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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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Lowe's Reports Quarterly Earnings
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Lowe’s Announces 2,400 Layoffs, Local Store Impacted

Lowe's just announced that they would lay off about 2,400 employees and it will affect our local store, but maybe not as bad as it sounds...

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Shopping mall sells for $100 at foreclosure auction (Google Street View)
Shopping mall sells for $100 at foreclosure auction (Google Street View)
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$190 Million Dollar Shopping Mall Sells for $100 At Foreclosure Auction!

A Pennsylvania shopping mall once valued at nearly 200 million dollars and is now in foreclosure, was purchased Wednesday by the company that holds the debt on the mall.

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Small group defends Obamacare (KNDU-TV)
Small group defends Obamacare (KNDU-TV)
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Small Group Rallies in Richland Against Repeal of Obamacare

A few dozen people gathered at the John Dam Plaza amphiteater Sunday in Richland, to protest the proposed repeal of the Affordable Care Act.

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Voters will be asked to approve Finley School District Bond in February (Google Street View)
Voters will be asked to approve Finley School District Bond in February (Google Street View)
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Final Public Meeting Tuesday for Finley Schools Bond Issue

Finley School District officials will be holding their final public informational meeting about the proposed bond coming before voters on February 14th in a special election.

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Rep. Dan Newhouse, here seen visiting the Yucca Mountain Nuclear Waste Respository (Dan Newhouse)
Rep. Dan Newhouse, here seen visiting the Yucca Mountain Nuclear Waste Respository (Dan Newhouse)
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Rep. Newhouse, Congress, Take First Step Towards Defunding Obamacare

The House of Representatives passed a resolution that will start the defunding of the Affordable Care Act.

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