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Business Or Nuisance?
5:00 am
Mon December 17, 2012

Medical Marijuana Providers Want Access To Forbidden Cities

Muraco Kyashna-tocha of Green Buddha Patient Co-op (with cockatoo) obtained a Seattle business license.
Amy Radil

Marijuana legalization in Washington is taking effect against a patchwork of conflicting city laws. Some cities don’t allow marijuana dispensaries. But Seattle began requiring business licenses for them last year. Some medical marijuana providers see benefits to playing by cities’ rules. Others are fighting their restrictions.    

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When Laws Collide
5:34 pm
Thu December 13, 2012

Medical Marijuana Providers Challenge Seattle Licensing In Court

Medical marijuana providers are challenging Seattle’s licensing rules in court. They say having to obtain business licenses forces them to incriminate themselves under federal law.

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Land Use
12:26 pm
Thu December 13, 2012

Future Of South Lake Union Up For Debate

Aerial image from developer Vulcan highlights Seattle's South Lake Union
Image Courtesy/Vulcan

The Seattle City Council is debating a plan that would transform a huge swath of the city’s center, and that for the first time would allow developers to build residential high rises just a block from Lake Union.

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Investing
12:20 pm
Wed December 12, 2012

Venture Capitalists Nick Hanauer And Richard Barton

Richard Barton (left) and Nick Hanauer aren't afraid of risks.
LinkedIn profile photos

Ross Reynolds interviews two prominent Seattle investors about business and politics.  Nick Hanauer was the first non-family investor in Amazon.  He’s currently a venture capitalist with Second Avenue Partners and a major Democratic donor and activist involved with a variety of causes.  Richard Barton is a former Microsoft executive and the founder of the travel website Expedia and the real estate site Zillow.  He also supports a number of philanthropic causes, in part through the Barton Family Foundation.  

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Business
10:00 am
Wed December 12, 2012

Canada, Culture And Commerce: "The Hobbit" And NW Business News

Credit courtesy Warner Bros. Entertainment

Vancouver Sun political correspondent Vaughn Palmer brings us the latest news from Canada. Film critic Robert Horton previews "The Hobbit." Then, we look at Northwest companies in the news with Michael Parks.

Other
12:00 pm
Wed December 5, 2012

The Big Flatline: Oil And The No-Growth Economy

Jeff Rubin was a high-flying economist at a major Canadian investment bank, until he decided to write a book about how high oil prices were going to flatten the global economy.  Ross Reynolds talks Jeff Rubin about the steadily mounting demand for cheap oil in a world of dwindling supply.

Transportation
6:31 am
Tue December 4, 2012

Seattle Paves Way For New Car-Sharing Service

car2go relies on electric Smart Cars that hold two people.
Credit daimler.com/car2go

Maybe you’ve heard of the car-sharing service, Zipcar. It’s like a club where members can borrow cars for a set fee. On Monday, the Seattle City Council is expected to approve another similar car-sharing service to launch in the city next year.

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Home Improvement
12:20 pm
Fri November 30, 2012

Get Paid To Weatherize Your Home

Lots of people want to help pay to weatherize your home. But that money can be hard to get. Navigating all the public utility rebates and incentive programs — what a headache!

In Seattle, there's a program called  Community Power Works to help.  It's a partnership between the feds and the city of Seattle. And it's only here until the federal stimulus money runs out. Ross talks with the program's manager, Joshua Curtis.

Marijuana and Marketing
1:29 pm
Thu November 29, 2012

Seattle Web Entrepreneur's Efforts To Re-Brand Marijuana

Leafly.com has several features, including a color-coded chart that links different marijuana strains to specific diseases and symptoms.
Credit courtesy/Leafly.com

Marijuana has been historically cast as a dangerous drug for outcasts and societal dropouts. But with the passage of I-502, marijuana is going mainstream. A Seattle web entrepreneur is building tools for the masses to bring marijuana – and its users – into the 21st century.

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Agriculture
10:53 am
Thu November 29, 2012

Grain Terminal Labor Dispute Could Disrupt NW Farmers

Courtesy Columbia Grain

Originally published on Wed November 28, 2012 7:13 pm

 


A possible strike or lock out at Northwest grain terminals would have a profound effect on U.S. wheat exports. 

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Journalism
11:51 am
Wed November 28, 2012

The New Front Page: 21st Century Journalism And What It Means For You

Claudia Rowe
Author's LinkedIn Profile

What happens when the demand for profit by media companies drives news coverage? Seattle reporter Claudia Rowe joins Ross Reynolds to talk about the changing landscape of journalism in 2012. She’s been in journalism for more than 20 years, writing most recently for The New York Times and the Seattle Post-Intelligencer.

Arts & Entertainment
9:00 am
Mon November 26, 2012

Conlangs: The Art Of Fake Languages

Constructed languages, or "conlangs," are the made-up tongues that bring the worlds of "Avatar,"  "Lord of the Rings" and "Star Trek" to life. We talk with linguist David J. Peterson, creator of the Dothraki language for HBO's "Game of Thrones," about what goes into creating a language from scratch.

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Business
5:41 pm
Tue November 20, 2012

Are You A Business? Seattle City Light Wants To Give You Money

An energy efficient lightbulb
Hasby/flickr

Seattle City Light has an unexpected pot of money on its hands. The utility says it needs to give away $5 million before the end of the year.

The money is earmarked for businesses that want to become more energy-efficient. It will pay for up to 70 percent of the cost of new lighting, heating and cooling systems, or other energy-efficient equipment.

But even with the subsidy, businesses have been slow to sign on this year.

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Economy
9:04 am
Fri November 16, 2012

Wash. Ready To Hang Up On Mandatory Delivery Of White Pages

Phone books left om the street for recycling. Photo by Lulu Vision via Flickr

Originally published on Thu November 15, 2012 5:16 pm

OLYMPIA, Wash. - Utility regulators are on the verge of ending the automatic delivery of White Pages phone books to Washington households. Legislation to do the same in Oregon hasn't gone anywhere.

In Washington and Oregon, state law requires the local phone company to deliver a phone book to each landline customer. But telecom companies contend most consumers no longer want a printed copy of the White Pages dropped on their doorsteps.

Frontier Communications government affairs manager Carl Gipson made that case to state regulators in Olympia.

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Health Care
11:09 am
Thu November 15, 2012

“Unaccountable: What Hospitals Won’t Tell You And How Transparency Can Revolutionize Health Care”

Does the business of medicine need more accountability? Dr. Marty Makary thinks so and discusses what needs to happen with Ross Reynolds.

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