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Shipping
6:04 am
Mon December 2, 2013

Delivery By Drone? Amazon Says A New Era Looms

In an image taken of a test flight, an Amazon Prime Air drone carries a package. The online retailer could begin 30-minute deliveries within four to five years, CEO Jeff Bezos told 60 Minutes Sunday.
Amazon

Originally published on Mon December 2, 2013 9:21 am

Amazon is looking at drastically reducing its delivery times — to 30 minutes or less — as it plans a new service called Prime Air that it says could debut in a few years. In an interview on CBS' 60 Minutes, CEO Jeff Bezos said the giant online retailer plans to use semi-autonomous drones to carry purchases to customers.

That's got tech experts buzzing about whether the idea will fly.

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Grape Harvest
8:38 am
Wed November 27, 2013

Small Northwest Winemakers May Have More Juice To Work With This Year

Northwest winemakers expect an abundance of high-quality juice this year.
Trey Busch Sleight of Hand Cellars

Originally published on Wed November 27, 2013 8:23 am

Early crop reports from farmers say Washington and Oregon’s wine grape harvest appears to be up a tick for 2013.

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Tech Shopping
2:55 pm
Tue November 26, 2013

Is Microsoft Beating Google At Retail?

Brick and mortar retail like this Microsoft store are still big compeition for online shopping.
Flickr Photo/Joe Wilcox

David Hyde talks with Washington Post reporter Lydia DePillis about why internet giants are venturing into traditional brick and mortar.

Maritime Industry
3:31 pm
Mon November 25, 2013

Playing Nice: The Longstanding Rivalry Between The Ports Of Seattle And Tacoma

The Port of Seattle with Mt. Rainier in the background.
Credit Flickr Photo/phixional_ninja

Steve Scher talks with Steve Dunphy from Crosscut about how the Seattle and Tacoma ports could advance the maritime industry if they would just set aside their decade-long rivalry.

Meat Retail
2:54 pm
Mon November 25, 2013

Where’s The Beef From? Starting Saturday, Meat Labels Will Have To Tell You

Meat labeling in the US will roll about more specific information about origin including where meat was born, raised and slaughtered.
Flickr Photo/Robert Couse-Baker

Meat-eating grocery shoppers will see something new starting this Saturday: A label that includes the location of where the meat they’re buying was born, raised and slaughtered.

It has been a bumpy road to implementation since a law was passed in the US regarding meat labeling in 2002. Supporters of origin labeling include consumer groups who pushed a “right to know” argument and some farmers who argued that labeling would increase the demand for American meat.

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777x Production
3:28 pm
Fri November 22, 2013

Witchita Shows Solidarity For NW Machinist, But Other Cities Still Wooing Boeing

A prototype for the 777x from a Boeing handout.
Boeing handout.

Ross Reynolds and Steve Scher interview Huntsville, Ala., Mayor Tommy Battle and aviation reporter Daniel McCoy of the Wichita Business Journal about what their states are offering the Boeing company in exchange for the 777x.

Personal Finance
1:34 pm
Fri November 22, 2013

Cash America Found Guilty: Regulators Crack Down On Payday Lenders

Flickr Photo/Scurzuzu

Ross Reynolds talks with Washington Post economy reporter Danielle Douglas about how regulators are cracking down on payday lenders. 

Week In Review
10:00 am
Fri November 22, 2013

The End Of The New Gilded Age?

Flickr Photo/Greg Willis

Sawant beats Conlin, Boeing machinists take stock of their situation, DC Democrats go nuclear and America remembers JFK:  We talk over these stories and more with Joni Balter of the Seattle Times, The Stranger's Eli Sanders and Crosscut's Knute Berger.

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Economy And Politics
3:59 pm
Thu November 21, 2013

The Metropolitan Revolution: How Cities Are Becoming Powerhouses

Flickr Photo/Henry Alva (CC BY-NC-ND)

Ross Reynolds talks to Bruce Katz, vice president of the Brookings Institution and co-director of the Brookings Metropolitan Policy Program, about how cities are becoming a fix to the economy and to politics.

Technology
3:54 pm
Thu November 21, 2013

An App To Curate News To Your Taste

Ross Reynolds sits down in the studio with Cory Bergman, co-founder and general manager of the new NBC-owned Breaking News app that allows users to curate news alerts by their interests.

Homelessness
3:41 pm
Thu November 21, 2013

With Real Change News, Bellevue's Homeless Population Hidden No More

A man sells Real Change in Seattle; soon vendors will be more common in Bellevue locations as well.
Flickr Photo/Chris Blakeley

Steve Scher talks with Alan Preston, managing director of Real Change News, about bringing the newspaper — which is sold by homeless people — to Bellevue.

'Another Man's Come Up'
4:05 pm
Wed November 20, 2013

Anonymous Donor Drops Off $11K In African Artifacts At Goodwill

Jazlan Grigsby, the online appraiser, holds up a Kuba Artifact.
Photo courtesy of Goodwill

A Salvador Dali etching. A $10,000 dollar painting from American realist John Englehart. And earlier this month, antique artifacts from tribal ceremonies throughout Africa, worth $11,000.

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Entrepreneurs Welcome
7:17 am
Tue November 19, 2013

Celebration And Angst As Marijuana License Application Window Opens

Jeff Gilmore, right, with partner Dave Brown have applied for a license to grow legal marijuana. Gilmore says he was busted two decades ago for growing pot and believes it’s “about time” he can do so legally.
Austin Jenkins Northwest News Network

Originally published on Mon November 18, 2013 3:07 pm

Would-be growers, processors and retailers applied online and in-person Monday as the 30-day window for marijuana business licenses applications opened in Washington.

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On The Waterfront
4:47 pm
Mon November 18, 2013

Seattle Waterfront Braces For Replacement Of Crumbling Seawall

Workers close off parking areas beneath the Alaskan Way Viaduct in downtown Seattle in preparation for seawall construction
KUOW Photo/Deborah Wang

Construction begins this month on the long-anticipated plan to replace Seattle’s crumbling downtown seawall.

Waterfront businesses are bracing for what is likely to be three years of disruptions from the $290 million project, which was approved by voters last year.

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Aerospace
9:59 am
Mon November 18, 2013

Boeing Introduces 777X, Boasts $95B In Advance Sales

Emirati officials greet each other on Sunday in front of an Emirates Airbus A380 on display during the opening day of the Dubai Airshow in Dubai.
AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili

Days after Boeing said it would look outside the Puget Sound area to build the 777X, the aerospace giant formally introduced the jetliner at the Dubai Airshow this weekend.

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