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Gains In Seattle Jobs
10:20 am
Thu May 15, 2014

Steady Job Gains Chip Away At Jobless Rate in Washington State

Originally published on Wed May 14, 2014 3:44 pm

Steady job gains are chipping away at the unemployment rate in Washington state.

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Politics & Government
3:35 pm
Wed May 14, 2014

Ralph Nader Chats About New Book, Seattle’s Minimum Wage Debate

Credit Ralph Nader's new book "Unstoppable."

David Hyde speaks with Ralph Nader about Seattle's minimum wage debate and his new book: “Unstoppable: The Emerging Left-Right Alliance to Dismantle The Corporate State.”

Minimum Wage
3:30 pm
Wed May 14, 2014

Special: Stakeholders, Listeners Discuss Minimum Wage

Demonstrators in Seattle formed a human chain around City Hall in support of a $15 minimum wage in April.
KUOW Photo/Deborah Wang

Steve Scher sits down with three stakeholders in the minimum wage debate: James Parker, a volunteer for the organization 15Now, who currently makes $12 an hour; Howard Wright, co-founder of the Seattle Hospitality Group and co-chair of the mayor's Income Inequality Advisory Committee; and Judith Gille, founder and  co-owner of City People's Mercantile and Garden Store.

Scher asks his panelists to discuss how we got to this point, the mayor's proposal to reach a $15 minimum wage and how that wage would impact their lives. We also take your calls.

Marijuana Business
3:28 pm
Wed May 14, 2014

'It's Really Terrifying:' Marijuana Businessman Steve DeAngelo On Running A Business In Cash

Steve DeAngelo, Executive Director of Harborside Health Services, the world's largest marijuana dispensary.
Credit Harborside Health Services

Ross Reynolds speaks with Steve DeAngelo, executive director of Harborside Health Services, a medical marijuana dispensary in California, about what it's like to run a $30 million business mostly on cash.

Debate Over Mayor's Proposal
3:00 pm
Wed May 14, 2014

Seattle City Council's Public Hearing On Minimum Wage Stirs Emotions

Supporters of the group 15 Now attend a Seattle City Council public meeting to discuss minimum wage on May 13.
KUOW Photo/Deborah Wang

David Hyde speaks with KUOW reporter Deborah Wang, who attended Seattle City Council's public hearing on the minimum wage Tuesday night.

Hake And Pollock
12:41 pm
Tue May 13, 2014

Nets Mended, Boots Packed. Fish Boats Head For Alaska

Alan Davis, Safety and Compliance Director for American Seafoods of Seattle, on the deck of the Nothern Eagle
KUOW Photo/Carolyn Adolph

It’s the start of the spring fishing season. Big factory ships are heading out to sea, and in coming weeks, 10,000 people from Washington state will head north to the Alaska fishing grounds.

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Workforce
2:27 pm
Mon May 12, 2014

Us Too! King County Considers Minimum Wage For Employees

In the “me too” department, King County is jumping on the bandwagon to consider a higher minimum wage for its employees. Seattle Mayor Ed Murray issued a similar proposal for city workers soon after he took office in January.

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Health Reform
11:11 am
Mon May 12, 2014

Parents Discover That Even Obamacare Has Gaps

The Clarks, from left to right: Jenni, Luke, Jonathan and Micah. Micah, 2, was rushed to Children's with groin pain - his family later learned that Children's wasn't included in their new health plan.
Credit Photo Courtesy Jenni Clark

Not all health plans are the same, as Washington consumers have learned the hard way.

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Astoria, Port Angeles, Nanaimo
8:20 am
Mon May 12, 2014

Large Cruise Ships Call On Small Northwest Ports To Fill Out Itineraries

The Norwegian Pearl at port in Astoria, Oregon in May 2013.

Originally published on Fri May 9, 2014 5:17 pm

Cruise season has begun in the Pacific Northwest with the arrival of gleaming cruise ships. They'll be steaming back-and-forth to Alaska all summer from Vancouver and Seattle.

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Art and Tech
3:25 pm
Fri May 9, 2014

Flight Path: Bees, A Hackathon And Sea-Tac Airport

Beekeepers manage hives at Sea-Tac airport as a plane flies overhead.
Rod Hatfield

Did you know there are bees at Sea-Tac Airport? Twenty beehives are already in place in green space around the airport. And tonight, a two-day hackathon gets going that’s centered around the idea of bees and flight. It’s connected to a new art installment that’s going in at Sea-Tac: “Flight Path.”

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Agriculture Trends
8:14 am
Thu May 8, 2014

Farms In Northwest Fewer In Numbers, But Bigger And More Valuable

File photo of calves at a dairy operation in southern Idaho.

Originally published on Wed May 7, 2014 6:00 pm

According to newly-released data from the USDA's agricultural census, the number of farms in the Northwest is dropping.

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Wage Debate
12:28 pm
Tue May 6, 2014

Seattle Chef Tom Douglas To City Council: Tips Should Count Towards Minimum Wage

Chef and restaurant owner Tom Douglas.
Flickr Photo/Ronald Woan (CC-BY-NC-ND)

David Hyde speaks with Seattle chef and restaurant owner Tom Douglas about a proposed hike to the minimum wage in the city.

What The?
12:07 pm
Tue May 6, 2014

Yes, We Bleeped The Word 'Uterus'

Dean Hibbs, with All West Select Sires, could be called the date doctor for dairy and beef cows. He’s tallying their traits and seeing which bull might be the best match to produce the highest-quality dairy calf.
Credit Northwest News Network Photo/Anna King

Some listeners may have noticed Friday when we bleeped a series of words in a piece on the dairy industry by Anna King of the Northwest News Network. The story was about farmers taking advantage of record prices for dairy and beef.

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Real Estate
8:17 am
Tue May 6, 2014

Landslide Risk Could Be Noted On King County Property Titles

King County's current landslide hazard areas map, last updated in the 1990s.
Credit King County

King County is seeking federal funding for an updated map of landslide hazards, and is considering the possibility of using this map to provide the public information about buildings at risk.

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Reporter's Notebook
3:47 pm
Mon May 5, 2014

Behind The Scenes Of The Northwest Dairy Boom

Miguel Galvez, 21, attaches “claws” or automatic milkers to cow udders at a dairy in Sunnyside, Wash. Many Northwest workers like Galvez are being asked to milk more cows per hour for the same pay, despite higher prices for milk.
Credit N3 Photo/Anna King

Marcie Sillman speaks with Anna King, Richland correspondent for the Northwest News Network, about the story behind her recent report, "High Milk, Beef Prices Spur A Northwest Cattle Rush."

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