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August 2014


Judge upholds I-502 against challenge

A Pierce County Superior Court Judge today upheld Initiative 502 — which legalized marijuana possession in Washington state — against a legal challenge.

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'Spotlight! On Business' finalists named

The Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber has announced the finalists for its “Spotlight! On Business” awards.

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Franciscan gets funds for mental health initiative

Franciscan Health System has received a 3-year, $182,000 grant to implement the Community Building Mental Health initiative in partnership with the Enumclaw Regional Healthcare Foundation.

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Olympia's FA partners with Portland firm

Succession Resource Group, Inc., a Portland, Ore.-based consulting firm for financial professionals, is pleased to announce a new strategic alliance with Financial Advocates, an advisor services firm based in Olympia.

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Federal Way chiropractor loses credential

A Federal Way chiropractor has surrendered his credential to state health officials in response to charges of sexual misconduct.

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Highline College joins new initiative

A partnership of state organizations that include the Innovate Washington Foundation, Washington Department of Commerce, Impact Washington, Workforce Training and Education Coordinating Board, Washington State University, Highline College and Shoreline Community College announce their collaboration to deliver the Make it in Washington initiative.

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JBLM to receive network upgrade

Joint Base Lewis-McChord will be receiving a robust new fiber upgrade to its electronic network, thanks to a $7.3 million task order awarded to Virginia-based LGS Innovations.

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New science lab for Tacoma school

Charles Wright Academy in Tacoma has announced the grand opening of new, state-of-the-art Upper School science labs after a $750,000 facilities overhaul was completed over the summer.

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As Weyerhaeuser exits, what’s next?

“This does not make our job any easier, but we have never backed away from a challenge,” said Bruce Kendall, CEO of Economic Development Board for Tacoma-Pierce County in reacting to Weyerhaeuser's headquarters moving to downtown Seattle.

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Tacoma’s pay-park zone expanding

The on-street paid parking system in downtown Tacoma will be expanded next month for the first time up the hill two more blocks.

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Doctor’s license permanently revoked

State health officials have permanently revoked the license of a Maple Valley osteopathic physician for not completing required training and continuing to prescribe controlled drugs after being told not to do so.

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EPA compliance actions in South Sound

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced today more than 50 compliance and enforcement actions taken in the second quarter of 2014. And seven separate South Sound locations were cited.

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Oly Fed opens purse for St. Martin’s

A $100,000 gift toward the second phase of the Saint Martin’s University Engineering Initiative has been pledged by local community bank Olympia Federal Savings, according to an announcement this morning.

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More carriers & plans, almost flat rates

Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler today announced approval of 10 health insurance providers offering 90 individual plans inside the government exchange for 2015.

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Weyerhaeuser HQ heading to Seattle

Weyerhaeuser Company announced today that it will move its headquarters from Federal Way to 200 Occidental Avenue in downtown Seattle. The move will occur in mid- to late 2016.

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Developer sues Tacoma over Wal-Mart delays

The development firm that was successful in landing Wal-Mart’s retail store in the central neighborhood has sued City of Tacoma and members of the city council individually for more than $1.8 million for delaying the project.

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Sir Mix-A-Lot to show at Parkland bar opening

Pole Position Sports Bar, a new nightlife option opening in Parkland next month, will host a special guest when it welcomes customers for the first time.

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Strike possible at Puyallup distrib. center

Teamster warehouse workers employed at the Fred Meyer grocery distribution center in Puyallup voted overwhelmingly over the weekend to authorize a strike, according to their website.

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New labor pact for port grain terminals

International Longshore and Warehouse Union announced today that its members in Tacoma and elsewhere in the Northwest have overwhelmingly approved a new collective bargaining agreement.

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Special healthcare enrollment opening

The state Insurance Commissioner today announced a limited special enrollment period starting this Wednesday for people who have had difficulty enrolling in health coverage through Washington’s Exchange or who have had billing or payment issues.

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Tacoma Link running late tonight

Tacoma Link light rail will be running late tonight to carry concert-goers for the Eagles show at Tacoma Dome.

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New home sales drop from June to July

Data released today shows a 2.4 percent drop in the number of new homes sold in July, versus June of this year.

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Record-setting car exports from Aberdeen

July saw two vessels docked at Port of Grays Harbor simultaneously for the first time ever, and a record 17,109 vehicles were loaded aboard them and other ships by longshore workers over a five-week period.

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Sale of Columbia branches complete

Sound Community Bank has completed the purchase of three branches in Sequim, Port Angeles and Port Ludlow from Columbia Bank.

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New leader for Centralia hospital

Jill Cooper, RN, MN, the newly named site administrator for Providence Centralia operations, is truly returning to her roots.

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Pot: Legal in state, but not on the bus

The state Utilities and Transportation Commission issued a notice to charter and excursion bus operators that the consumption or use of marijuana products on their vehicles by passengers or drivers is prohibited.

