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Mayor's Proposal Passes
10:04 am
Tue June 3, 2014

Seattle City Council Approves $15 Minimum Wage

Seattle City Councilmember Kshama Sawant meets with reporters after the vote to phase-in a $15 minimum wage.
KUOW Photo/Deborah Wang

In a unanimous vote, to a standing ovation, the Seattle City Council approved a bill to increase the city’s minimum wage to $15 an hour.

The crowd cheered “We made 15 possible!” after the reading of the vote tally in a meeting marked with passionate pleas for its passage from the public as well as council members.

Failed Amendments

The packed crowd of vocal proponents for the passage of the bill, many of whom gave their personal stories during the section of public comment, booed the failure of four amendments to the City Council’s plan.

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Breastfeeding
7:36 am
Tue June 3, 2014

Slideshow: Lactation Rooms Around Seattle (And Beyond)

The designated room for pumping at KUOW. Click through the slideshow to see other photos of lactation rooms submitted to us by listeners. Some are pretty luxurious (Amazon and Gates Foundation!), several are not.
KUOW Photo/Bond Huberman

Bill Radke follows up with online editor Isolde Raftery about the response to her slideshow of lactation rooms.
Bill Radke discusses lactation rooms with online editor Isolde Raftery about her project to create a slideshow of lactation rooms around Seattle.

When I returned from maternity leave earlier this month, my boss Jenna showed me to the lactation room.

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The Disruptor
3:04 pm
Mon June 2, 2014

Expedia And Zillow Founder Rich Barton On Risk And Success

After Rich Barton created Expedia in 1996 with Lloyd Frink, the two went on to create the online real estate database Zillow.

Originally published on Mon June 2, 2014 1:11 pm

Rich Barton is definitely a disrupter. In his late 20s, he caused major upset in the travel industry by launching Expedia.com, which has now become one of the world’s most popular travel sites.

Then there was Zillow.com, a real estate website that Barton helped to create, which has virtually become a necessity for any consumer looking for information about the housing market. Last month, 80 million people went to Zillow.

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Tech News
2:00 pm
Mon June 2, 2014

Apple's New Operating System, Amazon Vs. Hachette, And A New Museum App

David Hyde and Todd Bishop of Geekwire discuss the latest tech news: Apple announces a new operating service, brick and mortar stores take advantage of the Amazon and Hachette dispute, and a local startup creates a new app to guide you through Seattle museums.

Sports
3:07 pm
Fri May 30, 2014

What Steve Ballmer's Clippers Bid Means For Seattle

Ex-Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer.
Flickr Photo/David Geller (CC-BY-NC-ND)

Marcie Sillman talks with Seattle Times reporter Geoff Baker about what ex-Microsoft CEO Steve Balmer's bid to buy the LA Clippers means for Seattle's chances to land an NBA team.

Seattle City Council
2:29 pm
Fri May 30, 2014

One Minimum Wage Committee Member Says Process And Proposal Is A 'Charade'

Community members attend a public hearing about raising the minimum wage in Seattle.
KUOW Photo/Deborah Wang

Steve Scher talks with David Meinert, Seattle nightlife entrepreneur and restaurantuer about his experience on the mayor's income inequality advisory committee. Marcie Sillman gets more on the story with Q13 Political Analyst C.R. Douglas.

Labor
12:53 pm
Fri May 30, 2014

Seattle Steps Closer To Setting Highest Minimum Wage In U.S.

Supporters of Mayor Murray's proposed $15 minimum wage packed a committee as council members discuss amendments to the plan. In the end, the committee unanimously passed the proposal.
Credit KUOW Photo/Ruby de Luna

It was standing room only at Seattle’s city hall on Thursday, as councilmembers made changes to a minimum wage proposal. This signals that Seattle is poised to be the first city to pass a $15 minimum wage, the highest in the country.

