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July 2014


Helper, storyteller, ‘cheer’ leader: 40 Under Forty

Five years from 'temp' to department lead, blogging to big times and dancing to business success are common elements of today's "40 Under Forty" honorees.

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Nonresidential building jumps 5.5% in Q2

Real gross domestic product (GDP) increased 4 percent during the second quarter of 2014 following a 2.1 percent decrease in the first quarter. The gain was primarily due to higher consumer and business spending.

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Gig Harbor retains Main Street brand

Gig Harbor Downtown Waterfront Alliance has been designated an accredited National Main Street Program for meeting the commercial district revitalization standards set by the national program.

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Large Cheney gift to UPS

Tacoma’s Ben B. Cheney Foundation has contributed $300,000 to support University of Puget Sound’s plan to build a modern Athletics and Aquatics Center on campus.

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New loan assist program for small biz

Washington’s State Department of Commerce today announced a new revolving loan fund that will help increase access to credit through the a Small Business Credit Initiative.

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Charleston excited for 787-10 win

Analysts and community leaders in South Carolina are hailing Boeing's decision to build all 787-10 models there as a harbinger of even better news to come to the greater Charleston production facility.

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Solar leasing, installation subject to WUTC

State regulators today issued a formal policy finding that companies that lease rooftop solar systems, and sell power produced to a customer, are likely subject to regulation as an electrical company.

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Activist, barrister & coach: 40 Under Forty

A former beauty pageant contestant turned political consultant, football star turned attorney and an experienced athlete now teaching next generation kids to succeed; these are today's 40 Under Forty honorees.

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Texas border hubris hurts Wash. farmers

Immigrant farm laborers headed to Washington state under a legal work visa program are backing up at the U.S. border, at least in part due to the humanitarian crisis related to unaccompanied minors.

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Thurston business owner charged

The state Attorney General’s Office has filed criminal charges against Michael Mann, owner of Wheelchairs Plus Inc., in Thurston County Superior Court.

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Thurston hires from Pierce County

Thurston County has hired Ramiro A. Chavez as the new director for the County Public Works Department, replacing Donavan Willcut, who is retiring.

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Washington loses 787-10 work

Boeing announced today that final assembly of the 787-10 model will take place exclusively in South Carolina. The company will continue to assemble both 787-8s and 787-9s in Everett and North Charleston.

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Farmer, handyman & sales pro: 40 Under Forty

A banker who's secretly a farmer, a neighborhood handyman and an accomplished sales pro are three more of 2014 Class for 40 Under Forty in the South Sound.

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OlyKraut one of 16 prize contenders

Kitsap Bank has named Olympia food producer OlyKraut LLC one of 16 companies in contention for the $20,000 prize in a small business competition.

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Tech sector jobs volatile

Even before Microsoft announced plans to reduce its workforce by 18,000, a new report shows that job cuts in the technology sector were well ahead of last year’s pace.

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See how light rail might reach Fed Way

The public is invited to learn about planning work underway to extend Link light rail service to Kent/Des Moines by 2023, with plans to reach Federal Way when more funding is secured.

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Federal Way is StormReady, again

National Weather Service has renewed the accreditation for City of Federal Way as StormReady, the third consecutive time the recognition has come.

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Feds test Tacoma firm's body armor material


Feds test Tacoma firm's body armor material

At the Seattle Police Athletic Association's firing range in Tukwila today, the Department of Homeland Security held a test and demonstration to observe the work of a Tacoma inventor who says his product can save "hundreds of lives."

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Anchor shares positive quarterly report

Anchor Bancorp, the holding company for Anchor Bank, today reported net income of $298,000 for the fourth quarter of its fiscal year ended June 30 and a profitable 12-month period as well.

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Clean audit for Grays Harbor port

For the 20th year in a row, Port of Grays Harbor has earned a clean audit from the State Auditor’s Office.

