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Farmworker Labor Dispute
6:41 pm
Thu September 19, 2013

Labor Strike Continues At Burlington Berry Farm

Immigrant advocates and workers on strike from Sakuma Brothers Farms boycott a store in Seattle's Ballard neighborhood in August.
KUOW Photo/Liz Jones

More than a week has passed since more than 200 berry pickers walked off the job at a major farm near Burlington, marking the third strike at Sakuma Brothers Farms since July.

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Minimum Wage Increase
2:32 pm
Thu September 19, 2013

New Directions For Labor Nationally And Locally

On August 29, fast-food workers in Seattle held a stirke in support of increasing the minimum wage.
KUOW Photo/Liz Jones

A ballot initiative that would raise the minimum wage for some workers in SeaTac to $15 an hour could mark a major change in the larger labor movement’s strategy in the US.

Marcie Sillman talks it over with New York Times labor reporter Steven Greenhouse. We also hear from David Rolf, the president of SEIU Healthcare 775NW, and Jeff Johnson, president of the Washington State Labor Council.

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Violence In Gaming
10:36 am
Thu September 19, 2013

Does The Gaming World Welcome Women?

A contestant at Paris Games Week 2012.
Flickr Photo/James Cao

One of the most successful video games in history, Grand Theft Auto, released their latest version on Tuesday. It made $800 million in 24 hours. Grand Theft Auto is known for heavy violence, drugs and sex - beating up women prostitutes is regular part of the game. And this latest release, Grand Theft Auto V, is just as raunchy as expected. But this time, some female gamers aren't buying. Jezebel's night editor, Laura Beck, is one of them. Ross Reynolds talks with Beck about why she won't play Grand Theft Auto V.

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Gaming
10:24 am
Thu September 19, 2013

Grand Theft Auto V: The Last Big Console Release?

Credit Rock Star Games/Grand Theft Auto

Grand Theft Auto released its latest version on Tuesday. It made $800 million in one day. But even though this release is causing a frenzy, console games are facing tough times. The rise of tablet and mobile gaming has brought fierce competition. Ross Reynolds talks with Bloomberg Businessweek writer, Joshua Brustein about the future of console gaming.

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Welder Demand
1:00 am
Thu September 19, 2013

Passing The Torch To A New Generation Of Welders

Welding student Mike Mullins.
KUOW Photo/Jake Warga

Welding torches have sizzled at the Vigor Industrial shipyard on Seattle’s Harbor Island for a century. But the men and women behind the welding masks in this particular warehouse have only been at it for two weeks. The demand for skilled welders is so high that the shipyard and the state are now paying to teach the skill to displaced workers.

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Coal Terminals
2:05 pm
Wed September 18, 2013

Could China Coal Cuts Help Sink Proposed Wash. Coal Ports?

Flickr Photo/Ryan Sitzman

China plans to cut coal consumption in major northern cities including Beijing and Shanghai by 2017 to curb pollution. Could this impact demand for Wyoming coal and proposed (and controversial) coal export terminals in Washington state?  Marcie Sillman talks it over with David Roberts who writes for the Seattle-based environmental magazine, Grist.

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Gun Regulation
3:57 am
Wed September 18, 2013

No Guns Please, Starbucks Tells Customers

A Starbucks customer — gun on his hip and drink in his hand — watches a rally by gun control advocates, in Seattle in 2010.
Elaine Thompson AP

Originally published on Wed September 18, 2013 7:42 am

With the coffee giant caught in the middle of what he says is an "increasingly uncivil and, in some cases, even threatening" debate, Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz has posted a letter to "fellow Americans" asking that they not bring guns into Starbucks' shops.

Schultz writes that:

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Child Care As Economic Indicator
5:27 am
Mon September 16, 2013

Job Recovery From Small Town To Big City

Lyman day care provider Amber Rooks.
KUOW Photo/Liz Jones

The economic downturn attributed to the Great Recession tested the resilience of many workers and careers.

King County’s unemployment rate is more than 2 percent lower than the national rate. In fact, the Seattle area is seen as a bright spot in the recovery. But the farther you get from the big city, the more likely a  different picture emerges. In some rural areas, incomes and job security are lower, and this has made for a tougher recovery.

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Fuel Emissions
4:09 pm
Thu September 12, 2013

Study: Alaska Airlines Pollutes Less Than Other US Airlines

Flickr Photo/InSapphoWeTrust

Mile for mile, Seattle-based Alaska Airlines pollutes less than any other US airline. That's one of the findings of a new study of fuel efficiency in the aviation sector from a nonprofit group.

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Religious Freedom
12:11 pm
Thu September 12, 2013

Proposed Bill Would Enhance Religous Freedom Protections

State Senator Mike Padden.

Are Washingtonians forced by state government to act against their religious beliefs?

Last year, a Richland florist refused to provide flowers for a gay customer’s wedding. As a result, that florist is currently being sued by the state of Washington. When some Washington pharmacists felt they shouldn’t have to provide the morning-after pill to customers, the state pharmacy board jumped in. 

Now, Spokane Valley state Senator Mike Padden is drawing up a bill that would limit the state from compelling citizens to act against their religious beliefs. The senator talked with Ross Reynolds.

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Company Halts Efforts
9:44 am
Thu September 12, 2013

Plug Pulled On Plans For Controversial Anacortes Bottling Plant

Water resevoir that could have been used to supply water for bottling plant.
Sara Lerner KUOW

Plans to build an enormous beverage bottling plant in Skagit County, Wash., have been halted. The company behind a proposed facility has backed out of the project.

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Seattle Sex Store Anniversary
5:04 pm
Wed September 11, 2013

Twenty Years Of Babeland

Babeland is known for creative store window displays.
Flickr Photo/joaquin uy

In 1993 Seattle was famous for Nirvana, the internet and Tom Hanks' insomnia. But two woman decided that the city was missing something, something they believed there was a need and market for — the city's first women-friendly sex shop. Co-owners Claire Cavanah and Rachel Venning launched Babeland (originally Toys in Babeland) 20 years ago this month and Cavanah spoke with Ross Reynolds about the many ways the industry of selling 'sexcessories' has changed. 

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Philanthropy News
4:15 pm
Tue September 10, 2013

Gates Foundation CEO Jeff Raikes Announces Retirement

Jeff Raikes administers polio drops to a child in the Fulani settlement, Mashakeri village, in Kebbi state on 27 September 2011.
Credit Flickr Photo/Gates Foundation

The head of the Seattle-based  Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation says he’s stepping down. Jeff Raikes made the announcement Tuesday morning.  He says he’ll stay on the job until a replacement is found.

Jeff Raikes talked to  KUOW’s Marcie Sillman about his top accomplishments over the past five years as the Foundation's chief.

Concrete Entrepreneurship
7:46 am
Tue September 10, 2013

Websites Help You Rent Out Your Driveway

parkatmyhouse.com

Originally published on Mon September 9, 2013 4:40 pm

First there was Craigslist. Then other more specialized websites arrived to make it easier to rent out your spare bedroom, vacation home, or even your car. A new category to catch on in the Northwest allows drivers to reserve a parking spot in someone else's driveway.

The concept is pretty simple says Alex Stephany, London-based CEO of the website parkatmyhouse.com.

"The idea is just if you have a parking space or driveway that is not being used some of the time, you can let someone else use it and you can make some money in the process."

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Banking
7:46 am
Tue September 10, 2013

U.S. Senate To Hold Hearing On State Pot Legalization

Architect of the Capitol

Originally published on Mon September 9, 2013 5:01 pm

The conflict between federal law and pot legalization in Washington and Colorado will be on the agenda in Congress this week.

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