Business & Economy

[8/19/19] Facial Recognition in Dispute

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Amazon has announced its facial recognition program used by one Washington state police agency can now detect emotion, which has generated concerns from privacy advocates. Amazon announced its Rekognition tool has been enhanced to detect basic emotions, including fear. Officials say the American Civil Liberties Union is seeking a delay on police use of the […]

[8/8/19] East Wenatchee to Build Pump Track

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While conversations for a possible pump track in Chelan continue, East Wenatchee is moving forward with the construction of a pump track of their own. Spearheaded by Eastmont Metropolitan Parks and the Evergreen Mountainbike Alliances Central Washington chapter. Rollers, banked turns and features designed to be ridden completely by riders “pumping”—generating momentum by up and […]

[8/6/19] Food Labeling Changes Proposed

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A pair of U.S. representatives from different parties and opposite ends of the country are introducing a bill intended to curb consumer confusion about food date labeling. Republican Rep. Dan Newhouse, who represents eastern Washington including Douglas County, and Democratic Rep. Chellie Pingree of Maine are proposing the Food Date Labeling Act. They say the […]

[8/2/19] WSP Hiring Patrol Officers

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If you’ve ever been interested in a career in law enforcement, the Washington State Patrol is currently recruiting for its January cadet class. Trooper John Bryant with the WSP says they are looking to fill up to 60 positions at the academy after its most recent class graduated in July. Those attending the academy can […]

[8/2/19] Cherry Season is Strong

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Even with financial aid from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to offset continuing retaliatory tariffs from China, Northwest cherry growers are feeling the drop in export numbers. But domestically, the numbers are up. Tim Kovis with the Washington State Tree Fruit Association says the cherry season is just wrapping up. Kovis says the final numbers […]

[7/27/19] Aid for Cherry Growers

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced details yesterday of a $16 billion package aimed at supporting American agriculture producers affected by retaliatory tariffs by China. The Market Facilitation Program, which provides direct payments and financial relief to producers, included aid for Northwest cherry growers. The provision was secured by Representative Dan Newhouse and Senator Maria […]

[7/18/19] Washington Safety Law Affects other States

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Attorneys general for North Dakota and Montana have petitioned the Trump administration to overrule a Washington state law that imposes safety restrictions on oil shipped by rail from the Northern Plains. Montana Attorney General Tim Fox and North Dakota’s Wayne Stenehjem said in a Wednesday petition to the U.S. Department of Transportation that federal authority […]

[7/18/19] June Unemployment Holding

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Washington state’s June unemployment rate remained unchanged from the previous month’s rate of 4.6 percent. According to numbers released yesterday by the Employment Security Department, the state also added 6,000 jobs in June, with the largest job gains seen in education and health services, information and manufacturing. Job losses were seen in construction, wholesale trade, […]

[7/9/19] Workers Plan Amazon Strike

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Workers at an Amazon warehouse in suburban Minneapolis say they’ll hit the online retail and entertainment giant with a brief strike next Monday. They’re targeting “Prime Day” — one of Amazon’s biggest days of the year — in a continuing push to improve pay and working conditions for the Shakopee facility’s heavily East African workforce. […]

[7/2/19] New Small Business Resource

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Small business owners in Chelan and Douglas Counties have a new resource in Wenatchee through the Washington Small Business Development Center. It’s located in Olds Station, funded in part by the Port Districts of Chelan and Douglas Counties. The Center has a new certified business advisor – Ron Nielsen. Nielsen replaces Cashmere Mayor Jim Fletcher, […]