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Interest grows in ‘universal income' for all

By JOHN LEICESTER

The radical notion that governments should hand out free money to everyone — rich and poor, those who work and those who don't — is gaining ground as robots replace human workers.



An upbeat sign: Sales of small firms up 8%

By JOYCE M. ROSENBERG

Sales of small businesses rose more than 8 percent last year, a sign of increasing confidence in the economy. That's the finding of a report by BizBuySell.com, an online marketplace for small companies.


Pence vows ‘big' bill for infrastructure

Vice President-elect Mike Pence is pledging to a group of mayors that the Trump administration will make a serious investment in infrastructure.


Ore. apple grower sold to Foreman

A family-owned fruit company in Washington has purchased Oregon's largest grower and packer of fresh apples.


Utility says Colstrip could close early

A Washington state utility says the partial closure of Montana's Colstrip power plant could come earlier than planned, depending on the actions of a plant co-owner and Montana lawmakers.


Uwajimaya getting new chair and CEO

By JOURNAL STAFF

Tomio Moriguchi said he is retiring from leading the Uwajimaya board, but he will continue to work on developing the company's real estate holdings.



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