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Agriculture
2:29 pm
Mon June 16, 2014

In The Making Of Megafarms, A Mixture Of Pride And Pain

When families give up farming and move away, it drains life out of small communities.
Dan Charles NPR

Originally published on Tue June 17, 2014 8:37 am

It seems that everybody, going back at least to Thomas Jefferson, loves small family farms.

Yet those beloved small farms are becoming increasingly irrelevant. Big farms are taking over.

According to the latest census of American agriculture, released this year, there are two million farms in America. But just four percent of those farms account for two-thirds of all agricultural production.

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Tech News
2:09 pm
Mon June 16, 2014

Amazon Expected To Release A New Phone

Marcie Sillman talks to Todd Bishop about Amazon's new phone and the company's Prime music service. Also, tehy discuss  Seattle a booming tech city? The New York Times thinks so.

War On Bugs
12:51 am
Mon June 16, 2014

Hunting For Alien Bug And Seed Invaders At Baltimore's Port

David Ng (right) and Amanda Furrow, Customs and Border Protection agricultural specialists, inspect wheat for insects and alien seeds at a port in Baltimore, Md.
Dan Charles NPR

Originally published on Mon June 30, 2014 6:33 am

Baltimore's seaport is a world of big, noisy steel machines: giant cargo ships, cranes and roaring trucks.

In the middle of this hubbub, David Ng, an agricultural specialist with U.S. Customs and Border Protection, tries to find things that are small and alive: snails, moths and weed seeds of all sorts.

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Buzz Kill
4:40 pm
Fri June 13, 2014

Can You Eat One Tenth Of A Cookie? Legal Pot Means Portion Control

Flickr Photo/Werwin15 (CC BY 2.0)

Bill Radke talks with news analyst Joni Balter about how Washington and Colorado officials are packaging marijuana edibles to keep people out of the emergency room.

Health
3:25 pm
Fri June 13, 2014

High Court Will Decide If Regence Must Cover Autism Therapies

O.S.T. and L.H. – their initials in court documents – are minors diagnosed with autism. Their families sued Regence, the health insurance company, for not covering all therapies related to their condition.

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Technology
9:32 am
Fri June 13, 2014

Expedia Begins Accepting Bitcoin For Hotel Bookings

Expedia is now accepting bitcoin payments for U.S. hotel bookings.

Originally published on Thu June 12, 2014 6:45 pm

Bellevue, Washington-based Expedia just announced that it will start accepting bitcoin for hotel bookings. The online travel site is embracing the volatile, virtual currency on what it calls a "test-and-learn" basis.

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Playing Hardball
9:13 am
Fri June 13, 2014

Amazon Sends Shoppers Elsewhere During Standoff With Suppliers

Credit Flickr Photo/Nic Taylor (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

Bill Radke talks with New York Times tech writer David Streitfeld about the ongoing tussle between Amazon and a handful of its suppliers. The company is blocking preorders and slowing shipments of some items as it negotiates.

Business & Technology
3:14 pm
Wed June 11, 2014

BP Can Now Use Drones, But What About Other Companies?

Flickr Photo/Nick Bonzey (CC-BY-NC-ND)

Marcie Sillman talks to University of Washington law professor Ryan Calo about the Federal Aviation Administration's decision to allow BP to use drones in Alaska.

EarthFix Report
1:43 pm
Wed June 11, 2014

Northwest States Tread Lightly With Oil Train Route Disclosures

Railroads are being required by the federal government to share some information with states about their shipments of oil from North Dakota's Bakken fields. But they don't want the states to disclose that information to the public.
Flickr Photo/Russ Allison Loar

The Northwest’s two main freight rail operators are complying with a federal requirement to inform states about the North Dakota crude oil they’re hauling, but they want the states to keep the public from finding out by signing non-disclosure agreements.

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City Hall
4:49 pm
Tue June 10, 2014

15 Now Could Not Have Floated A Charter Amendment This Year

Organizers for 15 Now, a campaign to change the city charter to include a $15 hourly wage.
Credit KUOW Photo/Deborah Wang

Marcie Sillman speaks to KUOW's Deborah Wang about the story behind the $15/hour wage law.

Last week, Seattle became the first city in the nation to establish a $15 minimum wage for all workers. The framework was established by a panel of business, labor and community leaders, which the City Council passed in record time.

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Urban Development
3:12 pm
Mon June 9, 2014

South Lake Union Named As An 'Innovation District'

South Lake Union as viewed from the Space Needle.
Flickr Photo/Eric P. (CC-BY-NC-ND)

Marcie Sillman talks to Bruce Katz, vice president of the Brookings Institute, about the infrastructure behind having an "innovation district," and the benefits one can provide.

Health News
2:05 pm
Mon June 9, 2014

A Reason To Smile: Mexican Town Is A Destination For Dental Tourism

Mexico's 2010 census counted fewer than 5,500 residents in Los Algodones, but more than 350 dentists ply their trade here, serving U.S. and Canadian patients seeking affordable procedures.
Ted Robbins NPR

Originally published on Tue June 10, 2014 7:22 am

Sitting in a dentist's chair hardly rates as a vacation. But every year, tens of thousands of people go to a tiny border town near Yuma, Ariz., that has proclaimed itself the dental capital of Mexico.

Los Algodones is a virtual dental factory. Some 350 dentists work within a few blocks of downtown. Because of the low prices and fast service, most patients come for major work.

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Oil Trains
8:23 am
Mon June 9, 2014

Despite Confidentiality Concerns, BNSF Will Report Oil Shipments To States

File photo of a BNSF locomotive pulling a shipment of crude oil

Originally published on Fri June 6, 2014 4:14 pm

BNSF Railway said Friday it will comply with Saturday's federal deadline to provide states with information about the frequency and routes of oil trains from North Dakota and Montana.

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Fuel Efficiency
11:12 am
Fri June 6, 2014

Northwest Diesel Ownership Among Tops Nationally, Still Lags Europe

File photo. The vast majority of diesel vehicles in the Northwest are pickups.

Originally published on Thu June 5, 2014 5:38 pm

A new report by a diesel industry group shows Oregon and Idaho are in the top 10 when it comes to highest rates of diesel vehicle ownership in the nation. 

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Cyber-Spying
12:26 pm
Thu June 5, 2014

Microsoft To Government Spies: Back Off

Edward Snowden's revelations have resulted in the loss of at least $22 billion to U.S. tech companies, according to one analyst.
Flickr Photo/Sam Agnew

The Obama administration must restore trust in U.S. technology companies and uphold America’s fundamental liberties, Microsoft’s chief counsel wrote in a strongly-worded blog post.

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