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Betting A Future
9:05 pm
Mon September 15, 2014

Would You Pay To Get Your Kid Into A Top College?

Memorial Hall at Harvard University. A San Francisco company analyzes the likelihood a student will get into the university of their choice, and charges parents based on the odds. NKCPhoto/Flickr)

Originally published on Mon September 15, 2014 12:29 pm

How much would you pay a counselor to help your child get into a top college? And what if that fee came with a guarantee, or your money back?

If your child works with Steven Ma, owner and founder of Think Tank Learning, the starting fee for guaranteed admission is about $40,000. But some kids, with special contracts, pay between $600,000 and $1,000,0000.

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Economy
3:54 pm
Mon September 15, 2014

Seattle Gets Revenue Boost From Amazon, Construction Boom

Flickr Photo/sea turtle (CC-BY-NC-ND)

A construction boom and runaway hiring at Amazon are leading to stronger than expected tax revenues for the city of Seattle.

City budget officials say they expect to collect about $7 million more in taxes for 2015 and 2016.

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Author Talk
9:54 am
Fri September 12, 2014

The U.S. Controls More Ocean Than Any Other Nation, So Why Do We Import 91 Percent Of Our Seafood?

Flickr Photo/girl_onthe_les (CC-BY-NC-ND)

Here in the Northwest we take pride in our regional seafood industry, but details about the big picture of seafood distribution may surprise or appall you. Our guest this week on Speakers Forum is Paul Greenberg, author of the book “American Catch: The Fight for Our Local Seafood.”

The U.S., which controls more ocean than any other nation, imports 91 percent of its seafood.

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EarthFix Reports
7:28 am
Fri September 12, 2014

West Coast Leads Surge in Electric Cars

A pair of Nissan Leaf electric cars charging up at a public charging station.

Originally published on Thu September 11, 2014 8:04 pm

In all three West Coast states, transportation accounts for the largest share of climate-changing greenhouse gases. And all three states are trying to boost the number of zero-emission vehicles on their roads.

This week, California passed a milestone toward that goal; 100,000 electric cars sold in the state since the end of 2010.

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Livable Wage
6:52 am
Thu September 11, 2014

'Liberal Thing' Crosses Lake: Wage Activists Take On Bellevue

Labor activists from the group Working Washington surround eight protesters who have linked arms in a busy Bellevue intersection. They were protesting for a rise in the minimum wage.
KUOW Photo/Deborah Wang

Labor activists are targeting the city of Bellevue in the battle for a $15 an hour minimum wage.

Yesterday they marched from Seattle across the I-90 bridge and staged a protest that stopped traffic in downtown Bellevue.

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Port of Seattle
9:59 am
Wed September 10, 2014

Over Here, Mega-Ships! Seattle Angles For Big Business

The Port of Seattle'sTerminal 46 is the closest container terminal to downtown Seattle.
Credit Photo courtesy of the Port of Seattle

The Port of Seattle is getting $20 million dollars in federal investment to help the Port prepare Terminal 46 for the arrival of the next wave of mega-ships.

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Marijuana
2:25 pm
Tue September 9, 2014

Not Enough Weed To Go Around In Washington Pot Industry

Two bags inside Main Street Marijuana in Vancouver, Washington on opening day.
OPB Photo/John Rosman

It’s a little after 11 a.m. and there’s a line of people out the door at Main Street Marijuana in downtown Vancouver, Washington. 

A doorman checks IDs and only lets a few people into the store at a time. Those here today are from all over: Washington, Oregon, New York and California.

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Business
7:05 am
Tue September 9, 2014

$58 Million Judgment Adds To Woes Of Cigarette Maker On Yakama Reservation

King Mountain Tobacco grows a portion of the tobacco it manufactures into cigarettes on the Yakama reservation.

Originally published on Mon September 8, 2014 10:24 pm

A federal judge in Eastern Washington has ruled a cigarette maker on the Yakama Indian Reservation owes $58 million in unpaid taxes and penalties.

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Over-Diversification
11:30 am
Fri September 5, 2014

Could Amazon Go The Way Of Sears Roebuck?

