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Tri-Cities fastest growing job market in state (Megan Murray Townsquare Media)
Tri-Cities fastest growing job market in state (Megan Murray Townsquare Media)
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The Fastest Growing Job Market in WA? Tri-Cities in 2016

According to data released this week by the Washington State Employment Security Department, the Tri-Cities was the fastest growing job market in the entire state last year.

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Latest Consumer Technology Products On Display At CES 2017
Amazon Alexa (Getty Images)
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Voice-Activated Devices Like Alexa Are The ‘Next Big Thing’ Say Experts

You can't turn on TV without hearing, 'Alexa, order roses for Tina,' or whatever that guy says who obviously burned dinner in the oven. Apparently those commercials are working because tech experts say voice-activated technology is exploding.

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Twitter found loaded with fake accounts again (Getty Images)
Twitter found loaded with fake accounts again (Getty Images)
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‘Massive’ Amount of Fake Accounts Found on Twitter (Again)

According to British researchers, another huge group of fake Twitter accounts have been discovered, throwing even more doubt towards what many say is already a dubious social media outlet.

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Proposed bill would allow new state workers vacation time before the standard six month waiting period (Washington State Legislature)
Proposed bill would allow new state workers vacation time before the standard six month waiting period (Washington State Legislature)
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Proposed WA Bill Would Allow Vacation Time For ‘New’ Employees

As the 2017 Washington State Legislative session gets under way in Olympia, we continue to take a look at proposed bills that catch our eye, either because of their potential impact on you and I, or sometimes because they're just plain weird or different. This one, if passed, would  affect new workers and vacations.

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Sunnyside industrial fire likely started by heat lamp  (Getty Images)
Sunnyside industrial fire likely started by heat lamp (Getty Images)
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Sunnyside Industrial Building Fire Likely Triggered by Dog House Heat Lamp

Last Friday's fire, say officials, was likely started by a heat lamp attached to the wall near a dog kennel outside the large industrial building in Sunnyside.

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Espresso stands raise prices due to minimum wage (Joe Raedle-Getty Images)
Espresso stands raise prices due to minimum wage (Joe Raedle-Getty Images)
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Minimum Wage Hike Already Felt at Area Espresso Shops

When the Washington State minimum wage went up $1.45 on January 1st, it was the first in a series of hikes that will eventually get the state wage to $13.50, from $9.55, many predicted the effects would start to show.

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Hermiston Bulldogs stadium (Google Earth)
Hermiston Bulldogs stadium (Google Earth)
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Hermiston Wants To Join Tri-City, Walla Walla Schools For Athletics

After January 29th, Hermiston officials will have a much clearer idea if their desire to join the Mid Columbia Conference will happen. And according to sources, the plan has "100%" support and approval from the 7 Tri-City high schools and Walla Walla.

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Attorney General wants smoking and vaping age raised to 21 (Getty Images)
Attorney General wants smoking and vaping age raised to 21 (Getty Images)
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WA Attorney General Renews Push For Raising Smoking Age to 21

With a State House bill going to committee and being debated Tuesday in Olympia, Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson has renewed his push to have the smoking age raised to 21.  It's a renewal of the failed effort last year in the legislature, and a move that has some saying he's overstepping his bounds.

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Beware of tax related scams this spring (Getty Images)
Beware of tax related scams this spring (Getty Images)
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What Are Biggest IRS Scams During Tax Time?

The Better Business Bureau has released information about the biggest scams facing taxpayers this year, and how to avoid them. Some are right under your nose.

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Amazon store in Seattle  (Stephen Brashear)
Amazon store in Seattle (Stephen Brashear)
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Store Checkers Could Be History With Amazon’s ‘GO’ Project

Amazon is again showing it's thinking outside the box, and definitely looking to the future with it's ideas for drones delivering packages. They're also definitely watching the labor trends when it comes to minimum wage.

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