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Technology
2:32 pm
Fri July 25, 2014

Is A Robot Going To Take Your Job?

Flickr Photo/CJ Isherwood (CC-BY-NC-ND)

Ross Reynolds talks with Andrew McAfee, principal research scientist at the Initiative on the Digital Economy at MIT, about whether robots will replace humans in the job market.

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Airline Rivalry
7:27 am
Fri July 25, 2014

Alaska Air Says It's Holding Its Own Against Delta Onslaught

An Alaska Airlines 737 plane.
Alaska Airlines

Originally published on Thu July 24, 2014 5:25 pm

The intensifying competition between Alaska Airlines and rival Delta Air Lines in the Western skies does not seem to be hurting the bottom line of either company.

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Tech Review
3:02 pm
Wed July 23, 2014

Amazon Fire Phone: 'Showrooming On Steroids'

The Amazon Fire boasts Firefly, a feature that allows you to easily compare box store prices with Amazon.
Credit Courtesy GeekWire

Go to a box store, hold your phone up to an item, and – ding! – your phone tells you how much the same item would cost on Amazon Prime.

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Work Safety
9:20 am
Wed July 23, 2014

Feds Ban Free Climbing By Electric Utility Workers

Seattle City Light lineworkers 180 feet above the Seattle Ship Canal in 2011.
Credit KUOW Photo/John Ryan

The Obama Administration is putting an end to the common practice of "free climbing" by electrical lineworkers. Seattle City Light and other electric utilities let their lineworkers climb transmission towers without using safety harnesses.

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EarthFix Reports
8:44 am
Wed July 23, 2014

Columbia Sportswear Fined For Failing To Label Clothes Treated With Pesticide

The downtown Portland Columbia Sportswear store. The Oregon-headquartered company was fined for not labeling clothes that have been treated with pesticides, as required by federal law.
Scott Beale / Laughing Squid http://laughingsquid.com/

Originally published on Tue July 22, 2014 4:37 pm

The Environmental Protection Agency has fined Portland-based Columbia Sportswear $100,800 for failing to label clothes treated with pesticides.

Between 2010 and 2013, the company sold socks and hats that were treated with a product called Insect Blocker but didn't have the label notifying consumers as required by federal pesticide labeling laws.

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Food
8:37 am
Tue July 22, 2014

Some Food Companies Are Quietly Dumping GMO Ingredients

General Mills' original Cheerios are now GMO-free. But you won't find a label on the box highlighting the change.
David Duprey AP

Originally published on Fri July 25, 2014 4:03 pm

A tour of the Ben & Jerry's factory in Waterbury, Vt., includes a stop at the "Flavor Graveyard," where ice cream combinations that didn't make the cut are put to rest under the shade of big trees.

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Seattle Boom
3:31 pm
Mon July 21, 2014

Massive Layoffs At Microsoft A Test For Seattle Startup Culture

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

Last week, Microsoft began the biggest layoffs in the company’s history: 18,000 total expected in the next year. So far, about 1,300 local workers have been affected.

Jon Talton, business reporter for the Seattle Times, told KUOW’s Ross Reynolds on The Record that this event is a test for the local economy. He said the Seattle area is in the midst of an economic boom – driven by Amazon, Boeing’s 777X and 737, increased exports and low unemployment.

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Amazon Unlimited
2:23 pm
Fri July 18, 2014

Bookstore Owner's 'Grudging Respect' For Online Subscription Service

Jeannie Yandel talks with business writer and Page 2 Books co-owner Bill Virgin about Amazon's new unlimited book subscription service, Kindle Unlimited.

Corporate Downsizing
2:23 pm
Fri July 18, 2014

What Happens After A Layoff

Microsoft announced this week that the company would be laying off 18,000 employees in the next year.
Credit Flickr Photo/Fabien Lavocat (CC BY-NC-ND)

Ross Reynolds talks with Kevin Osborne, vice president of client services at Waldron, a human resources consulting firm based in Seattle, about how downsizing companies may provide for laid off employees.

Tech News
2:49 pm
Thu July 17, 2014

An Update On The Microsoft Job Cuts And What It Means For The Region

Ross Reynolds talks to Todd Bishop, founder of Geekwire, about the announcement that Microsoft will be cutting 18,000 jobs over the next year, including 1,351 in the Seattle region.

Tricks Of The Trade
10:29 am
Thu July 17, 2014

Extreme Home Staging Spotlights Human Props

Originally published on Wed August 18, 2010 11:17 am

Bill Worthington calls himself a human prop. He seems more like an enthusiastic tour guide. Worthington is walking around his $1.5 million Princeton, N.J., home, like a proud owner.

"Look around the kitchen here," Worthington says. "It's essentially a brand-new kitchen, with high-end appliances, brand-new cabinetry ..."

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Economic Recovery
8:00 am
Thu July 17, 2014

Washington Jobless Rate At 6-Year Low, But Rural Counties Lag

King County is leading the job recovery in Washington state.

Originally published on Wed July 16, 2014 4:41 pm

According to the June jobs report released Wednesday, Washington’s jobless rate has dropped to 5.8 percent -- the lowest level in six years.

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EarthFix Reports
7:59 am
Thu July 17, 2014

Oregon Nickel Mine Proposal Runs Into Stiff Opposition

North Fork of the Smith River, near Hiouchi, California.
PGHolbrook/Wikimedia Commons

Originally published on Wed July 16, 2014 11:52 am

ASHLAND, Ore. -- A Britain-based company is making preliminary moves that could lead to a 4,000-acre open-pit nickel mine being established in the headwaters of the Smith and Illinois Rivers in southwest Oregon.

The firm says it’s at the beginning of a long process of evaluating whether such a mine would even pencil out. But opponents in Oregon and California are taking no chances. They’re going all-out to kill it in the cradle.

Barbara Ullian minces no words.

“The best time to stop a mine is before it starts,” she says.

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Tech
7:18 am
Thu July 17, 2014

Microsoft Layoffs Could Make Seattle Hub Of Cloud And Mobile Tech

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella
Credit Courtesy of Microsoft

KUOW's Bill Radke speaks with GeekWire's Todd Bishop about Microsoft's layoffs announcement.

KUOW's Bill Radke speaks with Nick Wingfield of The New York Times about Microsoft layoffs.

Following the announcement by Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella that the company would undergo a 14 percent reduction in its workforce, conference rooms at the Redmond campus were reserved by the human resources.

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Commercial Real Estate
3:05 pm
Wed July 16, 2014

What's Hot Right Now: Downtown Seattle Property Values

Ross Reynolds talks with economist and real estate analyst Matthew Gardner about the commercial real estate market in Seattle.

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