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PULLMAN, Wash. - Business owners in Pullman worry that looming cuts at Washington State University will also hurt their bottom lines.

Washington State dominates this town of 25,000 people, and plans to cut some 140 jobs to make up a $54 million budget deficit over two years have business owners worried.

Debbie Yeats said it's hard to plan for a potential drop in revenue at her Prune Orchard home and garden store without knowing who exactly could lose their jobs.

Sam Dial of Sam Dial Jewelers said he doesn't expect the proposed layoffs to make a significant dent in business, and that the layoffs were fewer than expected.

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