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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."

Todd Bishop Explains
3:13 pm
Mon May 5, 2014

Bill Gates Owns A Little Less Of Microsoft, And Other Tech News

Bill Gates.
Credit Flickr Photo/Thomas Hawk

Steve Scher talks to Geekwire's Todd Bishop about the latest news in northwest tech, including Bill Gates no longer being the largest shareholder of Microsoft and Amazon's efforts to expand same-day delivery.

Cryptocurrency
10:12 am
Mon May 5, 2014

Belltown Bar Back From The Future With A Bitcoin ATM

A bitcoin ATM was installed inside Spitfire Grill in Seattle's Belltown neighborhood.
Credit Rae Ellen Bichell / KPLU

The world's first bitcoin ATM launched last year in Vancouver, Canada. Now there's also a physical place in the Northwest to buy and sell the virtual currency – at the Spitfire Grill in Belltown.

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Wage Increase
3:40 pm
Fri May 2, 2014

Seattle Mayor's Minimum Wage Proposal On Its Way To The City Council

Seattle City Councilmember Sally Clark.
Credit Flickr Photo/Sally Clark

David Hyde talks to Seattle City Councilmember Sally Clark about what happens next with the minimum wage proposal released by Mayor Ed Murray’s Income Inequality Advisory Committee Thursday.

Workplace Safety
1:48 pm
Fri May 2, 2014

Feds Urge Tighter Refinery Regulations After Fatal Tesoro Blast

Chemical Safety Board investigators inspect wreckage at the Tesoro-Anacortes refinery in 2010.
Chemical Safety Board

The U.S. Chemical Safety Board is calling for 60 improvements in the design, operation and regulation of the Tesoro oil refinery in Anacortes and of refineries nationwide.

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Wages
11:23 am
Fri May 2, 2014

Mayor Murray: $18.13 Minimum Wage By 2025

Mayor Ed Murray announced a proposal to increase Seattle's minimum wage.
AP Photo/Elaine Thompson

Bill Radke discusses Mayor Ed Murray's minimum wage proposal with news analyst Joni Balter.

Seattle’s minimum wage could increase to $18.13 an hour within the next decade, according to Mayor Ed Murray's office.

Speaking at Town Hall on Thursday, Murray said that large businesses would have to pay their employees $15 an hour in three years.

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Income Inequality Advisory Committee
2:57 pm
Thu May 1, 2014

Minimum Wage Committee Co-Chairs Explain How They Made A Deal

Mayor Murray discusses increasing the minimum wage in Seattle on Seattle Channel with his committee co-chairs David Rolf and Howard Wright.
Flickr Photo/Ed Murray

David Hyde speaks with David Rolf and Howard Wright, the co-chairs of Seattle Mayor Ed Murray's Income Inequality Advisory Committee, about how they finally came to a deal on a minimum wage proposal.

Off To The City Council
2:54 pm
Thu May 1, 2014

What's Next For Mayor Murray's Minimum Wage Proposal?

Mayor Ed Murray with members of the Seattle City Council shortly after last fall's election.
AP Photo/Elaine Thompson

David Hyde talks with Erica C. Barnett, news editor at PubliCola, about what must happen next for Seattle Mayor Ed Murray's minimum wage proposal to pass the City Council.

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