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Factories, builders boost economy at end of year

January 4, 2012 • BusinessComments Off

In this Dec. 14, 2011 photo, Greg Yates works at JV Northwest, in Canby, Ore. JV Northwest manufactures stainless steel vessels. Economic activity in the manufacturing sector expanded in December for the 29th consecutive month, and the overall economy grew for the 31st consecutive month, say the nation’s supply executives in the latest Manufacturing...

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Dry start to winter leaves Sierra without snow

January 4, 2012 • BusinessComments Off

Frank Gehrke, chief of snow surveys for the Department of Water Resources, walks across a barren field, normally covered in snow, after conducting the first snow survey of the new year at the Phillips Station near Echo Summit Calif., Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2012....

High salaries for Italian lawmakers stirs anger

January 4, 2012 • BusinessComments Off

FILE – In this Wednesday, Aug. 4, 2010 file photo, Italian Lawmakers attend a voting session at the lower chamber in Rome. A government-mandated report has confirmed, Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2012, what many Italians long suspected: The €11,000 ($14,300) that...

Ind. House Speaker plans fast start for labor bill

January 4, 2012 • BusinessComments Off

Speaker of the House Brian Bosma, R-Indianapolis, poses in the House chamber at the Statehouse in Indianapolis, Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2012. Bosma is leading the effort to pass right-to-work legislation in the upcoming session. Gov. Mitch Daniels has been actively...

Bank fires employee over leak of SNB chief’s data

January 4, 2012 • BusinessComments Off

FILE – In this Sept. 6, 2011 file photo Philipp Hildebrand, president of the Swiss National Bank (SNB), as he gives a statement in Bern, Switzerland. The Swiss National Bank president faces scrutiny over a currency trading deal in which his wife...

Allison’s Professional Carpet and Upholstery Cleaning says ‘Clean carpets last longer’

January 3, 2012 • Local Business ReviewComments Off

Chelsie Allison (left) and Glenn Allison, of Allison’s Professional Carpet and Upholstery Cleaning, stand with one of their two service trucks. Now would be a great time to get your carpets and tile cleaned. So call Allison’s Professional Carpet...

Top Greek tax official threatened with prosecution

January 3, 2012 • BusinessComments Off

A man walks outside a shuttered Pharmacy in central Athens, on Monday, Jan. 2, 2012. Greece is already seeing its first strike of the year, with pharmacists and doctors walking off the job to protest government plans to trim their profits by cutting the...

Something new coming to morning television

January 3, 2012 • BusinessComments Off

FILE-In a Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2011 file image released by CBS, from left, Erica Hill, Gayle King and Charlie Rose, the new hosts of a morning show that will replace “The Early Show,” are shown in New York. The new show premieres Jan. 9, 2012, and...

2012 Medicare debate is all about the baby boomers

January 3, 2012 • BusinessComments Off

FILE – In this Dec. 7, 2011 file photo, House Budget Committee Chairman Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis. gestures during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington. Baby boomers take note: Medicare as your parents have known it is headed for big changes no...

Pricey picks: Powerball tickets doubling to $2

January 3, 2012 • BusinessComments Off

A lottery ticket reader awaits use at the Freedom Value Center convenience store and gas station, Saturday, Dec. 31, 2011, in Sioux Falls, S.D. The price for Powerball tickets is set to double Jan. 15, 2012. (AP Photo/Amber Hunt) DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Get...