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New owner for Kent warehouse

Terreno Realty Corporation, an owner and operator of industrial real estate in six major coastal U.S. markets, purchased an industrial property located in Kent effective last Friday for approximately $2.8 million.

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Ward 57, ‘the kid’ :: 40 Under Forty

Brittney Hamilton, exec. dir. of Operation Ward 57 -- supporting Wounded Warrior amputees -- and Adam Scott, finance director and assistant treasurer for Simpson Investment Co., are today's featured 40 Under Forty honorees.

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Timberland’s strong second quarter

Timberland Bancorp. Inc. earnings were up more than 23 percent over the prior three month period. Net income was $1.43 million, compared to $1.16 million -- more than double the $678,000 quarterly return reported June 30, 2013.

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Weyerhaeuser joins DuPont for seeds

Weyerhaeuser Company has announced a technology license agreement with DuPont Pioneer that will advance seed technologies to help meet growing global demands for food, feed and fiber.

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Japan honors Thurston state senator

Japan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced that Karen Fraser, state senator representing the 22nd district of greater Olympia, will receive the Foreign Minister’s Commendation for 2014.

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Enumclaw office impacts Q2 bank results

Commencement Bank of Tacoma continued to grow its loan portfolio in the second quarter, generating net income of $261,000.

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IT for future, care for today: 40 Under Forty

Technology leader and P-L-U instructor Bradd Busick joins Dr. Eve Cunningham, Franciscan Health System's division chief for women's services, on the new list of "40 Under Forty" for the South Sound.

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TrueBlue quarterly income gains 29%

Second quarter revenue for Tacoma’s TrueBlue Inc. increased by seven percent to $453 million compared to revenue of $422 million for the same quarter in 2013.

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Columbia Bank adding Idaho locations

Tacoma-headquartered Columbia Banking System Inc. has announced a definitive agreement to acquire Intermountain Community Bancorp based in Sandpoint, Idaho.

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Heritage Bank: Q2 income, dividend up

Second quarter results from Heritage Financial Corp. showed net income up to $4.1 million and bottom-line income for the first half of 2014 is also up about 10 percent above last year.

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For kids & safe homes: 40 Under Forty

Amy Hoyte, exec. dir. of Rebuilding Together South Sound, and Jinnie Hanson, the marketing and communications director for Boys & Girls Clubs of South Puget Sound, have both been named 40 Under Forty honorees.

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Union claims age discrimination by Boeing

The labor organization that represents professional engineers at The Boeing Company has filed third-party charges alleging “age discrimination on a breath-taking scale” related to employer’s layoffs.

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Industry stakeholders discuss aerospace at Pierce Co. summit

With Boeing forecasting huge aircraft demand over the next two decades, Pierce County aerospace industry stakeholders spent today discussing how to make sure the region maintains and grows its role in the global market.

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Quartet of Spaceworks businesses to open

Spaceworks Tacoma has announced the grand opening of four new businesses at the corner of S. 10th and Martin Luther King Jr. Way in Tacoma's Hilltop district.

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Tacoma office vacancy rate drops to 9.4 percent

Months after the insurance titan's arrival into downtown Tacoma, State Farm continues to have a measurable effect on its new home's office real estate market.

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Boeing reports $22 billion revenue in Q2

The Boeing Company reported its second quarter results today, including a revenue of $22 billion, reflecting higher commercial deliveries.

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Master distiller, pickle maker: 40 Under Forty

Justin Stiefel, founder of Heritage Distillery Co. in Gig Harbor, and Aly Cullinane, a co-founder of Lynnae's Gourmet Pickles in Tacoma, are among 40 Under Forty honorees named this week.

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Anniversary for Saint Martin's program

This year, Saint Martin’s University in Lacey and Japanese sister school Mukogawa will celebrate the 30th anniversary of their summer cultural exchange agreement, a pact that has enabled students on both sides of the Pacific to personally experience and learn about another culture, language and way of life.

