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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.

Labor
3:10 pm
Tue December 31, 2013

Labor Expert Says Seattle Was Epicenter Of Labor Movement In 2013

Locally, one of the biggest labor stories of the year was the contract dispute between Boeing and the Machinist Union.
KUOW Photo/Carolyn Adolph

Marcie Sillman talks with John Nichols, Washington correspondent at The Nation, about the year's most significant labor stories.

Aerospace
1:28 pm
Tue December 31, 2013

Politicians To Boeing Workers: Vote No, And The Wing Will Fly Away

Boeing machinists have been in heated negotiations with management over their contract. Politicians say that the machinists don't approve the latest contract, production of the plane will almost certainly move to another state.
Credit Flickr Photo/Tony Cyphert

The politicians and mayors stood together to tell the union machinists that a vote for Boeing’s contract is a vote for stability for everyone. Then they said Boeing had a message.

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Troubled Waters
8:14 am
Tue December 31, 2013

Shell Still Aims For Arctic Oil Drilling Despite Mishaps

Shell's Kulluk oil rig aground on Alaska's Sitkalidak Island in Jan. 2013.
U.S. Coast Guard

Exactly a year ago, an oil rig being towed to Seattle ran aground on a remote island in the Gulf of Alaska. The New Year's Eve accident capped a year of trouble for Shell Oil in Alaska and in Puget Sound.

Shell is still seeking federal approval to drill in the Arctic, and a critical ship in Shell’s Arctic fleet is still sitting idle on the Bellingham, Wash., waterfront.

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Labor
3:40 pm
Mon December 30, 2013

$15 Minimum Wage Proponents To Appeal Court Decision

Sea-Tac Airport.
Flickr Photo/Nancy White

Steve Scher talks with Heather Weiner, Yes! for SeaTac campaign spokeswoman, about the next steps after a King County Superior Court Judge ruled the minimum wage law would not apply to employees who work inside the Sea-Tac airport.

Letter of Note
2:58 pm
Mon December 30, 2013

The Other 'F Word': Brewer Responds To Starbucks Over Beer Name

After being told that one of his products infringed on a Starbucks trademark, brewpub owner Jeff Britton wrote the coffee company a check.
Exit 6 Brewery

Originally published on Mon December 30, 2013 4:51 pm

In general, getting a cease-and-desist letter from a big corporation isn't the mark of a good day. But after a brewery owner got a letter from a law firm representing Starbucks, he saw a chance to draw distinctions between the businesses — and to be funny.

The coffee company's bone of contention, Missouri brewer Jeff Britton was told in a Dec. 9 letter, was the use of the name "Frappicino" to describe a stout served at Exit 6 Brewery, a brewpub in a tidy strip mall in Cottleville, northwest of St. Louis.

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Boeing Negotiations
2:45 pm
Mon December 30, 2013

Despite Union Objections, Local Politicians Urge Approval Of Boeing Contract

Everett Mayor Ray Stephanson.

Marcie Sillman talks with Everett Mayor Ray Stephanson about why he's urging the machinist union to approve Boeing's contract offer.

Credit Protection
7:35 am
Mon December 30, 2013

Consumers May Start Seeing More Secure 'Chip' Credit Cards In 2014

U.S. consumers could soon start seeing a new generation of credit cards
EMV-Connection.com

Originally published on Tue December 31, 2013 8:48 am

Northwest banks say 2014 may be the year consumers start to see a new generation of credit cards that are less prone to fraud.

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Activism
6:00 am
Mon December 30, 2013

Seattle 2013: A Year In Protest

We've reserved the slideshow above for a collection of reader-submitted photos from local demonstrations in 2013. Submit yours to pictures@kuow.org. In this photo: A scene from fast food workers demonstrating in Seattle on May 31, 2013.
Heather Villanueva

As we looked back on the last year, debating which stories to highlight here, we noticed a trend that surprised us: 2013 was a year of activism and protest in the Seattle area.

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Labor
9:02 am
Tue December 24, 2013

Machinists Will Vote On Updated Boeing Contract After All

Union members rallied last week in Everett to call on its membership to vote on the latest Boeing contract offer.
Credit KUOW Photo/Carolyn Adolph

Machinists who are on vacation will still get a chance to vote on a proposed contract with Boeing.

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Boeing Labor Dispute
2:45 pm
Mon December 23, 2013

Local And National Union Leaders Divided Over Boeing Contract Vote

Courtesy/Boeing Company

Jeannie Yandel talks with Clark University industrial relations professor Gary Chaison about the divide between national and local leaders of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers.

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