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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.

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

UW study sheds light on Seattle minimum wage

A new study by a team of University of Washington researchers concluded that less experienced workers saw little or no change in Seattle’s low-skill...

Mayor estimates Seattle’s World Cup hosting costs

The City of Seattle released preliminary estimates for the cost of hosting the World Cup in 2026..

Stock market drops once again

Stocks fell Tuesday, and the Dow Jones Industrial Average dropped by triple digits. The companies taking the biggest hits include Boeing, Apple and Goldman...

Public offering could put Uber’s value at $120 billion

The Wall Street Journal reports that Uber Technologies Inc. has received valuation proposals from Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley, which could increase the company’s...

Moving up the deadline … is a procedural win that will give more certainty...

Rep. Dan Newhouse on President Trump’s new memo concerning the Snake River dams.

Trump issues memo on state dams

Orders management plans to be completed sooner

Netflix shares increase due to large subscriber trend

Early trading Netflix shares are up 6 percent, following 7 million new subscribers worldwide from July through September. The company’s shares increased just over...

U.S. dubbed most competitive economy once more

The Davos economic firm has named the United States as having the world’s most competitive economy for the first time in 10 years. The...

Boeing to create fast computing technology

Boeing is developing new superfast computing technology…

State unemployment rate lowest in 42 years

Washington’s jobless rate was the lowest in 42 years last month at 4.4 percent, compared to the national rate of 3.7 percent. The retail...

Kroger tests wine delivery model

Kroger has begun testing its pilot wine-delivery program which would serve homes and office places in 13 states and the District of Columbia, excluding...

Sears loses South Hill and Bellingham store locations

This week, Sears filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection and announced it would be closing its store in South Hill Mall, as well as...

Paul Allen dies at 65

Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen died this week due to complications with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, according to his family’s statement. Allen worked closely with co-founder Bill...

Washington ag production hit $10.6B last year

The value of Washington apples and milk put them ahead of other ag commodities in 2017…

West Coast bases may be used for fuel exports

The Trump administration is considering using West Coast military installations and other federal facilities for U.S. fossil fuel exports, despite opposition from some regional...

Hay and wheat producers can expect profitable harvest

This year’s hay and wheat harvest is expected to result in higher production and returns for those farmers…

Federal deficit highest in years

The federal budget deficit is at its highest level in six years, at $779 billion in fiscal 2018. The Treasury Department reports that the...

Oil companies remain profitable but cautiously optimistic

The largest international oil companies including BP and ExxonMobil have experienced increased revenue streams, with $30.9 billion combined free cash flow in 2017 compared...

KeyArena construction to begin soon

Developer Oak View Group has set plans in motion to renovate KeyArena starting this week by installing a chain link fence around the facility....

Sears files for bankruptcy

The Associated Press reports that Sears has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection due to its large debt and after closing hundreds of stores....

“I think that anybody who is concerned about climate change should vote against 1631....

University of Washington Atmospheric Sciences Professor Cliff Mass

Boeing to address 737 delivery backlog

Boeing began to address its delivery backlog by ramping up 737 production in Renton last month. The company delivered 61 of those planes last...
Mounting tension between China, U.S.

Mounting tension between China, U.S.

Multilateral summit planned for November

Sears hires restructuring expert

After months of closing its stores, Sears Holdings Corp. announced that it has named a restructuring expert to its board. Alan Carr is CEO...

Clark County supports condo rule changes

The Clark County Council has approved a resolution supporting legislative efforts to amend the state’s Condominium Act in order to “address concerns about excessive...

Stocks continue to fall

Stocks continued to fall Thursday morning after the Dow Jones suffered a 830-point loss on Wednesday. Amazon shares fell more than 10 percent from...

Quality harvest expected for potatoes, onions

Local potato and onion farmers should experience a good harvest this year…

Spokane is spending $450,000 to attract businesses

The city of Spokane is investing $450,000 as part of its “Hacking Washington” campaign to attract businesses and residents from Seattle to relocate to...
Stocks fall with rising interest rates

Stocks fall with rising interest rates

Stocks fall with rising interest rates

NHL Seattle announces practice facility at Northgate Mall

In preparation for Seattle’s professional hockey team, National Hockey League (NHL) Seattle announced plans to build a three-rink practice facility and headquarters at Northgate...
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Amazon’s wage increase and the retail sector

Amazon’s minimum wage increase could prove challenging for other retailers…

Fuel ethanol limits may rise

President Trump may allow the maximum amount of ethanol allowed in fuel to rise. Gasoline typically contains up to 10 percent ethanol. The move...

Google Plus to shut down

Google will shut down its Plus social network after it admitted a flaw discovered in March could have exposed some personal information of up...

Seattle’s construction boom brings cheaper rents

As more apartment construction concludes and the units become available this year, Seattleites can expect a cheaper rent trend. Seattle rents saw a small...

“There will never be another freaking transportation package as long as this in place.”

Washington and Northern Idaho District Council of Laborers Political Director Billy Wallace, Jr. on Initiative 1631.
U.S.-China tension could affect North Korea talks

U.S.-China tension could affect North Korea talks

North Korean leader to meet with China

LendingTree buys QuoteWizard

LendingTree announced it will purchase Seattle-based online insurance website QuoteWizard for $300 million. The website allows people to compare car and home insurance options....
King County home sales plummet

King County home sales plummet

Low sales creates huge inventory

King County housing troubles improve

The number of single-family homes on the market in King County were up 68 percent in September compared to a year prior. With house...

Sears to close even more stores

After reaching an all-time low share price below $1, the company has announced more layoffs and store closures. Some of those closures are to...

Barnes and Noble shares up

News of a potential sale of bookstore chain Barnes and Noble caused its stock to rise by 20 percent. However, its shares had dropped...

Agricultural programs in limbo without Farm Bill renewal

Several farmers say they are temporarily without beneficial farm aid programs…

Amazon raises starting wage to $15 per hour

Amazon is rolling out a new minimum wage of $15 per hour for its workers across the U.S. which will take effect Nov. 1....

Harvard economist warns of fragile economy

Caution despite optimism from the Fed

NHL approves initial Seattle expansion bid

The National Hockey League (NHL)’s executive committee recommended to proceed with a Seattle hockey team expansion in a 9-0 vote. The league’s full board...

Survey: PNW manufacturers lack workers

Manufacturers in the Pacific Northwest are concerned about the lack of skilled workers impacting their ability to expand, according to an anonymous survey of...

Amazon raises worker pay to $15 an hour

Amazon has raised the minimum wage for all its U.S. workers to $15 an hour. The new wage starts Nov. 1 and applies to...

Tariffs harming Moses Lake business

A Moses Lake-based solar energy company has been hit hard by tariffs…

Wine grape harvest begins in Yakima Valley

Yakima Valley grape growers have begun harvesting their fruit, and growers are reporting the fruit color looks great which should signal a high quality...
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