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Wineries
8:35 am
Thu February 27, 2014

Northwest Wine Industry Matures With Appellation Milestones

The Walla Walla appellation will mark their 30 year anniversary in March.
Anna King Northwest News Network

Originally published on Wed February 26, 2014 5:03 pm

Many of the distinct wine grape growing regions in the Northwest are celebrating 30 years since the federal government recognized them as appellations -- or distinct growing areas.

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Explaining Bitcoin
2:16 pm
Wed February 26, 2014

Bitcoin: The Decentralized Virtual Currency That We're All Trying To Understand

Not a real Bicoin: the currency doesn't have a physical form; pictures like this are novelty items that often have Bitcoin information on them.
Flickr Photo/Antana (CC-BY-NC-ND)

Imagine using online banking – without the bank.

Bitcoin is a digital currency that was created five years ago. It runs entirely on the sways of the free market: no government or banking institution is backing it.

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Minimum Wage Debate
9:38 am
Wed February 26, 2014

Survey: Minimum Wage Hike Could Force Nonprofits To Cut Services

Fast-food workers and minimum wage advocates marched from SeaTac to Seattle in December as part of a national demonstration for a $15 minimum wage.
KUOW Photo/Carolyn Adolph

A Seattle Human Services Coalition survey says increasing the minimum wage to $15 would hurt critical services for low-income families. Out of the 29 nonprofits surveyed, 21 said they would have to cut services if forced to raise wages to that level.

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Investigative Journalism
3:38 pm
Tue February 25, 2014

How A Monopoly Took Hold Of America’s Meat Market

Christopher Leonard's book, "The Meat Racket."

Ross Reynolds talks with Christopher Leonard, former national agribusiness reporter for the Associated Press, about his new book "The Meat Racket: The Secret Takeover of America’s Food Business."

EarthFix Reports
8:45 am
Tue February 25, 2014

2013: A Good Year For West Coast Lumber and Log Exports

West Coast log and lumber exports rose sharply in 2013
Amelia Templeton

Originally published on Mon February 24, 2014 3:25 pm

West Coast log and lumber exports rose sharply in 2013 as Asian demand for American logs increased, according to new research from the U.S. Forest Service.

The region's lumber and log exports rose about 20 percent last year, with demand peaking in the fourth quarter.

Most of the West Coast logs shipped overseas are going to China -- although Japan has upped its demand, as well. With limited forestlands of their own, these countries rely on the United States’ timber supply.

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Tech News
12:27 pm
Mon February 24, 2014

How Does Microsoft Feel About Nokia's New Android Phone?

Flickr Photo/Fabien Lavocat (CC BY-NC-ND)

Steve Scher talks with Todd Bishop of Geekwire about Nokia's new Android phones and Facebook's $19 billion acquisition of the text messaging app WhatsApp.

Income Inequality
8:48 am
Mon February 24, 2014

Inslee Explores Minimum Wage Hike For State Workers, Contractors

Governor Jay Inslee
Jay Inslee's Facebook page.

President Obama recently ordered a minimum wage increase for federal contractors. Now Washington Governor Jay Inslee says he may consider a similar executive order at the state level.

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Aerospace
2:52 pm
Fri February 21, 2014

Boeing Hopes 'Wounds Would Heal' After 777X Wing Production Rivalry

Boeing's 777X wings will be made in Everett.
Boeing handout

Marcie Sillman talks with Seattle Times aerospace reporter Dominic Gates about the aftermath of the fight to keep Boeing's 777X wing production in Washington state.

Marijuana
8:42 am
Fri February 21, 2014

Pot Legalization: What Can Washington Learn From End Of Prohibition?

file photo

Originally published on Fri February 21, 2014 7:16 am

This summer marijuana stores will open for business across Washington.

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Food Fight
12:37 am
Fri February 21, 2014

Trader Joe's Caught In Sticky Lawsuit Over Peanut Butter Pretzels

The Trader Joe's Peanut Butter Filled Pretzel: The salty-sweet snack that launched a bitter lawsuit.
Courtesy of Tina Haupert

Originally published on Mon February 24, 2014 11:37 am

Among the many snacks you can find in the aisles of Trader Joe's is an icon of sweet and salty goodness: the peanut butter pretzel. It's a combination so tasty, famed food writer Ruth Reichl once raved, "You haven't lived until you've tried the two together."

But the beloved treats aren't just treasures for the palate — they're a pretty lucrative business worth millions of dollars. And now, Trader Joe's is being sued for allegedly cornering the market on the snack.

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Minimum Wage Debate
4:30 pm
Thu February 20, 2014

'McPoverty' Protesters Call For Fast Food Boycott In Seattle

McPoverty protesters outside Wendy's restaurant on Lake City Way in Seattle on Thursday, Feb. 20.
KUOW Photo/Joshua McNichols

Supporters of a $15 minimum wage in Seattle are staging demonstrations at fast-food restaurants across the city Thursday.

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Income Inequality
3:45 pm
Thu February 20, 2014

Progressive Divide Emerging On Seattle's Minimum Wage Debate

Flickr Photo/Caleb Knott (CC BY-NC-ND)

David Hyde talks with Publicola's Erica C. Barnett about the latest on a proposed minimum wage hike for Seattle. This week the Income Inequality Advisory Committee, made up of 25 local business and labor leaders, has been examining the issue in closed-door meetings.

Digital Currency
12:53 pm
Thu February 20, 2014

Local University Accepts Unprecedented Bitcoin Donation

University of Puget Sound
Flickr Photo/mSeattle (CC BY-NC-ND)

Universities are used to accepting donations from alumni. They count on it.

But when the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma recently received a donation from 2007 graduate Nicholas Cary, its staff had to do some homework.

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Economy
9:51 am
Thu February 20, 2014

How Seattle Fares In Income Inequality Debate

Flickr Photo/Tax Credits (CC BY-NC-ND)

Marcie Sillman talks with Alan Berube of the Brookings Institution about a new study of the gap between the rich and poor in America's big cities.

Aerospace
9:00 am
Thu February 20, 2014

Boeing's 'Terrible Teens' Cut Into Profit, Tax Revenue

Stan Sorscher of SPEEA observing the undelivered Boeing 787s at Paine Field.
Credit KUOW Photo/Carolyn Adolph

Boeing says it will have to wait until sometime in 2016 to turn a profit on the 787 Dreamliners line.

By that time, the aerospace says developing the game-changing plane will cost the company more than $25 billion. There was a time when Boeing thought it would take $5 billion to develop the new plane.

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