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June 2017

06/30/17

Legislators ‘celebrate’ budget resolutions

Apparently proving the doubters wrong, state legislators are today putting final passage to a new Washington two-year budget, that adds significant new spending to 'basic education,' while bringing modest new tax revenues.

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06/30/17

Former CFO sentenced to prison

A CFO in a healthcare plan heads for federal prison, following his sentencing today in an embezzlement scheme that cost his employer more than $631,000.

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06/30/17

New USAF commander coming to McChord

The main active Air Force flying unit at JBLM is gaining a new commanding officer next month, and she will a 'first' in the position.

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06/30/17

Embezzlement conviction today in Tacoma

Two South Sound residential real estate offices share almost half a million dollars lost to a bookkeeper's embezzlement. She was convicted today by a federal court jury in Tacoma.

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06/30/17

Healthcare: South Sound to Spokane

Following the state approval and signatures on multiple documents, MultiCare Health Systems has completed its purchase of a major physicians network and two hospitals in the Spokane market, with ownership to transfer tomorrow.

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06/29/17

Former Olympia mayor to keynote Thurston Chamber forum

Former Olympia Mayor Doug Mah will keynote Thurston Chamber’s July forum, where he will share his vision for the organization’s newly formed public policy division.

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06/29/17

EDB for Tacoma-Pierce County adds to leadership

The Economic Development Board for Tacoma-Pierce County has added to its leadership, bringing aboard Sarah Bonds as its new vice president for business recruitment.

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06/29/17

Wilcox Family Farms receives $75K to train workers

Wilcox Family Farms will be receiving a $75,000 boost from the state to go towards training its workers in lean enterprise principles and food safety.

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06/29/17

Cambia gets back to its roots with Metro Parks donation

Cambia Health Solutions, the parent company of Regence BlueShield, is making a financial gift to Metro Parks Tacoma to restore a 15-ton throwback to Tacoma’s history.

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06/28/17

Washington's average wage up 4.8 percent

Washington’s average annual wage grew by 4.8 percent in 2016 to $58,957, representing the largest percentage increase year over year since 2007.

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06/28/17

Robbins named permanent CEO of Columbia Bank

Columbia Bank’s nationwide search for a new CEO led right back to one of its own. Hadley Robbins, who has been serving as interim CEO since February after the untimely death of Melanie Dressel, was named the bank’s chief executive officer today, effective July 1.

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06/28/17

Tacoma still among fastest housing markets

Falling inventory continues to lead to hurried home buying across the nation, and Tacoma is among the cities feeling the impact.

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06/27/17

Kitsap tops among WA counties in 'purchasing power index'

Comparing median income and cost of living data statewide, financial technology company SmartAsset’s latest study shows the counties in Washington where people can get the most out of their money — with the South Sound making a few appearances on the list.

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06/27/17

Spaceworks receives $20K grant from NEA

Spaceworks Tacoma has received a $20,000 Art Works grant from the National Endowment for the Arts for the commission of site-specific installations and murals at vacant commercial spaces in downtown Tacoma.

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06/27/17

Alaska USA to sponsor Tacoma Rainiers

Alaska USA Federal Credit Union has announced a new three-year sponsorship with the Tacoma Rainiers.

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06/27/17

WA Insurance commish on Senate GOP plan: 'It's a disaster'

The Olympia office of Washington Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler has been — to put it mildly — highly critical of D.C. Republicans’ efforts to overhaul the Affordable Care Act, and with the Congressional Budget Office’s analysis of the Senate GOP’s most recent plan, he didn’t hold back.

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06/26/17

Natural gas company at Satsop already thinking expansion

Xpress Natural Gas, whose compressed natural gas facility set up shop at Satsop Business Park in Grays Harbor County last fall, is already looking to expand.

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06/26/17

Site ranks WA high among states for starting a business

Online publication FitSmallBusiness.com has named Washington the ninth best state in the country to start a business.

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06/26/17

Lincoln Business District construction to begin

Right as Tacoma gets back to business after the Fourth of July, the Lincoln Business District’s makeover will begin in earnest.

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Airline exec speaks to ‘Art of Business’

06/23/17

Airline exec speaks to ‘Art of Business’

'Art cannot survive without Business, and Business needs the Arts' to maintain its soul' and community connections, according to speakers from both sectors at a Tacoma breakfast event.

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06/23/17

PUD earns 38th consecutive ‘clean’ audit

Customers of Mason PUD 3 can be assured that their utility payments and taxes are being spent appropriately, say state auditors who completed a recent review.

