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State disciplines health care providers

The state Department of Health has taken disciplinary actions or withdrawn charges against health care providers in the South Sound.

In Mason County, the Nursing Assistant Program denied the application of Ashley Rose Weber. She was convicted of unlawful issuance of bank checks.

February 2009

People on the move

Venture Bank recently hired Pat Steingruber as an accounts payable assistant at the bank's DuPont Financial Center. She has more than 30 years of banking experience. 

February 2009

Mountain View sells to Houston cemetery group

Tacoma's Mountain View will not see a fifth generation of Thompsons operate the family cemetery business. The business has been sold, said President Cindy Thompson, and the new owner is Northstar Memorial Group based in Houston.

"The check is in the bank today," she said after a due-diligence progress that took several months. "They are really good people."

February 2009

McKenna announces $11 million in tobacco settlement

Attorney General Rob McKenna announced today that the state of Washington received $11 million in tobacco settlement funds previously withheld by tobacco companies. R.J. Reynolds, Lorillard, Kingmaker and other tobacco companies agreed to transfer the money pending the resolution of an ongoing payment dispute with the states.
"Today our state's health programs have received a multi-million dollar booster shot in the arm," McKenna said. "Just when it's needed the most, this money helps close the budget gap and bolsters vital anti-tobacco programs for kids."

AG McKenna is co-chair of the National Association of Attorneys General Tobacco Committee, where he, along with Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley, leads ongoing negotiations between the tobacco companies and the states.

February 2009

Agri-business protection bill approved by committee

The Senate Agriculture and Rural Economic Development committee voted unanimously yesterday in favor of Senate Bill 5817.

SB 5817 would clarify language in current law that exempts certain agri-businesses from property taxes. Property owners who use their land for boarding horses, raising pigs, growing food or a number of other ag-related activities have worried that county governments, having discovered the unclear language, would try to collect back taxes.

February 2009

Retailers welcome new organized crime law

The National Retail Federation today welcomed legislation intended to help law enforcement fight the $30 billion-a-year problem of organized retail crime, saying introduction comes at a time when the nation's economic crisis has more shoppers turning to "bargain" merchandise they might not realize is stolen or tainted.

February 2009

HIMC cuts shares further

Tacoma-based check processor HIMC Corp. announced today that it has successfully recovered 4.5 million shares of common stock.

"This equates to an additional 25 percent reduction in the number of outstanding common shares," said  CEO Jerry Cornwell. "Coupled with last week's announcement, our shareholders have seen an overall reduction of 49.7 percent to approximately 13.45 million shares outstanding."

February 2009

People on the move

Tacoma residents Jennifer Perusse and Zach Parsons are the winners of the Museum of Glass $30,000 Wedding Give-away Essay Contest. The couple learned the news during the museum's wedding open house on Feb. 12, which was attended by some 250 prospective brides, grooms and family members. Perusse, who wrote the winning essay, flew in from Boston where she is attending school to surprise her fiancĂ© and claim the prize.

February 2009

Olympia firm gets Army Corps green light

The Olympia laboratory of Materials Testing & Consulting, Inc. was recently approved by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to perform tests and inspections on construction projects under its oversight.
MTC is now one of only three laboratories in Western Washington validated by the corps to perform the combination of aggregate, bituminous, concrete, grout, masonry, mortar and soil tests for corps-administered projects.

February 2009

Milgard Breast Center opens in Tacoma

What began as a vision of community collaboration more than three years ago has become a reality with the opening of the Carol Milgard Breast Center.

The three largest providers of breast imaging services in the South Sound region pooled their resources to create the state-of-the-art facility for women's breast care. That vision is now offering what some are calling the region's highest quality diagnostic care while significantly reducing the time from screening to diagnosis. The Center officially opens on Monday.

February 2009
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