Business

Panera rises at Steakburger site

5:28 p.m. November 21
Bakery cafe to open this year; 2 other buildings are going up, with room for one more

Steakburger is gone, but the beloved fast-food joint won't be forgotten at its former home in Hazel Dell.

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Stocks drift lower after release of Fed minutes

By ALEX VEIGA, Associated Press November 19, 2014 4:39 p.m.

U.S. financial markets pulled back slightly from their most recent record highs Wednesday, ending lower for the first time this week.

Amazon warehouse worker complaint forces changes

By Spencer Soper, Bloomberg News November 19, 2014 4:38 p.m.

PHOENIX — Amazon.com Inc. has agreed to change some of the rules for workers at the Web retailer's warehouses in the United States so that employees can communicate about pay and working conditions without fear of retaliation.

Washington budget outlook predicts $2 billion shortfall

By Associated Press November 19, 2014 2:47 p.m.

OLYMPIA — Washington lawmakers are facing a projected budget gap of more than $2 billion for the next two-year budget ending in mid-2017, in large part due to a new voter-approved initiative to shrink class sizes.

Washington unemployment rate rises to 6 percent

By Associated Press November 19, 2014 12:01 p.m.

OLYMPIA — Although the unemployment rate in Washington rose to 6 percent in October from 5.7 percent in September, there's good news in the numbers, a state labor economist said Wednesday.

Singletary: Renting can lead to financial stability, too

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

For as long as I can remember, homeownership has been a home run on the American Dream scorecard.

Port Slowdown: Christmas tree farmers' work may go to mulch

By Lynn Doan, Bloomberg News November 19, 2014 6 a.m.

SAN FRANCISCO — A West Coast dockworkers' slowdown that's curbing overseas shipment of Christmas trees may have a domestic benefit: cheaper evergreens in the continental U.S.

Homebuilders are showing more confidence this month

By Los Angeles Times November 19, 2014 6 a.m.

Single-family home builders are increasingly optimistic, as more potential buyers stroll through model homes.

Gasoline prices remain low locally, in Washington

By The Columbian November 18, 2014 4:56 p.m.

Gasoline prices held steady in Vancouver and the state of Washington last week, but they remain at the lowest level in nearly four years going into the Thanksgiving holiday season, AAA Oregon/Idaho reported Tuesday.

Facebook launches Groups app

By BARBARA ORTUTAY, Associated Press November 18, 2014 4:50 p.m.

NEW YORK — Facebook is launching a new, free mobile app for its popular Groups feature that lets users create and interact with communities on the site, whether they're based on hobbies, geography or culture.

Oregon welcomes 9,900 jobs in October

By JONATHAN J. COOPER, Associated Press November 18, 2014 4:47 p.m.

SALEM, Ore. — Oregon employers went on a hiring spree this fall, adding nearly 10,000 jobs in October and producing the largest one-month gain in nearly two decades, the state Employment Department said Tuesday.

Vancouver port budget OK'd; oil plan draws fire

By Aaron Corvin November 18, 2014 4:44 p.m.

The Port of Vancouver will head into 2015 anticipating higher operating revenue from a new initiative: a lease deal to move agricultural products from North Dakota to Vancouver on rail cars that would otherwise run empty. Meanwhile, the port will take no increase in its property tax as part of its budget for next year.

Brunell: Give charter schools a chance

By Don Brunell November 18, 2014 6 a.m.

Hurricane Katrina devastated the Gulf Coast in 2005, flooding cities and towns in four states and killing more than 1,800 people. The government response to Katrina, especially by the Federal Emergency Management Agency, became the poster child for an inept and incompetent bureaucracy.

Mailer touting oil terminal plan features key error

By Aaron Corvin November 17, 2014 5:46 p.m.

The two companies proposing an oil-by-rail terminal at the Port of Vancouver have blanketed Clark County with about 136,000 mailers touting the project's positive economic impacts, including $2 billion in "added economic value" and more than 1,000 jobs annually.

Wind energy company sues to block release of bird-death information

By DINA CAPPIELLO, Associated Press November 17, 2014 5:15 p.m.

WASHINGTON — A company that operates at least 13 wind-energy facilities across three states is suing in federal court to block the U.S. government from releasing information to The Associated Press about how many birds are found dead at its facilities.

Washington company's app for shoppers hits Target

By The Seattle Times November 17, 2014 5:04 p.m.

SEATTLE — As Black Friday looms — only 11 days away — people are making lists of must-haves for the holiday season while retailers release sale fliers and announce store hours.