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Business
2:13 pm
Thu January 12, 2012

The agony of Steve Ballmer: From Monkey Boy to mogul?

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer laughs as he talks at the Web 2.0 Summit in San Francisco, Thursday in 2007. Back then, Ballmer compared Microsoft's search technology to a precocious toddler - one who would eventually grow up to rival nemesis Google.
Associated Press

No question, Steve Ballmer has always been a mogul, it just hasn’t seemed like it in the media. For instance, there’s all that “monkey boy” business on YouTube that so far has been watched 4,078,680 times.

Then there was the guy who made international news by calling for Ballmer to be fired.

Now, though, the love is on. In a long and humanizing article in Business Week today, Ballmer gets his due as the man at the top of a resurgent Microsoft.

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Economic woes
11:15 am
Thu January 12, 2012

Tacoma’s finances are even worse than it had predicted, review finds

Tacoma is still struggling to keep all the lights on, as its economic woes continue.
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Tacoma’s 31-million-dollar predicted budget shortfall might be even worse than expected.  An outside review done by Herbert Research has found that Tacoma actually faces a 32-million dollar deficit of the current budget. 

But officials from the research firm say that they did not take into account any of the recent actions taken by the city to generate revenue. 

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Economic Recovery
10:19 am
Thu January 12, 2012

Improving economy predicted for the Puget Sound

Are happier days just around the corner?
Flickr

"It is a sunny day, with some clouds," says Dick Conway, a Puget Sound Economic Forecaster. "The more I study the Puget Sound economy, the more I am struck by the fact that the more it changes, the more it stays the same."

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Business
9:16 am
Wed January 4, 2012

Delta, Lufthansa to hike prices to cover emissions

NEW YORK — Within days of new European rules on carbon emissions produced by passenger jets, two major airlines say they will raise fares.

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Business
9:05 am
Wed January 4, 2012

Boeing to close Wichita facility by end of 2013

WICHITA, Kan. — The Boeing Co. has told its employees that it plans to close its massive defense plant in Wichita before the end of 2013 in a bid to cut costs in a tight market for defense spending.

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Farming
3:04 pm
Tue January 3, 2012

Fires destroy three major haystacks in Eastern Washington

Police in eastern Washington are trying to figure out who has been intentionally torching haystacks near the tiny town of Mattawa.

Grant County Sheriff Tom Jones says in the last two weeks two fires burned three major haystacks to the ground. Jones says he doubts local kids have been setting the fires.

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Business
11:14 am
Wed December 28, 2011

Airbus on track to beat Boeing 9th year in a row

Jim Albaugh, President and CEO of Boeing Commercial Airplanes, talks to reporters about Boeing's plans to build a version of its 737 passenger airplane named the 737 MAX, which feature redesigned CFM International LEAP-1B engines, in August.
Associated Press

NORMANDY, France – Boeing rival Airbus is set to finish 2011 with a record number of aircraft orders, beating out Boeing for the ninth year in a row.

But analysts say Boeing is poised to gain ground against its European competitor in 2012. That's because of a new product that will be built in Puget Sound.

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Water battles
9:51 am
Tue December 27, 2011

Depleting water levels could mean death of Wash. family farms

Spokane, Wash. – Thursday’s Washington Supreme Court holding that large livestock operations need not have permits for the water they pump could spell ruin for small farmers.

Depleting water levels could mean the death of family farms in Eastern Washington.

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Business
10:31 am
Mon December 26, 2011

Tribe's high-interest online lending venture booms

HELENA, Mont. — An Indian reservation in Montana may seem an unlikely place to borrow a quick $600.

But the Chippewa Cree tribe says its new online lending company has already given out more than 121,000 loans this year at interest rates that can reach a whopping 360 percent.

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Logging Industry
9:24 am
Tue December 20, 2011

Oregon's timber counties still seeking help

Oregon's timber dependent counties are still hoping for a federal rescue. But they're creating contingency plans in case Congress doesn't come through with a replacement for historic timber revenue.

Officials from eight counties met with Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber Monday to discuss their options. Some counties say they could become insolvent in the next year without additional funding.

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Business
2:00 pm
Mon December 19, 2011

AT&T drops bid for T-Mobile

T-Mobile will not be bought by AT&T.
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AT&T ends its $39 billion bid to acquire T-Mobile USA from Deutsche Telekom amid antitrust concerns, The Associated Press reports.

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Job Searching
9:42 am
Thu December 15, 2011

Jobless in Idaho: Laid off mill worker uncertain of his future

Allen Brown was laid off when Clearwater Paper sold its Lewiston mill to the Idaho Forest Group. So far, he hasn't been able to find a new job.
Allen Brown

When the Clearwater Paper sawmill announced it was selling its Lewiston mill to the Idaho Forest Group back in October, the fate of 250 mill jobs was unclear. For many, it still is, even as the mill gets ready to re-open next week. For one of those laid-off workers, the upcoming holidays are just a reminder of that uncertainty.

This year, December 25th has taken on a new meaning for Allen Brown. It’s the day he’ll receive his final severance-pay-check from the former Clearwater Paper sawmill in Lewiston. “So, Merry Christmas," Brown says. "I’ll be trying to live on unemployment and raise three kids and myself.”

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Idaho Mine Collapse
9:19 am
Thu December 15, 2011

Seven miners rescued at Lucky Friday

Crews have rescued seven miners after a collapse at the Lucky Friday Mine in north Idaho. It’s the third major accident there this year. The Lucky Friday’s owner says the silver mine has been evacuated until further notice.

A rockburst occurred Wednesday evening nearly 6,000 feet underground near Mullan in Idaho’s Silver Valley. Local law enforcement and the mine’s rescue crew were called in. Twenty-five people were working in the vicinity at the time.

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Economy
1:31 pm
Wed December 14, 2011

Washington job growth reaches four year high

OLYMPIA, Wash. – Washington added more than 12,000 jobs in November. That drops the state unemployment rate to 8.7 percent.

In fact, employment statistics released Wednesday show that job growth has reached a four-year high in Washington.

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Business
9:13 am
Tue December 13, 2011

Person-to-person car rental company expands to northwest

The first of a new breed of car rental companies is expanding into the Northwest. Next month, San Francisco-based Getaround officially launches its web-based rental service in the greater Portland area.

The concept is sometimes called peer-to-peer car rental or personal car sharing. The idea is to let you rent your car to someone else when you're not using it. Several companies have sprung up in California to provide the online marketplaces to link up car owners with pre-screened renters.

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