Fate of Sonoma County airport tower remains up in the air

#winebiz: The FAA on Friday released its list of air traffic control towers to be closed due to budget cuts, but it did not resolve the fate of Santa Rosa’s airport. Local News from The Press Democrat

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Sonoma County unemployment rate rises to 8.3 percent

#winebiz: Sonoma County’s unemployment rate rose to 8.3 percent in January, reflecting a seasonal slowdown that didn’t negate job gains made over the last year. Local News from The Press Democrat

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FAA to close 149 air traffic towers under cuts

#winebiz: Under orders to trim hundreds of millions of dollars from its budget, the Federal Aviation Administration released a final list Friday of 149 air traffic control towers that it will close at small airports around the country starting early next month. Local News from The Press Democrat

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The death of the cash register

#winebiz: Stores across the country are ditching the old-fashioned, clunky machines and having salespeople — and even shoppers themselves — ring up sales on smartphones and tablets. Local News from The Press Democrat

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Drivers endure high gas prices despite U.S. oil boom

#winebiz: The U.S. is increasing its oil production faster than ever, and American drivers are guzzling less gas. But you’d never know it from the price at the pump. Local News from The Press Democrat

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Fed stands by stimulus, sees stronger U.S. economy

#winebiz: The Federal Reserve said Wednesday that the U.S. economy has strengthened after pausing late last year but still needs the Fed’s extraordinary support to help lower high unemployment. Local News from The Press Democrat

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