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06/23/17

‘Warriors’ shooting under the sun

Army troops and their units from JBLM are deployed to a firing range in central Washington this weekend to practice their war-fighting skills under the blazing sun.

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06/23/17

Sunshine will bake the weekend ‘Taste’

An outdoor food and beverage festival this weekend in Tacoma's Point Defiance park will likely bring thousands of visitors, considering the warm, sunny weather.

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06/23/17

Feds make next ST loan advance

The next $88-million in federal loans for light rail projects by Sound Transit has been completed, as the agency builds out the commuter passenger service to Bellevue-Redmond.

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06/23/17

Sea level rising: Local impacts?

Olympia partners have a response plan under discussion to prepare for the future, when a rising level of the globe's oceans might routinely bring salt water onto downtown streets.

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06/22/17

UPRR to invest east of Cascades

A leading rail carrier of cargo destined to and from South Sound ports announced its investment plans for the state today. The spending will all be in wheat county of Eastern Washington.

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06/22/17

South Sound aero reps hail Paris results

Company representatives from South Sound aerospace suppliers were effusive about a successful trade show, as they prepared to leave Paris and return home today.

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06/22/17

Boeing soars at Paris show

Western Washington's aerospace industry collected the most orders at this week's Pair Air Show, with Boeing counting 571 jetliners sold. Many of those will have South Sound components.

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06/22/17

Growing job categories

Pierce County payroll jobs grew by 3,500 from May to June, with most of those gains in three industrial sectors.

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06/22/17

Faster connect, no extra cost

Connecting to internet will be faster for many Comcast customers, at no additional monthly expense.

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06/21/17

State employees will rally tomorrow

State government agency employees will be making public displays of their positions on the possible budget impasse at several demonstrations tomorrow.

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06/21/17

Legislature Special Session III called

Washington state agencies are just nine days out from a government shut-down, so the governor this afternoon called for a third special Legislative session starting tomorrow to find a budget plan.

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06/21/17

Commercial construction backlog growing

No slow-down yet in a booming construction industry, according to first quarter reports from a national builders group.

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06/21/17

Report: IAM pulls out of S.C.

The largest Boeing Commercial Airplane operations outside of Puget Sound will remain a non-union workforce, after labor organizers pulled out of their office in North Charleston.

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06/20/17

What’s dollar value of ‘Arts/Culture’?

An arts advocacy economic analysis suggests that spending for culture and the arts in Tacoma is worth more than $137 million annually.

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06/20/17

Clean energy $$ to Auburn company

State funds invested in clean energy projects will aid a South Sound company to prove the concept for wide-ranging food waste recycling on Vashon Island.

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06/20/17

A ‘free car giveaway’ next month

A Tacoma auto body and collision repair shop is looking for someone who needs wheels, and will award a free car to a deserving individual next month.

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06/20/17

Kitsap Bank wins marketing plaudits

A local South Sound-based community bank has again earned marketing awards in a Seattle competition.

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06/20/17

Interim leader for state HCA

Another state executive agency will see an interim director starting next month, as the governor's team conducts a search for the next leader of the Health care Authority.

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06/20/17

State revenue forecast updated

A modest improvement in forecasted state tax revenues announced today will not itself be enough to resolve budgetary differences in the state capital, even as the clocks runs down of the current legislative special session.

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06/20/17

More local jobs filled in May

Today's jobs report looks strong, again. Several hundred more South Sound residents were employed in May than April this year, but local unemployment rates did not vary much of the month.

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06/19/17

Infoblox: Tacoma a 'Hiring Hub'

Tech company Infoblox has confirmed its commitment to growth in Tacoma, announcing today that it has designated its local office as a “Center of Excellence for Technology Innovation” and a “Hiring Hub.”

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06/19/17

Insurers propose 22.3 percent average increase for 2018 health plans

Insurers have proposed an average rate increase of 22.3 percent for 2018 health plans in Washington.

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06/19/17

Tacoma's Sprague Pest Solutions makes top industry list

Tacoma-based Sprague Pest Solutions has moved up to the 25th spot on the 2017 Pest Control Technology Magazine Top 100 List.

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06/19/17

Premera to offer health plans in Grays Harbor

After the state’s initial roster of 2018 individual insurers didn’t include options in Grays Harbor County, Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler has announced that one provider has changed course.

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06/16/17

Randi Zuckerberg to keynote South Sound Summit

Randi Zuckerberg, Emmy nominee and CEO of Zuckerberg Media, will be the keynote speaker for the Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber’s inaugural South Sound Summit.

