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NetMusic Entertainment of Edmonds said Plastic Card Express, which prints and distributes gift cards for a range of retail companies, will produce gift cards for the online digital music company. That should help build NetMusic’s name recognition and expand its base of customers, said Glen Starchman, NetMusic’s chief executive officer.

Internet billing case is settled

The state Attorney General’s Office has settled with a New Jersey-based Internet billing service that was accused of charging consumers for adult Web content they never ordered. Alyon Technologies will pay Washington state $15,000, has forgiven charges it claimed were owed by consumers, and has changed its operating practices. Nearly 200 Washington residents complained that they received bills as high as $600 when they were unknowingly connected to Alyon’s service.

Ex-Boeing plant wins Airbus work

A former Boeing Co. aircraft parts factory has won a $35 million contract from Airbus, Boeing’s European competitor. The contract calls on Triumph Group Inc. of Spokane to make floor panels for the A380, the superjumbo jet being developed by Airbus. It is the first time the factory has won a contract from Airbus. “Yeah, it’s a little different for us,” said Dick Welsh, spokesman for the Triumph plant. Boeing sold the Spokane plant two years ago, saying it wanted to get out of the business of making airplane parts and concentrate on design, final assembly and sales of aircraft.

Oregon jobs show some improvement

After 41 straight months with the highest or the No. 2 jobless rate in the nation, Oregon finished 2004 with a little employment growth. The 6.8 percent unemployment rate for December was a significant improvement from the revised November rate of 7.2 percent, and pushed the Oregon jobless rate closer to the national rate of 5.4 percent. Washington hasn’t released its December jobless rate.

Prosecutor defends Stewart’s sentence

Martha Stewart’s prison term is “completely reasonable” in light of a new Supreme Court opinion on federal sentencing guidelines, a top federal prosecutor said Thursday. The high court ruled Wednesday that defendants’ rights are violated when judges impose sentences higher than basic guidelines established by Congress for their crimes. But the celebrity homemaker was sentenced to five months in prison and five months house arrest for lying about a stock sale – the lowest possible sentence under the guidelines.

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FILE - In this file photo dated Monday, March 11, 2019, rescuers work at the scene of an Ethiopian Airlines plane crash south of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.  The number of deaths in major air crashes around the globe fell by more than half in 2019 according to a report released Wednesday Jan. 1, 2020, by the aviation consultancy To70, revealing the worst crash for the year was an Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737 MAX on March 10 that lost 157 lives. (AP Photo/Mulugeta Ayene, FILE)
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Kelly Cameron is the woodworker behind Clinton-based business Turnco Wood Goods. (David Welton)
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IonQ will open a new quantum computing manufacturing and research center at 3755 Monte Villa Parkway in Bothell. (Photo courtesy of IonQ)
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