December 12, 2016
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Washington's charter schools law named best in the nation

Washington is tied with Indiana and Nevada for having the best charter school law in the nation, according to a National Association of Charter School Authorizers report. "Washington is a national model for how to get charter school policies right," the group said last week.

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Bellmont Cabinet Company receives Seattle Business magazine's Family Business Award for growth

Sumner's Bellmont Cabinet Company was one of 12 companies recognized by Seattle Business magazine with its 2016 Family Business Award. Bellmont received the award for its notable growth in the region.

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Alaska Air Group gets green light for purchase of Virgin America; will become fifth-largest airline

Seattle-based Alaska Air Group, parent company of Alaska Airlines, has received the last major regulatory approval it needs to buy Virgin America. The combined airline will be the nation's fifth-largest, and is expected to fly more passengers out of West Coast airports than any other carrier.

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'Bright future ahead for Boeing in Washington,' says company executive

Half of Boeing's global workforce of 160,000 work in Washington. While most are employed in the Puget Sound area, and the company and its suppliers operate across the state, a company executive noted last week while speaking in Moses Lake.

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Toys for Tots program raises nearly $29,000 at Hanford Vit Plant

Bechtel National Inc. employees at the Hanford Vit Plant donated nearly $29,000 to the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve's Toys for Tots campaign in a single day last week. It's the 10th year that the Vit Plant took part.

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Leader of Washington State Ferries retiring

Lynn Griffith, leader of the Washington State Ferry system, has announced her retirement. She has led the nation's largest ferry system since 2014.

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Attorney general, secretary of state team up to ensure Washingtonians 'give smart'

Make sure your charitable donations do all the good you intend -- and don't end up in the pockets of scammers -- with some smart holiday tips from two state elected officials.

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Sustainability in Action

Building with renewables

By Washington Business magazine

With the tagline "engineered to outlive you," Brooks Manufacturing Co. designs and manufactures quality wood crossarms and transmission framing products for the electric utility industry. Established in 1915, Brooks Manufacturing has been owned and operated by the Brooks family since 1935. Brooks is a certified woman-owned business enterprise.

The company's Douglas fir crossarms come from sustainable forests that are managed to meet the social, economic, and ecological needs of present and future generations.
Read the full article in Washington Business magazine
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Wrap up review of Longview coal terminal

By The Everett Herald Editorial Board

As long as we're talking about bubbles, perhaps those of us in Snohomish and King counties ought to take a look outside ours to other parts of the state that aren't sharing in all aspects of the state's economic rebound.

Both counties enjoy the state's lowest unemployment rates as of October: 4 percent in Snohomish County and 3.7 percent in King. Counties in southwest Washington, however, continue to lag with unemployment rates of 6 percent in Clark, 7.2 percent in Cowlitz, 7.6 percent in Lewis and 8.6 percent in Wahkiakum County.
Read the full editorial in The Everett Herald (subscription required)
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