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4:03pm

Fri December 3, 2010
Business

Nalley’s saying ‘Goodbye’ to Tacoma after 92 years

Tacoma is losing one of its landmark businesses.  Nalley Foods will close its local plant some time next year. 

Nalley’s has been well known for its brand of potato chips, pickles, and mayonnaise.  The chips were ubiquitous across the Northwest for decades, but that line was sold-off 15 years ago. 

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7:28am

Thu December 2, 2010
State Budget Crisis

Candy, soda and bottled water tax goes away today

Ted Warren / AP Photo

Washington’s sales tax on candy, soda and bottled water goes away today. Some candy and chocolate stores are bracing for a surge in business from corporate gift purchases that have been delayed until now to avoid the tax.

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12:30am

Thu December 2, 2010
Panel Discussion

Re-Imagining the GDP

Flickr/Chris Guillebeau

How should we measure societal progress and success?  What is the economy really for?  Is the measure of Gross National Happiness, championed by the tiny south Asian nation of Bhutan, superior to our Gross Domestic Product?  How has Seattle become one of the centers in the U. S. pursuing such alternative measures?

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4:10pm

Wed December 1, 2010
Outsourcing Debate

The conference that didn’t happen: Mexico Now canceled Seattle event

Flickr, by aflcio/ Bernard Pollack

Organized labor flexed its muscles recently in our region, showing their influence behind the scenes.

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12:42pm

Wed December 1, 2010
Public Health

Cigarette campaign draws fire from Washington leaders

RJ Reynolds Tobacco Company

A big tobacco company is using images of Seattle to convince people to light up.  It’s one of 10 cities featured in an ad campaign that follows the Camel cigarettes mascot to “hip” locations.  This month, the company plans to start selling limited edition packs with Seattle icons on it.

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7:09pm

Tue November 30, 2010
Washington's Economy

End of emergency unemployment benefits means final checks for thousands in Washington

Flickr, by khalilshah

Nearly 100,000 people in Washington will get letters this week, letting them know how soon their unemployment benefits will run out.  Emergency assistance for the long-term jobless has expired.  

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4:37pm

Tue November 30, 2010
Boeing's Troubled Dreamliner

787 flying again, but another delay is certain

AP

Boeing's damaged Dreamliner No. 2 is back in the air – but not for test flights.  It's not clear when the new jet's test flight program will resume or how long the latest 787 delay will end up being. 

But Boeing says the Dreamliner that was badly damaged by an in-flight fire in Texas three weeks ago took off from Laredo at 12:06 p.m. Pacific Time and was expected to land at Boeing Field at 4:18 this afternoon.  

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3:05am

Tue November 30, 2010
Mark Anderson

Smartphone insecurity

www.public-domain-image.com

NPR recently reported on how your company’s IT department can wipe out your smartphone if you use it to retrieve email from work.  Strategic News Service publisher Mark Anderson says it’s a two-way street:  employee phones can also breach corporate security.  

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10:40am

Tue November 23, 2010
Commentary

Money Matters: a look into limited partnerships

KPLU photo

You may be noticing more ads tempting investors to enter into limited partnerships. The scheme is looking pretty attractive in the down economy. But KPLU's Money Matters commentator Greg Heberlein says they come with risks.

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5:37am

Mon November 22, 2010
Busines & Labor

Tentative deal reached in grocery chain talks

Gary Davis/KPLU

 Grocery workers and their employers have reached a tentative agreement after lengthy contract talks over the weekend.  This means shoppers no longer have to worry about a pre-Thanksgiving strike at the four big chains: QFC, Fred Meyer, Safeway and Albertsons.

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