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Zim Djibouti Arrives
5:29 pm
Mon August 26, 2013

Mega-Ships Big Opportunity For Northwest Ports

The Zim Djibouti, one of largest container ships in the world, arrives at the Port of Tacoma.
Jake Warga KUOW

One of the world’s largest ships arrived at the Port of Tacoma Sunday morning.

The Zim Djibouti slipped in at dawn, carrying loads of goods for big box stores. The vessel is 10,000 TEUs in size, meaning it holds 5,000 shipping containers. When the Zim Djibouti appeared on Sunday, fresh from a port in Vancouver, B.C., containers were 18 across on its upper deck.

The ship is part of a new wave of cargo ships emerging from Asian shipyards. They’re super-sized to save fuel costs.

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High-Tech Turnover
11:50 am
Fri August 23, 2013

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer Announces Retirement

Retiring Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer.
AP Photo/Ted S. Warren

One year: That’s how long that Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer has before he retires as the head of the company. In a news release today, Microsoft announced that the chief executive officer will stay until the company has chosen his successor.

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Ballmer Retirement
8:34 am
Fri August 23, 2013

Microsoft Chief Steve Ballmer To Retire Within 12 Months

Microsoft chief executive Steve Ballmer is to retire from the technology giant within the next 12 months.

Shares in Microsoft, criticised for its slow response to the booming market for mobile devices, leapt 9% on the news.

Ballmer, who last month unveiled a restructuring to address the criticism, said in a statement: "There is never a perfect time for this type of transition, but now is the right time.

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Grape Harvest
8:31 am
Tue August 20, 2013

Northwest Winemakers Ready For 'Intense' Vintage

Anna King, Northwest News Network. Vineyard manager Dick Boushey.

Originally published on Mon August 19, 2013 4:48 pm

Wine grapes throughout the Northwest are ripening faster this year because of the hot dry summer. Vineyard managers and winemakers are preparing for a breakneck harvest over the next few weeks -- if it stays warm.

This year Eastern Washington had record-setting heat in July, while Oregon had consistently warm weather. Growers throughout the Northwest are hoping for cooler temperatures so the grapes don’t race to ripeness.

The prediction is for more wine, deeper colors and higher alcohol levels.

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E-Books
11:37 am
Mon August 19, 2013

Is Seattle The Next "New York" In Publishing?

Flickr Photo/Andrew Masson

When it comes to publishing authors’ works, Seattle may be the next New York City. Amazon and other tech companies have transformed publishing with e-readers, social media and new financial models, making the old New York book publishing house less relevant, according to tech reporter Emily Parkhurst.

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Canada, Culture, Commerce
10:00 am
Wed August 14, 2013

News From Canada, Robert Horton On Film, And Tech News

Flickr Photo/Alex Indigo (CC BY-NC-ND)

Les Layne from the Victoria Time Colonist brings us the latest news from Canada. Film critic Robert Horton joins us with a look at the movies. Then, Todd Bishop brings us the latest business and technology news.  

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Local Harvest
1:00 pm
Fri August 9, 2013

Low Blueberry Prices Great For Fruit Lovers, Hard For Farmers

Anna King Northwest News Network

Originally published on Wed August 7, 2013 4:40 pm

The blueberries on your morning cereal are less expensive this year. That’s because farmers are harvesting a bumper crop this summer.

It’s good news for berry lovers, but the bounty might wreck some blueberry growers.

In Richland, Washington, Genoa Blankenship pops open the lid on a box of blueberries. She loves the idea of healthy snacks that are easy to take along to soccer practice.

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Worker Visa Program
11:52 am
Wed August 7, 2013

After Immigration Bust, Herb Grower Tries A New Path

Ted Andrews, CEO of HerbCo International, says the H-2A agricultural guest worker program needs improvements.
Liz Jones for NPR

Originally published on Wed August 7, 2013 7:58 pm

The ongoing immigration debate in Congress often spotlights the job market for people living in the U.S. illegally. Not long ago, that market included one of the country's top organic herb farms — until an immigration bust forced the business, based in Washington state, to clean up its payroll.

