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Tougher rules for trade schools, job training

By ANNE FLAHERTY

But reform advocates say there's still a big loophole: The regulations only consider graduates of a program and whether they can find employment.



How did trade schools become diploma mills?

By ANNE FLAHERTY

How did trade schools go from being mom-and-pop shops that trained mechanics and hair stylists to making billions on Wall Street? And if the industry is as predatory as the Education Department and many lawmakers suggest, why didn't they stop it?


Astoria Column won't open for 4th; $1M renovation will take all summer

By DERRICK DEPLEDGE

The last extensive restoration of the 125-foot-tall monument was in 1995.


Fannie, Freddie CEOs are getting big raises

The CEOs of government-backed mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac are getting large raises, to about $4 million a year, as the government relaxes rules that were imposed on the companies after they suffered big losses and were bailed out.


$16B transportation bill passes in Olympia

The plan spends $8.8 billion on state and local road projects, and $1.4 billion on maintenance and preservation.


KEXP gets $1.9M for new home

By JOURNAL STAFF

Gov. Jay Inslee's 2015-17 capital budget has $1.87 million in state funding for KEXP's new $15 million radio station.


Robot kills man at Volkswagen plant

Automaker Volkswagen says a robot has killed a contractor at one of its production plants in Germany.


Do airlines collude to keep fares high?

By DAVID KOENIG, SCOTT MAYEROWITZ and ERIC TUCKER

The Justice Department has launched a civil antitrust probe into whether airlines illegally signaled to each other about new flights, routes and extra seats.


6,000 tractor-trailer hitches may be faulty

By TOM KRISHER and DAN SEWELL

On a twisty, snow-lined hill that the locals call “Devil's Backbone,” a 12-ton semi-trailer came loose from its tractor and plowed into an oncoming line of pre-dawn commuters.


Stocks post solid gains

By STEVE ROTHWELL


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