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T-Mobile Settlement Reached
12:08 pm
Thu April 25, 2013

Wash. AG Bob Ferguson Accuses T-Mobile Of Deceptive Advertising

Attorney General Bob Ferguson
Courtesy/Washington State Attorney General Office

Today Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson ordered T-Mobile USA to stop deceptive advertising for its “no contract” plans.

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The Science Of Marijuana
4:31 pm
Wed April 24, 2013

The Marijuana Lab

Marijuana sample at Northwest Botanical Analysis.
Courtesy Northwest Botanical Analysis

The Washington State Liquor Control Board is working to figure out how to create and regulate a legalized marijuana market. It’s not clear whether regulations will include limits on things like potency or pesticide use, but right now, there are only a couple of places in the state equipped to measure marijuana purity and potency.

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News
10:00 am
Wed April 24, 2013

Canada, Culture And Commerce

Canadian flag.
Flickr Photo/Christopher Policarpio

Tolling Proposed At The Canadian Border
The United States is considering tolling Canadians crossing the border. Vaughn Palmer of Vancouver Sun says there are already “fulminations on both sides of the border.”  

Let’s Hit The Road
Road films are about movement and change. Two new road movies end up in a surprising place. Some classic road movies take the viewer back home again.
 
All Roads Lead To The Arena District
Maybe the road leads to an entertainment district. That’s what Chris Hansen wants for Sodo. The Seattle Times' Jon Talton walks us through the concept. 

Fireworks Back On
7:19 am
Wed April 24, 2013

New Team Saves Seattle's July 4th Celebration

Seattle's July 4th celebration over Lake Union
Flickr Photo/luisar

Seattle’s July 4th fireworks are scheduled to go ahead after all. City leaders announced yesterday they’ve secured enough corporate sponsors to stage the event on Lake Union this summer.

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Repairs To Start Immediately
12:02 pm
Fri April 19, 2013

FAA Accepts Boeing's 787 Battery Fix

A 787 destined for All Nippon Airways waits to be retrofitted and delivered at Boeing in Everett, WA.
KUOW Photo/Carolyn Adolph

This story was last updated on Saturday, April 20, 2013.

The Federal Aviation Administration confirmed it has accepted Boeing's proposed fix to the 787 battery system. It says next week it will issue instructions to operators for making changes to the aircraft.

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Pink Slips
7:29 pm
Thu April 18, 2013

Boeing Engineering Layoffs To Start Friday

Boeing plane manufacturing.
Credit Courtesy/Boeing Company

Boeing officials say pink slips will go out Friday to about a hundred engineers in the Puget Sound area. It’s the first round of more expected cuts for the engineering staff, which Boeing said it plans to reduce by 1,500 to 1,700 positions through layoffs and job openings that will not be filled.

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Supreme Court Opinion
7:03 am
Fri April 12, 2013

Corporations Are People Too In Identity Theft Law

The Temple of Justice in Olympia.
Flickr Photo/Aidan Wakely-Mulroney

The Supreme Court of Washington ruled Thursday that a corporation can be a victim of identity theft just like a person can under state law. The law makes it a felony to steal the identity of a “person, living or dead.”

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Playing In Tune
7:47 am
Thu April 11, 2013

Seattle Inventor Finds Key To Solving Saxophone Discord

University of Washington saxophone professor Michael Brockman is the inventor of the Broctave Key.
Courtesy University of Washington

There’s an old joke among saxophone players: The instrument, they say, comes from the factory out of tune.  Dr. Michael Brockman is a professor of saxophone at the University of Washington. He actually thinks the saxophone can be tuned, and he’s determined to do something about it. 

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Microsoft Vs. Google
11:51 am
Wed April 10, 2013

What Is The Deal With Scroogled?

The latest campaign from Microsoft, attacking Google for how it handles user data.

Microsoft has launched a new round of ads blasting Google for sharing user’s personal information if they are using Android software to run a smartphone or a tablet. Previously Microsoft ads attacked Google for accessing Gmail users' emails to create targeted advertising. To find out more on Microsoft’s strategy with the advertising campaign Ross Reynolds talks with Michael Cusumano, professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Sloan School of Management and the author of several books about Microsoft.

Aviation Safety
11:01 am
Fri April 5, 2013

Boeing Certification Flight Complete

A Boeing 787 takes off from Everett's Paine Field April 5 for the certification flight that could return the 787 fleet to service.
Courtesy/Boeing

Boeing's 787 certification flight has landed.

The flight was Boeing's final certification test for the battery system it redesigned following smoke and fire incidents in January. Boeing Co. said the test would show the Federal Aviation Administration that the new system performs as intended "during normal and non-normal flight conditions."

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Pot Use Crackdown
8:57 am
Thu April 4, 2013

Wash. Bars That Allow Marijuana Use Could Face Penalties

Pot possession is now legal in Washington.  But city and state regulators are drawing the line at marijuana use in bars and coffee shops.

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The Final Exam
7:12 am
Thu April 4, 2013

Boeing Says Certification Flight Is Days Away

A 787 destined for All Nippon Airways waits at Boeing's airplane delivery center in Everett, Wash.
KUOW Photo/Carolyn Adolph

Boeing says a 787 Dreamliner destined for LOT Polish Airlines will take the certification test that could return the 787 fleet to the skies worldwide.

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First Increase Since '94
6:52 am
Thu April 4, 2013

Seattle Street Newspaper Real Change Raises Price

Real Change vendor Susan Ford says, "I haven’t had much negative feedback. A lot of customers said, 'it’s about time.'"
Sara Lerner

The weekly newspaper Real Change provides an outlet for hundreds of people who are low-income and homeless to make money and hold a steady job. On Wednesday, the paper doubled its price from $1 to $2.  

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Marijuana Law
2:17 pm
Tue April 2, 2013

For Legal Pot Sellers, A Big Tax Problem

Erica Freeman of Choice Organics weighs medical marijuana for a customer.
Grace Hood for NPR

Originally published on Tue April 2, 2013 6:56 pm

An obscure tax code provision crafted for drug dealers is giving state-licensed medical marijuana dispensaries a headache.

In Colorado, federal income tax rates for dispensaries can soar as high as 70 percent because of a tax code section that does not allow businesses to claim certain deductions.

The section is known as 280E, and it was originally written for illegal drug traffickers. But today it's a thorn in the side of licensed dispensary owners like Erica Freeman.

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More from KUOW
11:18 am
Tue April 2, 2013

Why Does Amazon Support Online Sales Taxes?

An Amazon.com team member loads boxes of fulfilled orders into a truck at their Fernley, Nev., warehouse on Dec. 1, 2008.
AP Photo/Scott Sady

It's rare that you get Republicans and Democrats agreeing on taxes, but that's what's happening in the other Washington and it might impact us here in the evergreen state.

The tax bill known as the Marketplace Fairness Act of 2013 would require Internet retailers who make more than $1 million in sales annually to collect sales taxes even if the retailer isn't physically located in that state.

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