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Benton-Franklin unemployment rates remain about the same for March
Benton-Franklin unemployment rates remain about the same for March (Getty images)
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Benton, Franklin County March Unemployement Sees Little Change

New numbers released by Washington state show our region fairly stable when it comes to jobs, but not among the lowest in state.

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$15 minimum wage protestors arrested in Seattle
$15 minimum wage protestors arrested in Seattle (Photo by Eric Thayer/Getty Images)
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21 Seattle Protestors Arrested at $15 Minimum Wage Rally

In sharp contrast to the paltry showing outside the McDonalds on Court St. in Pasco (six people),  nearly two-dozen protestors were arrested for disorderly conduct in Seattle Wednesday.

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Despite rallies and protests, state Senate shoots down $15 minimum wage
Despite rallies and protests, state Senate shoots down $15 minimum wage (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
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Statewide $15 Minimum Wage Bill Stalls in Senate – Won’t Vote on House Bill

Once again, the last line of defense in the State Senate has business owners - especially small ones - breathing a sigh of relief. At least ones OUTSIDE of Seattle.

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Sergey Anatolievich Pristyazhnyuk
Sergey Anatolievich Pristyazhnyuk
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You’ll Never Guess the Highest Paid State Employees!

The governor isn't even in the top 10 of highest-paid Washington state employees. You may be surprised by who did make the top 10. For departments with the largest payrolls, No. 1 is not surprising once you read the top 10 people, but No. 2 was a huge surprise. It makes sense, but never in a million years would I have guessed that!

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Tri city regional chamber
Tri city regional chamber (Tri-Cities Regional Chamber of Commerce)
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Tri-City Regional Chamber Plans FREE Government Contracting Workshop April 7

It's time for the next in a quarterly series of free workshops offered to area business owners, designed to help them learn how to more effectively land contracts that can greatly help expand their businesses.

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Unemployment rates not really dropping
Unemployment rates not really dropping (Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images for IEBA
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Unemployment Rate Drops — But It’s From People Leaving Workforce, Not New Jobs

The federal government is not presenting the honest story about job numbers, says Americans for Limited Government (ALG), one of the larger conservative political action groups in the country.

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Portland Mayor Wants to Eliminate Criminal Backround Checks on Job Applications [VIDEO]

Not only that, but Mayor Charlie Hales wants to put in place a $10K tax credit for companies that do hire former felons. (Video courtesy of Daylight Disinfections on YouTube)

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Washington Policy Solutions Summit coming to Tri-Cities January 6th.
Washington Policy Solutions Summit coming to Tri-Cities January 6th. (City of Kennewick - Three Rivers Convention Center).
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BIG Policy Conference Coming to Tri-Cities January 6th – They Want YOUR Opinion

If you read our website, Facebook page, and listen to Newstalk 870,  you're probably familiar with The Washington Policy Center.   Now, they're coming to the Tri-Cities, bringing in some pretty powerful leaders, and they want your opinions.

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Inside one of Hanford nuclear waste storage tanks
Inside one of Hanford nuclear waste storage tanks (KNDU-TV)
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WA State Attorney General Sues D.O.E. Over Workers Exposure to Hanford Tank Farm Vapors

Wednesday, Attorney General Bob Ferguson said he plans to sue the Department of Energy and Washington River Protection Services over what has been called an ongoing issue with harmful tank vapors at Hanford, which have affected workers.

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These Are the 10 Dumbest Reasons People Have Used to Call in Sick to Work

Sometimes, honesty is not the best policy. A new poll of 3,100 employees and 2,200 hiring managers has come up with the most absurd reasons people have actually used for calling in sick.

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