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Gun Sales Expected to be Up for Black Friday

Nov 23, 2012
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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 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.

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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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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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.

Washington’s jobless rate dropped just slightly in September. State economists Wednesday pegged unemployment at 8.5 percent. That erases a small uptick in August.

New data released Tuesday by the Oregon Employment Department show the state's unemployment rate held steady in September, coming in at a seasonally adjusted 8.7 percent. Economists blame the results on weaker than expected seasonal job growth.

Experts Say Rumors Of Pork Shortage Are Hogwash

Oct 10, 2012
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A group of British pork producers recently sent fear into the hearts of bacon lovers worldwide by predicting an impending pork shortage. They say drought will make it too expensive to produce pork, so farmers will sell off herds. But here in the United States, agricultural economists say the notion of a bacon shortage is hogwash.

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This is Front Page, our new segment featuring conversations with journalists taking a closer look at the people, issues and events shaping lives across the Pacific Northwest. Today we’re way out west, western Washington that is, where the twilight is unusual. The town of Forks. Here’s our news director John Paxson.

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Washington’s idled construction industry continued to show signs of life in August. Nonetheless, the state’s jobless rate still rose slightly. Overall Washington lost 1,100 jobs last month. The new unemployment rate announced Wednesday is 8.6 percent -– up a tenth of a percent from July.

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