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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.
iStockphoto

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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EarthFix Reports
10:53 am
Mon February 10, 2014

Tesoro To Upgrade To Safer Oil Tankers

A company that’s shipping crude oil through the Pacific Northwest has announced it’s upgrading its fleet to safer tanker train cars.
Flickr Creative Commons: Russ Allison Loar

Originally published on Fri February 7, 2014 4:03 pm

A company that’s shipping crude oil through the Pacific Northwest has announced it’s upgrading its fleet to safer tanker train cars. The announcement comes after several derailments, fires, and explosions prompted safety concerns, including an explosion in Quebec last summer that killed 47 people.

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The Week In Review
3:12 pm
Fri February 7, 2014

Big Week For Seattle: Microsoft Picks New CEO And Seahawks Win Super Bowl

Fans celebrated in Capitol Hill after the Seahawks' Super Bowl victory on Sunday.
KUOW Photo/Debrah Wang

Microsoft picks Satya Nadella to succeed Steve Ballmer as CEO, and hundreds of thousands of Seahawks fans pour into downtown to celebrate Seattle’s first-ever Super Bowl victory.

Steve Scher talks with Crosscut’s Knute Berger, Eli Sanders of The Stranger and news analyst Joni Balter about this week's top stories.

Finance
3:04 pm
Fri February 7, 2014

Can The Postal Service Help Unbanked Americans?

The United States Postal Service is losing money while low-income Americans don’t have access to simple banking services.
Flickr Photo/tales of a wandering youkai

Marcie Sillman talks with Michael Barr, professor of law at the University of Michigan and author of "No Slack: The Financial Lives of Low-Income Americans," about possible solutions for Americans who don't use traditional financial services.

Business
9:03 am
Thu February 6, 2014

Columbia River Native Fish Shop Opens This Weekend

Native entrepreneur Kim Brigham Campbell is opening her own brick-and-mortar fish shop in Cascade Locks, Oregon. The store will open at noon on Feb. 8.
Anna King Northwest News Network

Originally published on Wed February 5, 2014 3:19 pm

In the Northwest, Native Americans have caught and traded fish along the banks of the Columbia River for eons. Nowadays, natives sell just-caught fish out of coolers roadside.

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Microsoft's New CEO
9:29 am
Wed February 5, 2014

An Immigrant Success Story In Nadella's Rise

Satya Nadella is Microsoft's third chief executive.
Courtesy of Microsoft

Microsoft is celebrating a new leader: Satya Nadella is the company's third chief executive. Nadella likes cricket, and he quoted Oscar Wilde in his email to employees Tuesday. And for Seattle's Indian community, his appointment to the top job means a lot.

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City Investment
4:53 pm
Tue February 4, 2014

Does A Super Bowl Victory Boost The Economy?

Tom McMaster, of Just Sports in Alderwood Mall, hangs more "12th Man" uniforms. The success of the team has made them hot commodities.
KUOW Photo/Deb Wang

It feels great to win the Super Bowl, especially if you sell beer, T-shirts or season tickets. But that's not what people mean when they talk about a boost to the region's economy. And when you consider the businesses that will close for Wednesday's parade and the employees who will disappear to see that parade, there may even be a downside to winning the Super Bowl.

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