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2:45 pm
Thu October 9, 2014

A Tour Of Paine Field, The Almost 'Super Airport'

Paine Field in Everett was originally built as a Depression-era project.
Flickr Photo/Andrew W. Sieber

Ross Reynolds speaks with Dave Waggoner, who's  leaving as airport director at Paine Field in Everett after 22 years on the job.

Paine Field was a Depression-era project as part of the Works Progress administration. It was believed at the time that it would be a "super airport." Although Sea-Tac has turned into Western Washington's super airport, Paine Field actually generates more economic activity.  

Ports
7:59 am
Wed October 8, 2014

Tacoma, Seattle Ports Join Forces To Take On Canada

The Port of Seattle'sTerminal 46 is the closest container terminal to downtown Seattle.
Credit Courtesy Port of Seattle

After decades of competing for cargo business, the ports of Seattle and Tacoma are forming an unlikely alliance to fight new competitors.

The ports have been struggling with sudden sea changes. Shipping companies are themselves forming alliances and combining cargo into gigantic ships that will be discriminating in their choice of ports.

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Waiting On FAA
7:38 am
Tue October 7, 2014

Military Drone Maker in Columbia River Gorge Sees Great Potential In Civil Uses

File photo of a ScanEagle unmanned aerial vehicle made by Insitu Inc., a subsidiary of Boeing.

Originally published on Mon October 6, 2014 3:34 pm

Managers at Insitu, a military drone maker headquartered in Bingen, Washington, say they see great potential for civil and commercial uses for their best known aircraft.

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Technology
3:36 pm
Mon October 6, 2014

Microsoft Made Bank On Samsung, But Not By Selling Phones

Ross Reynolds talks with GeekWire co-founder and editor, Todd Bishop, about the latest in tech news.

Housing
1:43 pm
Mon October 6, 2014

Seattle Pushes Back On Microhousing -- To 220 Square Feet

Linda Alexander says Seattle is taking reasonable steps to regulate the boom in "microhousing"
Credit Amy Radil

The Seattle City Council is poised to approve new regulations governing microhousing. The bill would set new minimum requirements for tiny apartments and dorm-style projects. Developers say the regulations would kill off these projects entirely.

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Pie In The Sky?
7:44 am
Mon October 6, 2014

Amazon Asks FAA For Permission To Test Aerial Delivery Drones Near Seattle

Amazon.com has asked the FAA for permission to test drones outdoors.

Originally published on Fri October 3, 2014 2:50 pm

When Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos unveiled plans for aerial drone delivery of packages last year, many observers dismissed the concept as science fiction or pie-in-the-sky.

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Tech News
2:31 pm
Tue September 30, 2014

It's Out With 9 As Microsoft Debuts Windows 10

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

Ross Reynolds talks to Todd Bishop about the new Microsoft Windows 10 software and what it means for our local economy.

Business
1:34 pm
Tue September 30, 2014

Preventing Worker Burnout Can Boost The Bottom Line

iStockphoto

Originally published on Tue September 30, 2014 3:46 pm

Burnout at work seems like a fact of life, especially with employers cutting back on leave benefits.

But some companies are trying novel fixes. In addition to boosting morale, some employers say, eliminating burnout can increase productivity and profitability.

At Aptify, a Virginia software company, burnout was a problem a few years ago. Projects demanded long hours, which affected motivation and morale. It's a medium-size firm, with 200 workers, but at the time, procedures seemed overly corporate and cumbersome.

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Economic News
2:57 pm
Mon September 29, 2014

What's Alibaba Mean For Amazon?

Ross Reynolds speaks with Seattle Times columnist Jon Talton about potential military cuts and the possible impact of Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba on online retailer Amazon.

Hunger
10:04 am
Fri September 26, 2014

Supermarkets Waste Tons Of Food As They Woo Shoppers

Ready-to-eat meals found in the prepared food aisle are a growing source of waste, as it is difficult to reuse meals that aren't sold but are fully cooked.
Kristofor Husted Harvest Public Media

Originally published on Tue September 30, 2014 8:23 am

Supermarkets and restaurants serve up more than 400 million pounds of food each year, but nearly a third of it never makes it to a stomach.

With consumers demanding large displays of unblemished, fresh produce, many retailers end up tossing a mountain of perfectly edible food. Despite efforts to cut down on all that waste, in the U.S., the consumer end of the food chain still accounts for the largest share. It comes down to shoppers demanding stocked shelves, buying too much and generally treating food as a renewable resource.

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Last Year's Pinks
9:48 am
Thu September 25, 2014

Feds Snap Up Pink Salmon (Fishermen Say Phew!)

Newly labelled canned salmon, ready to fly out the door.
KUOW Photo/Carolyn Adolph

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is on a salmon-buying binge.  It usually spends $6 million a year buying pink salmon. This summer, it is spending a total $39 million.

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Aerospace
11:05 am
Fri September 19, 2014

Alaska Airlines Schedules More Rescue Flights From Mexico

Passengers board an Alaska Airlines jet on the hurricane-hit Baja Peninsula.

Originally published on Fri September 19, 2014 8:17 am

Seattle-based Alaska Airlines plans to launch five more jets Friday to evacuate American vacationers from Los Cabos, Mexico.

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Fraud Prevention
3:49 pm
Thu September 18, 2014

How Washington Is Working To Protect Workers From Employer Fraud

Ross Reynolds talks with Elizabeth Smith, assistant director of fraud prevention and labor standards at the Washington State Department of Labor and Industries, about how the state is working to address worker misclassification and other types of wage fraud.

Improving Economy
7:10 am
Thu September 18, 2014

Unemployment Rate Holds Steady In August In Washington State

Originally published on Wed September 17, 2014 3:11 pm

The latest reading on unemployment in Washington state shows the rate holding steady in August at 5.6 percent. That's half a percentage point below the national rate according to a report from Washington's employment department Wednesday.

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Micro-Housing
12:25 pm
Wed September 17, 2014

Look Out Seattle Developers: Apodments Face New Regulations

Apodments, or micro-housing, have sprung up around Seattle to much controversy.
Flickr Photo/jseattle

Developers who build tiny apartments in Seattle may soon be working under a new set of city rules.

The Seattle City Council gave initial approval Tuesday to a host of new regulations that would govern everything from the minimum size of units to bicycle and car parking requirements.

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