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Washington Refinery Running – Will Gas Prices Now Dip?

For weeks we've been told part of the reason for skyrocketing NW gas prices is due to the shutdown of the refinery at Cherry Point in Whatcom County.

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Facebook Is A ‘Fad’ Stock, Says Business Expert

Got a few thousand you're thinking of investing in Facebook? Hold on, and read this before you do, says Wall St. Expert.

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Obama-Era Economy ‘Wrecking’ NASCAR

If you're a NASCAR fan watching races on TV, you've probably noticed more empty seats than usual, even at traditionally-sold out venues like Bristol, Martinsville and Darlington.

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Many Americans Expected to Be Too Broke to File for Bankruptcy — Dollars and Sense

Some major companies and corporations such as MF Global and AMR, the parent company of American Airlines, have filed for bankruptcy.

In the process, they may have, directly or not, caused some people to go bankrupt.

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Actual Headline: ‘Florida Motel Goes All Nude To Boost Bottom Line’ (POLL)

We sometimes wonder if the folks at the national and world news services (AP, Reuters, etc) do this on purpose, or if it cleared the censors undetected.

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Wind Industry Dead In The Water-10K Jobs Lost Since ’09

We see them everywhere--wind farms.  South of Tri Cities, the hills are dotted with wind turbines.  But across the US, the industry is shedding jobs quickly.

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$1 Million Lottery Winner Also Wins Welfare Fraud Charges for Remaining on Food Stamps

Money may not buy happiness, but it just might buy you a whole heap of trouble.

One Michigan lotto winner discovered that firsthand after she was arraigned on two felony counts of welfare fraud.

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Best Buy To Close 50 Stores In 2012
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Best Buy Closing Only One Washington Store – NOT In Kennewick

On the heels of announcements from retail giant Best Buy that some stores will be closing, people of the Mid Columbia immediately began wondering if Kennewick was on the list.

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What Are the Best and Worst Jobs in 2012?

Economists say we are on the road to recovery from the recession and certain indicators of financial health are on the rise, like fewer unemployment claims and wage growth. New jobs are also on the rise, but the climb is slow and, according to a new report, not all job opportunities are good ones.

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What Does White House REALLY Think Of High Energy Prices?

Duct tape alert!  Be prepared when you read what the White House really thinks about high energy--and gas--prices.  You may want to wrap some tape around your skull so it doesn't explode.

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