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Monday 6/2/2014

Amazon has launched a collectable coins store. The online retailer says the store hooks up costumers to more than 10 thousand historic coins from more than 75 dealers. To highlight the launch Amazon is selling a 20-dollar coin from 1907. The asking price is 3.75 million dollars.

Tuesday: 6/3/2014

It's good to be a nurse in the Pacific Northwest. Researchers at Wallethub rank Washington as the second best state for nurses to practice in. Oregon tops the survey, which looked at 15 key metrics, including opportunity, competition and work environment. Washington ranks first for mandatory overtime and fourth for mean annual income, which is just over 74 thousand dollars.

Wednesday: 6/4/2014

People don't spend quite as much on dear old dad as they do on mom. A new survey shows the average shopper will spend at 114-dollars for Father's Day this year. That's down from nearly 120-dollars last year and it's significantly less than the almost 163-dollars that was spent for Mother's Day. 64 percent of those surveyed plan to buy a greeting card and about 40 percent will buy dad some new clothes.

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Thursday: 6/5/2014

The city of Federal Way is betting big on a new performing arts center to revitalize downtown. The Puget Sound Business Journal reports the Federal Way city council unanimously approved plans for the 32-million dollar complex. It will be built where a vacant Toys R' Us stands, near the Commons Mall. City analysts expect the center to generate more than 3 million dollars in new annual spending.

Friday: 6/6/2014

Target is trying to come up with a new strategy. Millenials aren't huge fans of Target and the retailer knows it. Surveys show young shoppers view Target as just another big box store. Now Target is ramping up its mobile and digital strategies to pull them in. The store is also overhauling its wedding and baby registry business to appeal to young couples and families.

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