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State disciplines local health care providers

The Washington State Department of Health has taken disciplinary actions or withdrawn charges against health care providers in the South Sound.

October 2008

COFFEE BREAK RESPONSE: bail out or life line?

The Business Examiner asked readers Wednesday for their thoughts on the $700 billion package that is now law for the government to buy "toxic debt" as a way to free up financial markets.

We received a few unsigned comments, but most of them followed the vein of these thoughts by Olympia CPA Bill Puckett: 

October 2008

Taxable retail sales decline 2.4 percent

Taxable retail sales declined 2.4 percent to $29.1 billion during the second quarter of 2008, the Washington State Department of Revenue reported today.

Despite the decline over second quarter 2007, sales still were 5.4 percent higher than the $27.6 billion in sales reported for the second quarter of 2006.

October 2008

Gregoire appoints South Sounders to boards

Gov. Chris Gregoire has announced South Sound appointments to the following boards and commissions:
Marc Gaspard of Puyallup has been reappointed to a term on the Pierce College Board of Trustees for Community College District 11. Gaspard is president of the Washington Financial League and administrative director of the Washington Mortgage Lenders Association. A former state senator, he is a member of the board of directors for Good Samaritan Hospital and the Association for the Developmentally Disabled.

October 2008

People on the move

Marylin Ball-Brown, president and CEO of Generations Credit Union in Olympia, has received the Washington Credit Union Foundation's Distinguished Professional of the Year award for 2008.

Heritage Bank has announced as service that makes managing finances easier for online banking users. FinanceWorks, an online financial management solution, powered by Quicken, gives customers an illustration of where their money is going, helps with budgeting and tracks future transactions. It also gives the availability of viewing other deposits, loan and credit card accounts from more than 5,000 financial institutions.

October 2008

Phillips to retire from Russell

Russell Investments has announced that Mike Phillips will retire in December from his role as chairman of the Tacoma-based international investment firm, following his nearly 30 years of leadership and service to the company.

Phillips plans to continue in his role as chairman of Russell 20-20, a non-profit association of 20 large retirement plan sponsors and 20 major money managers that explores the economic and investment environments in emerging markets around the world. He also plans to continue working closely with the company by establishing an investment advisory firm in Geneva, Switzerland, which will offer clients Russell investment products.

October 2008

Inspections crack down nets 2 violations per truck

Officers from the Washington State Patrol Commercial Vehicle Division conducted 903 inspections of commercial vehicles at scale sites throughout the state.   
The crack down meant one out of every 10 inspections ended with either the driver or the vehicle being placed out of service because of violations. A vehicle is placed out of service when the vehicle or the driver has problems that make it unsafe to continue traveling on the highway.

October 2008

COFFEE BREAK: bail out or life line?

The Business Examiner would like to know what your thoughts are on the $700 billion package that is now law for the government to buy "toxic debt" as a way to free up financial markets.

To reply to the poll, send an e-mail to Poll results will be published in Friday's BE Daily. 

October 2008

Kent Center sells naming rights to ShoWare

Kent officials today agreed to terms for a facility naming rights partnership with ShoWare by VisionOne. ShoWare will also be the exclusive ticketing service for the new home of the Seattle Thunderbirds and the Puget Sound region's newest, and the nation's first "green" entertainment venue.

"This opportunity allows VisionOne to showcase our innovative ticketing service - ShoWare - in an emerging entertainment environment like Kent," said VisionOne Senior Partner Ralph Fasi. "Our partnership with the City of Kent will provide a firm foothold for ShoWare in the ticketing market for larger venues and sports teams in the region and throughout the United States."

October 2008

Gregoire plans for $330 million in savings

Gov. Chris Gregoire announced today actions that will save $330 million in the current budget, increasing the budget surplus for the biennium that ends June 30, 2009, to more than $850 million.

October 2008
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