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EarthFix Reports
8:45 am
Thu February 20, 2014

More Coal, More Oil Means More Trains

A coal train moves through Wyoming where the coal is mined from the Powder River Basin.
EarthFix Photo/Katie Campbell

Train traffic will dramatically increase in the Pacific Northwest, if proposed coal export terminals and crude oil terminals are built. That’s the conclusion of an updated report from the Western Organization of Resource Councils.

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Income Inequality
3:35 pm
Wed February 19, 2014

Conservative Republican Calls For Higher Minimum Wage

Flickr Photo/401(K) 2012 (CC BY-NC-ND)

Marcie Sillman talks with Ron Unz, a Silicon Valley millionaire and conservative activist, about why he thinks Republicans and the nation as a whole would benefit from a $12 minimum wage.

Government
9:13 am
Wed February 19, 2014

Washington State Senators Propose Tax On Oil Train Shipments

File photo of a BNSF train.
Flickr Photo/Raymond D. Woods Jr. (CC BY-NC-ND)

Powerful members of the Washington state Senate are on board with a plan to tax crude oil shipped into the state by rail.

The money raised would pay for oil spill response and clean up.

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Radioactive Waste Cleanup
8:51 am
Wed February 19, 2014

Hanford Contractor Fires Prominent Whistleblower

Donna Busche was fired Tuesday morning from her high-level safety manager position with Hanford contractor URS. She says she finds comfort playing "tennis" with her boxer named Xena Warrior Princess.
Anna King Northwest News Network

Originally published on Wed February 19, 2014 8:08 am

A prominent whistleblower was fired from the Hanford Nuclear Reservation's radioactive waste cleanup project on Tuesday.

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Internet
2:37 pm
Tue February 18, 2014

Will The Comcast, Time Warner Cable Merger Effect You?

Flickr Photo/Mr. T in DC (CC BY-NC-ND)

David Hyde talks with Bill Schrier, City of Seattle's former chief technology officer, about the $45 billion merger of Comcast and Time Warner Cable.

EarthFix Reports
8:32 am
Tue February 18, 2014

Crude Oil Terminal Planned In NW Portland

A Google Earth image of the Paramount Petroleum asphalt plant, recently sold to a an investment firm and leased to Arc Logistics Partners LP for use as a crude oil terminal.
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Originally published on Fri February 14, 2014 4:15 pm

PORTLAND -- A national fuel storage company has plans to turn an asphalt plant near the Willamette River into a rail and marine terminal for crude oil.

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Income Inequality
8:31 am
Tue February 18, 2014

Why Are Democrats Suddenly Talking About Minimum Wage?

Talk of raising the minimum wage has been spreading in Washington's Capitol building.
Colin Fogarty

Originally published on Wed February 19, 2014 7:40 am

We’re hearing a lot these days about raising the minimum wage.

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Public Issues
6:00 am
Fri February 14, 2014

To Combat Urination And Littering, Olympia Bans High-Alcohol Sales In Downtown Core

Flickr Photo/Steve Snodgrass (CC-BY-NC-ND)

At $1.39, less than the price of a pack of gum, you can get up to four servings of alcohol at a store selling high alcohol beverages. Starting Saturday, though, that store will have to be located outside of downtown Olympia.

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Minimum Wage
3:07 pm
Thu February 13, 2014

Income Inequality Advisory Committee Working On Minimum Wage Proposal

Fast food workers and minimum wage advocates marched from SeaTac to Seattle as part of a national demonstration for a $15 minimum wage on December 5, 2013.
KUOW Photo/Carolyn Adolph

Ross Reynolds talks with Howard Wright, co-chair of Seattle Mayor Ed Murray's Income Inequality Advisory Committee, about the status of its proposal to the mayor.

EarthFix Reports
8:41 am
Thu February 13, 2014

Coal Terminal Near Longview Set For Environmental Review

The Washington Department of Ecology announced details Wednesday for its assessment of the environmental impact of a proposed coal export terminal in Longview, Wash. It would transfer trainloads of coal onto ocean-going vessels.
Katie Campbell

Originally published on Wed February 12, 2014 1:06 pm

The coal export terminal proposed for the Columbia River town of Longview, Wash. is moving to the next phase in the environmental review process.

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Transportation
11:13 am
Wed February 12, 2014

Mayor Ed Murray Weighs In On Ridesharing

Flickr Photo/Marvin Spencer (CC BY-NC-ND)

Ross Reynolds talks with Seattle Mayor Ed Murray about ridesharing and what he thinks is the best to regulate the new industry.

Education
3:14 pm
Tue February 11, 2014

Going To College May Cost You, But So Will Skipping It

A new study shows that the income gap between young adults who go to college and those who don't only continues to grow.
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Originally published on Tue February 11, 2014 5:00 pm

In America, total student loan debt tops $1 trillion and a four-year college degree can cost as much as a house — leaving many families wondering if college is really worth the cost.

Yes, a new study of young people finds. The study, released Tuesday by the Pew Research Center, looks at income and unemployment among young adults. Paul Taylor, executive vice president of special projects at Pew, says it's pretty much case closed when it comes to the benefits of going to college.

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Consumer Alert
3:14 pm
Tue February 11, 2014

Graco Recalls Nearly 3.8 Million Child Car Seats

The My Ride 70 was one of the models recalled by Graco.
Graco

Originally published on Tue February 11, 2014 4:24 pm

Graco is recalling nearly 3.8 million car seats because buckles may be hard to release, posing a danger in the case of an accident.

The AP reports that despite the massive recall, which involves 11 models sold from 2009 through 2013, the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration is unhappy with the company.

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Business
9:58 am
Tue February 11, 2014

GM Says New CEO Will Earn 60 Percent More Than Male Predecessor

New CEO of General Motors Mary Barra.
Michael Probst AP

Originally published on Mon February 10, 2014 3:58 pm

General Motors took the unusual step of releasing full details of their new CEO's pay package.

All told, Mary Barra could make $14.4 million this year, or about 60 percent more than her male predecessor.

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Education
11:15 am
Mon February 10, 2014

Washington State University Uncorks Its Own Student-Made Wine

Two hundred cases of Washington State UWashington State University is starting to release it's own student-made wines for the public to buy. So far, the bottles are flying off the shelves.
Flickr Photo/Matthew Rogers

Washington State University’s viticulture and enology facility won’t open in the Tri-Cities until next spring, but students aren’t waiting to bottle and sell their own wines.

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