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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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Eat Like A King
12:22 pm
Thu May 29, 2014

Northwesterners: Can You Name That Salmon?

Can you identify this salmon? Photographer James Brooks identified this as a ripened silver salmon. Here, an Alaska Department of Fish and Game biologist holds it out for elementary school students to touch.
Credit Flickr Photo/James Brooks

The other day I shared a table with some fishermen who were sure they were eating king salmon. The choice made sense: It's king season. King is very fatty, therefore delicious. And we were at a celebration at Fishermen's Terminal. So it had to be what some Canadians call Tyee, the chief of salmon, the king.

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EarthFix Reports
3:54 pm
Wed May 28, 2014

One County’s Controversial Move To Protect Homeowners From Landslide Risk

John Thompson, a geologist and senior planner with Whatcom County, surveys the Jim Creek and Bald Mountain landslides along Canyon Creek. The slides have blocked the creek repeatedly, causing flooding that has destroyed homes downstream.
Ashley Ahearn

Originally published on Wed May 28, 2014 11:00 pm

This is the first part of a two-part series on managing landslide risk. Read the second part of the serieshere.

GLACIER SPRINGS, Wash. — Canyon Creek comes plunging fast and steep down the Cascade Mountains near Mount Baker.

Since the March 22 Oso landslide killed 42 people, county governments in the Northwest have been thinking more about how to plan for and mitigate the risk of landslides.

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Gender Wage Gap
2:18 pm
Wed May 28, 2014

Seattle Women Earn Less Than Men. The City Wants To Change That

Seattle Councilwoman Jean Godden said she was shocked to learn that the city does not provide its employees with paid time off to care for a new child.
Credit Jean Godden's Facebook page

City of Seattle employees who are women earn on average 9.5 percent less than men.

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EarthFix Reports
7:55 am
Wed May 28, 2014

New Rules Make It Easier To Log Damaged Federal Forestland

A 330,000-acre area of Oregon's Fremont-Winema National Forest has been infested by bark beetles. It's one of the areas now designated for restoration logging under new rules.
Courtesy of Fremont-Winema National Forest

Originally published on Tue May 27, 2014 1:16 pm

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has eased rules for logging millions of acres of Northwest forestland considered to be at risk of catastrophic fire.

These are forests where insects and disease have damaged trees and other vegetation, creating fuel for wildfires. These forestlands now have a special designation that allows a streamlined process for logging on larger tracts.

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Government
7:54 am
Wed May 28, 2014

Pacific Tower Expected To Fill With Tenants; Long-Term Funding An Issue

File photo of Pacific Tower, a 14-story former public hospital that also once served as the headquarters of Amazon.com.

Originally published on Tue May 27, 2014 6:13 pm

After a slow start, the state of Washington says it’s on track to fill the former headquarters of Amazon.com with tenants. But long-term costs remain a concern.

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Climate Change
3:11 pm
Tue May 27, 2014

Boeing Focuses On Fuel Efficiency In Light Of Coming Climate Rules

A leading plane manufacturer invests in ETS Aviation, which helps airlines respond to regulatory pressure over carbon emissions
Flickr Photo/Chuck Taylor

Boeing is buying a software company that it says will make planes more fuel efficient.

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Labor
11:02 am
Tue May 27, 2014

High Court Weighs Whether Fred Meyer Janitors Should Get Overtime

The state Supreme Court is weighing a case involving janitors on contract at Fred Meyer, and whether they should receive the same rights as employees.
Credit Credit Wikimedia Commons

What distinguishes a contractor from an employee? The Washington State Supreme Court is deliberating that question now. The decision could have big implications, because businesses increasingly rely on contractors.

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Fishermen's Terminal
7:36 am
Tue May 27, 2014

Seattle Fishermen Mark 100 Years Of Toil (And Fabulous Fall Paydays)

Logan Price is a greenhorn on the Sea Gem this year. He said the crew of his boat will be working right up until the day they leave for Alaska where they will spend the summer salmon fishing. Their pay day depends on how much they can catch.
KUOW Photo/Kara McDermott

You know it's the start of the fishing season at Fishermen's Terminal in Seattle when a familiar smell is in the air: coconut-scented sunscreen.

The Alaska salmon fishing season is about to start its 100th year in operation out of Fishermen’s Terminal in the Interbay area of Seattle.

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News
11:45 am
Fri May 23, 2014

Washington Supreme Court: Employers Must 'Reasonably' Accommodate Religious Practices

File photo of the Washington State Supreme Court.

Originally published on Thu May 22, 2014 4:55 pm

The Washington Supreme Court ruled Thursday that Washington employers must “reasonably” accommodate the religious practices of their employees.

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Boeing
11:14 am
Fri May 23, 2014

Federal Aviation Administration Rapped For Dreamliner Battery Fires

During the 2013 battery crisis, a 787 parked at Boeing's Everett delivery center, waiting for FAA certification
KUOW Photo/Carolyn Adolph

The Federal Aviation Administration failed to properly test the lithium ion batteries on the Boeing 787 Dreamliner, the National Transportation Safety Board said in a report released on Wednesday. The report said that the FAA relied too much on Boeing for technical expertise.

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$15 An Hour?
9:22 am
Fri May 23, 2014

City Council Questions Mayor's Minimum Wage Plan

Matthew Hollek owns a Subway sandwich shop in Ballard. He said he functions like a small business and shouldn't have to pay higher wages than his competitors nearby.
Credit Amy Radil

The Seattle City Council took up Mayor Ed Murray’s minimum wage proposal Thursday. Labor leaders said they weren’t thrilled about the council's opening questions.

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Long-Term Unemployment
1:20 pm
Thu May 22, 2014

Governor Inslee Allocates $4 Million In Federal Funds To Help Washington's Unemployed

Ross Reynolds speaks with Marlena Sessions, chief executive officer for Workforce Development Council of Seattle-King County, about how they plan to use their portion of $4 million in federal funds to help King County's long-term unemployed get back to work.

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