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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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Retail Pot
2:51 pm
Fri June 27, 2014

Looking Into The (Near) Future Of Washington Marijuana Stores

Marcie Sillman talks with Colorado Public Radio's Ben Markus about the pros and cons of Colorado's legal marijuana stores, and what that could mean for Washington's soon-to-be-open pot shops.

The Pot Dude
9:01 am
Thu June 26, 2014

Legal Washington Pot Stores Opening Soon, But Production Lags

Eric and Katey Cooper stand amid their flowering marijuana. Their business, named Monkey Grass, in Wenatchee, Washington, is one of the largest marijuana grows licensed by Washington state so far.

Originally published on Thu June 26, 2014 11:00 am

Eric Cooper has a sort of "The Dude" vibe: Hawaiian shirt, leather brown sandals and a bushy silver goatee. He smoked weed for the first time when he was about 14. He’s a former contractor and registered nurse. Cooper grew medical marijuana, and now he’s one of the owners of Monkey Grass Farms in Wenatchee, Washington.

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Minimum Wage
6:51 am
Thu June 26, 2014

Washington Supreme Court To Hear Sea-Tac Airport Minimum Wage Fight

File photo of the main terminal at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport

Originally published on Thu June 26, 2014 11:01 am

Should SeaTac’s voter-approved $15 per hour minimum wage apply to workers at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport? Washington’s Supreme Court will hear oral arguments on that question Thursday.

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Books
2:06 am
Thu June 26, 2014

Barnes & Noble To Split Into Two Companies

Originally published on Thu June 26, 2014 11:19 am

Transcript

DAVID GREENE, HOST:

NPR's business news starts with a goodbye to Nook. All right, the giant book retailer Barnes & Noble is splitting in two. The company says it is separating its profitable retail bookstores from its weak Nook digital operation. Nook has lost $700 million in its e-reader and e-book business over the past two years. Microsoft will invest in the new Nook media as it tries to catch up to digital book leader Amazon. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.

Minimum Wage
3:39 pm
Wed June 25, 2014

Port Of Seattle Proposes $13 Minimum Wage By 2017

Sea-Tac Airport
Credit Flickr Photo/John Boren (CC-BY-NC-ND)

Lisa Brooks talks with Port of Seattle co-president Courtney Gregoire about a proposal to raise the minimum wage for SeaTac airport employees to $13 by 2017.

Wage Debate
2:37 pm
Wed June 25, 2014

Port Of Seattle Proposes Uneven Airport Wage Increase

Marcie Sillman talks with Heather Weiner, spokeswoman for the group YES! for SeaTac, about the Port of Seattle Commission's proposal to raise wages for some airport workers, but not others.

Courts
9:57 am
Wed June 25, 2014

New Frontiers On The Minimum Wage Fight

Forward Seattle co-chair Kathrina Tugadi collecting signatures at the recent Fremont Fair
Credit KUOW Photo/Deborah Wang

Seattle’s new $15 an hour minimum wage is scheduled to start phasing in next April. But it first must survive several challenges, both in court and at the ballot box.

Franchisees are challenging the law in court, and two separate groups are collecting signatures to put the law to a popular vote on this November’s ballot.

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Asiana Flight 214
8:26 am
Wed June 25, 2014

Boeing Bears Some Blame For Asiana Crash Says Safety Board

This aerial photo shows the wreckage of the Asiana Flight 214 airplane after it crashed at the San Francisco International Airport in San Francisco, Saturday, July 6, 2013.
AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez

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The National Transportation Safety Board has concluded that Boeing's design of the 777’s automated systems was a contributing factor in the crash of Asiana Airlines Flight 214 that killed three Chinese teenagers last summer.

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Rights Of Travelers
7:09 am
Wed June 25, 2014

Federal Judge In Portland Orders Changes To No-Fly List

Originally published on Tue June 24, 2014 9:17 pm

A federal judge in Portland Tuesday ordered the U.S. Justice Department and FBI to come up with new rules for the government's no-fly list. The court found travelers labeled as potential terrorists had been deprived of their constitutional rights to due process.

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CEO Ousted
11:40 am
Tue June 24, 2014

American Apparel Founder Not Going Without A Fight

Dov Charney, pictured here on October 21, 2005, has been fired from his position as CEO of American Apparel. (Stephen Shugerman/Getty Images)

Originally published on Tue June 24, 2014 10:25 am

American Apparel’s founder Dov Charney is not going to leave without a fight.

He was fired from his position as CEO last week, but he filed a formal notice yesterday with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, saying he’s in talks with supportive shareholders in an effort to get his job back.

The Wall Street Journal’s Jason Bellini joins Here & Now’s Jeremy Hobson with details.

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Economic News
3:17 pm
Mon June 23, 2014

The American Wealth Gap, Changing Jobs, And Rising Wages

Marcie Sillman talks to Seattle Times columnist Jon Talton about the paper's annual report on executive pay. In addition, the two discuss how jobs in America have shifted to service jobs.

Wine
7:06 am
Mon June 23, 2014

What Climate Change Could Mean For Your Grape Juice

Washington State University researcher Markus Keller is looking into ways to continue growing juice grapes a warming climate. If summers get too hot, it will be trouble for Washington's most widely planted grape variety.
Courtney Flatt

Originally published on Fri June 20, 2014 7:34 am

PROSSER, Wash. -- The sun beats down as researcher Markus Keller leans in to inspect his experimental vineyard.

“As you can see here, there’s a lot of flowers forming on the different shoots,” Keller says.

The grape leaves hang down like a curtain over the rows of vines. This year’s crop looks to be strong.

For connoisseurs of fine grape jellies and juices, this is a reason to rejoice. For collectors of fine wines? Not so much.

These are Concord grapes -- which make up 99 percent of the variety that go in to juice and jelly production, Keller says.

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Agriculture
7:02 am
Mon June 23, 2014

Northwest Wheat Harvest Could Be Down This Summer

Originally published on Fri June 20, 2014 5:27 pm

Farmers in Oregon, Idaho and Washington are expected to harvest less wheat this summer. The weather forecast has a lot to do with it.

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Wage Debate
3:41 pm
Thu June 19, 2014

Cities Look To Lure Away Seattle Businesses After $15 Wage Hike

David Hyde interviews Carl Adrian, president of the Tri-City Development Council. He has a message to Seattle entrepreneurs that want to relocate due to the hike in the minimum wage here: "We're open for business."

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