Amazon.com founder and CEO Jeff Bezos presents the company's first smartphone, the Fire Phone, on June 18, 2014 in Seattle, Washington. (David Ryder/Getty Images)

Originally published on Fri September 5, 2014 12:09 pm

Amazon is the world’s largest e-commerce company, but it is trying to be so much more — a mobile carrier, a media company and a major provider of cloud computing services, to name a few.

But is this behemoth internet retailer vulnerable? New York magazine technology columnist Kevin Roose wanted to find out. “Amazon really has unbounded ambitions,” Roose told Here & Now’s Jeremy Hobson. “What I wanted to find out is how can you take down Amazon?”

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Minimum Wage
10:50 am
Fri September 5, 2014

Across The Country, Fast-Food Workers Rally For $15-An-Hour Pay

Protesters demonstrate outside a McDonald's in Chicago. Hundreds of workers from McDonald's, Taco Bell, Wendy's and other fast-food chains were expected to walk off their jobs Thursday to push the companies to pay their employees at least $15 an hour, according to labor organizers.
M. Spencer Green AP

Originally published on Fri September 5, 2014 7:58 am

Fast-food workers in cities across the country, from Los Angeles to Chicago to Hartford, Conn., rallied for higher wages during a day of demonstrations Thursday.

Union organizers, backed by the Service Employees International Union, are building a campaign for $15-an-hour pay.

At the corner of 87th Street and South Wabash in Chicago, an intersection that has a McDonald's on one corner and a Burger King on the other, workers chanted "$15 an hour" or sang "We Shall Not be Moved" as they blocked traffic.

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EPA Penalties
11:31 am
Thu September 4, 2014

Costco Settles With Feds Over Clean Air Act Violations

Credit Flickr Photo/Ryan Ozawa (CC-BY-NC-ND)

Costco, the nation's second largest retailer, has agreed to settle with the Environmental Protection Agency over violations of the Clean Air Act.

The EPA and the Department of Justice say the Issaquah based company has agreed to cut ozone-depleting emissions from its refrigeration equipment at half its stores across the country.

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Marijuana
8:22 am
Thu September 4, 2014

Washington Welfare Cards Used At Two Pot Stores In July

Marijuana is now for sale legally in Washington state licensed retail stores. It's illegal, though, to use welfare cards in those stores, as two people did in July according to the state.

Originally published on Wed September 3, 2014 3:21 pm

In the first month of legal, recreational marijuana sales in Washington, two welfare clients withdrew cash at pot stores using their electronic benefits transfer cards in violation of state law.

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The Science Of Bread
9:34 pm
Wed September 3, 2014

Live Free, Eat Gluten: Return Of Heirloom Grains To Washington

Farmers, scientists and bakers work side by side at the Bread Lab in Mt. Vernon.
KUOW Photo/Kara McDermott

People usually go to Skagit Valley for tulips and berries. But here’s a little known fact: The region also grows grains. Grains used to be grown mainly as cover crop and often shipped out of state. These days Skagit Valley is seeing a grain revival, thanks to a local researcher.

If your experience with whole grain bread takes you back to the hard brick loaves of the '70s, Stephen Jones at the Bread Lab wants to change that.

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Author Interview
2:58 pm
Wed September 3, 2014

'The Impulse Society': How The Marketplace Makes Narcissists

Credit Paul Robert's book "The Impuse Society"

Ross Reynolds talks with author Paul Roberts about his book, "The Impulse Society." In it, Roberts argues that the pursuit of short-term self-gratification has serious consequences for today's culture and economic systems.

Green Grape Vines
7:01 am
Wed September 3, 2014

Small Tract Of Northwest Wine-Growing Soil Attracting Big Outside Investment

Gewurztraminer grapes at Kiona Vineyards on Red Mountain. The winery founders were some of the very first to try growing wine grapes in the small southeast Washington appellation.

Originally published on Tue September 2, 2014 5:39 pm

Wine harvest is underway in a small growing region in southeast Washington called Red Mountain. The dusty wedge of earth has been attracting an increasing amount of investment from winemakers from Napa, Canada and even Italy.

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