Business http://www.kplu.org en Steve Ballmer Resigns From Microsoft Board, Saying He'll Be Busy As New Clippers Owner http://www.kplu.org/post/steve-ballmer-resigns-microsoft-board-saying-hell-be-busy-new-clippers-owner <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/163890011&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>Former Microsoft Chief Executive Officer Steve Ballmer&nbsp;is leaving the board of the software company he led for 14 years.</p><p><a href="http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/news/press/2014/aug14/08-19steveb.aspx">In a letter released on Microsoft's website</a>, Ballmer&nbsp;said he has confidence in new CEO Satya Nadella, and he has no plans to sell his shares in the "foreseeable future." Ballmer said he holds more shares than anyone other than index funds.&nbsp;</p><p> Tue, 19 Aug 2014 19:17:25 +0000 Ashley Gross 18207 at http://www.kplu.org Steve Ballmer Resigns From Microsoft Board, Saying He'll Be Busy As New Clippers Owner Boeing Begins Process Of Building Its 777X Composite Wing Plant In Everett http://www.kplu.org/post/boeing-begins-process-building-its-777x-composite-wing-plant-everett <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/163033332&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>Everett is a step closer to becoming the home of Boeing’s next wide-body jet assembly. The company has started demolition work on three buildings that will be torn down to make way for the new 777X composite wing center.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 13 Aug 2014 22:23:59 +0000 Ashley Gross 18149 at http://www.kplu.org Boeing Begins Process Of Building Its 777X Composite Wing Plant In Everett Tentative Agreement Announced In Northwest Grain Terminal Dispute http://www.kplu.org/post/tentative-agreement-announced-northwest-grain-terminal-dispute <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/162867210&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>Grain export companies and the International Longshore and Warehouse Union say they’ve reached a tentative labor agreement that could end a lockout at Portland and Vancouver ports.&nbsp;</p><p>The agreement, which was reached just before midnight, was announced by a federal mediator.</p><p> Tue, 12 Aug 2014 20:36:07 +0000 Conrad Wilson 18124 at http://www.kplu.org Dozens Of Sakuma Berry Pickers Walk Out To Protest The Firing Of A Worker http://www.kplu.org/post/dozens-sakuma-berry-pickers-walk-out-protest-firing-worker <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/162822052&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p></p> Tue, 12 Aug 2014 00:00:59 +0000 Ashley Gross 18117 at http://www.kplu.org Dozens Of Sakuma Berry Pickers Walk Out To Protest The Firing Of A Worker Are Security Requirements For Legal Pot Grows Enough? http://www.kplu.org/post/are-security-requirements-legal-pot-grows-enough <iframe width="100%" height="166" scrolling="no" frameborder="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/161986759&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false"></iframe><p>Washington state’s new pot grow operations have state-required alarm systems, dozens of cameras and tall fences. But some growers said they aren’t worried about theft and violence.</p><p>Should they be?</p><p> Thu, 07 Aug 2014 12:00:00 +0000 Anna King 18018 at http://www.kplu.org Are Security Requirements For Legal Pot Grows Enough? Mary, How Does Your Pot Garden Grow? The Tricky Business Of Yielding The Best Crop http://www.kplu.org/post/mary-how-does-your-pot-garden-grow-tricky-business-yielding-best-crop <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/161726964&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>Figuring out how to maximize yields on legal marijuana in Washington state will be tricky, and not every licensed farmer will survive the competition and the tight margins.</p><p>Take Susy Wilson’s farm near Dallesport in the Columbia Gorge. Her pot crew and support includes low-paid family and friends. And a few waist-high pot plants in her fenced-off compound look a bit sad.</p><p> Tue, 05 Aug 2014 12:01:00 +0000 Anna King 17978 at http://www.kplu.org Mary, How Does Your Pot Garden Grow? The Tricky Business Of Yielding The Best Crop At State's First Licensed Edible Pot Company, These Brothers Are All Business http://www.kplu.org/post/states-first-licensed-edible-pot-company-these-brothers-are-all-business <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/161282511&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>Washington’s recreational pot shops still aren’t selling marijuana food, partly because making the rules for it&nbsp;<a href="http://www.liq.wa.gov/publications/rules/Issue_paper_CR103_Emergency_MJ_Rules.pdf" target="_blank">turned out to be so complicated</a>. But the three brothers behind the state’s first licensed edibles processor are embracing the regulations, and generally looking to be the grown-ups in the new industry.