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Ethanol producers urge FDA to ease rules

March 26, 2020, 7:21pm Business

DES MOINES, Iowa — As hospitals and nursing homes desperately search for hand sanitizer amid the coronavirus outbreak, federal regulators are preventing ethanol producers from providing millions of gallons of alcohol that could be transformed into the germ-killing mixture. Read story

Surge in Clark County, state jobless claims not to be last

March 26, 2020, 7:18pm Business

The number of unemployment claims in Clark County last week spiked by 1,575 percent compared with the week before, signaling the first set of employment impacts from the COVID-19 outbreak. Read story

Oregon jobless claims quintupled last week

March 26, 2020, 5:34pm Business

New unemployment claims in Oregon shot up fivefold last week in the days after Gov. Kate Brown issued an order shutting bars and restaurants to contain the spread of the deadly coronavirus. Read story

Stocks surge again after relief bill passed; indexes up 6%

March 26, 2020, 2:15pm Business

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks marched higher for a third straight day Friday as a massive coronavirus relief bill moved closer to passing Congress and Wall Street took some historically bad unemployment figures in stride. Read story

Clark County cannabis stores jump on rules allowing sales with curbside pickup

March 26, 2020, 12:55pm Business

The ongoing COVID-19 outbreak has prompted a temporary addition to Washington’s retail cannabis industry: drive-up service. Several Vancouver-area cannabis stores have immediately jumped on board, advertising online ordering with curbside pickup options. Read story

Virus shutdowns cause huge spike in Washington jobless claims

March 26, 2020, 12:53pm Business

OLYMPIA — Washington saw an 843 percent week-over-week increase in claims for unemployment benefits last week as businesses started to temporarily close under state-mandated orders to slow the spread of coronavirus. Read story

3.3 million seek U.S. jobless aid, nearly 5 times earlier high

March 26, 2020, 8:49am Business

WASHINGTON — Nearly 3.3 million Americans applied for unemployment benefits last week — almost five times the previous record set in 1982 — amid a widespread economic shutdown caused by the coronavirus. Read story

Ford pushes for factory restart, union not so sure

March 26, 2020, 8:43am Business

DETROIT (AP) — Ford, Fiat Chrysler, Honda and Toyota took steps Thursday to restart North American factories that have been closed to protect workers from the coronavirus. Read story

Oregon psychology professor weighs in on panic buying

March 26, 2020, 8:43am Business

COOS COUNTY — The uncertainty everyone is facing from COVID-19 is causing some to change how they think about things psychologically. Read story

The G20 video call: In virus era, even summits are virtual

March 26, 2020, 8:41am Business

LONDON — The face-to-face tension among foes was gone. So was the in-person camaraderie among allies. Read story