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Student Privacy
9:57 am
Fri May 30, 2014

Proposed Sale Of Seattle Student Data Site Worries Officials

Student data is increasingly being stored on cloud computing services, raising new security and privacy concerns.
Kjetil Korslien Flickr

The potential bankruptcy sale of a company that stores online student data – including personally identifiable information for about 20,000 Seattle middle and high school students – has concerned the Federal Trade Commission and Seattle Public Schools. 

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Eat Like A King
12:22 pm
Thu May 29, 2014

Northwesterners: Can You Name That Salmon?

Can you identify this salmon? Photographer James Brooks identified this as a ripened silver salmon. Here, an Alaska Department of Fish and Game biologist holds it out for elementary school students to touch.
Credit Flickr Photo/James Brooks

The other day I shared a table with some fishermen who were sure they were eating king salmon. The choice made sense: It's king season. King is very fatty, therefore delicious. And we were at a celebration at Fishermen's Terminal. So it had to be what some Canadians call Tyee, the chief of salmon, the king.

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EarthFix Reports
3:54 pm
Wed May 28, 2014

One County’s Controversial Move To Protect Homeowners From Landslide Risk

John Thompson, a geologist and senior planner with Whatcom County, surveys the Jim Creek and Bald Mountain landslides along Canyon Creek. The slides have blocked the creek repeatedly, causing flooding that has destroyed homes downstream.
Ashley Ahearn

Originally published on Wed May 28, 2014 11:00 pm

This is the first part of a two-part series on managing landslide risk. Read the second part of the serieshere.

GLACIER SPRINGS, Wash. — Canyon Creek comes plunging fast and steep down the Cascade Mountains near Mount Baker.

Since the March 22 Oso landslide killed 42 people, county governments in the Northwest have been thinking more about how to plan for and mitigate the risk of landslides.

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Gender Wage Gap
2:18 pm
Wed May 28, 2014

Seattle Women Earn Less Than Men. The City Wants To Change That

Seattle Councilwoman Jean Godden said she was shocked to learn that the city does not provide its employees with paid time off to care for a new child.
Credit Jean Godden's Facebook page

City of Seattle employees who are women earn on average 9.5 percent less than men.

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EarthFix Reports
7:55 am
Wed May 28, 2014

New Rules Make It Easier To Log Damaged Federal Forestland

A 330,000-acre area of Oregon's Fremont-Winema National Forest has been infested by bark beetles. It's one of the areas now designated for restoration logging under new rules.
Courtesy of Fremont-Winema National Forest

Originally published on Tue May 27, 2014 1:16 pm

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has eased rules for logging millions of acres of Northwest forestland considered to be at risk of catastrophic fire.

These are forests where insects and disease have damaged trees and other vegetation, creating fuel for wildfires. These forestlands now have a special designation that allows a streamlined process for logging on larger tracts.

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Government
7:54 am
Wed May 28, 2014

Pacific Tower Expected To Fill With Tenants; Long-Term Funding An Issue

File photo of Pacific Tower, a 14-story former public hospital that also once served as the headquarters of Amazon.com.

Originally published on Tue May 27, 2014 6:13 pm

After a slow start, the state of Washington says it’s on track to fill the former headquarters of Amazon.com with tenants. But long-term costs remain a concern.

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Climate Change
3:11 pm
Tue May 27, 2014

Boeing Focuses On Fuel Efficiency In Light Of Coming Climate Rules

A leading plane manufacturer invests in ETS Aviation, which helps airlines respond to regulatory pressure over carbon emissions
Flickr Photo/Chuck Taylor

Boeing is buying a software company that it says will make planes more fuel efficient.

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Labor
11:02 am
Tue May 27, 2014

High Court Weighs Whether Fred Meyer Janitors Should Get Overtime

The state Supreme Court is weighing a case involving janitors on contract at Fred Meyer, and whether they should receive the same rights as employees.
Credit Credit Wikimedia Commons

What distinguishes a contractor from an employee? The Washington State Supreme Court is deliberating that question now. The decision could have big implications, because businesses increasingly rely on contractors.

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