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AGs gets serious with Sirius

Washington Attorney General office of Consumer Protection has joined a national settlement with Sirius XM Radio Inc. to resolve complaints about its business practices. Customers can file to claim a small share of a $3.8 million settlement fund.

December 2014

Puyallup to reconsider pot sales Tuesday

Puyallup City Council will revisit its expiring ban on retail marijuana sales at its regular meeting next Tuesday evening. An existing ban on state-approved retail sales will expire at the end of this month, although the council appears to be heading toward its renewal for another five months.

December 2014

Tacoma port’s economic impact in $$

Economists calculate that more than 29,000 jobs were directly related to activity at Port of Tacoma in 2013, with a total economic impact of nearly $3 billion. That would be 3,000 more workers than identified in the previous study done in 2004.

December 2014

South Sound salmon projects funded

The state's Salmon Recovery Funding Board delivered good news today for conservancy groups and local water protection districts in terms of funds totaling $18 million to help bring salmon back from the brink of extinction.

December 2014

Slightly less retail hiring this year in state

Slightly fewer seasonal retail jobs will be filled in Washington this year, in the view of labor market economists with Employment Security Department. Still, there likely will be another 15,000 workers earning paychecks to help customers find just the right gifts.

December 2014

Homebuying interest within holiday season

Real estate brokers report theri business is not slowly down as the holiday season approaches. Buyer interest remains high and there are year-over-year gains in pending and closed home sales, and media prices.

December 2014

State could win on biz debt collections

A study released today by State Auditor Troy Kelley suggests that Washington could gain uncollected tax debts more effectively by creating a program linked to the federal debt-offset formula. Monies owed to a business by any state agency could first be taken to pay delinquent taxes.

December 2014

'Want a message with those fries?'

Low-income community and labor organizers will be protesting at a number of South Sound fast food locations and the state capital in support of raising the minimum wage to $15 per hour.

December 2014

WSDOT outlines declared progress

State Transportation Department staffers have issued the annual report of activities for fiscal year 2013-2014. It shows 149 projects completed at a savings of 5.2 percent under the original bid totals.

December 2014

No federal objection to ports pact

Federal Maritime Commission did not object to the next stage that might lead to the combination of marine terminal operations in Ports of Tacoma and Seattle. A review period ended Dec. 1, so the two entities have begun the formal review process.

December 2014
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