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California firm buys The Portico Group

By LYNN PORTER

Berkeley, California-based MIG has acquired The Portico Group, a Seattle design firm that has been in business since 1984. Terms of the deal were not released.



BioMed Realty pays $16M for SLU site

By BRIAN MILLER

King County records show the former American Linen Supply block, at 700 Dexter Ave. N., has sold for $16.2 million.


Amazon plans to hire 100,000 over 18 months

By MAE ANDERSON

Amazon plans to hire 100,000 full time workers over the next 18 months, highlighting its ambitious expansion plans — and the sharp contrast the e-commerce powerhouse strikes against traditional brick-and-mortar retailers, many of which are cutting jobs and closing stores.


Microsoft sued by workers over PTSD

Two former Microsoft workers are claiming their work reviewing abuse, child pornography and other graphic material flagged for removal caused them post-traumatic stress disorder.


Alaska board OKs gas utility merger

The board of directors for Interior Gas Utility has agreed to purchase Fairbanks Natural Gas from the state for more than $58 million.


Suncadia chalks up record sales

By JOURNAL STAFF

The mountain resort community Suncadia said it set records in 2016 for both real estate and resort sales.


Pay gap for college grads sets a record

By CHRISTOPHER S. RUGABER

Yet few experts think you can close the gap by simply sending more students to four-year colleges.


Car buyers will find good deals this year

By DEE-ANN DURBIN

Prices may be at record levels, but — luckily for consumers — deals are, too.


7 more cities get Bloomberg grants

Seven cities in the U.S., Canada and Israel stand to get up to $1.5 million apiece from former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg's foundation to create “innovation teams.”


Fairchild won't get new air tankers

Fairchild Air Force Base in Spokane apparently will not become the second base to get the new air refueling KC-46A tankers.




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