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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.

 Snow storm to kick off winter season

A winter storm is expected to bring enough snow for the Summit at Snoqualmie to open for limited operations Friday. Mount Baker Ski Area...

Northwest apple sector concerned over possible India tariff

Northwest apple growers and packers say they are concerned about movement of crops while navigating tariffs…

U.S., China begin new trade talks

The U.S. and China are begun a new round of trade talks in hopes of averting an all-out trade war between the two countries....

Amazon to test cashierless stores at airports

Public records indicate that Amazon is investigating the use of its Amazon Go store model at airports across the U.S.; customers in these stores...

“It’s a much more favorable market for a buyer today, especially as you go...

- Peng Tea, a John L. Scott broker on Seattle metro’s housing market.

Delayed Brexit cause stocks to tumble

Dow Jones drops more than 400 points

King County home price decline hits six month mark

The Northwest Multiple Listing Service reported that King County's median single-family home price has fallen from around $726,000 in spring to just under $644,000...

Walla Walla winery earns state business award

L'Ecole No 41, a 35-year-old Walla Walla winery, has been awarded the title of Family Business of the Year by Seattle Business magazine. The...
American entrepreneurs return from China

American entrepreneurs return from China

New regulations, taxes send them home

Seattle’s NHL player salaries a boon for economy

The Puget Sound Business Journal reports that the salaries from the Seattle National Hockey League (NHL) team players could equate to close to $80...

U.K. Parliament accuses Facebook of weaponizing user data

The U.K. Parliament’s media committing is accusing Facebook of using user data as a “competitive weapon," as well as collecting phone call records and...

State denies Avista sale

The Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission has blocked the sale of Spokane-based Avista Corp. to a Canadian utility. The company would have been sold...

KeyArena rennovation to cost $850 million

Developer Oak View Group announces latest KeyArena revamp cost estimate

Small businesses optimistic for future

A recent Bank of America survey of 1,067 small business owners finds that those employers are indicating less concerns over health care costs, consumer...

U.S. coal consumption lowest since 1979

Strong competition from cheaper natural gas

Trump to end some subsidies

President Trump has announced plans to end certain subsidies, including those for electric vehicles. The announcement came after Trump threatened to end federal payments...

Plans made for demolition of Alaskan Way Viaduct

Kiewit Infrastructure West has finalized its plans for demolishing the Alaskan Way Viaduct. The Washington State Department of Transportation will be holding three public...

Seattle approved for NHL team

Seattle is cleared for a NHL team to begin in the 2021-22 season

Tacoma News Tribune announces major lay offs

The Employment Security Department said the Tacoma News Tribune announced it will be letting go of 67 employees in 2019. The job cuts are...

Microsoft redesigns iconic logos

Microsoft announced that it has remodeled its Microsoft Office program icons to better reflect "simplicity and harmony…(and) the seamless connectivity and intuitiveness of Office...

National consumer spending up in October

The U.S. Commerce Department reported a 0.6 percent uptick in consumer spending last month. This was the largest jump since March 2018, and the...

U.S., Canada, Mexico  sign new trade deal

New pact updates free-trade zones

WSDA revamping logo, fees

The Washington State Deparment of Agriculture has announced it is looking into modernizing its logo and restructuring its fees. Brenda Book, WSDA Organic Food...
How the tariffs stole Christmas?

How the tariffs stole Christmas?

Trade dispute hits tree light prices

U.S. economy expands 3.5 percent in Q3

U.S. economy Q3 growth was strong, but not as strong as Q2…

“It’s not often that we suggest following California’s lead on something.”

- The Tri-City Herald Editorial Board on eliminating daylight savings

Seattle Center arena ready for NHL team in 2020

Mayor Jenny Durkan has announced that the $700 million Seattle Center arena revamp will be ready for a National Hockey League (NHL) team in 2020 and...
Stocks fall with rising interest rates

Stock market sees gains after Fed chairman remarks

Fed chairman says rates increase will be slower

Northwest experiencing smaller winter wheat harvest

87 percent of Washington winter wheat has emerged compared to 96 percent in 2017 and the state's five-year average of 91 percent. Stakeholders say...

Thurston County employment holds steady

Thurston County maintains its lower unemployment rate…

Seattle house prices falling faster than nation

Seattle metro home prices are falling faster than anywhere else in the nation. In September, prices declined by 1.3 percent from August. Before that,...

GM may still produce in China

While General Motors plans to lay off 14,000 workers in North America, it may continue building cars in China despite urges by President Trump....

Starbucks lays off 350 employees

As part of its reorganization plan, Starbucks has laid off 350 workers, mainly at its Seattle headquarters. CEO Kevin Johnson said in an e-mail...

Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales increase

Adobe Analytics reported that customers spent $6.22 billion in online shopping on Black Friday, a 24 percent jump from last year. Thanksgiving is the...
GM to lay off more than 14,000 workers

GM to lay off more than 14,000 workers

Job loss affects 6,000 factory workers

Fuelers at Sea-Tac Airport authorize strike

95 percent of aircraft fuelers at the Seattle-Tacoma Airport have agreed to strike if their employer, Swissport, does not reach a new contract agreement...
All-cash home buyers must reveal themselves

All-cash home buyers in King County must reveal themselves

New federal rule against money laundering

Washingtonian women represent large portion of ag workforce

According to the U.S. census, Washington state has 22,376 women farmers. They make up 37 percent of the sector’s workforce, compared to the national...

U.S. stocks continue drop

U.S. stocks continued to fall as of Tuesday in response to tech company selloffs. The losses have eliminated the yearly gains in the market....

Wine stakeholders discuss outlook

Wine professionals discuss latest trends for production and sales…

U.S. industrial production increased slightly in October

The U.S. Federal Reserve reports that U.S. industrial output expanded 0.1 percent last month, marking the fifth monthly gain in a row. Factory production...

Uber and Lyft to launch loyalty program

Ridesharing companies Uber and Lyft are beginning to launch loyalty programs where riders receives points for dollars spent on trips or food deliveries. Uber...
More stores to remain closed for Thanksgiving

More stores to remain closed for Thanksgiving

The Seattle Times reports that more and more stores are closing for Thanksgiving due to the rise in online retail activity. The list of...

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...

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