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Lunch lady offered job back

An Idaho school cafeteria worker who was fired days before Christmas for giving at least one hungry middle school student a free lunch worth $1.70 was offered her job back after public outcry over her dismissal, the Idaho State Journal reported on Thursday.

Jobless claims near 42-year low as labor market tightens

WASHINGTON, D.C. —The number of Americans filing for unemployment benefi ts fell more than expected last week, nearing a 42-year low as labor market conditions continued to tighten in a boost to the economy.

People & Places

Business news in North Central Washington
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Top business stories of 2015

Business-wise, we were feeling pretty good through most of this past year — more jobs, soaring housing market, overall stronger economy — when, out of nowhere, that bum 2015 sucker-punched us.

Federal bill includes big boost in wildfire funding

WASHINGTON, D.C. — A year-end spending bill set for a vote in both the U.S. House and Senate in the next few days includes a big increase in money to fight wildfires, and more money to prevent them.

Fire contractors invited to meeting

WENATCHEE — Anyone interested in contracting with state or federal agencies during the 2016 fire season is invited to an open house in Wenatchee or Colville later this winter.

More pot stores proposed for NCW, state

OLYMPIA — The state Liquor and Cannabis Board has proposed increasing the cap on total number of retail marijuana stores statewide from 334 to 556.