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Labor Leadership
3:35 pm
Fri March 7, 2014

Boeing Machinist Union Has A New Leader

Flickr Photo/Chuck Taylor (CC BY-NC-ND)

Steve Scher talks with newly-elected District Lodge 751 President Jon Holden about the direction he plans to take the Boeing Machinist Union.

"Our goal needs to be how we unify back to the membership to a position of strength in order to secure the best standard of living for our members that we can," he said.

The Week In Review
1:49 pm
Fri March 7, 2014

Minimum Wage Concerns, Pot Licenses, And Waterfront Week

Sean Green, seated right, is congratulated by Sean Fitzgerald, left, as Scott O'Neil looks on before Green is issued his new Washington state legal marijuana license Wednesday, March 5, 2014, in Olympia, Wash.
AP Photo/Elaine Thompson

Small business owners voice concerns on a proposed $15 minimum wage, and the state issues its first marijuana business license to a grower from Spokane. Seattle also gets a glimpse into its future waterfront plans

Steve Scher reviews these stories and more with Eli Sanders of The Stranger, news analyst Joni Balter, Peter Jackson of the Everett Herald and Livewire's Luke Burbank.

Jobs Recovery
9:31 am
Fri March 7, 2014

Milestone: Washington Now Has More People Working Than Before Recession

Flickr Photo/WSDOT (CC-BY-NC-ND)

Washington’s Employment Security Department says the state now has more people working than before the start of the Great Recession.

It's an important milestone in the recovery. And though it comes as a result of genuine progress, it received an assist from a federal benchmarking that showed the state didn’t lose as many jobs as originally thought.

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Business Merger
8:51 am
Fri March 7, 2014

Grocery Chains Safeway And Albertson's Announce Merger Deal

Originally published on Thu March 6, 2014 3:43 pm

Private equity firm Cerberus Capital Management has offered to buy Safeway, Inc., the nation's second-largest grocery chain, for a reported $9.4 billion. Cerberus plans to merge Safeway with another grocer, Albertson's.

"Safeway has been focused on better meeting shoppers' diverse needs through local, relevant assortment, an improved price/value proposition and a great shopping experience that has driven improved sales trends," Safeway CEO Robert Edwards said in a statement. "We are excited about continuing this momentum as a combined organization."

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Northwest Railway
8:18 am
Fri March 7, 2014

Passengers Wait Hours For Empire Builder, America's Least Reliable Train

Amtrak's Empire Builder rolls past the Izaak Walton Inn in Essex, Mont.

Originally published on Fri March 7, 2014 10:00 am

The worst train in America is right here in the Northwest: the famed Empire Builder.

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City Planning
3:25 pm
Thu March 6, 2014

Latest Plans For Seattle Waterfront Include A Pool On A Floating Barge

Flickr Photo/Curtis Cronn (CC BY-NC-ND)

Steve Scher talks with architect James Corner about his vision for Seattle waterfront's future.

Marketing
3:19 pm
Thu March 6, 2014

Vibrant Or Eyesore: Seattle's Great Wall Ad Debate

Big advertisement signs like this one outside the KUOW studios can be found throughout Seattle.
KUOW Photo/Akiko Oda

David Hyde interviews Erica C. Barnett on a city proposal to regulate multi-story advertisements that are cropping up on the sides of buildings around Seattle. 

Agriculture
3:18 pm
Thu March 6, 2014

Demise Of The Alpaca Bubble

Flickr Photo/Shelby Root (CC BY-NC-ND)

David Hyde talks with Rich Sexton, chair of the Agricultural and Resource Economics Department at the University of California, Davis. Sexton explains the making of the alpaca boom and why it's now bursting.

EarthFix Reports
3:09 pm
Thu March 6, 2014

Why Northwest Mills Want China To Buy Lumber Instead Of Logs

Tillamook mill manager Mark Elston says without efforts to export lumber to China, his mill would have gone under.
Credit EarthFix Photo/Cassandra Profita

Mark Elston followed his father into the timber industry back when business was booming.

"When I started, you could really mess things up and still make good money," he said. "You can't do that anymore."

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Labor Debate
7:57 am
Thu March 6, 2014

Seattle Residents Testify For, Against $15 Minimum Wage At Packed Hearing

Members of the group 15 Now greet people arriving to testify at the Seattle City Council public hearing on minimum wage on Wednesday, March 6.
Credit KUOW Photo/Deborah Wang

Hundreds of people descended on Seattle's Town Hall last night for the first in a series of public hearings on the minimum wage.

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Marijuana Legalization
7:45 am
Thu March 6, 2014

Celebratory Mood As Washington Issues First Pot License

Sean Green is the first business owner to receive a license to legally grow recreational pot.
Taylor Winkel Northwest News Network

Originally published on Wed March 5, 2014 5:55 pm

Washington’s voter-approved effort to legalize recreational marijuana reached a major milestone.

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Economy
7:43 am
Thu March 6, 2014

Washington Recoups Great Recession Job Losses, With Caveat

Andreas Klinke Johannsen Flickr

Originally published on Wed March 5, 2014 2:52 pm

It took four years, but Washington has now recovered more jobs than it lost during the Great Recession.

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Cannabis
3:58 pm
Wed March 5, 2014

Washington Issues Its First Recreational Marijuana License

Sean Green, seated right, is congratulated by Sean Fitzgerald, left, as Scott O'Neil looks on before Green is issued his new Washington state legal marijuana license Wednesday, March 5, 2014, in Olympia, Wash.
Credit AP Photo/Elaine Thompson

David Hyde hears from Sean Green about being the first producer-processor to receive a recreational marijuana license in the Washington state.

Then KUOW's Amy Radil tells us what this means for the recreational pot industry moving forward. 

Economy
3:56 pm
Wed March 5, 2014

Macroeconomics: The Big Picture Of The Minimum Wage

Tim Harford's book "The Undercover Economist Strikes Back"

Ross Reynolds talks with Tim Harford, Financial Times columnist and author, about his new book "The Undercover Economist Strikes Back: How to Run – or Ruin – an Economy." 

The book focuses on the work of macroeconomists and how they believe that tweaking the right dials can steer our economy away from danger. Harford also offers a macroeconomic perspective for Seattle's on-going minimum wage debate.

Marketing Health
2:59 pm
Tue March 4, 2014

Are You Buying Pseudoscience At The Grocery Store?

Flickr Photo/greggavedon.com (CC BY-NC-ND)

David Hyde talks with freelance journalist Michael Schulson about his Daily Beast article, "Whole Foods: America's Temple of Pseudoscience."

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