economy

Holiday Trash
6:42 am
Thu December 27, 2012

Signs Of The Times Buried In Holiday Trash Heaps

Vince Peterson is the operations manager of Shoshone County waste disposal. Photo by Jessica Robinson
Credit Photo by Jessica Robinson / Northwest News Network

Now that presents have been opened, it's time for another tradition of the holiday season: bags upon bags of trash. Jessica Robinson talked with one garbage collector in north Idaho about what he can tell from this year’s haul.

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Coal Export Terminal
6:11 am
Thu December 6, 2012

Factual and Moral Questions Raised At Spokane’s Public Hearing About Coal Shipments

Hundreds of people attended Tuesday's public hearing in Spokane about a proposed coal export terminal in the Northwest. The meeting brought out strong emotions, and raised a moral question about how the hearings are run. Paige Browning reports the event focused on the proposed Gateway Terminal for Whatcom County, which would ship coal to Asia.

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Natural Gas Exports
6:08 am
Thu December 6, 2012

DOE Economic Study Finds Exporting Natural Gas Would Benefit the U.S.

The Department of Energy released a study today/ Wednesday that finds exporting natural gas would benefit the U.S. economy. That may clear the way for the feds to grant licenses to 15 proposed export terminals, including two in Oregon. Amelia Templeton of Earthfix reports.

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Liquor Sales
4:42 pm
Tue December 4, 2012

Washington Liquor Sales Up Over Last Year

Washington voters approved privatized liquor sales last year.
Credit Decatur Wine & Spirits / Wikimedia Commons

There’s new data on the affect of liquor privatization in Washington. According to new numbers released Tuesday that capture the first four months of private liquor sales, sales by volume were up between June and September nearly 3 percent over the same period last 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.
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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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Northwest News
8:40 am
Fri November 23, 2012

Gun Sales Expected to be Up for Black Friday

A customer looks over a gun. Gun sales expected to be high for Black Friday.
Credit N3

Gun stores are among the retailers expecting bigger than usual sales today. The national trade group that represents the gun and ammunition industry says Black Friday could set a record for the number of background checks performed.  Those are required by the F-B-I for gun purchases.  

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Oregon Budget
4:01 pm
Tue November 20, 2012

Oregon Revenue Projection Mostly Flat

Economists released their latest set of projections about Oregon state revenue.
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Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber now has final revenue numbers to write his next two-year budget proposal. State economists Tuesday released their latest set of projections about Oregon tax and lottery income.

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Washington Jobless Rate
4:29 pm
Thu November 15, 2012

Wash. Sees Healthy Drop In Unemployment

Washington state saw a nice drop in unemployment during October. New numbers released Thursday show the state jobless rate fell to 8.2 percent. That's down three-tenths of a point from the prior month.

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Cost Of Halloween
4:41 pm
Tue October 30, 2012

Halloween Spending Up Across Nation

Twenty-four-year-old Brian Williams and 22-year-old Jennifer Reed of Kennewick say they spent about $200 this year on Halloween costumes, decorations and candy.
Credit Anna King / Northwest News Network

If Halloween spending is an indicator of the economy, Americans appear to be feeling better than this time last year -- or at least more ghoulish.

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Paper Mill Reopens
6:17 am
Tue October 30, 2012

Reason To Celebrate As Paper Mill Reopens In Grays Harbor

Ron Grant is back on the job at the recently reopened paper mill in Grays Harbor County. Last year he was laid off when the plant closed. As a result he lost his house.
Credit Photo by Austin Jenkins / Northwest News Network

Nearly 300,000 people in Washington are still unemployed and looking for work. But there was reason to celebrate Monday in coastal Grays Harbor County – where the unemployment rate is tied with Ferry County for the highest in the state. A shuttered paper mill there recently roared back to life. With it came 175 jobs. Correspondent Austin Jenkins reports.

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