Ted Andrews, owner of HerbCo International, says he's learned some tough lessons during the transition to a legal workforce. Lesson No. 1: "There are events that can destroy a business in the snap of a finger," he says. "This was one of them."

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Media
11:08 am
Tue August 6, 2013

What Should Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos Do With The Washington Post?

Flickr Photo/Adam Glanzman

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos announced plans to buy the Washington Post for $250 million yesterday. The news came as a shock to most of the media. But former journalist-turned-Silicon-Valley-CEO Alan Mutter says it may be the best move for an ailing industry. Ross Reynolds asks Alan why.

Changing Media Landscape
5:58 pm
Mon August 5, 2013

Jeff Bezos Brings Entrepreneurial Mindset To Washington Post Purchase

Jeff Bezos is illuminated by a display screen at the introduction of the new Amazon Kindle Fire HD and Kindle Paperwhite in Santa Monica, Calif., Sept. 6, 2012.
AP Photo/Reed Saxon

Amazon founder Jeff Bezos has purchased the Washington Post for $250 million, and that has a lot of people wondering what's next for the legacy media company.

Brad Stone, senior writer for Bloomberg Businessweek, has written a book about the mega-entrepreneur. It's called, "The Everything Store,” due out in October. He said the sale was a surprise for many, but in keeping with the way Bezos thinks.

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Nonprofit Management
12:04 pm
Fri August 2, 2013

The Business Model Of Foreign Aid

Seattle’s Gates Foundation has lead the charge to push foreign aid organizations to be more efficient and effective — more like businesses. But critics say that when it comes to helping poor people, a return on investment can’t be the only measure of success. 

So how is the push to become more business-like changing the world of aid, development and philanthropy?  Ross Reynolds hears from Tom Paulson, the founder and editor of the news blog Humanosphere. He writes regularly about global development and aid.

Labor Movement
12:31 pm
Thu August 1, 2013

The Future Of Labor Movements In America

Fast food workers around the country are agitating for higher wages and better working conditions. Here in Seattle, workers are trying to get fast food restaurant managers arrested for the crime of wage theft. Ross Reynolds hears from New York Times labor reporter Steven Greenhouse about what these protests say about the state of labor in America. Greenhouse recently reported on the fast food strikes in the New York Times.

Entrepreneurship
7:57 am
Thu August 1, 2013

'Hackerspaces' Double As Private Incubators For Entrepreneurship

Tom Banse Northwest News Network

Originally published on Thu August 1, 2013 10:17 am

"Hackerspaces" are popping up all over the Northwest. But these aren't dens of computer infiltrators.

What we're talking about are community workshops for tinkering, machine tooling, 3-D printing and any other hands-on creativity you can think of. Some market themselves under the more benign-sounding label of "maker space." These workshops are now drawing attention as private incubators for entrepreneurship.

But let's straighten out this name business.

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Amazing People
2:13 pm
Tue July 30, 2013

How A Blind Person Can "See" Using Echolocation

Bats use echolocation to "see." So does Brian Bushway.
Credit Flickr Photo/rogerwshaw

Brian Bushway is blind, but he says he can "see" just as well as anyone else using a technique called echolocation. Like a bat, he makes sounds with his mouth to locate and identify cars, bushes, walls and chain link fences. He can even ride a bicycle.

Full list of stories from KUOW Presents, July 30:

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Pot Investment
11:27 am
Tue July 30, 2013

Potreprenuers Get Ready For A New Kind Of Drug Deal

Flickr Photo/Benoit Deniaud

With recreational pot legal in Washington state, the marijuana business is moving from back alleys to storefronts. Former Silicon Valley banker Brendan Kennedy wants to lead the way in the new pot economy. He is CEO of Privateer Holdings, a cannabis-focused venture capital fund. He’ll explain to Ross Reynolds why he sees it as a $50 billion legal business.

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