Business http://kuow.org en Amazon: Send In The Drones (And The Lobbyists) http://kuow.org/post/amazon-send-drones-and-lobbyists <p>Amazon, the world’s largest online retailer, is seeking permission to send unmanned aircraft into the skies. <a href="http://www.regulations.gov/#!documentDetail;D=FAA-2014-0474-0001">The company has asked</a> the Federal Aviation Administration for permission to test its delivery-by-drone system.</p><p>The Seattle retailer has been testing drones indoors in Seattle, but it needs a federal exemption to test them outside. The company tells the FAA it wants to test drones on its own property “near Seattle.” Fri, 11 Jul 2014 22:57:46 +0000 John Ryan 38111 at http://kuow.org Amazon: Send In The Drones (And The Lobbyists) Major Memo Sent To Microsoft Employees http://kuow.org/post/major-memo-sent-microsoft-employees <p>Ross Reynolds talks to Todd Bishop of Geekwire about Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella's 3,200 word, company-wide memo.</p><p>Also, Amazon is being told to pay up for apps purchased by children on their parent's devices. The company is also appealing to the FAA for the chance to test drones for delivery service. In the meantime, they are now offering Sunday delivery service to Seattle-area Prime customers. Fri, 11 Jul 2014 21:42:39 +0000 Ross Reynolds & Amina Al-Sadi 38078 at http://kuow.org Hanford Vapors: It's Still Difficult To Track Down The Solution http://kuow.org/post/hanford-vapors-its-still-difficult-track-down-solution <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2014/07/070914AK_Hanfordvaportour_web.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>Since the spring, a run of workers at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation have needed medical attention from exposure to chemical vapors. On Thursday, the U.S. Department of Energy led a bus load of journalists to points across the site to show off what they’re doing to keep workers safe.<p> Fri, 11 Jul 2014 14:23:05 +0000 Anna King 38044 at http://kuow.org Hanford Vapors: It's Still Difficult To Track Down The Solution Hottest Burger In Britain Burns 2 Journalists http://kuow.org/post/hottest-burger-britain-burns-2-journalists Two journalists from a newspaper in Brighton, England, went to the hospital after sampling the Hot Chili Burger. The heat is in the sauce, which is rated about 3,000 times hotter than Tabasco sauce. Fri, 11 Jul 2014 09:00:00 +0000 editor 38029 at http://kuow.org Rush Hour: A Map Of Puget Sound’s Worst Traffic http://kuow.org/post/rush-hour-map-puget-sound-s-worst-traffic <p>It’s been a bad summer for driving in Seattle.</p><p>Several accidents have shown us that surface streets cannot handle the traffic load when Interstate 5 or Highway 99 choke up. Traffic and design issues on major routes have been difficult even without an accident. Thu, 10 Jul 2014 16:11:03 +0000 Carolyn Adolph 37772 at http://kuow.org Rush Hour: A Map Of Puget Sound’s Worst Traffic Trust In The Age Of The Sharing Economy http://kuow.org/post/trust-age-sharing-economy Until recently, there were a few gems of conventional wisdom followed by most: don&#8217;t get into a stranger&#8217;s car; don&#8217;t open your door to someone you don&#8217;t know; don&#8217;t lend out your valuables. Wed, 09 Jul 2014 22:34:17 +0000 editor 37932 at http://kuow.org Trust In The Age Of The Sharing Economy The U.S. GDP Is Down, But Is That Such A Big Deal? http://kuow.org/post/us-gdp-down-such-big-deal <p>Marcie Sillman talks to Jon Talton, Seattle Times Business columnist, about the state of the nation's gross domestic product. Also, they discuss Delta's increasing presence at Sea-Tac airport. Mon, 07 Jul 2014 22:27:04 +0000 Marcie Sillman & Amina Al-Sadi 37770 at http://kuow.org Let The Carnival Commence: First Pot Shops Open Tuesday http://kuow.org/post/let-carnival-commence-first-pot-shops-open-tuesday <p>This is Washington state’s final weekend without recreational pot stores. On Monday, the Evergreen State joins Colorado in issuing business licenses to qualifying retailers. It's expected about 20 licenses will be issued including one to a shop in Sodo called Cannabis City. Fri, 04 Jul 2014 01:52:19 +0000 Carolyn Adolph 37599 at http://kuow.org Let The Carnival Commence: First Pot Shops Open Tuesday The Company Where Everyone Knows Everyone Else's Salary http://kuow.org/post/company-where-everyone-knows-everyone-elses-salary Dane Atkinson is a tech entrepreneur who started his first company at 17 and has run almost a dozen more since. He's so friendly that he manages to sound cheerful while explaining the art of hiring workers for as little money possible.