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06/16/17

New CareClinic in Gig Harbor

Gig Harbor residents got a new care option yesterday as Kaiser Permanente opened a new CareClinic at a local Bartell Drugs.

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06/16/17

Thurston County Commissioners consider convention district

Thurston County Commissioners are mulling the creation of a cultural arts, stadium, and convention district, with a public hearing to receive comments from area residents set for Tuesday, July 25.

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06/16/17

Panattoni buys Lakewood industrial site

California-based Panattoni Development Company has purchased Lakewood Tacoma Gateway, a 21.83-acre industrial development site in Lakewood.

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06/15/17

Bank awards 7 scholarships to staff children

A significant employee benefit can include post-secondary education scholarships for the next generation, according to the plan of a local financial institution.

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06/15/17

Washington financial institutions strong

A robust Washington economy is helping financial institutions located here to report strong performance, and qualify for stellar ratings from a financial analysis firm.

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06/15/17

Shilo Inn Tacoma refinanced

Strong market demand for South Sound overnight lodging and an operating performance record has facilitated a loan restructuring for one long-established Tacoma hotel.

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Tall ships are in Tacoma

06/15/17

Tall ships are in Tacoma

Hospitality businesses are looking forward to the forecast return to Spring/Summer weather for the weekend, to fully make the most of Festival of Sail Tacoma, which has brought up to 25 'tall ships' to Thea Foss Waterway.

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06/15/17

Sales tax $$ allocated in Thurston

South Sound non-profit agencies will share nearly one-quarter million dollars in local option sales taxes collected in Thurston County to provide chemical dependency and mental health treatment programs.

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06/14/17

State unemployment at record low

Washington’s unemployment rate dropped from 4.6 to 4.5 percent in May, establishing a new record low for unemployment.

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06/14/17

Low interest loans available to Tacoma small businesses

The City of Tacoma is working with the Tacoma Community Redevelopment Authority to offer low-interest financing for small businesses looking to establish and grow.

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06/14/17

Tacoma gets arts funding from NEA

The City of Tacoma has been awarded $40,000 in Art Works funding from the National Endowment of the Arts.

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06/13/17

Tacoma Art Museum, Museum of Glass announce collaboration

The Museum of Glass and Tacoma Art Museum have entered into a collaborative relationship that will elevate the glass art experience for visitors in Tacoma.

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06/13/17

Tacoman tapped to lead Northwest Harvest

Thomas Reynolds has been named by Northwest Harvest’s Board of Directors as the agency’s new CEO.

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06/13/17

WA among states suing Trump administration over energy standards

Washington joined 10 other states today in suing the Trump administration over its efforts to delay new energy efficiency standards.

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06/13/17

TrueBlue makes executive team changes

TrueBlue has announced some changes to its executive team, with Sean Ebner replacing Wayne Larkin as president of PeopleReady.

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06/12/17

Auburn Family Medical Center joins MultiCare

Auburn Family Medical Center has officially joined MultiCare Health System.

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06/12/17

New Walmart Training Academy in Bonney Lake

It’s graduation season — and that’s no different at Walmart, which will recognize the first graduating class of the newly opening Walmart Training Academy in Bonney Lake.

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06/12/17

With shutdown threat looming, Inslee steps in on budget talks

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee met with caucus leaders today hoping to kickstart budget negotiations and avoid the brink of a partial government shutdown.

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06/12/17

Lakewood's Golden Services acquires Spokane business

Golden Services LLC, which offers relocation, storage and drayage services based in Lakewood, is expanding east.

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06/09/17

L&I seeking ‘heroes’

Individual workers who stepped up during a workplace or industrial emergency may be recognized by the state. Nominations are due this month for incidents that happened during the 12 months ended May 31, 2017.

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06/09/17

Plaudits to Bates’ business programs

National education evaluators have proclaimed four business programs at Bates Technical College to be "accredited."

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Port of Olympia completes purchase

06/09/17

Port of Olympia completes purchase

Continuing its strategy to emphasize industrial space and buildings, Olympia's port commission has purchased three buildings in Lacey from a private developer.

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06/09/17

Oly performance center to close for repairs

Needed mechanical repairs will require an extended summer closure for Olympia's Washington Center for the Performing Arts.

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06/09/17

Teamsters secure contract for Kent

Labor negotiators have apparently resolved a dispute that was threatening a possible strike by crews that collect recycling and yard waste in Kent, Bellevue, Seattle and Lynnwood.

