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Nuclear Energy
7:23 am
Fri July 11, 2014

Hanford Vapors: It's Still Difficult To Track Down The Solution

Handheld air monitors are used in the Hanford Nuclear Reservation's tank farms to help keep workers safe. But a human nose can detect far less concentrated chemicals, than this high-tech machinery.

Originally published on Thu July 10, 2014 7:46 am

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.

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Journalism
2:00 am
Fri July 11, 2014

Hottest Burger In Britain Burns 2 Journalists

Originally published on Fri July 11, 2014 5:01 am

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.

Commuting
9:11 am
Thu July 10, 2014

Rush Hour: A Map Of Puget Sound’s Worst Traffic

On southbound I-5 near the Ship Canal Bridge, traffic merges onto the highway at 45th Street on the right, but then must weave left four lanes to transfer to state Route 520 right after the bridge.
Credit Flickr Photo/Lonnon Foster (CC-BY-NC-ND)

It’s been a bad summer for driving in Seattle.

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.

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Love Thy Stranger
3:34 pm
Wed July 9, 2014

Trust In The Age Of The Sharing Economy

Internet businesses like Lyft, which facilitates peer-to-peer ridesharing (recognizable by a pink mustache) are changing the way we trust one strangers. (Alfredo Mendez/Flickr)

Originally published on Wed July 9, 2014 12:41 pm

Until recently, there were a few gems of conventional wisdom followed by most: don’t get into a stranger’s car; don’t open your door to someone you don’t know; don’t lend out your valuables. Well, those rules — and so many more — are being upended by the way we’re now living.

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Business News
3:27 pm
Mon July 7, 2014

The U.S. GDP Is Down, But Is That Such A Big Deal?

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.

Cannabis City
6:52 pm
Thu July 3, 2014

Let The Carnival Commence: First Pot Shops Open Tuesday

James Lathrop owns Cannabis City in Sodo. He expects to be among the first in Washington state to open a licensed recreational marijuana shop.

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.

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Business
7:33 am
Thu July 3, 2014

The Company Where Everyone Knows Everyone Else's Salary

Paycheck
iStockphoto.com

Originally published on Wed July 2, 2014 4:20 pm

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.

"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.

Some employees were worth $70,000 a year, but only asked for $50,000 a year. So, he says, he paid them $50,000 a year.

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Job Shift
7:32 am
Thu July 3, 2014

How Every U.S. State Has Fared Since The Recession, In 1 Graph

Quoctrung Bui/NPR

Originally published on Thu July 3, 2014 7:35 am

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.

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.

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Minimum Wage
11:05 am
Wed July 2, 2014

$15 Wage Supporters Say Foes Are Playing Dirty

Leaflet from supporters of $15 an hour minimum wage warns voters that the Forward Seattle petition campaign seeks to repeal the new law.
Credit KUOW Photo/Deborah Wang

UPDATE 7/2/2014, 4:51 p.m. PT: 

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.  

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. 

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Supreme Court Ruling
6:25 pm
Mon June 30, 2014

Could Northwest Union Members Avoid Paying Dues?

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.

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Law
3:38 pm
Mon June 30, 2014

The Private Industry Side Of Criminal Justice

Marcie Sillman talks with Sarah Stillman, journalist at the New Yorker, about the private companies supplying services in our criminal justice system.

Rideshares
12:26 pm
Mon June 30, 2014

Taxi Drivers Balk As Mayor OKs More Rideshares

Fentahun Amare and his son Amanuel, with the citation that started the trouble.
Credit Amy Radil

On June 16, Seattle Mayor Ed Murray announced that a stakeholders group had agreed to lift restrictions on the growth of rideshare companies. In exchange, companies like Lyft and Uber would meet the same safety and insurance requirements as taxi drivers.

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Labor
7:59 am
Mon June 30, 2014

A 'Death Knell' For Public Sector Unions? Not Yet

Originally published on Mon June 30, 2014 7:46 am

One of the last two Supreme Court decisions of this term was billed as a potential "final destruction" or "kill shot" for public sector unions. They seem to have been merely nicked by a bullet.

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Mental Health
12:25 am
Mon June 30, 2014

Online Psychotherapy Gains Fans And Raises Privacy Concerns

Katherine Streeter for NPR

Originally published on Mon June 30, 2014 10:32 am

Lauren Kay has never met her therapist in person. The 24-year-old entrepreneur found it difficult to take time off work for appointments.

So she started seeing a psychotherapist online.

"It's definitely been different," she says. Kay, who lives in New York, found her counselor through an online therapy service called Pretty Padded Room. When it's time for an appointment, all she has to do is log in to the website, click a link and start video chatting.

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Tips
3:45 pm
Sun June 29, 2014

For Tipped Workers, A Different Minimum Wage Battle

States may have their own higher wage laws, but the federal minimum wage for tipped workers is $2.13 an hour.
AP

Originally published on Mon June 30, 2014 5:14 am

The federal minimum wage for tipped workers has been $2.13 since 1991. That pay rate tends to get lost in the larger debate over whether to raise the national minimum wage for nontipped workers, which is $7.25 an hour.

In theory, the money from tips should make up the difference in pay — and then some. But according to a White House report, tipped workers are more than twice as likely as other workers to experience poverty.

Living On Tips

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