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40 Under Forty selected

Alumni judges have selected 40 South Sound young persons who will comprise the 2014 Class of 40 Under Forty, an annual recognition event that highlights up-and-coming business and community leaders.

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Tacoma gets "C" in small biz friendliness

A study performed by Kansas City-based nonprofit The Kauffman Foundation and Thumbtack.com has given Tacoma a “C” grade for overall friendliness to small business.

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Unemployment rates dropped in June

June's county-by-county unemployment rates reported today by state Employment Security Department showed a strong improvement, in part seasonal and also reflecting a stronger job market.

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Olympia bank doubles Q2 profit

Washington Business Bank today announced a record 2nd quarter net income of $238,000 for the three months ended June 30th, more than double the amount from the same quarter in 2013.

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New citizens to feel ‘top of the world’

The first ever naturalization ceremony this afternoon at Paradise on Mount Rainier will see 16 new American citizens from nine countries swear their oath of allegiance to the United States of America.

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From BE: ‘Domino’ budgets, golf crowds, plastic bags

In today’s bi-weekly Business Examiner edition, read what lessons were learned by local leaders at US Open golf tournament. Also watch 'domino budgets' affect local colleges and read about plastic bag bans.

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Training expands for high-demand jobs

Bates Technical College will receive $411,771 to add around 30 students each to the Welding and Machinist training programs, both high demand areas for the aerospace industry.

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Housing could improve in 2nd half

Nationwide real estate brokerage Redfin has issued a forecast for the remainder of 2014, suggesting there might be considerable improvement in housing sales, despite a lackluster first half of the year.

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New Russell outlook: ‘hang on’

In their mid-year update, strategists at Russell Investments warn that U.S. equities “markets are especially vulnerable to shocks” because there hasn’t been a broad adjustment for so long.

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Quinault Tribe leases Westport uplands

Port of Grays Harbor commissioners have approved the transfer to Quinault Tribal Enterprises a lease between tenant RPMM and the Port. This is the first upland lease between QTE and the Port.

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Waste conscious workplaces lauded

Six local businesses in Kent, including the city itself, have made King County’s list of Best Workplaces for Waste Prevention and Recycling.

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Sound Physicians buys another practice

Hospitalist organization Sound Physicians, headquartered in Tacoma, has announced an acquisition of certain assets of Inpatient Specialists.

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Franciscan's St. Joseph earns cardiac distinction

St. Joseph Medical Center in Tacoma, part of the Franciscan Health System, has received the Blue Distinction Center for Cardiac Care designation from Premera Blue Cross.

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American Fast Freight adds new CFO

American Fast Freight, Inc., announced today that Debra L. Lorge will join the Company as a vice president, CFO and treasurer.

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State unveils online map of public lands

The Recreation and Conservation Office today announced a new online, interactive map of natural resource and recreation lands owned by government agencies.

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Two new degree programs at Saint Martin's

Saint Martin’s University will begin the 2014-2015 academic year with two new programs leading to a bachelor of arts degree, the first in communication studies and the second in educational studies.

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Tacoma's Stellar adds to leadership

Tacoma's Stellar Industrial Supply is adding new leadership via one of its business partners.

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Contractor who scammed Pierce homeowners sentenced

An unregistered contractor must serve 30 days in jail for scamming King and Pierce County homeowners who paid him thousands of dollars for home improvement projects that he never finished.

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Clean state audit for City of Federal Way

The Washington State Auditor’s Office has issued a clean audit finding of the City of Federal Way’s Comprehensive Annual Financial Report for 2013, the 19th straight year the City has received a clean audit.

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State unemployment lowest in six years

Washington’s job growth accelerated in June and the unemployment rate fell to its lowest level in six years, according to preliminary, seasonally adjusted estimates by economists with the state’s Employment Security Department.

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Favorable score for Tacoma Power in survey

Tacoma Power ranked in the top half of midsize residential electricity providers in the West region, according to a study by global market research company J.D. Power.

