The Daily Mash-Up

Sunday, November 29, 2015 This Week's Paper
Video News: Veterans job training, ballot tracking, piano-playing juvenile, and more

Pierce County News for the week of Nov. 5, includes:

Soon-to-be veterans from JBLM get internships to learn civilian workforce
Pierce County justice programs help incarcerated veterans
Voters can track ballot, be notified of signature errors until certification
First responders talk about rise of mass shootings, how tactics are changing
Community academy has people in U.P. seeing police differently
New system making it easier to apply for jobs with Pierce County
Piano-playing juvenile fills Remann Hall with music
See what big animal Bates students…

City Plans Public Meetings Since $12-per-hour Initiative Likely Approved by Voters

Although the results have not officially been certified, early reports indicate that Tacoma voters likely approved Initiative Measure 1B on election day, increasing the minimum wage for most employees who work more than 80 hours per year within Tacoma city limits.  Initiative Measure 1B requires employers to phase in a minimum wage of $12 per hour over two years, adjusted annually thereafter by the rate of inflation. 

Initiative Measure 1B calls for the minimum wage to increase to $10.35 per hour on Feb. 1, 2016 (the same effective date the Paid Leave Ordinance passed in January…

Economic impact of U.S. Open shows County fared well

Pierce County officials have released the numbers showing the U.S. Open’s economic impact on the county. The financial summary shows Pierce County incurred about $3.9 million in overall expenses and saw just over $5 million in revenue, resulting in a net gain of approximately $1.1 million.

“The second quarter numbers are right on track with what the County expected,” said Tony Tipton, Director of the Pierce County Parks and Recreation Department, which oversees Chambers Creek Regional Park where the golf course is located. “We’re pleased that the success of the Open proved to…

Charges increased in murder of missing mother

Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist has charged 29-year-old Jonathan Daniel Harris with murder in the first degree for killing Nicole White, 28, who went missing earlier this year. Harris pleaded not guilty and is being held in lieu of $2 million bail.

In June, Harris was charged with, and pleaded not guilty to, murder in the second degree. The charge was amended to murder in the first degree because an analysis by a forensic anthropologist determined White was brutally beaten to death.

“Thanks to forensic examination and persistent police work, we now have evidence to support…

Facebook, Chamber To Host Free Workshop For Tacoma Vet-Run Businesses

Representatives from Facebook will be in Tacoma on Tuesday to teach local veteran and military-family small business owners how to optimize their presence and engage customers on the world’s largest social network. 

Facebook’s veteran and military family-focused Boost Your Business will be held in Tacoma in honor of Veterans Day, November 11. The event will be co-hosted by Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber, with Congressman Derek Kilmer welcoming entrepreneurs.

“The skills our servicemembers pick up in the military are often the very same skills that make for…

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