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Labor Dispute Fallout
4:32 pm
Mon December 9, 2013

Ranking The States Competing For The Boeing 777X

Inside Everett's Boeing factory.
Flickr Photo/Jetstar Airways

Marcie Sillman discusses the states bidding for the Boeing 777x with the Daily Herald reporter Dan Catchpole.

Holiday Shopping
1:55 pm
Mon December 9, 2013

For Sale At UW Surplus: Size 18 Football Shoes, Creepy Dolls, A Spittoon

Eric Wahl with a potholder from Namibia
Credit Ross Reynolds

When someone wants to get rid of anything at the University of Washington – and seriously, anything – it typically gets turned over to the UW Surplus Store.

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Agriculture
7:40 am
Mon December 9, 2013

Northwest Wine Grape Growers Brace For Cold Damage

Snow partially covers the groud at Pepper Bridge vineyard nearr Walla Walla, Wash.
Anna King Northwest News Network

Originally published on Fri December 6, 2013 2:50 pm

Northwest wine grape growers expect this week's cold weather to do some damage to their vineyards. But it’s not clear yet how much of next year’s fruit might be affected.

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Boeing And The 777x
2:34 pm
Fri December 6, 2013

Boeing Has A "Wish List" For Site Of 777x

Flickr Photo/Chuck Taylor (CC BY-NC-ND)

Marcie Sillman talks with The Seattle Times' aerospace reporter Dominic Gates about Boeing's "must haves" and "would likes" from the cities vying for the 777x production site.

The Week In Review
10:00 am
Fri December 6, 2013

Mandela’s Life, Minimum Wages, And A Seattle Police Shakeup

Nelson Mandela casting his vote in 1994. He passed away yesterday at the age of 95.
From Wikipedia.

The world remembers Nelson Mandela, the Seattle Police Department shakes up its top ranks and supporters of a $15-an-hour minimum wage walk from SeaTac to Seattle. We talk over those stories and more of the week's news with Joni Balter of the Seattle Times, The Stranger's Eli Sanders and Crosscut's Knute Berger.

Week In Review Extra

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Flip Flop
7:08 am
Fri December 6, 2013

St. Louis Machinists President Changes Message, Says He’d Talk With Boeing

Boeing

Originally published on Fri December 6, 2013 11:10 am

The president of the St. Louis machinists union tells his hometown newspaper that he's “prepared and ready to sit down with Boeing” to discuss moving 777X production to Missouri. 

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Wages
3:33 pm
Thu December 5, 2013

Fast Food Workers March In Bitter Cold For $15 Minimum Wage

Fast food workers and minimum wage advocates marched from SeaTac to Seattle today as part of a national demonstration for a $15 minimum wage.
Credit KUOW Photo/Carolyn Adolph

Fast food workers and advocates for a higher minimum wage marched from the City of SeaTac to Seattle today as a part of a national day of demonstrations.

Voters in SeaTac this fall narrowly passed a ballot measure to raise the minimum wage to $15 for some workers in transportation and hospitality businesses within city limits. Now, organizers of the march want that expanded to other areas too, and they have support beyond the workers.

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Cracking The Code
11:44 am
Thu December 5, 2013

Live Event: Discussion About Gender And Tech

KUOW's Jamala Henderson attended a conference about encouraging young women to pursue careers in tech on Wednesday. Below are a collection of tweets -- many of them from Jamala -- that emerged from the conference. 

Labor
8:51 am
Thu December 5, 2013

St. Louis Machinists President: Keep 777X In Washington

File photo of a Boeing 777 jetliner.
Boeing

Originally published on Wed December 4, 2013 5:36 pm

The president of the machinists union in St. Louis says Boeing should build the 777X in Washington.

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Machinist Dispute
3:50 pm
Wed December 4, 2013

Last Minute Attempts To Get Boeing Back To The Negotiation Table

Machinists voted against a contract offer from Boeing earlier in November. Everett Mayor Ray Stephanson is trying to bring the two sides together in negotiations again.
KUOW Photo/Jason Pagano

Marcie Sillman talks with Everett mayor Ray Stephanson about his efforts to bring Boeing and the machinist union back to the negotiation table.

Wages
10:46 am
Wed December 4, 2013

'Our Industry Follows Poverty': Success Threatens A T-Shirt Business

Noreli Morales (right) works on the Planet Money women's T-shirt at a factory in Medellin, Colombia.
Joshua Davis for NPR

Originally published on Wed December 4, 2013 3:26 pm

The Planet Money men's T-shirt was made in Bangladesh, by workers who make about $3 a day, with overtime. The Planet Money women's T-shirt was made in Colombia, by workers who make roughly $13 a day, without overtime.

The wages in both places are remarkably low by U.S. standards. But the gap between them is huge. Workers in Colombia make more than four times what their counterparts make in Bangladesh. In our reporting, we saw that the workers in Colombia have a much higher standard of living than the workers in Bangladesh.

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Northwest Timber
9:00 am
Wed December 4, 2013

Groups Aim To Boost Logging, Restoration In Olympic National Forest

File photo of Mount Townsend Trail in the Olympic National Forest
Miguel Vieira Flickr

Originally published on Tue December 3, 2013 4:04 pm

Timber industry and environmental groups will make a stab at collaboration to boost both logging and habitat restoration in the Olympic National Forest.

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Labor And Industries
8:49 am
Wed December 4, 2013

Wilcox Farms Fined For Serious Violations Long Before Silo Collapse

Wilcox Farms, where a man was buried under tons of corn on Monday when a silo gave way, was cited for six violations last summer that could have put workers in serious danger, according to inspection reports.

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Tax Incentives
9:42 am
Tue December 3, 2013

Missouri Governor Calls Special Session For Boeing Deal

File photo of a Boeing 777 jetliner.
Boeing

Originally published on Tue December 3, 2013 9:34 am

Sound familiar? Missouri Governor Jay Nixon has called a special session so lawmakers there can work on a plan to land Boeing's 777X assembly line.

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Holiday Shopping
2:56 pm
Mon December 2, 2013

Cyber Monday: From Sham To Self-Fulfilling Prophecy

Cyber Monday often means online shopping deals with an emphasis on electronic offerings.
Flickr Photo/Matt Gibson

Cyber Monday – an extension of the traditional holiday shopping season kick-off – was supposedly in response to data that suggested a large increase in online shopping on the Monday after Thanksgiving.

However, according to Slate writer Will Oremus, that assumption is based off of a sham cooked up in 2005 by the National Retail Federation who said that the Monday after Thanksgiving was a big day for online sales.

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