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Oregon Tax Deal
7:53 am
Fri June 21, 2013

Details Of Possible Tax Deal Emerge In Salem

In Salem, details of a possible tax deal are emerging at the Oregon legislature. Two Republican lawmakers outlined a series of tax hikes they'd be willing to support during an Oregon Senate committee hearing Thursday.

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Business Lobbying
6:52 am
Fri March 8, 2013

Inside The World Of Business Lobbying In Olympia

Austin Jenkins Northwest News Network

Originally published on Thu March 7, 2013 4:27 pm

OLYMPIA, Wash. – In the world of state legislatures, there’s a powerful breed of players who normally shun the spotlight. They prefer to work behind the scenes to influence policy outcomes. We’re talking about business lobbyists. Inside this often hidden world, you’ll meet two of the most successful corporate contract lobbyists in the Washington state capitol. And learn some of their tricks of the trade.

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Marijuana Entrepreneurs
6:07 am
Mon February 25, 2013

Washington Marijuana Legalization Draws Yale MBAs With Big Ideas

Austin Jenkins Northwest News Network

Originally published on Mon February 25, 2013 3:39 pm

SEATTLE, Wash. – As Washington moves to legalize marijuana, pot entrepreneurs are lobbying in public forums and behind the scenes. These business interests want to shape the new marijuana marketplace. Among them, a Seattle-based private equity firm called Privateer Holdings. The company has hired a top Olympia lobbyist and is making the case for large marijuana grows to state regulators.

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Marijuana Entrepreneurs
6:06 am
Mon February 25, 2013

Washington ‘Potrepreneurs’ Plan To Start Locally, Expand Nationally

Jamen Shively of Diego Pellicer Fine Marijuana plans to open high-end marijuana retail stores in Washington and Colorado and, he hopes, nationally some day.
Credit Photo by Austin Jenkins / Northwest News Network

So far, Washington and Colorado are the first states to legalize recreational marijuana. Two states is a pretty limited market if you’re getting into the cannabis business. But many so-called “potrepreneurs” are counting on the eventual repeal of marijuana prohibition nationally. Correspondent Austin Jenkins reports.

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Oracle Jobs
4:58 pm
Tue February 19, 2013

Oracle Says 130 Jobs Coming To Oregon

 The server giant, Oracle, announced Monday that it will shift 130 jobs from Mexico to Oregon - and retain other jobs here that might have been headed south.

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Oregon Ski Industry
4:22 pm
Tue February 5, 2013

Oregon's Skiers And Boarders Contribute Big To State Economy

Last season, skiers and snowboarders contributed more than $480 million to Oregon's economy.
Credit Sharr Rezniqi / Wikimedia Commons

A new economic study of Oregon's ski industry estimates that last season skiers and snowboarders contributed more than $480 million to the state economy.

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Silver Mining
5:38 pm
Fri January 25, 2013

Silver Boom Brings Historic Sunshine Mine Back Online

Miners begin work at the Sunshine Mine in 1972. The Mine is about 8 miles east of Kellogg, Idaho.
Credit MSHA

The high price of silver is bringing one of the Northwest's oldest silver mines back online. The Sunshine Mine in north Idaho is known for one of the worst mining disasters in the nation’s history. It will resume production in late 2014.

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Boeing Planes
4:39 pm
Thu January 3, 2013

Boeing Likely Topped Airbus For The First Time In Years

Boeing delivered more planes last year than even the high end of its forecasts. Aerospace analyst Yair Reiner says a big reason is that the company managed to speed up production of its 787 Dreamliners. That comes after years of stumbles and delays on the fuel-efficient twin-aisle plane.

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Wash. State Unemployment
6:12 pm
Mon December 3, 2012

Unemployment Benefits To Expire

Congress has come through numerous times in the past to renew a federal program to help jobless workers in Washington state.
Credit David Maiolo / Wikimedia Commons

Extended unemployment benefits are going away for 60,000 Washington residents. A federal program put in place to help jobless workers weather the recession expires at the end of the year.

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Northwest Sawmills
5:30 pm
Tue November 27, 2012

Housing Rebound Has More Northwest Sawmills Buzzing

A rebound in construction, such as building new homes, is good news for sawmills.
Credit Vixwald / Wikimedia Commons

Sawmills in the Northwest have significantly ramped up production in response to the rebound in construction nationally. That's according to a market survey by an industry consultant based near Seattle.

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