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State disciplines local health care providers

The state Department of Health has taken disciplinary actions or withdrawn charges against health care providers in the South Sound.

In Pierce County the Nursing Assistant Program suspended the credential of Lareina Larson. Larson failed to comply with a previous order. The Nursing Assistant Program indefinitely suspended the credential of Ronald Roberts. Roberts failed to respond to department inquiries about a complaint made against him regarding allegations of sexual misconduct. The Nursing Assistant Program also indefinitely suspended the credential of Falesefulu Taupau. While working at an adult care facility, Taupau failed to follow proper procedures when a patient went missing.

April 2009

Centralia plant agrees to go greener

State Department of Ecology officials and the owners of TransAlta, the Centralia power plant that burns coal to generate electrical power, have reached an agreement to cut down greenhouse gas emissions. The plant is the only one of its kind in the state.

April 2009

Recession quickened as year ended

The March 2009 Washington Economic and Revenue Forecast was released yesterday and showed just how cool the state's economy really is.

The pace of job loss in Washington accelerated sharply in the fourth quarter of 2008. Washington nonfarm payroll employment fell at a 4.4-percent annual rate in the fourth quarter of 2008 following a 0.1 percent decline in the third quarter and a 1 percent decline in the second quarter.

The Boeing strike exaggerated the fourth quarter job loss, but even without the strike, nonfarm payroll employment would have fallen at a 3.3 percent annual rate. Excluding the temporary impact of the machinists' strike, manufacturing employment fell at a 7.1 percent rate in the fourth quarter with aerospace declining at a 2.5 percent rate and all other manufacturing employment falling at a 9 percent rate.

April 2009

Nisqually River bridge gets special treatment

Crews begin structural repairs to the northbound Interstate 5 Nisqually River Bridge later this month.

"This is a special kind of work," said Kim Mueller, assistant project engineer. "Most bridge repairs fall under the seismic retrofit or routine maintenance categories. The bridge is strong and stable, but we're making structural repairs to extend its service life."

April 2009

Stimulus funds help purchase Intercity Transit hybrid buses

Intercity Transit will purchase its first six hybrid diesel-electric buses thanks in large part to $2.334 million in federal stimulus funds recently identified for the public transportation provider through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

April 2009

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.

In Grays Harbor County, the Nursing Assistant Program charged Brandon M. Paschke with unprofessional conduct. He was convicted of distributing sexual material that relates/describes sexual conduct with a child via the Internet or computer.

April 2009

Job cuts slow down for second month

The number of planned job cuts announced by United States employers declined for the second consecutive month in March, falling 19.3 percent to 150,411 from 186,350 in February, according to the job-cut report released today by global outplacement firm Challenger, Gray & Christmas, Inc.

April 2009

Unemployment rates bump up

Unemployment rates were higher in February than a year earlier in all 372 metropolitan areas, the Bureau of Labor Statistics of the U.S. Department of Labor has reported. Of  those areas, 14 recorded jobless rates of at least 15 percent, while 20 areas registered rates below 5 percent.  

Washington, as a whole, posted an unemployment rate of 9.3 percent. The greater Tacoma area's unemployment rate was 8.7 percent and Olympia posted a jobless rate of 7.6 percent.

April 2009

Recovery funds total $23 million for training programs

Gov. Chris Gregoire and Employment Security Commissioner Karen Lee have announced that $23 million in federal stimulus grants are being distributed throughout Washington to pay for summer employment and training programs for at-risk youths and young adults.

April 2009

EDC lunch honors Thurston companies

The Thurston Economic Development Council honored the role private businesses and non-profit organizations play in creating the area's diverse economy at its annual meeting held at the Great Wolf Lodge today.

March 2009
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