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Business & Economy

Even after 20 years of development, there’s still more research to be done on Cosmic Crisp, particularly around ‘green spot,’ pictured above, a cosmetic defect whose causes are not entirely understood by horticulturalist but are likely caused by a calcium deficiency, according to WSU researchers. CREDIT: Enrique Pérez de la Rosa/NWPB

What Does It Take To Get A New Apple Variety To Market? A Lot. And Cosmic Crisp Shows It

After more than 20 years of development by the Washington State University Tree Fruit Research Commission, the Cosmic Crisp is ready to come to hit store shelves. The goal of new variety is to be attractive to consumers, easy to grow and easy to store over a long period of time. Continue Reading What Does It Take To Get A New Apple Variety To Market? A Lot. And Cosmic Crisp Shows It

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Samaritan North Lincoln Hospital facilities director Chris Lemar shows flexible piping designed to withstand earthquake shaking in the new hospital. CREDIT: Tom Banse/N3

Prepping For ‘The Big One’: Coastal Hospitals Get Creative With Disaster Planning

The state of Oregon is pushing the community hospitals along the Oregon Coast to improve their earthquake resilience. This comes after a state report predicted none of them would be able to sustain operations after the feared Big One — a magnitude 9 offshore Cascadia earthquake and tsunami. Continue Reading Prepping For ‘The Big One’: Coastal Hospitals Get Creative With Disaster Planning

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Those On Social Security Will Get Less Than 2 Percent Cost-Of-Living Increase In 2020

The increase amounts to $24 a month for the average retired worker, according to estimates released Thursday by the Social Security Administration. Following a significant boost this year, the cost-of-living adjustment, or COLA, for 2020 reverts to its pattern of moderate gains. Continue Reading Those On Social Security Will Get Less Than 2 Percent Cost-Of-Living Increase In 2020

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