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One more week to apply

The nomination deadline is August 31 to offer nominations for a Corporations for Communities Award, a program of the corporations section in Washington Secretary of State office.

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Sound CU adds real estate services

Tacoma-based Sound Credit Union has affiliated with CU Realty Services, a national real estate services CUSO.

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Nat’l economy continues to improve

Real gross domestic product (GDP) increased 4.0 percent at an annual rate in the second quarter of 2014 after decreasing 2.1 percent (revised) in the first quarter.

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Port of Tacoma OKs PSE natural gas facility

At their regular meeting today, Port of Tacoma commissioners today approved a lease today for plans by Puget Sound Energy to build a $275 million liquefied natural gas facility.

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Phillips 66 recognizes APP

Fuel, propane and lubricant distributor Associated Petroleum Products has earned "Top Tier" marketing status from one of the brands it carries: national oil giant Phillips 66.

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Tacoma gift shop to move after 25 years

One of Tacoma's venerable independent retail shops is changing addresses after 25 years.

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U.S. automobile shipment values up

New data from the U.S. Census bureau shows that shipment values for the nation's auto industry rose almost 30 percent in five years.

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Franciscan announces NCORP grant

Another local health care company has been awarded a five-year grant for cancer research from the National Cancer Institute.

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Comcast XFINITY Store in Tacoma to move

Monday will mark the opening of a new Comcast XFINITY Store in Tacoma.

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TRI Pointe announces acquisition of Lacey lots

California-based TRI Pointe Homes, on the heels of a $2.8 billion merger with Weyerhaeuser's home-building subsidiary, has announced the acquisition of 39 lots in Lacey.

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Boots2Work career fair on Wednesday

With thousands of personnel expected to transition out of active duty in the next few years, Workforce Central is looking to help arrange a seamless changeover for veterans into civilian employment.

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40 Under Forty celebration this evening

More than 300 tickets have been issued for the celebration of 2014 “40 Under Forty” that takes place late this afternoon on the campus of Pacific Lutheran University.

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State argues against Fife pot ban

Washington’s Attorney General has filed a brief in the case of MMH, LLC v. Fife, whose plaintiffs seek to open marijuana businesses in Fife despite the city’s ban on such operations.

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53,000 aerospace workers in So. Carolina

The on-going story of Boeing employment growth in South Carolina is being noticed in that state, with Charleston becoming an alternative manufacturing hub for 787 Dreamliner models.

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Olympia firm still in running for funding

OlyKraut, a local producer of probiotic foods in Olympia, is one of five finalists for a special funding program sponsored by Kitsap Bank.

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Unemployment rates dropping

The preliminary July unemployment rates for Washington state and most South Sound counties continue to show improvement, according to this morning’s data release from Employment Security Department.

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Port commission considers LNG terminal lease

Port of Tacoma commissioners are expected to consider a lease with Puget Sound Energy for a 33-acre site and pier on Alexander Avenue at their regular Thursday meeting.

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Safety awards for Olympia firm

Buds & Blades Landscape Company was recently awarded its second consecutive No Vehicle Accidents and No Days Away from Work awards.

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D.C. reps to get JBLM construction update

Senator Patty Murray and Congressmen Adam Smith and Denny Heck will receive a construction update at Joint Base Lewis McChord tomorrow morning.

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Construction error to cost Scarsella Bros. $36k

A Puget Sound construction company will pay a penalty of $12,000 for illegally decommissioning groundwater monitoring wells in Kent and Auburn, putting groundwater at risk of contamination from polluted surface water runoff.

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From BE: Next Gen leaders, full hotels, Spaceworks on Hilltop

In today’s bi-weekly Business Examiner edition, Content Manager Arnie Aurellano meets members of 2014 “40 Under Forty” to learn how this “Next Gen” group feels about entrepreneurship, philanthropy and community.

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Earnings up for Kitsap Bank

Olympic Bancorp, parent company for Kitsap Bank, announced a 14 percent increase in profits for the first half of 2014.

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$150 million in claims against Ruston

Point Ruston LLC, the developer building out the former Asarco smelter Superfund site on Commencement Bay’s waterfront, has filed notices of claims totaling more than $150 million against the City of Ruston.

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Knock out, slow down :: 40 Under Forty

Taking risks and learning to slow down are both lessons learned and taught by today's "40 Under Forty" honorees. They come from financial advising and yoga, yet share some common ideas.

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Tickets about gone for U.S. Open

Next summer’s huge U.S. Open golf tournament at Chambers Bay is nearly sold out for individual tickets, unless you’re able to step up with “big bucks.”

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High court decides against state employees

Washington’s Supreme Court ruled today unanimously for the State in two important pension cases. And the union that represents teachers, which had led the court challenge, was quick to decry the rulings.

