business

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."

Misconduct
7:41 am
Thu June 19, 2014

American Apparel Ousts Its Controversial Founder, Dov Charney

American Apparel founder Dov Charney was ousted Wednesday by the company in the wake of allegations of misconduct against him.
Monika Graff UPI /Landov

Originally published on Thu June 19, 2014 8:38 am

The board of clothing chain American Apparel voted Wednesday to replace founder Dov Charney in the wake of allegations of misconduct against him.

In a statement on its website, the board said that it notified Charney of its intent to terminate his employment as president and CEO. He is expected to be fired following a 30-day period, the statement added.

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Labor
7:40 am
Thu June 19, 2014

Washington State Jobless Rate Holds Steady In May

Originally published on Wed June 18, 2014 2:51 pm

The unemployment rate in Washington state is holding steady at 6.1 percent according to the latest numbers out Wednesday from the state Employment Security Department.

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Photo IDs
2:14 am
Thu June 19, 2014

When It Comes To Dating, Some People Have A Type

Originally published on Thu June 19, 2014 4:50 am

Match.com is partnering with another service to offer facial-recognition technology. It will compare photos of clients' exes with database photos in the hopes of finding faces with similar features.

Twists And Cornrows
9:46 am
Wed June 18, 2014

African Hair Braider Sues Washington Over License Dispute

Salamata Sylla demonstrates African hair braiding on her daughter while her son watches on.
Credit KUOW Photo/Ann Dornfeld

An African hair braider is suing the Washington State Department of Licensing after an investigator told her she needs a cosmetology license to stay in business.

The suit is one of several filed across the country on Tuesday by hair braiders protesting state regulations they say don’t apply to them.

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Patent
7:43 am
Wed June 18, 2014

Washington Redskins' Trademark Registrations Cancelled

Several of the Washington Redskins' trademark registrations have been canceled. The team will appeal the decision.
Nick Wass AP

Originally published on Wed June 18, 2014 2:25 pm

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has revoked the trademark of the NFL's Washington Redskins, after ruling in a case brought by five Native Americans who say the name disparages them. While the decision could have wide repercussions, it does not require the team to change its name. It is also subject to appeal, which the team has confirmed it will pursue.

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Environment
6:18 am
Wed June 18, 2014

U.S. Offshore Wind Energy Area Would Nearly Double Under New Plan

The Department of the Interior is proposing a large expansion of U.S. efforts to make energy from offshore winds, with a plan centered off the Massachusetts coast. Here, a 2010 photo shows a sunrise over Nantucket Sound.
Julia Cumes AP

Originally published on Wed June 18, 2014 8:55 am

A large swath of the Atlantic Ocean could soon be used to generate electricity, as a U.S. agency proposes opening more than 1,000 square miles of ocean to wind energy projects. The area is off the coast of Massachusetts, which has been working on the proposal with federal officials.

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Free Childcare!
12:24 am
Wed June 18, 2014

Benefit Corporations Look Beyond The Profit Motive

Stephen Maydwell adjusts tins of Badger Balm before a machine fills them at the W.S. Badger Co. Inc. factory in Gilsum, N.H.
Jack Rodolico

Originally published on Wed June 18, 2014 5:53 am

A corporation has one core obligation: to make money. But some companies are signing a deal, promising to create not only profit but also a tangible benefit to society and the environment. They're called benefit corporations, and their movement has caught the ear of lawmakers across the country.

In the tiny town of Gilsum, N.H., you'll find the headquarters of W.S. Badger Co. Inc. The company makes all-natural cosmetics marketed under the name Badger Balm. When CEO Bill Whyte founded the company two decades ago, the staff was lean.

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Up In The Air
10:40 am
Tue June 17, 2014

Delta's New Seattle Hub Could Lead To Lower Airfares

Port of Seattle fire trucks salute a Delta Airbus A330 as it departs for Hong Kong on Monday.

Originally published on Tue June 17, 2014 11:00 am

Can two airlines be partners and rivals at the same time? Seattle-based Alaska Airlines and Delta Air Lines are long-term contractual allies. But now the relationship is being tested.

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Traffic
8:27 am
Tue June 17, 2014

Surprise? Seattle Traffic Has Only Gotten Worse

Northbound I-5 traffic in 2010. It's only gotten worse.
Washington State Department Of Transportation Photo

Traffic jams have plagued the Seattle area for weeks. Now a traffic data company reports that congestion has been getting worse even before the traffic snarls of the last few weeks. 

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Leadership
2:58 pm
Mon June 16, 2014

UW Research Group Finds Women Make Boards Better

Flickr Photo/Eric Dan (CC-BY-NC-ND)

Marcie Sillman talks with University of Washington professor Cate Goethals about her research group, Building Better Boards.

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