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Washington state agriculture officials are preparing for the scenario that highly-contagious bird flu will be in the Northwest -- maybe for years.

geoduck
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Marcie Sillman talks with Sean McDonald, a research scientist at the University of Washington School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences, to find out what impact geoduck farms can have. The demand for Puget Sound's weirdest looking clams has turned growing and harvesting them into a multi-million dollar industry. Now Taylor Shellfish wants to build a new 25-acre geoduck farm in Pierce County, but some environmental groups and residents have concerns.

Port of Seattle.
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All ports on the West Coast will be closed for business this weekend – a response to ongoing worker slowdown, said a spokesman for the Pacific Maritime Association.

The association represents the 29 terminal operators on the West Coast.

“After three months of union slowdowns, it makes no sense to pay extra for less work,” said spokesman Wade Gates. “Especially if there is no end in sight to the union’s actions which needlessly brought West Coast ports to the brink of gridlock.”

Ross Reynolds interviews Marketplace senior economics contributor Chris Farrell about his new book, “Unretirement,” which delves into how the last third of life is being re-imagined. 

By 2030 one in five Americans will be 65 and older. Farrell calls it a revolution in the making that will change the workplace in the 21st century the way women entering the workplace impacted the last half of the 20th century. He argues that "unretirement" will benefit not just seniors, but us all. 

Paid sick leave and a boost in the minimum wage are among the top priorities of organized labor in Washington state this year.

A view from inside Sea-Tac airport.
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Ross Reynolds speaks with Jon Talton, economics columnist for the Seattle Times, about expansion plans at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport.

Labor activists from the group Working Washington surround eight protesters who have linked arms in a busy Bellevue intersection Sept. 9, 2014. They were protesting for a raise in the minimum wage.
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Ross Reynolds talks with the president of Washington State Labor Council, Jeff Johnson, about his legislative priorities. We also hear from KUOW's Olympia correspondent Austin Jenkins about how proposals like mandatory paid sick leave and a higher minimum wage might fare in Olympia. 

Union members marched yesterday in support of taking a vote on the latest Boeing contract offer. Weakened unions have chipped away at the middle class in King County.
KUOW Photo/Carolyn Adolph

  Earlier this month at an economic conference, King County Executive Dow Constantine made a startling point: Less than 5 percent of the households added to King County since the year 2000 were middle income.

It's been a tough winter so far for many Cascade Mountains ski resorts. Five in Oregon and Washington have suspended operations until they get more snow.

Workers at the Summit at Snoqualmie are even gathering snow from parking lots and building edges and moving it uphill to keep a few runs open.

Nationally, the Pacific Northwest stands out for its low reliance on snowmaking, but that may change.

A ‘lifesaver’ for the resort

Samantha and Joel Manalang, owners of “Sweetpea and Boy,” at Seattle’s Fremont Sunday Market.
KUOW Photo/Sara Lerner

On an unseasonably warm Sunday in January, Seattleites at the Fremont Sunday Market seemed extra happy as they squinted into the stalls.

One vendor, Samantha Manalang, was also amped.  It's the build-up to a second Seahawks Super Bowl in a row, which is amazing of course, but also a boost to her small business. She designs and prints apparel, much of it sports-themed.

One item is a onesie with the top of the space needle on it and a 12th man flag flying on top. That simple image has become a surprising lesson in intellectual property law.

Zillow And 'The New Rules Of Real Estate'

Jan 29, 2015

In the latest installment of our new series of conversation with leaders, called View From The Top, Here & Now’s Jeremy Hobson speaks with Zillow CEO Spencer Rascoff and Zillow chief economist Stan Humphries.

The ouster of Bryan Stockton from his perch as CEO at Mattel this week came as the toymaker's best-known brands like Barbie stagnate and it loses business to Web-based games.

Stockton himself said last year that Mattel lacked an innovative culture and blamed it in part on something specific: bad meetings. That's a common and persistent corporate ailment.

Scott Ryan-Hart is a cartographer for the Ohio Department of Transportation, where a typical meeting can last more than two hours.

Subaru
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Ross Reynolds talks with Gabe Nelson, a reporter for automotive news, about Detroit's autoshow and how some car makers want to take on one of the Northwest's biggest sellers: the ubiquitous Subaru.

Dragon, SpaceX's version of an astronaut taxi to the International Space Station. The company announced it would be opening up a new office in Seattle for 1,000 employees.  Boeing is also getting in the space technology game with a rival spacecraft.
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Marcie Sillman talks with GeekWire co-founder Todd Bishop about the new frontiers of space technology and what that industry will mean for Seattle. 

A new distillery in the Tri-Cities is hoping to solar power your alcohol.

The founders of Solar Spirits are planning to distill vodka, gin and eventually whiskey – they would become one of the first distilleries in the Northwest to use solar power. The group calls their process “craft tech.”

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