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City Hall to add security guard

Spokane City Hall will be watched by at least one security guard 11 hours a day starting next month. The decision, officials say, is the result of a few incidents in recent years when employees felt threatened by visitors, including one involving a man who slammed a hatchet down on its side during an outburst in a meeting with the city’s police ombudsman.

Fairchild moves to security level Bravo

Fairchild Air Force Base has raised its security level a notch as part of a worldwide alert for U.S. military and diplomatic bases. Base representatives said there is no specific threat to Fairchild as a result of Sunday’s fatal assault on Osama bin Laden. As a precaution, though, the base’s “force protection condition” went from Alpha to Bravo.

Budget talk, from soup to nuts

Oh no! He’s back with another number-infested column about that most scintillating of topics: the federal budget. Bet his idea of a good time is a bowl of soup and an evening with C-SPAN. You know, I could do a Charlie Sheen-like rant, but I see that his road show was just canceled. So I figure America is finally coming to its senses and is ready for a serious discussion.

Washington jobless rate climbs

Washington’s unemployment rate climbed in March despite a gain of 1,110 jobs, the Employment Security Department said Wednesday. The March unemployment rate was 9.2 percent, a notch higher than the 9.1 percent reported for February.

State reports drop in jobless rate

The unemployment rate in Washington fell to 9.1 percent in January as businesses added 11,000 workers, the state Employment Security Department reported Tuesday. But the gain was the result of a seasonal adjustment, said department labor economist Dave Wallace. Unadjusted, he said, employers shed 47,100 jobs. The decline is typical – particularly in retailing – after Christmas, he said.

Spokane County employment edges up

Employment in Spokane County rebounded last year, but remains substantially below the peak reached in 2008. The same was true for all of Washington, according to figures released Wednesday by the Washington Employment Security Department.

Caldwell: Governor’s work plan needs quick approval

While legislators find their seats, Gov. Chris Gregoire remained center stage last week in Olympia, announcing proposals that would restructure education oversight, alter ferry system management, and amend the state’s unemployment and workers’ compensation programs. Not a bad week’s work.

Jobs saved in Shared-Work Program

Washington’s Shared-Work Program kept 32,000 workers on the job in 2010, a record and up by 10,000 from 2009, the Employment Security Department said Thursday. The department estimated the program cost the state $35 million but saved about $34 million.

Bills would save state’s businesses millions

Gov. Chris Gregoire on Tuesday said she will ask Washington lawmakers to approve bills that would save businesses and employees $300 million this year and more than $1 billion over the next four years. One measure that must be approved before Feb. 8 would stop, or in many cases reverse, 2011 unemployment insurance tax increases set to average 36 percent.

Is your friend really a friend on Facebook?

ORLANDO, Fla. – Facebook is the latest hot spot for swindlers in search of new victims. And the world’s most popular social-networking website can be a gold mine for such crooks, experts say.