A new state legislative session started last week. Most attention is on whether legislators can tackle the big topics, such as finding a way to fully fund education and putting together a comprehensive transportation package. But there are several business-related bills worth watching:

A lot of you read my story on the recent closure of The Speakeasy bar in downtown Yakima. There's been a lot of speculation in the comments regarding why the business closed.

While the Yakima Valley avoided planned closures by Macy's and J.C. Penney, it will lose another retailer in the coming months.