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06/08/17

Museum of Glass celebrates 15 years

Museum of Glass celebrated its 15th anniversary on Tuesday, remaining a key cog in the ongoing rejuvenation of Tacoma’s downtown area.

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06/08/17

CEO of Tacoma's Tool Gauge joins aerospace organization board

Debbie Lee, CEO of Tool Gauge, has joined the board of directors of Washington state’s Aerospace Futures Alliance.

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06/08/17

Eleven insurers file plans in WA; Kreidler blasts Trump

Eleven health insurers have filed 71 plans for Washington state’s 2018 individual health insurance market.

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06/07/17

Timberland Bank reopens Edgewood branch after renovation

Timberland Bank reopened its newly remodeled Edgewood branch with a ribbon cutting ceremony yesterday, bringing the community fixture back after a period of renovation.

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06/07/17

‘Hiring’ sign still on at Infoblox

A leader in global network security is rapidly expanding its Tacoma operations, with news hires showing up for work every week. Some even want to transfer from their Silicon Valley headquarters.

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06/07/17

Military families cut back on summer vacation plans

Anxiety over the future of defense spending and the economy are prompting many of America’s career military families to rein in their summer vacation plans.

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06/07/17

Lakewood had fastest growing rent in region since last May

Residential rental site Zumper’s analysis of May’s active listings around the Seattle metro area has found that some cities in the South Sound are leading the region in fast growing rents.

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06/06/17

Funds available for Lewis’ tourism promo

Using taxes collected from visitors to promote Lewis County tourism starts with proposals from groups in the county. And those ideas must reach Lewis County this month.

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06/06/17

Federal Way arts center to announce inaugural season lineup

The culmination of years of preparation is almost here for Federal Way, as the city’s brand new Performing Arts & Event Center is set to announce its first ever performance season.

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06/06/17

More big cranes coming to Tacoma port

Preparing for expected future growth in container ship calls to Tacoma, four more high-lift cranes will be ordered after a decision by managers today.

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06/06/17

Challenges changing in still active housing market

Would-be buyers who have been shut out of the real estate market should test the “real estate waters” during the summer months, according to members of the Northwest Multiple Listing Service.

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06/05/17

Construction, autos drive state's taxable sales to big 2016

Driven by jumps in construction and auto sales, Washington’s taxable retail sales rose to a record $145.9 billion in 2016.

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06/05/17

J.D. Power looks at health plan satisfaction

A study by J.D. Power reveals that coordination of care among healthcare providers is the single most important criteria affecting satisfaction with a health plan.

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06/05/17

Pickleball Central opens indoor facility dedicated to sport

Pickleball Central has opened a new facility in Kent, offering pickleball courts open to the public, lessons and a pro shop for enthusiasts of the sport.

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06/02/17

C-SPAN to visit Tacoma, feature city's history

C-SPAN is coming to Tacoma next week to feature the history and nonfiction literature of the city.

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06/02/17

Washington 16th in private equity investment

A new report’s findings show that Washington ranked 16th in the United States in attracting private equity investment in 2016, with $12.2 billion in capital investments supporting 15,551 jobs.

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06/02/17

Fifth anniversary for America's Car Museum

America’s Car Museum just keeps on trucking, with the Tacoma attraction firing on all cylinders as it celebrates its fifth anniversary.

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06/02/17

Positive reviews earn distinction for Tacoma's Milgard

Tacoma’s Milgard Windows & Doors is the highest online rated window and patio door brand of 2016, according to marketing analytics company MetrixLab.

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06/01/17

Ex-Congressman worries about future

Long-time South Sound U.S. Representative Norm Dicks is dismayed over what's happening today in the nation's capital, he tells local community leaders.

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06/01/17

New SBA advocate named

The Trump administration is beginning to fill out political appointments at federal agencies, including the U.S. Small Business Administration.

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06/01/17

Tacoma moves to align ‘sick leave’ laws

Tacoma was an early adopter of paid sick leave, but it is now working to align its local rules with a new state law on the same subject. Employers will be affected by the changes.

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06/01/17

State regulator fines movers

Unregistered moving companies operating locally, including two with Auburn and Kent bases of operation, have been fined by the state.

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06/01/17

Pierce Transit pays $105k for not re-hiring

A returning military member was not rehired by Pierce Transit, which will now pay for lost earnings and benefits under a settlement reached with federal law enforcement.

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More Amazon in Sumner

06/01/17

More Amazon in Sumner

After recent hiring events around the South Sound, the retail giant Amazon is announcing a second order processing center in Sumner.

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