<p>"I have on many occasions paid the exact same skill set wildly different fees because I was able to negotiate with one person better than another," he says.<p>Some employees were worth $70,000 a year, but only asked for $50,000 a year. Thu, 03 Jul 2014 14:33:07 +0000 Lisa Pollak 37552 at http://kuow.org The Company Where Everyone Knows Everyone Else's Salary How Every U.S. State Has Fared Since The Recession, In 1 Graph http://kuow.org/post/how-every-us-state-has-fared-recession-1-graph This spring, the U.S. finally gained back all the jobs that were lost during the recession. In other words, the number of jobs in the country is now higher than it was back in January 2008, at the beginning of the recession.<p>But the jobs are different — and they're in different places. In a handful of states, there are lots more jobs than there used to be. But in many others, there are still far fewer jobs than there were before the recession.<p>What's going on in North Dakota and Texas? These two states have seen a boom in oil and natural gas and related industries. Thu, 03 Jul 2014 14:32:17 +0000 Quoctrung Bui 37550 at http://kuow.org How Every U.S. State Has Fared Since The Recession, In 1 Graph $15 Wage Supporters Say Foes Are Playing Dirty http://kuow.org/post/15-wage-supporters-say-foes-are-playing-dirty <p><strong>UPDATE 7/2/2014, 4:51 p.m. PT:</strong>&nbsp;</p><p>Forward Seattle, a group opposing Seattle’s new $15 minimum wage law, today submitted its petitions to put the law up for a popular vote. &nbsp;</p><p>The Seattle City Clerk’s office says the group turned in more than 19,000 signatures. 16,510 signatures are required to put the law on the ballot.&nbsp; Wed, 02 Jul 2014 18:05:42 +0000 Deborah Wang 37455 at http://kuow.org $15 Wage Supporters Say Foes Are Playing Dirty Could Northwest Union Members Avoid Paying Dues? http://kuow.org/post/could-northwest-union-members-avoid-paying-dues <p>Legal experts in Washington state are still assessing Monday’s U.S. Supreme Court ruling regarding labor unions. At issue is whether unions can require home health care workers to pay certain dues and fees. And, as KUOW’s Liz Jones reports, Washington is one of a handful of states where this ruling could apply.</p><hr /><p>TRANSCRIPT</p> Tue, 01 Jul 2014 01:25:09 +0000 Liz Jones 37389 at http://kuow.org The Private Industry Side Of Criminal Justice http://kuow.org/post/private-industry-side-criminal-justice <p>Marcie Sillman talks with Sarah Stillman, journalist at the New Yorker, about the private companies supplying services in our criminal justice system. Mon, 30 Jun 2014 22:38:06 +0000 Marcie Sillman & Hannah Burn 37335 at http://kuow.org Taxi Drivers Balk As Mayor OKs More Rideshares http://kuow.org/post/taxi-drivers-balk-mayor-oks-more-rideshares <p>On <a href="http://murray.seattle.gov/mayor-murray-transportation-for-hire-representatives-reach-historic-agreement/#sthash.MImPA7d6.dpbs">June 16</a>, Seattle Mayor Ed Murray announced that <a href="http://kuow.org/post/mayor-murray-announces-new-rideshare-compromise">a stakeholders group</a> had agreed to lift restrictions on the growth of rideshare companies. <span style="line-height: 1.5;">In exchange, companies like </span>Lyft<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> and </span>Uber<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> would meet the same safety and insurance requirements as taxi drivers. </span> Mon, 30 Jun 2014 19:26:26 +0000 Amy Radil 37251 at http://kuow.org Taxi Drivers Balk As Mayor OKs More Rideshares A 'Death Knell' For Public Sector Unions? Not Yet http://kuow.org/post/death-knell-public-sector-unions-not-yet One of the last two Supreme Court decisions of this term was billed as a potential <a href="http://talkingpointsmemo.com/dc/harris-quinn-supreme-court-case-labor-unions">"final destruction"</a> or <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2014/05/supreme-court-harris-quinn-unions-right-to-work">"kill shot"</a> for public sector unions. They seem to have been merely nicked by a bullet.<p><em>Harris v. Quinn</em> is a class action suit brought by a group of home care workers in Illinois. They challenged the right of unions to charge fees to nonmembers. Mon, 30 Jun 2014 14:59:28 +0000 Anya Kamenetz 37328 at http://kuow.org