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Sprinklers water grass near a street corner Friday, April 9, 2021, in the Summerlin neighborhood of northwest Las Vegas. A desert city built on a reputation for excess wants to become a model for restraint with a first-in-the-nation policy limiting water use by banning grass that nobody walks on.

Las Vegas pushes to become first to ban ornamental grass

Sprinklers water grass near a street corner Friday, April 9, 2021, in the Summerlin neighborhood of northwest Las Vegas. A desert city built on a reputation for excess wants to become a model for restraint with a first-in-the-nation policy limiting water use by banning grass that nobody walks on.

April 11, 2021, 1:40pm Business

LAS VEGAS — A desert city built on a reputation for excess and indulgence wants to become a model for restraint and conservation with a first-in-the-nation policy banning grass that nobody walks on. Read story

FILE - In this April 7, 2021, file photo Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo speaks during a press briefing at the White House in Washington. Raimondo estimates she has talked to more than 50 business leaders about the $2.3 trillion infrastructure package that includes corporate tax increases, She is encouraging companies to focus on the entire package instead of the tax increases.

Business faces tricky path navigating post-Trump politics

FILE - In this April 7, 2021, file photo Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo speaks during a press briefing at the White House in Washington. Raimondo estimates she has talked to more than 50 business leaders about the $2.3 trillion infrastructure package that includes corporate tax increases, She is encouraging companies to focus on the entire package instead of the tax increases.

April 11, 2021, 1:40pm Business

WASHINGTON — For more than a half-century, the voice emerging from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s monolithic, Beaux Arts-styled building near the White House was predictable: It was the embodiment of American business and, more specifically, a shared set of interests with the Republican Party. Read story

FILE - This Oct. 26, 2017 file photo shows the corporate logo of LG Electronics in Goyang, South Korea. Two South Korean electric vehicle battery makers have settled a long-running trade dispute that will allow one of them to move ahead with plans to make batteries in Georgia. That's according to a person briefed on the matter.

Biden sees ‘win’ for U.S. in electric vehicle battery deal

FILE - This Oct. 26, 2017 file photo shows the corporate logo of LG Electronics in Goyang, South Korea. Two South Korean electric vehicle battery makers have settled a long-running trade dispute that will allow one of them to move ahead with plans to make batteries in Georgia. That's according to a person briefed on the matter.

April 11, 2021, 1:33pm Business

WASHINGTON — Two big South Korean electric vehicle battery makers said Sunday they have settled a long-running trade dispute that will allow one company to move ahead with plans to manufacture batteries in Georgia. President Joe Biden called it “a win for American workers and the American auto industry.” Read story

FILE - In this Aug. 4, 2009 file photo, a crop duster sprays a field in Alabama. A study published in the journal Science on Thursday, April 1, 2021 finds that farmers in the U.S. are using smaller amounts of better targeted pesticides, but these are harming pollinators, aquatic insects and some plants far more than decades ago.

Study: Pesticide use falls, but harms pollinators more

FILE - In this Aug. 4, 2009 file photo, a crop duster sprays a field in Alabama. A study published in the journal Science on Thursday, April 1, 2021 finds that farmers in the U.S. are using smaller amounts of better targeted pesticides, but these are harming pollinators, aquatic insects and some plants far more than decades ago.

April 11, 2021, 6:54am Business

American farmers are using smaller amounts of better targeted pesticides, but these are harming pollinators, aquatic insects and some plants far more than decades ago, a new study finds. Read story

The Washington Employment Security Department has a page on its website dedicated to those who have lost hours or wages due to COVID-19.

Clark County unemployment claims continue to fall

The Washington Employment Security Department has a page on its website dedicated to those who have lost hours or wages due to COVID-19.

April 11, 2021, 6:03am Business

The best statistic to reflect Clark County’s job market is the total continued unemployment insurance claims filed every week by residents. Thankfully, it continued a downward trend last week, according to Scott Bailey, regional labor economist for Southwest Washington. Claims fell from 14,585 to 14,537. Read story

Mechanic Jeremy O'Hearn welds a part at Vigor Industrial in Vancouver in 2019. The Vancouver shipyard is partnering with Clark College on a welding program starting the summer term.

Clark College, Vigor partner on welding program

Mechanic Jeremy O'Hearn welds a part at Vigor Industrial in Vancouver in 2019. The Vancouver shipyard is partnering with Clark College on a welding program starting the summer term.

April 11, 2021, 6:03am Business

Behind a partnership with Vigor Industrial’s Vancouver shipyard, Clark College’s welding facility will launch a six-credit marine and pipe welding course starting in the summer 2021 term. Read story

FILE - In this March 9, 2020, file photo, Tesla and SpaceX Chief Executive Officer Elon Musk speaks at the SATELLITE Conference and Exhibition in Washington. Musk has tweeted his way into trouble with another federal agency, this time the National Labor Relations Board. The board on Thursday, March 25, 2021 found that a Musk tweet in May of 2018 unlawfully threatened employees with loss of stock options if they decided to be represented by a union. Board members ordered Tesla to make Musk delete the tweet and stop threatening employees with loss of benefits for supporting a labor organization.

Elon Musk wants to create his own city. Here’s how that could work

FILE - In this March 9, 2020, file photo, Tesla and SpaceX Chief Executive Officer Elon Musk speaks at the SATELLITE Conference and Exhibition in Washington. Musk has tweeted his way into trouble with another federal agency, this time the National Labor Relations Board. The board on Thursday, March 25, 2021 found that a Musk tweet in May of 2018 unlawfully threatened employees with loss of stock options if they decided to be represented by a union. Board members ordered Tesla to make Musk delete the tweet and stop threatening employees with loss of benefits for supporting a labor organization.

April 11, 2021, 6:02am Business

The secluded Texas beachside community of Boca Chica Village was once a haven for retirees, snowbirds and outdoorsy people who enjoyed dirt biking, fishing or lounging near the water. Read story

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April 11, 2021, 6:02am Business Briefs

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People wearing face masks as a precautionary measure against the spread of the novel coronavirus, COVID-19, queue to buy food in Havana, Cuba on March 22, 2021.

Cuban official: Island open to Cuban Americans investing, ‘strengthening ties’ with Cuba

People wearing face masks as a precautionary measure against the spread of the novel coronavirus, COVID-19, queue to buy food in Havana, Cuba on March 22, 2021.

April 11, 2021, 6:00am Business

Cuba’s Ministry of Foreign Trade and Foreign Investment is opening the door to Cuban Americans who want to participate in foreign investment projects as the island tries to jump-start its beleaguered economy and encourage Washington to loosen sanctions. Read story

Amazon distribution center in Torrazza, Italy. Top U.S. lawmakers say the digital service tax adopted by countries like Italy unfairly targets top American tech companies.

U.S. confronts ‘digital dagger’ from overseas aimed at top tech companies

Amazon distribution center in Torrazza, Italy. Top U.S. lawmakers say the digital service tax adopted by countries like Italy unfairly targets top American tech companies.

April 11, 2021, 6:00am Business

Late last month, the Biden administration signaled that it was preparing to slap a 25 percent tariff on goods imported from six countries, including the United Kingdom, in retaliation for a digital service tax those countries were set to collect on search engines, social media companies and online retailers that… Read story