vancouver's Sunlight Supply buys naming rights to field

By The Columbian December 18, 2014 6 a.m.

The Vancouver Metro Senior Softball Association and Sunlight Supply Inc. on Wednesday announced that Sunlight is purchasing the naming rights for a new softball field that the association will build on Pacific Community Park property in Vancouver.

Vancouver law firm marks anniversary

By The Columbian December 17, 2014 6 a.m.

The Miller Nash law firm said Tuesday that it's celebrating 15 years in business in Vancouver this year.

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Strictly Business

Strictly Business: Experts on menu at forecast breakfast

By Gordon Oliver December 7, 2014 6 a.m.

If you really want to hear from the experts on our local Clark County economy, talk to the experts — the people working every day to provide jobs in our community.

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.

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Berko: Do you want fries with that?

By Malcolm Berko December 20, 2014 6 a.m.

Dear Mr. Berko: My 16-year-old son has saved up over $6,000 in the past two years from part-time jobs and wants to invest this money. He has done some research on the computer, and his investment of choice is McDonald's. I also looked it up and read that the company's revenues and earnings are falling and have been for several years. My son did a lot of work on this stock. I don't want him to make a mistake. How can I tell him he's wrong without stifling his initiative?

Singletary: Do's and don'ts of charitable giving

By Michelle Singletary December 19, 2014 6 a.m.

The requests for donations have increased as they usually do during the holiday season.

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Real Estate

National trust acquires Academy building

By Tom Vogt December 16, 2014 10:07 p.m.

One of the most historic buildings in the Pacific Northwest has entered a new era, with Fort Vancouver National Trust acquiring the Academy building in downtown Vancouver.

Trail Tech expands in Battle Ground

By Justin Runquist December 12, 2014 6 a.m.

In the quiet southeast reaches of Battle Ground, business is bustling for Trail Tech as the high-tech company prepares for a massive expansion.

Ridgefield group means business

By Justin Runquist December 10, 2014 6 a.m.

As Ridgefield continues to rank among Washington's fastest-growing cities, a consortium of business owners and residents hopes to ensure its quiet downtown streets keep pace with the rest of the city.

Port mulls plans for 108-acre Centennial site

By Aaron Corvin December 8, 2014 4:44 p.m.

The Port of Vancouver is expected Tuesday to update its big-picture plan for making land and building improvements, including considering a series of proposals that would advance the development of its 108-acre Centennial Industrial Park.

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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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