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When Lens Team isn't smoking our own salmon, composting, or hiking, we're parsing the cosmos to deliver you the best stories in Washington state.

Millennium lays off 15 percent of its workforce

Millennium Bulk Terminals announced that it has laid off 15 percent of its employees in Longview, two weeks after the retirement of former CEO...

Washington unemployment drops to record low

Washington’s jobless rate continued to decline last month to 4.3 percent, down from 4.4 percent the month prior. The state added 12,400 jobs in...
Flawed conclusions in ocean warming study

Flawed conclusions in ocean warming study

Paper authors say too much uncertainty

Gas prices fall before Thanksgiving

Gas prices are dropping throughout the country, with five states having a gas station selling gas for less than $2 per gallon. One analyst...

Post Office wants stamp price increase

Due to continued losses, the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) has received a record stamp price hike. In fiscal year 2018, the Postal Service suffered...

Bellingham manufacturer looks for new location after fire

Bellingham-based manufacturer Blue Sea Systems’ building caught fire this weekend, resulting in millions of dollars in damages. The company’s leadership says they are looking...

Seahawks to remain in Seattle under new ownership

A recent NFL.com report states that the Seattle Seahawks will be sold by Paul Allen’s estate with the proceeds going to his foundation, and the...

Plaintiff responds in Seattle income tax lawsuit

Rejects notion of "home rule."

Bellevue tech company to be bought

Cloud software company Apptio has announced plans to be purchased by private equity firm Vista Equity Partners, for roughly $1.94 billion, or $38 per...

What HQ2 means for Seattle’s housing market

Although Amazon is choosing to expand outside of Washington for its HQ2, it is unlikely Seattle’s housing market will take a dive soon…

Seattle home prices drop $80,000

In the city of Seattle the median home price has fallen to $750,000, which is $80,000 lower than the price earlier this year. In...

Spokane-Coeur d’Alene area expects population boom

Economists say the Spokane-Coeur D’Alene metro area could experience an influx of 15,000 people moving to the region next year if current predictions pan...

Little Cherry Disease poses threat for growers

Washington State University warns that although Little Cherry Disease is nothing new for Washington state, this year’s outbreak is approaching epidemic levels. The disease...
'Black Friday' planned for trout fishing

‘Black Friday’ planned for trout fishing

: State agency to stock lakes

Tech sector cites displeasure with H-1B visa rejections

Large tech companies report that the number of H-1B visa denial rates continue to increase…

Tesla names new chairman

Tesla has named Robyn Denholm, who has served on the company’s board since 2014, as its new chairman. She is also the chief financial...

Papa Murphy’s might be for sale

Papa Murphy’s has announced the hiring of a merger-and-acquisition firm for a “comprehensive review of its business strategy.” A company spokesperson elaborated that a...

Construction on Boeing’s new Chinese facility nears completion

Boeing announced that its China 737 jet completion facility in the city of Zhoushan will open next month with the goal of delivering its...
Voters approve local food tax ban

Voters approve I-1634 local food tax ban

Latest update shows initiative garnered 54 percent of vote

Seattle ridesharing numbers revealed

Uber and Lyft provided more than 91,000 rides on a typical day in Seattle during the second quarter of this year, according to ridership...
Amazon

Amazon’s fulfillment center near Spokane taking shape

Amazon’s fulfillment center near Spokane will provide 1,500 jobs…

Sound Transit CEO may get pay raise

The Sound Transit Board is considering an 11 percent pay raise for CEO Peter Rogoff from $328,000 to $364,000. Earlier this year, the board...

Amazon to break HQ2 in two

Amazon has announced that it plans to separate its second headquarters into two locations, one in New York City and another in Arlington, Virginia....

Bellingham-based Alpha Technologies sold for $750 million

Global energy company EnerSys is purchasing Bellingham-based commercial energy equipment company Alpha Technologies for $750 million in a deal anticipated to wrap up within...

“They’re a well-run company, they produce a great product that’s very innovative, and the...

Grant County Economic Development Council Chair Brant Mayo regarding the effect of new tariffs on the REC Silicon manufacturing plant in Moses Lake.

Toys R Us relaunch planned

Stores to reopen next fall

Port of Bellingham prepares for new growth

The Port of Bellingham announced it has entered a three-year service contract with Ports America, which will allow international cargo to start arriving at...

State Department of Commerce hires new aerospace lead

Washington’s Department of Commerce has brought on former Greater Spokane Incorporated (GSI) Director of Business Development Robin Toth to lead the state’s charge for...

Starbucks reports record sales

Company shares also jump

U.S. workers see largest wage increase since 2008

The U.S. Labor Department reported that American workers are experiencing the largest wage increase in a decade. This past September’s wages increased 2.9 percent...

Rich millennials investing in Bitcoin

A new study by Edelman indicates that millennials are investing in cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin, much of that due to distrust of traditional financial...

China stealing billions from Microsoft, says former CEO

Former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer is claiming that 90 percent of Chinese companies use the Microsoft operating system, but only one percent pay for...

Coca-Cola’s healthy drinks a big success in Q3

Coca-Cola’s water and sports drink sales rose 5 percent in the third quarter, mostly thanks to drink popularity with China and Mexico consumers. The...
Amazon value drops by $250 billion

Amazon value drops by $250 billion

A 25 percent value drop in a month

Millennium Bulk Terminals CEO announces retirement

Bill Chapman has announced that he will be retiring after four years as President and CEO of Millennium Bulk Terminals (MBT). “I am so grateful...

Seattle homes now sell for less than asking price

For the first time in four years, the average Seattle metro home is selling below the asking price. Earlier this year, the average house...

GE cuts shares to one cent

General Electric has reduced its stock value to one cent, the lowest level since 2009 after the company revealed that the Securities Exchange Commission...

U.S. consumer confidence hits 18-year high

U.S. consumer confidence continues to rise…

Investors disappointed in Amazon’s performance

Although Amazon brought in close to $3 billion in profits in the third quarter, the company fell short of investor expectations, causing shares to...

U.S. economy strong in third quarter

The U.S. Commerce Department reports that the past two quarters have marked the strongest consecutive growth since 2014. This past quarter, real gross domestic...
IBM to buy Red Hat

IBM to buy Red Hat

Stocks soar for open software company

REC Silicon’s Moses Lake plant to remain open

REC Silicon announced it will not be closing its Moses Lake plant, despite reporting a $6.1 million loss in the third quarter. The facility...
Sears bankruptcy might boost company sales

Sears bankruptcy might boost company sales

Craftsman sales may benefit

Boeing reports healthy supply chain in Renton

Boeing Chairman and CEO Dennis Muilenburg reported this week that Boeing 737 planes have been leaving the Renton factory fully assembled and with fewer...

Seattle minimum wage difficult for younger workers

The minimum wage has become troublesome for younger Seattleites looking to find jobs…

Ford recalls 1.5 million vehicles

Ford Motor announced it is recalling around 1.5 million 2012-2018 Ford Focus vehicles because of a flaw in the fuel system that could cause...

Stocks rebound after losses

Stocks jumped Thursday after the Dow Jones recently lost its gains for the year. The stocks had previously tumbled after the Fed announced interest...

McDonald’s experiences strong 3rd quarter

McDonald’s had its 13th consecutive month of increased sales at its established locations this past quarter, rising 2.4 percent. The company brought in $5.37...

Everett’s new airport terminal will generate hundreds of jobs

Although Everett’s Paine Field will not be finished for a few months, the airport site has created hundreds of job opportunities for locals. Propeller...

Boeing pulls strong earnings

Plane maker lands new contracts
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