Retail Blues
3:57 pm
Tue October 21, 2014

A Retailer Finds That The Middle Cannot Hold

This Connecticut store is one of the 33 that JCPenney closed earlier this year. The Bellevue, Wash., location is also about to close.
Flickr Photo/Mike Mozart (CC-BY-NC-ND)

Staff at JCPenney in Bellevue are preparing for the store’s closure. In November the store ends its 59-year run in Bellevue Square.

JCPenney, a flagship of the middle class, has been struggling for years. The Texas-based retailer closed 33 under-performing stores across the country earlier this year. Then in September it added Bellevue to the list.

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Seattle Politics
3:26 pm
Tue October 21, 2014

Mayor Murray: 'We Need A 21st Century Budgeting System'

Seattle Mayor Ed Murray in the KUOW studios.
Credit KUOW Photo/Bond Huberman

Marcie Sillman talks to Seattle Mayor Ed Murray about his new Labor Standards Office and the city's  budget priorities.

Good Reads
2:11 pm
Tue October 21, 2014

Nancy Pearl's Thrilling Seasonal Selection

What better place to curl up with a spooky fall read than the University of Washington's Suzzallo Library?
Flickr Photo/B Gallatin (CC-BY-NC-ND)

Marcie Sillman gets a thrilling recommendation from book maven Nancy Pearl, just in time for Halloween. This week, Pearl suggests picking up "The Distance," by Helen Giltrow.

Business
2:09 pm
Tue October 21, 2014

How Youth Unemployment Could Drag Down Our Future Economy

Ross Reynolds talks with Tom Allison, policy and research manager for the Millennial advocacy group Young Invincibles, about youth employment in the United States.

Dueling Ballots
2:07 pm
Tue October 21, 2014

What Should We Learn From California's Strict Gun Laws?

Patrons survey merchandise at a gun show.
Flickr Photo/M Glasgow (CC-BY-NC-ND)

Marcie Sillman talks with Stan Goldman, law professor at Loyola Law School, about how gun laws and gun culture compare in California and Washington state.

For more KUOW elections coverage, visit the Election Connection page.  

Property Law
1:24 pm
Tue October 21, 2014

Methow Valley 'View-Killing' Cabin Must Go, Judge Rules

The controversial Methow Valley cabin in a photo taken earlier this year by the group Move the Hut, which protested the cabin’s location.
Courtesy of the group Move the Hut

Last week a superior court judge ruled that a so-called “view-killing” cabin in the Methow Valley must go.  UW Law Professor Robert Anderson says this is an unusual case for property law in Washington state and it affects all of us.

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Election Connection
11:58 am
Tue October 21, 2014

Election Poll: Where Do You Stand In The Gun Debate?

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Labor
11:56 am
Tue October 21, 2014

Seattle Hasn't Investigated Sick Pay Complaints, Report Says

When workers complained about an employer not abiding by the sick pay law, the city sent out a letter -- but did not follow up, an audit has found.
Credit Flickr Photo/ghindo

Rollout of Seattle's $15 minimum wage is still half a year away, and Seattle's auditor says the city is already learning lessons about how to enforce workplace laws.

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First District Race
11:40 am
Tue October 21, 2014

Political Whiz Kids Hope to 'Bring The Magic' To Pedro Celis Campaign

From Virginia to Washington State: campaign manager Zachary Werrell and communications director Gray Delany now run Republican Pedro Celis' campaign for Congress in the 1st District
Credit KUOW Photo/Deborah Wang

Zachary Werrell and Gray Delany are barely out of college, but they already enjoy a national reputation.

They were the masterminds behind Tea Party candidate David Brat's campaign against former House Majority Leader Eric Cantor in Virginia. Brat, an economics professor, ousted Cantor in a June primary, in what some called the biggest political upset in US history.

Last month, after a lackluster primary finish, Republican Pedro Celis hired Werrell and Delany to come to Washington state to salvage his struggling campaign against Democrat Suzan DelBene in the 1st Congressional District.

In this extended interview, Werrell and Delany talk about Celis' politics, the importance of the ground game, and why they initially hated (and now love) the campaign's "Vote For Pedro" slogan.

For more KUOW elections coverage, visit the Election Connection page.  

Dueling Ballots
9:15 am
Tue October 21, 2014

Checking Your 'Intuition' At The Gun Show

A welcome sign greets customers outside the Wes Knodel Gun and Knife Show.
Credit KUOW Photo/Ryan Katz

George Brewholmes has been collecting firearms since he was eight years old. He worked in a pawnshop, where he would stock and sell several different types of guns. His boss bought him his first pistol, an old Iver Johnson from around the turn of the century.

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