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Small Thurston cities to receive Port of Oly funds

Projects in each of Thurston County’s small, incorporated cities will receive an economic boost from Port of Olympia in 2014.

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Apparel retailer etcTacoma opening Saturday

Another Spaceworks project in Tacoma will soon celebrate its opening, as streetwear retailer eTcTacoma will open its first brick-and-mortar location at 907 Pacific Ave. downtown.

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New Life Care Center to open in South Hill

A new post-acute rehabilitation and nursing center, Life Care Center of South Hill, is in development with an expected opening date this fall.

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Nichols named new OMB executive officer

Olympia Master Builders has announced that Troy Nichols has been selected as executive officer of the five-county region building industry association.

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State leaders join Boeing at Farnborough

Sixteen business and civic leaders from Washington are in Farnborough, England, to support the state’s interests in a global aerospace industry at the world’s largest aviation trade show running through this week.

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Legacy gift funds cancer program at MGH

The Karen Hilburn Breast & Cervical Cancer Fund, a chapter of Mason General Hospital Foundation, has received a check for $25,000 from the Charitable Trust of Margery Jones, a former Shelton resident and cancer survivor.

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PSE Foundation grant to PLU

Pacific Lutheran University has received a $15,000 grant to increase the school’s capacity to respond to the campus community and the public during emergencies and natural disasters.

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New doctor-in-charge at TRA

Justin K. Yoon, MD, has been named president of TRA Medical Imaging, one of the largest sub-specialized radiology practices in Washington.

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Jobless execs, managers still cautious

With the economy improving, fewer unemployed managers and executives are willing to give self-employment a try. They seem willing to wait for a new job opportunity working for someone else.

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Union moves into cannabis sector

Local 367 of United Food & Commercial Workers announced today in an online post that it expects to represent employees of Puyallup’s Dutch Master’s Organic Gardens, a medical cannabis collective that has been serving patients since 2011.

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Guilty plea from Olympia tax preparer

A 31-year-old Olympia resident, Kyle Baxter, entered a guilty plea in Tacoma federal court this morning to one count of filing a false, fictitious or fraudulent tax refund claim.

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State tax collections still growing, slowly

Today’s report on revenue collections shows that major General Fund receipts for the 30-day period ended yesterday (July 10) were $25.5 million (two percent) higher than the June forecast.

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Burn ban extended to whole state

Washington’s Department of Natural Resources is expanding the burn ban from DNR-protected lands in eastern Washington to include those west of the Cascades.

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$10 million bonds for PLU housing

Bonds issued yesterday by Washington Higher Education Facilities Authority will help Pacific Lutheran University upgrade three residence halls, saving the school millions of dollars in interest.

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Loans for Tacoma old business property

Owners of commercial and retail property in Tacoma have a new loan program to help them invest in their historic properties.

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CPTC announces first bachelor's program

Clover Park Technical College will offer the school's first bachelor's degree program, with a bachelor of applied science in manufacturing operations degree set to debut in the fall quarter of 2014.

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Westwood Shipping to start Port of Tacoma service

In just two weeks Puyallup-based Westwood Shipping Lines will begin cargo operations at the Port of Tacoma’s Husky Terminal, due to pending renovations of the company’s former base at the Port of Seattle’s Terminal 5.

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Torrid announces Outlet Collection opening date

Women's fashion retailer Torrid has announced that the opening of its new Auburn location at The Outlet Collection will be on Saturday, July 19.

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Former Weyerhaeuser execs join TRI Pointe board

A pair of former Weyerhaeuser executives have joined the board of directors of Irvine, Calif.-based TRI Pointe Homes, which recently merged with former Weyerhaeuser home-building subsidiary WRECO.

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New reality show has Federal Way ties with EVI

Federal Way-based creative agency EVI Productions has recently collaborated with national television show producers to document the recording of the musical score to a new reality program.

