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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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Fire Season
7:24 am
Thu June 5, 2014

Northwest Fire Season Ramps Up East Of The Cascades

File photo of a 2013 wildfire near Goldendale, Washington.

Originally published on Wed June 4, 2014 3:05 pm

Workers in the Tri-Cities, Washington, area got notice Wednesday of tinder-dry conditions at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation and were advised to practice fire safety at work and at home.

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EarthFix Reports
7:23 am
Thu June 5, 2014

Regulators Discuss The Future Of Coal-Fired Power In The West

This image of the coal-fired plant in Colstrip, Mont., was made in the 1980s by Montana native David T. Hanson. It was part of an exhibit at Modern Museum of Art in New York.
David T. Hanson http://www.davidthanson.net/

Originally published on Wed June 4, 2014 6:34 pm

SEATTLE -- The Obama administration’s new rules to cut carbon emissions fueled energy sector leaders' conversations about the future of coal in the West during their gathering here this week.

The Western Conference of Public Service Commissioners on Wednesday wrapped up its conference -- a gathering of the people who decide where the region's power comes from and how to regulate it.

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Courts
7:22 am
Thu June 5, 2014

Court-Ordered Negotiations Between Feds, Washington State Are Up

File photo of a nuclear waste storage tank at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation.

Originally published on Wed June 4, 2014 6:17 pm

This week is the deadline for the State of Washington and the U.S. Department of Energy to reach an agreement on how to clean up radioactive tank waste at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation. The two sides can’t agree on a timeline.

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Labor Board
12:13 pm
Wed June 4, 2014

Boeing Machinists' Complaints About 777X Vote Rejected

Machinists marched in December to show they wanted a second vote on Boeing's 777X contract offer. The vote happened but the NLRB has judged it irrelevant.
KUOW Photo/Carolyn Adolph

Boeing machinists who opposed January's 777X contract vote have suffered another loss. The National Labor Relations Board has told them it is rejecting their complaints about how the vote was held. The decision: The vote didn't matter because parent union had the authority to accept Boeing's offer without a ratification vote.

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Mayor Murray Signs Bill
2:52 pm
Tue June 3, 2014

Seattle Passes Highest Minimum Wage, Now What?

Linda Jansen and Doug Nielson rallying for $15 minimum wage outside City Hall on Monday. The Seattle City Council voted to pass the minimum wage bill unanimously.
KUOW Photo/Deborah Wang

David Hyde gets the scoop from KUOW's Deborah Wang about what happened at the city council meeting Monday night when a historical $15 minimum wage was unanimously passed.

Then, Marcie Sillman speaks with Steve Caldiera, president and CEO of the International Franchise Association, about his plans to sue Seattle to overturn the minimum wage ordinance.

Last, David Hyde talks with the advocacy group 15 Now about whether they will move forward with their own ballot measure to raise the city's minimum wage faster.

Mayor's Proposal Passes
10:04 am
Tue June 3, 2014

Seattle City Council Approves $15 Minimum Wage

Seattle City Councilmember Kshama Sawant meets with reporters after the vote to phase-in a $15 minimum wage.
KUOW Photo/Deborah Wang

In a unanimous vote, to a standing ovation, the Seattle City Council approved a bill to increase the city’s minimum wage to $15 an hour.

The crowd cheered “We made 15 possible!” after the reading of the vote tally in a meeting marked with passionate pleas for its passage from the public as well as council members.

Failed Amendments

The packed crowd of vocal proponents for the passage of the bill, many of whom gave their personal stories during the section of public comment, booed the failure of four amendments to the City Council’s plan.

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Breastfeeding
7:36 am
Tue June 3, 2014

Slideshow: Lactation Rooms Around Seattle (And Beyond)

The designated room for pumping at KUOW. Click through the slideshow to see other photos of lactation rooms submitted to us by listeners. Some are pretty luxurious (Amazon and Gates Foundation!), several are not.
KUOW Photo/Bond Huberman

Bill Radke follows up with online editor Isolde Raftery about the response to her slideshow of lactation rooms.
Bill Radke discusses lactation rooms with online editor Isolde Raftery about her project to create a slideshow of lactation rooms around Seattle.

When I returned from maternity leave earlier this month, my boss Jenna showed me to the lactation room.

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The Disruptor
3:04 pm
Mon June 2, 2014

Expedia And Zillow Founder Rich Barton On Risk And Success

After Rich Barton created Expedia in 1996 with Lloyd Frink, the two went on to create the online real estate database Zillow.

Originally published on Mon June 2, 2014 1:11 pm

Rich Barton is definitely a disrupter. In his late 20s, he caused major upset in the travel industry by launching Expedia.com, which has now become one of the world’s most popular travel sites.

Then there was Zillow.com, a real estate website that Barton helped to create, which has virtually become a necessity for any consumer looking for information about the housing market. Last month, 80 million people went to Zillow.

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Tech News
2:00 pm
Mon June 2, 2014

Apple's New Operating System, Amazon Vs. Hachette, And A New Museum App

David Hyde and Todd Bishop of Geekwire discuss the latest tech news: Apple announces a new operating service, brick and mortar stores take advantage of the Amazon and Hachette dispute, and a local startup creates a new app to guide you through Seattle museums.

Sports
3:07 pm
Fri May 30, 2014

What Steve Ballmer's Clippers Bid Means For Seattle

Ex-Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer.
Flickr Photo/David Geller (CC-BY-NC-ND)

Marcie Sillman talks with Seattle Times reporter Geoff Baker about what ex-Microsoft CEO Steve Balmer's bid to buy the LA Clippers means for Seattle's chances to land an NBA team.

Seattle City Council
2:29 pm
Fri May 30, 2014

One Minimum Wage Committee Member Says Process And Proposal Is A 'Charade'

Community members attend a public hearing about raising the minimum wage in Seattle.
KUOW Photo/Deborah Wang

Steve Scher talks with David Meinert, Seattle nightlife entrepreneur and restaurantuer about his experience on the mayor's income inequality advisory committee. Marcie Sillman gets more on the story with Q13 Political Analyst C.R. Douglas.

Labor
12:53 pm
Fri May 30, 2014

Seattle Steps Closer To Setting Highest Minimum Wage In U.S.

Supporters of Mayor Murray's proposed $15 minimum wage packed a committee as council members discuss amendments to the plan. In the end, the committee unanimously passed the proposal.
Credit KUOW Photo/Ruby de Luna

It was standing room only at Seattle’s city hall on Thursday, as councilmembers made changes to a minimum wage proposal. This signals that Seattle is poised to be the first city to pass a $15 minimum wage, the highest in the country.

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Student Privacy
9:57 am
Fri May 30, 2014

Proposed Sale Of Seattle Student Data Site Worries Officials

Student data is increasingly being stored on cloud computing services, raising new security and privacy concerns.
Kjetil Korslien Flickr

The potential bankruptcy sale of a company that stores online student data – including personally identifiable information for about 20,000 Seattle middle and high school students – has concerned the Federal Trade Commission and Seattle Public Schools. 

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