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Same-Sex Marriage
7:56 am
Thu January 31, 2013

Seattle Tourism Industry Hitched To Gay Marriage

Actor Jim Nabors during a visit to Marine Corps Base Hawaii April 22, 2010.
Orlando Perez U.S. Marine Corps/Wikipedia

The star of the 1960s TV show Gomer Pyle, USMC, married his longtime male partner at Seattle’s Fairmont Olympic Hotel this month.

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787 Dreamliner Crisis
4:35 pm
Wed January 30, 2013

Boeing Earnings Up, Company Stands By Battery

The lithium-ion battery taken from this Japan Airlines plane Jan. 7 is now at a Navy lab for testing
AP Photo/Stephan Savoia Associated Press

The Boeing Co. said today that there has been no negative financial impact as a result of the FAA's grounding of the 787 Dreamliner. The news dampened a wave of speculation over the potential cost of its safety troubles with its 787 which was grounded two weeks ago.

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Business
12:20 pm
Wed January 30, 2013

Ross Nerds Out With Slate Magazine’s Matthew Yglesias

Matthew Yglesias
Matthew Yglesias Flickr

Matthew Yglesias is a business and economics correspondent for Slate Magazine. In March he published his latest book titled "The Rent is Too Damn High." Today Ross talks to him about everything from Patty Murray to Spotify to policies on immigration.

Movies
10:00 am
Wed January 30, 2013

Canada, Culture And Commerce: Stallone, Schwarzenegger And South Sound Economics

Sylvester Stallone in Sweden to promote
Credit Courtesy/Wikipedia


Vancouver Sun political correspondent Vaughn Palmer brings us the latest news from Canada. Film critic Robert Horton appraises two new movies starring some of the biggest names of 1980s Hollywood: Stallone and Schwarzenegger. Then, Seattle Times economics columnist Jon Talton considers the economic fortunes of Tacoma and the South Sound and wraps up the latest news on the Boeing 787.

Cloud Replaces Box
5:51 pm
Tue January 29, 2013

Microsoft Launches New Office Subscription Service

A promotional photograph of Steve Ballmer for the new Office software from Microsoft
Microsoft TechNet blog

In the old days, when Microsoft Corp. unveiled new software you might have gone to the store, paid for it once, and brought it home in a box.

But with Microsoft’s new service unveiled Tuesday, Office 365, the box is gone. It’s been replaced by a digital subscription that allows you to get almost everything you need from the web. In a promotional video, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer said the service offers a “complete office in the cloud,” which he touted as a major leap forward.

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Economics Of Prison
9:04 am
Tue January 29, 2013

Study: Private Prisons Lead To Fewer Jobs

Google Maps

Originally published on Mon January 28, 2013 5:45 pm

Researchers say the economic benefits of prisons often don't materialize for rural communities. That's according to a new paper by Northwest sociologists. In fact, they found communities with private prisons fare worse than they did before.

Washington State University sociologist Gregory Hook says rural areas that opt to build prisons, even courting them with tax breaks, have one main goal in mind: jobs.

“You know, you look across the way and you say 'Oh there's a prison. Fifty people have a job there. So that's 50 new jobs in my community.' … Only it's not.”

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The Business Of Marijuana
10:57 am
Mon January 28, 2013

Potrepeneurs Visit Seattle

Today investors from around the world are convening to discuss investments in cannabis-related products. The ArcView Group, a San Francisco investment consulting company, is hosting the meeting. And this time, the focus won't be on the growth and sale of marijuana. Instead, it's about all the other related products: lights for growing, portable cases for joints, etc. Ross talks to Roy Kaufman from ArcView for details.

Silver Demand Increases
8:58 am
Mon January 28, 2013

Silver Boom Brings Historic Sunshine Mine Back Online

Mine Safety and Health Administration

Originally published on Sat January 26, 2013 9:47 am

The high price of silver is bringing one of the Northwest's oldest silver mines back online. The Sunshine Mine in north Idaho is known for one of the worst mining disasters in the nation’s history. It will resume production in late 2014.

