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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

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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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Space
8:37 am
Wed September 17, 2014

Boeing And SpaceX Win Bid To Become Space Taxis

NASA announced the winners of its hotly-contested contract to ferry astronauts to the International Space Station.

Boeing was the big winner.

The company's space unit will be paid more than four billion dollars to deliver and certify its Crew Space Transportation Capsule.

A little over half that will be paid to Boeing's competitor Space X for its own version, called the Dragon.

Mike Fincke is a former International Space Station crew member.

At a news conference Tuesday, Fincke said having two competing capsules will be good for crew safety.

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Betting A Future
9:05 pm
Mon September 15, 2014

Would You Pay To Get Your Kid Into A Top College?

Memorial Hall at Harvard University. A San Francisco company analyzes the likelihood a student will get into the university of their choice, and charges parents based on the odds. NKCPhoto/Flickr)

Originally published on Mon September 15, 2014 12:29 pm

How much would you pay a counselor to help your child get into a top college? And what if that fee came with a guarantee, or your money back?

If your child works with Steven Ma, owner and founder of Think Tank Learning, the starting fee for guaranteed admission is about $40,000. But some kids, with special contracts, pay between $600,000 and $1,000,0000.

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Economy
3:54 pm
Mon September 15, 2014

Seattle Gets Revenue Boost From Amazon, Construction Boom

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A construction boom and runaway hiring at Amazon are leading to stronger than expected tax revenues for the city of Seattle.

City budget officials say they expect to collect about $7 million more in taxes for 2015 and 2016.

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Author Talk
9:54 am
Fri September 12, 2014

The U.S. Controls More Ocean Than Any Other Nation, So Why Do We Import 91 Percent Of Our Seafood?

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Here in the Northwest we take pride in our regional seafood industry, but details about the big picture of seafood distribution may surprise or appall you. Our guest this week on Speakers Forum is Paul Greenberg, author of the book “American Catch: The Fight for Our Local Seafood.”

The U.S., which controls more ocean than any other nation, imports 91 percent of its seafood.

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EarthFix Reports
7:28 am
Fri September 12, 2014

West Coast Leads Surge in Electric Cars

A pair of Nissan Leaf electric cars charging up at a public charging station.

Originally published on Thu September 11, 2014 8:04 pm

In all three West Coast states, transportation accounts for the largest share of climate-changing greenhouse gases. And all three states are trying to boost the number of zero-emission vehicles on their roads.

This week, California passed a milestone toward that goal; 100,000 electric cars sold in the state since the end of 2010.

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