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Grand opening this weekend for Tacoma's Ben Bridge

Ben Bridge Jeweler, a longtime tenant in the Tacoma Mall, will celebrate its move to a new location with grand opening events on Saturday and Sunday.

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Brown added to TrueBlue board

Colleen B. Brown has joined the board of directors of Tacoma-based staffing firm TrueBlue.

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New manager at Tacoma Mall

Tacoma Mall today announced its new manager, Stacey Monroe. He will oversee all property management duties and act as head of the mall management team.

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CPTC gets funding for aerospace programs

Clover Park Technical College is one of 21 state community and technical colleges selected to receive funding to grow high-demand aerospace programs, the State Board for Community and Technical Colleges announced.

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New appointments at City of Kent

Kent Mayor Suzette Cooke has announced the appointments of Derek Matheson as chief administrative officer and Aaron BeMiller as finance director.

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Lacey Community Market to open summer season

The Lacey Community Market will kick off its summer season this Saturday, with more than 60 booths of locally made and harvested foods and eclectic crafts set to line the streets surrounding Huntamer Park.

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Two area facilities get HHS funds

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has announced $83.4 million in Affordable Care Act funding to support primary care residency programs in 60 "teaching health centers" across the nation, including a pair of local facilities.

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Fewer books, more downloads from library

From 2012 to 2013, there was a 39 percent increase in circulation of downloadable e-books, audiobooks and music through the Pierce County Library system and a 7.9 percent decrease in circulation of print and audiovisual materials.

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From BE: Hospital ER trends, coffee, eateries

Reporter Katie Scaff finds South Sound hospitals seeing more visits to local emergency rooms, despite growing number of residents with health insurance coverage.

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Pierce Co. ramping up for 2015 U.S. Open

Now that the U.S. Open is in the record books for 2014, plans for next year’s event at Chambers Bay in University Place are kicking into high gear.

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Weyerhaeuser spin-off complete

Weyerhaeuser Real Estate Company (WRECO) is no longer a subsidiary of the corporate entity, Weyerhaeuser Company.

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Pot stores: 2 Tacoma, 1 Lacey

Washington State Liquor Control Board today issued the state’s first 24 marijuana retailer licenses. Two locations in Tacoma are on the list and one in Lacey; Olympia has none.

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Tacoma's DBR adds new principal

Tacoma CPA firm Doty, Beardsley, Rosengren & Co., P.S. has announced that Dianne Stoehr has been named a principal of the company.

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New listings, pending home sales up slightly in Pierce Co.

The Northwest Multiple Listing Service is observing that listing activity in the Puget Sound region perked up slightly in June — a small but encouraging possible indicator of a brisk market through the summer.

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TPC Chamber's New Tacoma Awards nominees announced

The Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber has announced the nominees for the 2014 New Tacoma Awards — an honor for businesses, organizations and individuals who make outstanding contributions to downtown Tacoma.

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Jobless rate falls, updated state forecast

Strong new job creations in June drive stock market records. State forecasts continue firm, but not spectacular, thanks to weaker first-quarter hirings.

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Boeing deliveries taking off

Today’s release of second-quarter deliveries by The Boeing Company show a 7 percent increase over the same three months in 2013, and a year-to-date jump of 11.8 percent.

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Credit union marketing honored

America’s Credit Union recently received four awards from the Marketing Association of Credit Unions.

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Kent to seek $$ for new police HQ

Kent City Council has voted unanimously to refer a $34 million bond measure to voters in November to fund a new public safety and training facility for police.

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Accolades to Cheney Stadium project

Association of Washington Cities has recognized the retrofitted parking lot, reconstructed Clay Huntington Way and revamped entrance to Cheney Stadium with a 2014 Municipal Excellence Award.

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New investors for Sound Physicians

Sound Physicians, a physician services organization based in Tacoma with more than 1,000 hospitalists in more than 100 hospitals and post-acute centers nationally, today announced a new majority shareholder Fresenius Medical Care.

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