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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.

Minimum Wage
2:53 pm
Thu May 1, 2014

15Now Reacts To Mayor Murray's Minimum Wage Proposal

King County Council Member Larry Gossett and Vote 15 campaign manager Jess Spear at the launch of 15Now's charter amendment in early April.
KUOW Photo/Liz Jones

Marcie Sillman speaks with Jesse Lessinger, an organizer for 15Now, about Seattle Mayor Ed Murray's proposal to gradually increase the minimum wage.

Xbox One
1:30 pm
Thu May 1, 2014

Microsoft Takes Advantage Of Relaxed Game Console Ban In China

Flickr Photo/Marco Verch (CC-BY-NC-ND)

Microsoft may have found a way to pull ahead of the Sony Playstation — in China.

The company partnered this week with a Chinese company to bring its Xbox One gaming console out of the black market and into Chinese stores.

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Tradition Vs. Innovation
8:18 am
Thu May 1, 2014

'Axe Bat' Wins Converts, But Has To Overcome Baseball Traditionalists

An Axe Bat (top) vs. a traditional baseball bat

Originally published on Wed April 30, 2014 9:36 pm

A family-owned sporting goods company in suburban Seattle is confronting the tension between honoring tradition and embracing innovation in the sport of baseball.

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Author Interview
2:07 pm
Wed April 30, 2014

Hemp: The Emerging Crop In The Global Economy

Credit Doug Fine's book, "Hemp Bound."

Ross Reynolds speaks with Doug Fine, a self-described comedic investigative journalist, about his new book, "Hemp Bound: Dispatches from the Front Lines of the Next Agricultural Revolution."

Fine spoke with scientists and farmers around the world about how hemp is used. In February, President Obama signed the Farm Bill, which allows industrial research on hemp.

Retail Business
9:10 am
Wed April 30, 2014

Tough Choices Ahead For Coldwater Creek Workers

The Coldwater Creek store in Kennewick, Wash.

Originally published on Tue April 29, 2014 3:45 pm

The Idaho Department of Labor is holding a session this week to help hundreds of people in north Idaho who will lose their jobs when Coldwater Creek goes out of business.

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Agriculture
7:25 am
Wed April 30, 2014

High Milk, Beef Prices Spur A Northwest Cattle Rush

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.
Anna King Northwest News Network

Originally published on Fri May 2, 2014 10:24 am

We’ve all heard of the Western Gold Rush. But how about the Northwest cattle rush?

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Seattle Example
3:17 pm
Tue April 29, 2014

Journalist Urges Caution In Minimum Wage Debate

The minimum wage debate has spurred demonstrations in cities beyond Seattle, like this one in New York.
Flickr Photo/The All-Nite Images

David Hyde talks with Seattle journalist and New York Times contributor Timothy Egan about Seattle’s impact on the minimum wage movement in other parts of the country.

Local Economy
2:52 pm
Mon April 28, 2014

Finding Business Outside Of Boeing In Snohomish County

Boeing's Everett factory.
Credit Flickr Photo/David Prasad (CC BY-NC-ND)

Marcie Sillman speaks with Seattle Times business columnist Jon Talton about the economic climate of Snohomish County — with and without Boeing's business.

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Business
4:31 pm
Fri April 25, 2014

Alaska Air CEO 'Confident' As Delta Spreads Wings On Home Turf

Airline rivals and allies converge at Atlanta's airport this week.

Originally published on Fri April 25, 2014 3:59 pm

The parent company of Alaska Airlines and Horizon Air announced strong earnings for the first quarter of the year on Friday.

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International Trade
4:00 pm
Fri April 25, 2014

The Trans-Pacific Partnership Has Both Parties Opposed

David Hyde talks with David Deese, political science professor at Boston College, about the politics behind the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement.

Windows Phone
1:52 pm
Fri April 25, 2014

Microsoft Faces Challenge Bringing Nokia Business Into The Fold

Stephen Elop, executive vice president of Nokia shows off his colored shoe while talking about the colors available of the new Nokia Lumia 930 phones during a keynote address at the Microsoft Build Conference Wednesday, April 2, 2014.
AP Photo/Eric Risberg

Microsoft says its purchase of Nokia's mobile phone business is complete. The deal is meant to help Microsoft deliver a Windows phone to challenge Apple and Google. However the company said it's only the first step in a journey to bring the two organizations together as one team.

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Business
11:19 am
Fri April 25, 2014

Gasoline Prices Rise As U.S. Refineries Send More Fuel Overseas

With so much fuel headed elsewhere, the national average price for a gallon of regular gasoline is now $3.69, compared with $3.53 a month ago, according to AAA.
Rich Pedroncelli AP

Originally published on Fri April 25, 2014 11:28 am

The weather is warming and vacation season approaching.

And, just as predictably, the price of gasoline is rising. It does that every spring as refineries switch to more expensive summer blends.

But this year, the seasonal price bump is getting an extra bounce. Gasoline is costing consumers about 5 percent more than last year at this time, even though oil supplies are abundant. Why?

Experts say U.S. retail prices are nudging higher in large part because Gulf Coast refineries are sending more gasoline to other countries.

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