Business

Business
8:44 pm
Mon September 5, 2011

Coldwater Creek to shut stores as sales drop

A Northwest brand is finding women's apparel and jewelry a tough sell in the current economy. Idaho-based Coldwater Creek has announced it will close dozens of stores in the face of a 28 percent drop in sales.

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Hanford Nuclear Reservation
8:34 pm
Mon September 5, 2011

Hanford’s waste treatment plant to undergo large scale testing

Hanford’s Waste Treatment Plant.
Courtesy of contractor Bechtel

RICHLAND, Wash. – The Department of Energy says this fall they'll start large-scale testing on how to treat 56 million gallons of radioactive sludge at the currently under-construction Hanford's waste treatment plant.

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Conversation with America
7:00 am
Mon September 5, 2011

Put down coffee, pick up phone says Starbucks CEO

Howard Schultz, shown in this 2009 photo, wants you to make some phone calls.
Associated Press

Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz has been in a letter writing mood lately and that’s earned him lots of supporters to his political cause.

A few weeks ago, Schultz asked fellow CEOs to join him in freezing campaign contributions to politicians until they end what he calls their “hyper-partisan” behavior. Now he wants to talk to the rest of America.

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Northwest logging
11:56 am
Fri September 2, 2011

China snaps up logs from the Northwest

Many logs you see on highways in the Northwest might be heading to China, which has been importing unmilled timber at a much higher rate lately.

Medford, Ore. – The Pacific Northwest exported almost a billion board feet of unmilled logs to Asia in the first half of 2011.

That's enough to build about 70 thousand homes. It's also a 79 percent increase from 2010 exports, according to second quarter trade data just reviewed by Forest Service economist Debra Warren.

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Commercial Real Estate
8:58 am
Fri September 2, 2011

Another major retailer leaving Pioneer Square: Masins

Another landmark retailer is leaving Seattle’s Pioneer Square. 

Masins Fine Furnishing and Interior Design has put its building up for lease and started looking for another Seattle location where its customers won’t get so many parking tickets.

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Amazon and sales tax
5:30 pm
Thu September 1, 2011

California rebuffs deal with Amazon amid tax dispute

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Seattle-based Amazon is under ongoing pressure from the state of California to collect state sales taxes from internet consumers. This week the retailer offered a deal to California's legislature and retailers to try and curry favor. But Amazon was rebuffed.

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Merger blocked
4:42 pm
Wed August 31, 2011

AT&T, T-Mobile merger could have big impact on Wash. jobs

The T-Mobile corporate headquarters photographed today in Bellevue, Wash. The challenged merger between AT&T and T-Mobile is of great concern to the more than 3,300 T-Mobile workers in the state.
Associated Press

The justice department is suing to block AT&T’s acquisition of Bellevue-based T-Mobile USA, arguing it’s a bad deal for consumers. But here in Washington, an even greater threat is the impact the merger could have on local jobs and the economy.

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Business
2:20 pm
Wed August 31, 2011

State's first premier liquor store opens in West Seattle

The store's tasting bar
Washington State Liquor Control Board

The Washington State Liquor Control Board has opened its first premier liquor store. The West Seattle store, at 4100 SW Alaska St., is the first of two new high volume, specialty stores the state is opening in urban areas.

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Washington State Ferries
8:58 am
Wed August 31, 2011

Washington ferry fares going up 2.5 percent in October

New fare rates for Washington state ferries have been announced.
WSDOT

OLYMPIA, Wash. — Within the plans to increase fares, cars shorter than 14 feet will be charged a lower fare on Washington ferries and bike riders won't need an annual permit under changes approved by the state Transportation Commission.

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State liquor sales
5:35 pm
Tue August 30, 2011

Wash. prepares to accept bids to privatize liquor distribution

While Washington is figuring out how to judge a quality bid for distributing liquor, voters in 2012 could make the entire system private.
Chris Flickr

OLYMPIA, Wash. – The state of Washington is getting ready to accept bids from private companies to take over the distribution of liquor. One question: how to evaluate the financial promises the bidders make.

This was a key topic Tuesday as state leaders met in advance of the formal bid process that’s about to get underway.

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Business
3:23 pm
Tue August 30, 2011

Downtown shoppers will see JC Penny after 30-year hiatus

JC Penny's new location in downtown Seattle will be in the three-story Kress building at Third Avenue and Pike Street.
Dan Neslon Flickr

It’s been almost 30 years but JC Penny is making a comeback. The Seattle Times reports the clothing-store chain is planning to set up shop just one block from where the original store once stood.

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National Labor Rights Week
2:34 pm
Tue August 30, 2011

Mexican Consulate hosting free labor rights workshops

The Mexican government will be helping workers in and around Seattle know their rights and learn ways to protect themselves from unscrupulous employers.
Chris de Rham Flickr

Latino workers struggling with issues of fair wages, harassment and safety in the workplace are getting help this week from an unlikely source. The Mexican government is sponsoring workshops in Seattle and other cities to help those workers understand their rights.

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Boeing
6:07 pm
Fri August 26, 2011

FAA approves 787 Dreamliner

The first assembled 787 Dreamliner was displayed at the facility in Everett on Friday when the FAA's officials handed Boeing a Type Certificate allowing the plane to be delivered.
Vanessa Romo KPLU

It’s years behind schedule and over budget but Boeing’s 787 Dreamliner is now approved to carry passengers.

Federal Aviation Administration officials gave their official seal of approval amid swelling music, a flag parade, and a fly over by Airplane Number 2.

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Economy
3:38 pm
Fri August 26, 2011

Is fear of an ‘American malaise’ eating Washington voters?

Washington voters are pretty pessimistic about the economic future of the nation, state and (less so) their households.
Aftab Uzzaman Flickr

The latest polling of Washington voters shows that optimism has taken “nose dive” to an all-time low.

Voters surveyed in The Elway Poll – an independent, nonpartisan analysis of public opinion – were less likely to think things were “getting better” than at any time since the survey began in 1991.

The architect of the survey, Stuart Elway, said people may be openly entertaining the idea that America has entered a “malaise” or “a new normal” of long-term high unemployment, weak spending and, simply, a plain old bummer of an economy like the one Japan suffered for more than a decade.

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Business
11:55 am
Fri August 26, 2011

Washington wheat crops way above average

Wheat on the Palouse.
Nikky Stephen Flickr

Cooler temperatures this year have given Washington’s wheat famers a boost. The cool wet spring combined with good ripening conditions in July and August have increased yields here. At the same time, severe drought has diminished the harvest in the nation’s Plain states. 

As a result, Washington is expected to surpass Texas and Oklahoma in winter-wheat production this year, making it second only to Kansas.   

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