Clark County job growth remains 'very strong'

4:20 p.m. April 21

Clark County's employment growth "remained very strong" in the 12 months ending in March, the region's labor economist reported Tuesday, adding 6,700 jobs and posting an annualized growth rate of 4.8 percent.

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Papa Murphy's balances success, controversy

By Aaron Corvin April 19, 2015 6 a.m.

As Papa Murphy's prepares to mark a successful first anniversary as a publicly traded corporation, current and former franchisees have updated their lawsuit against the Vancouver-based company. The new claims beef up an initial complaint filed last April, around the same time Papa Murphy's conducted its initial public offering of stock, that the company misled them about the challenges of getting into the take-and-bake pizza business.

Increase in oil trains heightens awareness of safety record

By Aaron Corvin and Eric Florip April 19, 2015 6 a.m.

Rail accidents happen in Clark County, and they happen regularly. Most go unnoticed by the public.

Finance officials see rising risks to economic recovery

By MARTIN CRUTSINGER and HARRY DUNPHY, Associated Press April 18, 2015 4:38 p.m.

WASHINGTON — World finance officials said Saturday they see a number of threats on the horizon for a global economy still clawing back from the deepest recession in seven decades, and a potential Greek debt default presents the most immediate risk.

Berko: Recently widowed preyed upon

By Malcolm Berko April 18, 2015 6 a.m.

Dear Mr. Berko: A dear friend of mine passed away after an extended illness, and I agreed, pursuant to his wishes, to help his wife, Alice, with the new responsibilities of her financial affairs. My first duty was to convince the funeral home that $32,000 was more money than Alice cared to spend for a casket. After posting an obituary, Alice was inundated by letters and emails with offers that looked shady. She got calls from real estate agents who wanted to list her home and help her downsize to a smaller residence. Alice got calls from car dealers, one of whom recommended she trade her 4-year-old Lincoln with 21,000 miles for a new car with a five-year, 50,000-mile warranty. She was told by carpetbaggers that her house needs a new roof, a new paint job and a new air conditioner. And various charities have used her confusion to solicit donations. To those without financial knowledge or an experienced eye, these types of solicitations appear necessary and legitimate.

Jobs picture brightens for grads

By PAUL WISEMAN, Associated Press April 18, 2015 6 a.m.

WASHINGTON — The consulting and accounting firm EY is aggressively recruiting on college campuses this spring. The company formerly known as Ernst & Young plans to hire 9,000 graduates from U.S. universities this year, up from 7,500 in 2014. But recruiting isn't as easy as it used to be.

Organic products are growing on consumers

By MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press April 18, 2015 6 a.m.

The higher price of organic foods and other products doesn't seem to be deterring consumers: Sales jumped 11 percent last year, an industry report says.

Apple Watch's availability to remain limited to online

By BRANDON BAILEY, Associated Press April 18, 2015 6 a.m.

SAN FRANCISCO — If you're planning on buying the new Apple Watch, don't expect to walk into a store and leave with one next week.

Guard stands watch at BNSF Railway line

By Justin Runquist April 17, 2015 10:04 p.m.

Washougal Mayor Sean Guard plans to camp out next to BNSF tracks, counting each and every train that passes until Friday, April 24.

Census Bureau sets event to hire field representatives

April 17, 2015 5:39 p.m.

Vancouver — The U.S. Census Bureau is hosting a hiring event April 24 to find candidates for short-term work as field representatives for a Clark County survey.

PeaceHealth names new senior vice president

By The Columbian April 17, 2015 5:38 p.m.

PeaceHealth said Friday that Dan Hein is its new senior vice president and chief information officer.

Wal-Mart to cut layer of management at stores

By Renee Dudley and Matt Townsend, Bloomberg News April 17, 2015 4:26 p.m.

NEW YORK — Wal-Mart Stores is eliminating a layer of in-store management, part of efforts to simplify operations at the world's largest retailer, people familiar with the decision said.

Greece default fears rattle stock markets

By BERNARD CONDON, Associated Press April 17, 2015 4:11 p.m.

NEW YORK — Fear that Greece could default and abandon the euro is rattling global financial markets.

Mustard may spice up Heinz's image

By Teresa F. Lindeman, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette April 17, 2015 3:23 p.m.

PITTSBURGH — Perhaps the H.J. Heinz Co. just needed a good hot dog to serve its new mustard on.

Verizon slices up the bundle, lets customers choose

By TALI ARBEL, Associated Press April 17, 2015 11:15 a.m.

NEW YORK — Under pressure from an expanding number of cheaper online video services, the long-dominant bundle of channels offered by pay-TV companies is becoming a bit more flexible.

Machinists withdraw request for S.C. Boeing union vote

By BRUCE SMITH, Associated Press April 17, 2015 10:40 a.m.

CHARLESTON, S.C. — The Machinists union is delaying its attempt to organize Boeing workers in South Carolina, announcing Friday that it's withdrawing a petition to hold a union vote next week because of what it called a toxic atmosphere and political interference.

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.