The new owner, Sunshine Silver Mines Corp., bought the mine after the previous owner went bankrupt. It happened just in time for silver prices to hit $30 an ounce, and mostly stayed there. The company expects to hire 250 miners once production begins.

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Public Interest
12:00 pm
Fri January 25, 2013

WashPIRG Gives Seattle A C+ For Financial Transparency

Downtown Seattle's skyline.
Micah Sheldon Flickr

WashPIRG, a division of the Public Interest Research Group, gave Seattle an overall score of 78/100, which put us at 12th place out of the 30 major cities that were surveyed. So what exactly are we doing wrong? Ross talks with WashPIRG spokesperson Micaela Preskill to get a more detailed performance review.

Pot Public Hearing
8:12 am
Fri January 25, 2013

Washington State Marijuana Growers Want To Go Legit

The Liquor Control Board came to Seattle for its second public forum on creating a legal marijuana economy.
Credit Amy Radil

The second statewide public hearing this week on the future of the marijuana industry was held in Seattle. Like the earlier one in the week in Olympia, this one had overflow crowds. The Seattle hearing was filled with people who have grown marijuana for years and want to go legit.

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The Business Of Marijuana
8:14 am
Wed January 23, 2013

Washington Pot Forum Draws Standing Room Crowd

Austin Jenkins Northwest News Network

Originally published on Wed January 23, 2013 4:09 pm

OLYMPIA, Wash. –The first public forum on how to implement Washington’s new marijuana law drew a capacity crowd Tuesday night in Olympia. The state’s Liquor Control Board is seeking input as it writes the rules for enacting Initiative 502 – Washington’s new pot legalization law.

They arrived early and in droves – the smell of marijuana clung in the air. First in line to get a seat for the forum was Leslie Tikka of Olympia. She mainly came to see a bit of history in the making.

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Seafood Fraud
6:57 am
Wed January 23, 2013

Authorities Seek Tougher Penalties For False Labeling Of Fish

Tom Banse Northwest News Network

Originally published on Wed January 23, 2013 11:49 am


OLYMPIA, Wash. - When you order that special filet at a restaurant or store, you're often going on trust that the fish actually is what the menu or label says it is. In Washington, two state agencies are asking for tougher penalties to deter seafood fraud.


Investigators for Consumer Reports recently found more than one-fifth of the fish they submitted for DNA identification was mislabeled at the point of sale.


Washington Fish and Wildlife police deputy chief Mike Cenci says the penalties for false labeling need to be stronger.

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Public Housing Redevelopment
7:04 am
Tue January 22, 2013

Vulcan Bids On Yesler Terrace Makeover

Artist's rendering of future Yesler Terrace
Courtesy Seattle Housing Authority

The Seattle Housing Authority is preparing to redevelop Yesler Terrace, a 30-acre site that houses 1,200 low-income residents near the city’s downtown. Vulcan Real Estate is one of two private companies competing to become the lead development partner. The Seattle Housing Authority Board is scheduled to choose the winning bidder today.

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Legal Pot Hearings
5:00 am
Tue January 22, 2013

Washington Officials Seek Public Input On Marijuana

Andre Edwards smokes marijuana, Thursday, Dec. 6, 2012, just after midnight at the Space Needle in Seattle.
AP Photo/Ted S. Warren

The Washington State Liquor Control Board is kicking off a series of six public hearings around the state. The board wants public input on how to create a legal, taxed distribution system for marijuana. Budding members of the new marijuana economy say they’ll be in attendance.

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Rumors To Reality
6:08 pm
Mon January 21, 2013

Hansen Confirms Deal To Bring NBA Team To Seattle

Investor Chris Hansen waves to supporters of a proposal for a new NBA arena during a rally Thursday, June 14, 2012, in Seattle. The rally featured former SuperSonics stars Shawn Kemp and Gary Payton.
AP Photo/Elaine Thompson

After weeks of rumors, it appears Seattle may have a new professional basketball team to replace the SuperSonics. Investor Chris Hansen said his group has entered an agreement to purchase a controlling interest in the Sacramento Kings. Seattle sports fans seemed pleased by the deal, but confessed they don’t know much yet about their new home team.

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