New tax law packed with breaks for businesses

WASHINGTON – The massive new tax bill signed into law by President Barack Obama is filled with all kinds of holiday stocking stuffers for businesses: tax breaks for producing TV shows, grants for...

DATE: Dec. 25, 2010 | CATEGORY: Business

Cell phones used for activism

NEW YORK – If you voted this fall, there’s a good chance you were texting about it. Twenty-six percent of adult Americans used their cell phones to encourage others to vote in November’s mid-term...

DATE: Dec. 25, 2010 | CATEGORY: Business

Banks smarten up branches, ATMs

NEW YORK – The personal touch is making a comeback.That old-fashioned habit of stopping in at your local branch is being encouraged again as the banking industry looks to put the spark back in...

DATE: Dec. 25, 2010 | CATEGORY: Business

Business Briefs

Accounting firm changes name Managing partner and certified public accountant Paul Gervais announces a corporate name change to Gervais and Associates, P.C., effective Jan. 1, 2011. With 25 years...

DATE: Dec. 25, 2010 | CATEGORY: Business

Hyundai, Volkswagen lead safety list

WASHINGTON – South Korean automakers Hyundai and Kia and German car maker Volkswagen lead the insurance industry’s annual list of the safest new vehicles, used by safety minded consumers looking to...

DATE: Dec. 25, 2010 | CATEGORY: Business

Feds upgrade investigation of Ford minivans

WASHINGTON – The federal government last week upgraded its investigation into Ford Windstar minivans amid new concerns about corrosion in the vehicles.The National Highway Traffic Safety...

DATE: Dec. 25, 2010 | CATEGORY: Business

Mortgage rates drop after steady climb higher

NEW YORK – Rates on fixed mortgages dipped after rising for five consecutive weeks.Still, they remain more than a half-point higher than last month and are at the highest level since late...

DATE: Dec. 25, 2010 | CATEGORY: Business

GDP growth revision sends stocks higher

NEW YORK – Major stock indexes edged up to two-year highs Wednesday after a report showed that the U.S. economy grew faster than previously thought over the summer. The Commerce Department said the...

DATE: Dec. 22, 2010 | CATEGORY: Business

Consider this before ditching shovel

Soft white snowflakes piling up on a frigid winter night can mean only one thing the next morning: shoveling.If your aching back is saying, “no more!,” here are a few things to consider about the...

DATE: Dec. 21, 2010 | CATEGORY: Business

In tough economy, Santas are also suffering

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – Craig McTavish – aka Santa – has the beard. He has the belly. He even has a few tricks up his sleeve, like pulling up to parties on his Harley-Davidson in full Kris Kringle...

DATE: Dec. 21, 2010 | CATEGORY: Business

U.S. gas demand should fall for good after ’06 peak

NEW YORK – The world’s biggest gas-guzzling nation has limits after all.After seven decades of mostly uninterrupted growth, U.S. gasoline demand is at the start of a long-term decline. By 2030,...

DATE: Dec. 21, 2010 | CATEGORY: Business

Business Briefs

Business forum to be held Jan. 6 The Southwest Business Forum 2011 will be held from 8 a.m. to noon Jan. 6 at the Community Concert Hall at Fort Lewis College. The forum is free and open to the...

DATE: Dec. 21, 2010 | CATEGORY: Business

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