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Affordable Housing
3:26 pm
Wed March 12, 2014

Real Estate Developer Responds To Picketing Tenants

The Theodora Rescue Committee and Lockhaven Tenants Union picketed at the Goodman Real Estate headquarters on Tuesday.
Tenants Union of Washington's Facebook page.

Marcie Sillman speaks with George Petrie, CEO of Goodman Real Estate, about its purchase of the Theodora apartments in Ravenna. Petrie responds to Tenants Union of Washington's accusations of the Seattle-based real estate developer as being "predatory."

Ski Resort Damages
8:46 am
Wed March 12, 2014

Intentional Avalanche Destroys Crystal Mountain Chairlift

The remains of a slab avalanche at Crystal Mountain.
Crystal Mountain Resort

An avalanche destroyed a chairlift at the Crystal Mountain resort near Mount Rainier on Monday afternoon when the resort was closed. The avalanche was intentionally set off by the resort's ski patrol and no one was hurt.

Despite the destruction, patrollers say they have no regrets.

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Container Ships
12:40 am
Wed March 12, 2014

After A Downturn, Global Shipping Bets Big On Everything

A container ship docked at Port Elizabeth in New Jersey. No one on the pier knows for sure what exactly the containers carry — anything from frozen chicken to computers.
Jonathan Blakley NPR

Originally published on Thu March 13, 2014 8:22 am

On a cold, blustery day at Port Elizabeth in New Jersey, one of several massive cranes whirs along a rail high above the pier, picks up a heavy container from a ship's deck and loads it on a waiting truck back on land. The truck drives away, another arrives, and the whole process starts again.

It's a scene played out every day along America's coasts as massive container ships from across the globe pull into deep-water seaports, waiting to be unloaded. The ships are enormous — some 10 stories high and several football fields long.

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Affordable Housing
3:55 pm
Tue March 11, 2014

Tenants Picket Goodman Real Estate

Flickr Photo/Ashley Brown (CC BY-NC-ND)

Marcie Sillman speaks with Tim Doub, a resident of the Theodora apartments, and Eliana Horn, a community organizer with the Tenants Union of Washington State, about why they are picketing the Seattle-based Goodman Real Estate.

Tech News
3:48 pm
Mon March 10, 2014

New Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella Ushers In Changes

Flickr Photo/Heisenberg Media (CC BY-NC-ND)

Steve Scher and Todd Bishop discuss the changes Microsoft's new CEO Satya Nadella is implementing.

Industrial Zoning
10:18 am
Mon March 10, 2014

Development Planning For Sodo, Seattle's 'Gritty Backbone'

Sodo development is in the midst of tension between sports boosters and the maritime industry.
Credit Flickr Photo/ArtBrom (CC-BY-NC-ND)

The stadium district in Seattle is located at the northern end of a larger swath of the city that's officially known as the Duwamish Manufacturing and Industrial Center, but more commonly referred to as Sodo.

It’s the largest concentration of industrially zoned land in Seattle and home to Harbor Island, the largest container port facility in the Pacific Northwest, as well as the Seattle Seahawks, Sounders and Mariners teams.

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Economy
3:55 pm
Fri March 7, 2014

Zachary Karabell: Unemployment Rate Doesn't Tell Us Much

Zachary Karabell's "The Leading Indicators."

David Hyde talks with Zachary Karabell, head of Global Strategy at the financial services firm Envestnet, about why we shouldn't use the unemployment rate to inform public policy.

Karabell is also the author "The Leading Indicators: A Short History of the Numbers That Rule Our World."

Labor Leadership
3:35 pm
Fri March 7, 2014

Boeing Machinist Union Has A New Leader

Flickr Photo/Chuck Taylor (CC BY-NC-ND)

Steve Scher talks with newly-elected District Lodge 751 President Jon Holden about the direction he plans to take the Boeing Machinist Union.

"Our goal needs to be how we unify back to the membership to a position of strength in order to secure the best standard of living for our members that we can," he said.

The Week In Review
1:49 pm
Fri March 7, 2014

Minimum Wage Concerns, Pot Licenses, And Waterfront Week

Sean Green, seated right, is congratulated by Sean Fitzgerald, left, as Scott O'Neil looks on before Green is issued his new Washington state legal marijuana license Wednesday, March 5, 2014, in Olympia, Wash.
AP Photo/Elaine Thompson

Small business owners voice concerns on a proposed $15 minimum wage, and the state issues its first marijuana business license to a grower from Spokane. Seattle also gets a glimpse into its future waterfront plans

Steve Scher reviews these stories and more with Eli Sanders of The Stranger, news analyst Joni Balter, Peter Jackson of the Everett Herald and Livewire's Luke Burbank.

Jobs Recovery
9:31 am
Fri March 7, 2014

Milestone: Washington Now Has More People Working Than Before Recession

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

Washington’s Employment Security Department says the state now has more people working than before the start of the Great Recession.

It's an important milestone in the recovery. And though it comes as a result of genuine progress, it received an assist from a federal benchmarking that showed the state didn’t lose as many jobs as originally thought.

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Business Merger
8:51 am
Fri March 7, 2014

Grocery Chains Safeway And Albertson's Announce Merger Deal

Originally published on Thu March 6, 2014 3:43 pm

Private equity firm Cerberus Capital Management has offered to buy Safeway, Inc., the nation's second-largest grocery chain, for a reported $9.4 billion. Cerberus plans to merge Safeway with another grocer, Albertson's.

"Safeway has been focused on better meeting shoppers' diverse needs through local, relevant assortment, an improved price/value proposition and a great shopping experience that has driven improved sales trends," Safeway CEO Robert Edwards said in a statement. "We are excited about continuing this momentum as a combined organization."

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Northwest Railway
8:18 am
Fri March 7, 2014

Passengers Wait Hours For Empire Builder, America's Least Reliable Train

Amtrak's Empire Builder rolls past the Izaak Walton Inn in Essex, Mont.

Originally published on Fri March 7, 2014 10:00 am

The worst train in America is right here in the Northwest: the famed Empire Builder.

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City Planning
3:25 pm
Thu March 6, 2014

Latest Plans For Seattle Waterfront Include A Pool On A Floating Barge

Flickr Photo/Curtis Cronn (CC BY-NC-ND)

Steve Scher talks with architect James Corner about his vision for Seattle waterfront's future.

Marketing
3:19 pm
Thu March 6, 2014

Vibrant Or Eyesore: Seattle's Great Wall Ad Debate

Big advertisement signs like this one outside the KUOW studios can be found throughout Seattle.
KUOW Photo/Akiko Oda

David Hyde interviews Erica C. Barnett on a city proposal to regulate multi-story advertisements that are cropping up on the sides of buildings around Seattle. 

Agriculture
3:18 pm
Thu March 6, 2014

Demise Of The Alpaca Bubble

Flickr Photo/Shelby Root (CC BY-NC-ND)

David Hyde talks with Rich Sexton, chair of the Agricultural and Resource Economics Department at the University of California, Davis. Sexton explains the making of the alpaca boom and why it's now bursting.

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