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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."

Marijuana Tax
9:20 am
Tue March 4, 2014

Seattle City Council Rejects Tax Break For Pot Growers

Flickr Photo/Scott Beale (CC BY-NC-ND)

Marijuana growers who want to sell their products in Seattle will have to pay business license tax to the city.

On Monday, the City Council voted not to give pot growers a tax break reserved for farmers.

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Income Inequality Debate
7:33 am
Tue March 4, 2014

Seattle Minimum Wage Activists Prepare To Fight Against ‘Swiss Cheese’ Plan

Socialist City Council Member Kshama Sawant speaks at a recent rally for the 15 Now group.
Credit KUOW Photo/Deborah Wang

Residents of Seattle should know in the next few months whether low-wage workers in the city will get a raise. Mayor Ed Murray is hoping to unveil a proposal by late spring that would increase the minimum wage in the city to as much as $15 an hour.

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Pharmaceutical Marketing
12:52 am
Tue March 4, 2014

Drugmakers Slash Spending On Doctors' Sales Talks

Now that Eli Lilly & Co.'s antidepressant Cymbalta and some other blockbusters have gone generic, the company is spending less on promotional activities by doctors.
Darron Cummings AP

Originally published on Thu March 6, 2014 11:14 am

Some of the nation's largest pharmaceutical companies have dramatically reduced payments to health professionals for promotional speeches amid heightened public scrutiny of such spending, a ProPublica analysis shows.

Eli Lilly & Co.'s payments to speakers dropped by 55 percent, from $47.9 million in 2011 to $21.6 million in 2012.

Pfizer's speaking payments fell 62 percent over the same period, from nearly $22 million to $8.3 million.

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Global Trade
4:05 pm
Fri February 28, 2014

Coffee Roasters, Drinkers Brace For Price Hike

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

Ross Reynolds speaks with Craig Holt, founder of Atlas Coffee Importers, about the drought in Brazil and how it could affect coffee prices around the world.

Labor
8:37 am
Fri February 28, 2014

More Staff Reduction At Umatilla Depot As Site Nears Final Cleanup

Workers at the Umatilla Chemical Depot are focused now on environmental sampling to make sure the site of the chemical incinerator is now clean.
Hal McCune URS

Originally published on Fri February 28, 2014 6:45 am

The Umatilla Chemical Depot is letting go of 60 more workers. Just 100 remain, down from more than 800 a few years ago.

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Shifting Industry
7:24 am
Fri February 28, 2014

Driven South: Seattle's Car Dealerships Set Up Auto Row In Sodo

Construction is underway for Toyota of Seattle's new location in the Sodo neighborhood of Seattle.
Credit From Honda of Seattle's Facebook page.

The rise in Seattle’s downtown density makes for scarce real estate and higher prices. As a result, one industry is heading south to the Sodo neighborhood: car dealerships.

Sodo has space and easy highway access, but it isn’t perfect. The high traffic can be a plus, but with three professional sports teams in the area, game days can be intense.

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