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Missing stormwater reports bring fines

Three South Sound businesses made the Department of Ecology’s list of 14 violators of the state requirement to submit stormwater monitoring reports for three or more consecutive quarters.

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Comcast expanding 10G links to Kent

Comcast Business has announced the expansion of its commercial fiber network, capable of bandwidth up to 10 Gigabits per second (Gbps), to underserved commercial areas in Kent.

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Finalists named for PC Library leadership

Pierce County Library's governing board has named three finalists to replace retiring executive director Neel Parikh, including the current deputy director of the quasi-governmental agency.

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Dividend boost, buyback for Weyerhaeuser

Weyerhaeuser Co. board of directors decided yesterday to a 32 percent increase in the quarterly dividend to be paid in September.

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Successful seats, military exits: 40 Under Forty

Putting a Ph.D. in psychology to work in a seating manufacturing business and helping military members find their next careers are today's two stories of "40 Under Forty."

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MultiCare, Virginia Mason partner for research

MultiCare Health System, based in Tacoma, and Virginia Mason in Seattle have partnered to create the Northwest NCI Community Oncology Research Program and received a $4.2 million, five-year grant from the National Cancer Institute.

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State jobless rate dips to 5.6 percent

Washington experienced continued job growth in July and the state’s unemployment rate fell to its lowest point since August 2008, according to preliminary, seasonally adjusted estimates released today by state Employment Security Department.

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Tacoma ranked among 'Best College Towns'

Best College Reviews, an online college search and rankings resource, has published a ranking of the 50 best college towns in America, with Tacoma clocking in at No. 50.

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Two lawyers, leading others: 40 Under Forty

Bethel school board member Amy Pivetta Hoffman and policy advisor to the governor RaShelle Davis are both attorneys using their background in working to improve the lives of others.

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Sick Leave drive in Tacoma

City of Tacoma Human Rights Commissioners will attend a community meeting this Thursday evening to hear what advocacy group Healthy Tacoma believes are benefits of a paid sick days ordinance.

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Lakewood’s TV stories told

Three new video commercials promoting Lakewood as a very close neighbor to Chambers Bay, home to next year’s 2015 U.S. Open golf championship, are now showing on YouTube.

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Mason Co. chiropractor suspended

Mason County chiropractor Norman Collins has seen his license to practice immediately suspended on charges of diverting medications for personal use.

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School district worker charged with theft

A former employee of White River School District in Buckley faced arraignment this morning on theft charges for allegedly pocketing more than $10,000 in cash payments that he was responsible to handle.

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Strong July job growth improves outlook

Washington economy added 10,800 net new jobs in July, double the 5,300 expected in the state's official forecast. Along with other positive news, there is a slight boost in forecast tax collections going forward.

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Sharing digital, clip-and-care: 40 Under Forty

One 40 Under Forty honoree sets out to ring digital marketing tools to lawyers, accountants, while the next wants them to show their best personal grooming self.

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Golfers take swings for charity

Lucky golfers endured today’s picture-perfect weather to play Chambers Bay Golf Course in the seventh annual Chuckals charity tournament, including eight who flew in from the Atlanta area just for the event.

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Q1 taxable retail sales up 4.9%

Washington state’s taxable retail sales totals grew to $27.3 billion in the first quarter of 2014 (January 1-March 31), recording a 4.9 percent increase over the same period of 2013.

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Survey of Hispanics: financial lessons needed

Almost half of Hispanics (45%) surveyed on behalf of Wells Fargo say that no one ever taught them about saving and investing, versus 31 percent of U.S. investors overall.

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Statewide burn ban issued

State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is expanding its current statewide burn ban to cover all outdoor burning on all DNR-protected lands, with no exceptions, the agency announced today.

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Dance for life, advocate for others: 40 Under Forty

A ballroom dance instructor-entrepreneur who feels she is as much a "life coach" is one of today's "40 Under Forty" honorees. The other is a passionate advocate, yet "mellow and relaxed" attorney with experience in domestic relations law, now in private practice.

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Tuesday discussion on womens’ pay

Rep. Denny Heck, D-Wash., will lead a discussion next Tuesday on the disparity between women's pay and what men generally receive. The meeting will begin at 5 p.m. at Fort Steilacoom campus of Pierce College.

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51 public works projects endorsed

Members of Washington State Public Works Board today unanimously voted to move 51 projects forward for funding consideration by the governor and state Legislature.

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MultiCare forms new care business model

MultiCare Connected Care LLC has been formed by its parent healthcare delivery network as an Accountable Care Organization, something encouraged by provisions of the nation’s new health paradigm.

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‘Party!’, social voices: 40 Under Forty

An event organizer for the local chamber of commerce and a multi-voice, social media communicator with a firm link to her hometown, Tacoma, are today's 40 Under Forty honorees.

