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3:12 pm
Tue January 7, 2014

Is Biohacking Just Misunderstood?

Ross Reynolds talks with double-RFID implantee and self-described DIY biohacker Amal Graafstra who runs a business called Dangerous Things that helps people implant RFID chips into their body to open doors, start motorcycles and log onto computers. 

EarthFix Reports
1:07 pm
Tue January 7, 2014

Washington Officials Say Shellfish Is Safe For China To Import

Credit Flickr Photo/USDAgov

Washington state officials said Tuesday they found lower contamination levels when they tested geoduck clams than those alleged by China when it said geoduck imported from Puget Sound had high levels of arsenic.

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Liquor Privatization
9:37 am
Tue January 7, 2014

Northwest Craft Distilleries Hung-over After Washington Liquor Privatization

Mikel, a distiller at Dry Fly Distilling in Spokane, checks quality levels during the process.
Dry Fly Distilling

Originally published on Mon January 6, 2014 5:22 pm

A Hood River distillery has the top selling brand of liquor according to sales numbers released by the state of Oregon. But other craft distillers say those hot numbers don’t reflect their experience.

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Workplace Safety
4:26 pm
Mon January 6, 2014

Year After Cell Tower Climber Fell, Question Remains: Who To Blame?

Mike Rongey, 32, fell to his death last year because the cell phone tower he was climbing was unsafe.
Credit Courtesy of Jon Rogney

Last January, Mike Rongey, a seasoned climber, was assigned to climb a cell phone tower in Mount Vernon, Wash., to replace electronics that are part of the Clearwire wireless network.

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Labor Dispute
2:50 pm
Mon January 6, 2014

Some Local Machinists Asking For A Recount Of Boeing Contract Vote

James White, a Boeing machinist, said that he voted against the contract and dressed as Captain America to encourage others to do the same at the Everett Machinists Union vote last week.
KUOW Photo/Joshua McNichols

Marcie Sillman talks with Connie Kelliher, spokesperson for Machinists Union District Lodge 751, about Friday's vote to approve Boeing's contract extension proposal.

Labor & Unions
2:50 pm
Mon January 6, 2014

What Boeing Contract Extension Means For Organized Labor Nationally

Boeing machinists in Everett waited two and half hours in line to cast their vote on the contract extension on Friday.
KUOW Photo/Joshua McNichols

Ross Reynolds talks with University of Puget Sound sociology professor Leon Grunberg about the larger implications for organized labor following Friday's vote to approve a contract extension between Boeing and local machinists.

Minimum Wage
9:03 am
Mon January 6, 2014

What To Expect From Murray's Income Inequality Advisory Committee

Ross Reynolds interviews Howard Wright and David Rolf, co-chairs of Mayor Ed Murray's Income Inequality Advisory Committee designed to tackle the issue of a $15 minimum wage in Seattle.

Contract Vote
10:41 pm
Fri January 3, 2014

Machinists Vote To Accept Offer: 51 Percent Say Yes

Boeing machinists line up in Everett to vote on a contract offer Friday.
KUOW Photo/Joshua McNichols

The Machinists have spoken, and the vote was 51 percent in favor of the contract extension.

After a nail-biter day of tense waiting, Machinist local Chief of Staff Jim Bearden announced the results to a small crowd of reporters gathered at the union’s Renton headquarters, as union members learned the same news next door.

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Boeing And Microsoft
2:45 pm
Fri January 3, 2014

Puget Sound Business News To Watch In 2014

Flickr Photo/Henry Alva (CC BY-NC-ND)

David Hyde discusses with economics columnist Jon Talton Boeing and Microsoft's big decisions and how they will effect the Puget Sound economy in 2014.

Labor
11:08 am
Fri January 3, 2014

Future In Balance: Boeing Machinists Prepare To Vote Again

The local union posted this image of machinists opposed to Boeing's contract. The machinists are scheduled to vote on the contract at 8 p.m. on Friday.
Credit IAM District 751’s Facebook page

Carolyn Adolph reports on what the union vote could mean for the workers and the state.
Joshua McNichols produced this audio postcard from Everett, where machinists have been rallying.

Boeing machinists will vote Friday evening on a contract for the second time, and this time, the aerospace giant has made it clear that a yes vote guarantees Washington will keep production of the 777X in state.

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Marijuana
7:45 am
Fri January 3, 2014

Tour A State Permitted-Medical Marijuana Grow

Workers at Solstice, a medical marijuana facility in Seattle's Sodo neighborhood, trim raw, dried buds.
Credit KUOW Photo/Ross Reynolds

Ross Reynolds interviews Alex Cooley, vice president of Solstice, a medical marijuana grow.

Ross Reynolds tours Solstice, a medical marijuana grow in Seattle's Sodo neighborhood.

At Solstice, a nondescript warehouse in Seattle’s Sodo neighborhood, four people in white lab coats sit at tables in a brightly lit room.

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Labor
2:39 pm
Thu January 2, 2014

Raising The Minimum Wage: Why States Are Starting To Take Action

New York is another national city that has hosted rallies to raise the minimum wage to $15 like SeaTac, Wash., just did.
Flickr Photo/The All-Nite Images

Marcie Sillman talks with Jack Temple, a National Employment Law Project policy analyst, about the movement to raise the minimum wage and why states are starting to take action.

Boeing
2:39 pm
Thu January 2, 2014

Why The Machinists Union Wants To Keep Their Pensions

The dispute between Boeing and the Machinist Union is a complex issue, but one of the biggest factors is whether workers are ready to give up their pension plan.
KUOW Photo/Jason Pagano

Steve Scher talks with certified financial planner John Flavin about the differences between 401Ks and pensions.

Labor
5:08 pm
Tue December 31, 2013

Highest Minimum Wage In US Takes Effect In SeaTac

Small businesses in SeaTac, Wash., are exempt from a new minimum-wage law but owners say they'll be affected anyway.
KUOW/John Ryan

The nation's highest minimum wage goes into effect Wednesday in the city of SeaTac, Wash. For all the national attention the new $15 an hour minimum has received, it affects a small number of businesses.

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Commodities Pricing
3:10 pm
Tue December 31, 2013

Coffee Prices Down, So Why Am I Still Paying $4.79 For A Latte?

Flickr Photo/Cairns Dining

Marcie Sillman talks with Leslie Josephs, Wall St. Journal commodities market reporter, about how coffee prices can fall without the consumer ever seeing a difference.

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