October 1, 2018
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Boeing, against the odds, emerges with a win on Air Force helicopter contract

In what the Washington Post called "a stunning upset," Boeing has landed a major U.S. Air Force contract to replace its fleet of helicopters. Boeing defeated two other companies, including Lockheed Martin, for the contract.

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Yakama fuel tax case to be heard by U.S. Supreme Court later this month

The U.S. Supreme Court has scheduled a hearing for Oct. 30 on a court case that centers on whether Yakama tribal members are exempt from state gas taxes on the reservation.

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Japan's flagship airline announces new Seattle-Tokyo flights

Years of negotiations have led to a new Seattle-Tokyo daily air service by Japan Airlines. The nation's flagship airline is returning to Seattle for daily service after a 27-year absence and will partner with Alaska Airlines on mileage plans and ticketing.

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AIM Aerospace bringing 600 jobs to Sumner

AIM Aerospace, an advanced carbon fiber manufacturer, is moving one of its locations and 600 jobs to Sumner. Hiring is already underway, with plans to expand its workforce by 30 percent over the next five years.

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Spokane's Marty Dickinson appointed to WSU Board of Regents

Spokane marketing executive Marty Dickinson has been appointed to the WSU Board of Regents. Dickinson helped lead the effort to create a new medical school at WSU, and has also served on AWB's Board of Directors, among other accomplishments.

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JPMorgan Chase launches $500 million AdvancingCities initiative

AdvancingCities will create a new investment fund to finance critical projects, help more people benefit from economic growth and leverage outside capital to invest a total of $1.5 billion in cities worldwide.

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Nominations open for Athena Leadership Awards

The Tri-City Regional Chamber of Commerce is inviting nominations of women in business for its annual Athena Leadership Awards.

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Vote No on I-1631

No vote urged on pollution fee initiative

By The Walla Walla Union-Bulletin Editorial Board

Earlier this year we opposed Gov. Jay Inslee's effort to impose a carbon-emissions tax in the Washington state Legislature.

We now oppose a similar effort to impose a carbon tax -- now dubbed a pollution fee -- through Initiative 1631. We urge a no vote on I-1631 on the November ballot.

This does not mean we oppose all efforts to combat climate change, which we see as a real and serious threat to all of us.

But any effective effort to reduce the carbon emissions that contribute to climate change should be done on a national scale at the federal level. A state-by-state approach such as the initiative adopts won't achieve much except to create an economic burden on those living in Washington state...

Read the full editorial in The Union-Bulletin
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