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Survey: Small business optimism up slightly

More small business owners nationally say their company's current financial situation is good, yet their outlook for the next year has not changed significantly, according to the latest Wells Fargo/Gallup Small Business Index.

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Mason General continues to be 'Most Wired'

For the seventh consecutive year, Mason General Hospital & Family of Clinics has received the “Most Wired Hospital” award from the Hospitals & Health Networks “Most Wired” survey.

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Franciscan hosting new lung study

The Center for Advanced Endoscopy at Tacoma's St. Joseph Medical Center is the only study site in the Northwest for a process that may provide emphysema patients better lung function.

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Building legacy, hearing the future: 40 Under Forty

Earl Thompson's construction company is always building for the future of his customers, employees and family. Dr. Alison Vega is focused on similar goals by listening -- and assisting her clients to hear. Both are members of 2014 "40 Under Forty."

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New Lacey Walmart to add up to 95 hires

Walmart will hire up to 95 associates to work at the new Walmart Neighborhood Market slated to open this fall in Lacey.

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Housing in region a seller's market

Housing inventory in the Puget Sound area continues to be “well below” market, according to the newest report from the Northwest Multiple listing service.

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Econ devel pro added in FedWay

Federal Way's mayor has selected a veteran economic development professional from California to be the first such department leader for the city. City Council confirmation will be considered Aug. 12.

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Advancing others, resolving issues : 40 Under Forty

A staffing professional, who feels success when she helps others succeed in their vocation, and a tax attorney who drove 80,000 miles to earn his advanced degree. Both are in Class of 2014 "40 Under Forty"

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‘Pump & Dump’ charges in Tacoma court

Three men who allegedly manipulated penny stocks, and then laundered the proceeds by purchasing precious metals, were charged today in U.S. District Court in Tacoma with conspiracy to commit securities fraud and conspiracy to launder monetary instruments.

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Tacoma Country & Golf course honored

Golf Inc. magazine in its summer edition named Tacoma Country & Golf Club #2 in the nation for its recently completed tee boxes and bunkers refurbishment project.

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Puget Sound again on list of ‘best’ colleges

University of Puget Sound is one of the nation's best institutions for undergraduate education, according to The Princeton Review.

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Washington 4th best on new health coverage

Washington state is showing the fourth best improvement rate for reducing the number of residents without health care coverage, according to a report today from Gallup.

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Save for future, youth advocate: 40 Under Forty

Advocacy is a common trait for today's two "40 Under Forty" honorees. Jessica Ludwig helps Pierce County save resources and Korbett Mosesly helps greater Tacoma engage members of the next generation in their community.

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Sunken ship gone, recovery of costs next

The state Attorney General's Office will continue to pursue financial recovery from the parties responsible for clean-up of a 167-foot vessel that's been underwater in Tacoma's Hylebos Waterway since January 2013.

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Puyallup prime, a Patriot building : 40 Under Forty

Today's spotlighted "40 Under Forty" honorees are a petite city official from Puyallup who stars in roller derby and a former Army combat leader who leads his own successful firm building the community's future.

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Washington #1 for work preps

Washington state is ranked first in efforts to prepare Medicaid clients with intellectual and developmental disabilities for competitive employment, according to a 2014 report from United Cerebral Palsy.

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From BE: 'Magic' gel, dealers move, images sell

In today’s bi-weekly Business Examiner edition, see more detail and additional photographs about MITgel, an invention by a Tacoma man that promises to make bulletproof vests safer. Also car dealers moving and expanding scope to build out of recession. Plus more.

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Region beats strong national Ford sales

Total retail new car sales by Ford dealers in western Washington during July were up 14 percent over last year, and well ahead of the national sales numbers out of Detroit.

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New downtown Olympia bank on Monday

Washington Business Bank managers and employees will have a busy weekend as they physically relocate their operations into a newly remodeled space in downtown Olympia.

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Weyerhaeuser Q2 earnings up 43%

Weyerhaeuser Company today reported second quarter net earnings to common shareholders of $280 million, or 47 cents per diluted share, on net sales from continuing operations of $2.0 billion. This is 43 percent higher than the previous period.

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More jobs, but fewer to the young

Total U.S. nonfarm payroll employment increased by 209,000 in June, with gains occurring most in professional and business services, manufacturing, retail trade and construction.

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Feds meet small biz target, SBA says

The federal government reached its small business federal contracting goal for the first time in eight years, awarding 23.39 percent of work to small businesses totaling $83.1 billion of eligible contracting dollars.

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‘In lights’ & busy bankers: 40 Under Forty

A holiday lighting entrepreneur who is also in commercial real estate, and two successful bank officers and managers are identified in today's snapshot of "40 Under Forty" honorees for Class of 2014.

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