Archive for August, 2013

Microsoft strikes agreement with ValueAct Capital

REDMOND, Wash. (AP) — Microsoft says it will begin holding regular meetings with San Francisco investment firm ValueAct Capital and potentially give the investor a seat on its board. Continue Reading → Bookmark It Hide Sites

Source of GMO wheat in Oregon remains mystery

GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) — Oregon farmers are moving ahead with plans to start planting their next crop as questions remain about the source of a patch of genetically modified wheat in a farmer’s field last spring that threatened trade between the Pacific Northwest and other countries. Continue Reading → Bookmark It Hide Sites

Critics say it's time NY ends 1885 Scaffold Law

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — There is a renewed push to scrap a unique New York state law that makes property owners and contractors liable for most “gravity-related” injuries to workers on construction sites. Continue Reading → Bookmark It Hide Sites

New England expects ample apples after dismal 2012

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Apple pickers are descending on New England’s orchards for the early varieties as farmers around the region predict a strong rebound from a dismal 2012. Continue Reading → Bookmark It Hide Sites

Obama: Forces conspiring against middle class

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama says it won’t be easy to reverse forces that for decades have conspired against working Americans. But he says with a few bold steps and common sense in Washington, the U.S. can make progress. Continue Reading → Bookmark It Hide Sites

DNR: It's a banner year for yellow jackets

The Washington Trails Association and the Department of Natural Resources say it’s been a banner year for yellow jackets, with more and more people getting stung every day. Continue Reading → Bookmark It Hide Sites

Heavy rainfall leads to bacteria problems at beaches

Thursday’s storms caused big problems for sewer systems around western Washington. In Everett, storm drains were overrun and potentially contaminated water ended up in the Snohomish River and, eventually, Puget Sound. Continue Reading → Bookmark It Hide Sites

President of Coach picked as new REI CEO

Six months after Sally Jewell was picked to be Interior Secretary, Seattle-based Recreational Equipment, Inc. has chosen a new CEO. Continue Reading → Bookmark It Hide Sites

EPA sues Lynden farm over land clearing

The EPA and Department of Justice have sued Rader Farms in Lynden for violating the Clean Water Act. Rader Farms has been embroiled in a dispute with Whatcom County since 2006, when it cleared 10 acres of land that happened to be protected wetlands. Continue Reading → Bookmark It Hide Sites

Kent teacher a finalist for <i>People</i> magazine's Teacher of the Year

Everyone has a favorite teacher that inspired them, but a lucky group of fifth graders at Pine Tree Elementary in Kent have one that rises above the rest. Their teacher, Jeromie Heath, is a finalist for People Magazine’s Teacher of the Year. Continue Reading → Bookmark It Hide Sites