</p><p> Mon, 04 Aug 2014 12:01:00 +0000 Gabriel Spitzer 17943 at http://www.kplu.org At State's First Licensed Edible Pot Company, These Brothers Are All Business Is It Better To Grow Marijuana Indoors Or Out? http://www.kplu.org/post/it-better-grow-marijuana-indoors-or-out <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/161608671&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>As legal pot growing operations spring to life from urban King County to remote&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">corners of Washington state, an ongoing debate has developed within this new farming community: Should</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> marijuana be grown indoors or out?</span></p><p> Mon, 04 Aug 2014 05:09:25 +0000 Anna King 17954 at http://www.kplu.org Is It Better To Grow Marijuana Indoors Or Out? NLRB Judge: Boeing Failed To Bargain In Good Faith With SPEEA http://www.kplu.org/post/nlrb-judge-boeing-failed-bargain-good-faith-speea <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/161311381&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>Boeing failed to negotiate in good faith when it refused to provide evidence to substantiate its claim that workers in the Puget Sound area cost more than workers elsewhere, a National Labor Relations Board judge ruled Friday.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;"><a href="http://links.govdelivery.com/track?type=click&amp;enid=ZWFzPTEmbWFpbGluZ2lkPTIwMTQwODAxLjM0Njc5NDYxJm1lc3NhZ2VpZD1NREItUFJELUJVTC0yMDE0MDgwMS4zNDY3OTQ2MSZkYXRhYmFzZWlkPTEwMDEmc2VyaWFsPTE3MTM4NDY3JmVtYWlsaWQ9YWdyb3NzQGtwbHUub3JnJnVzZXJpZD1hZ3Jvc3NAa3BsdS5vcmcmZmw9JmV4dHJhPU11bHRpdmFyaWF0ZUlkPSYmJg==&amp;&amp;&amp;101&amp;&amp;&amp;http://mynlrb.nlrb.gov/link/document.aspx/09031d458182f076" target="_blank">The ruling</a> was in response to an unfair labor practice charge filed by the Society of Professional Engineering Employees in Aerospace, or </span>SPEEA<span style="line-height: 1.5;">.</span></p><p> Fri, 01 Aug 2014 20:26:11 +0000 Martha Kang & Bellamy Pailthorp 17946 at http://www.kplu.org NLRB Judge: Boeing Failed To Bargain In Good Faith With SPEEA Reporter's Notebook: 'First Cut' Tells Stories Of Washington's Marijuana Farmers http://www.kplu.org/post/reporters-notebook-first-cut-tells-stories-washingtons-marijuana-farmers <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/161181646&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p> Fri, 01 Aug 2014 12:00:00 +0000 Anna King & Austin Jenkins 17934 at http://www.kplu.org Ferry Cancellation Coincides WIth Anacortes Arts Festival, Worrying Businesses http://www.kplu.org/post/ferry-cancellation-coincides-anacortes-arts-festival-worrying-businesses <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/161159285&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>With four vessels out of service, users of Washington state’s ferry system are coping with disruptions all around Puget Sound. In Anacortes, the international ferry to Sidney, British Columbia <a href="http://www.kplu.org/post/ferry-delays-almost-everywhere-state-repositions-fleet">is canceled through Friday</a>, and business leaders in Anacortes say they’re concerned that hotels could be hurt on the town’s busiest weekend of the year. &nbsp;</p><p> Fri, 01 Aug 2014 00:05:07 +0000 Ashley Gross 17930 at http://www.kplu.org Ferry Cancellation Coincides WIth Anacortes Arts Festival, Worrying Businesses Northwest Farmers Worried About Visa Backup For Legal Migrant Workers http://www.kplu.org/post/northwest-farmers-worried-about-visa-backup-legal-migrant-workers <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/161129107&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>A breakdown in a&nbsp;U.S. State Department&nbsp;computer system that processes foreign worker visas has sowed major worries at some Northwest orchards.</p><p>Those farmers are concerned about getting enough pickers for late summer and fall crops.</p><p> Thu, 31 Jul 2014 17:33:58 +0000 Tom Banse 17926 at http://www.kplu.org Northwest Farmers Worried About Visa Backup For Legal Migrant Workers Boeing Will Handle Final Assembly Of 787-10 In South Carolina, Not Washington http://www.kplu.org/post/boeing-will-handle-final-assembly-787-10-south-carolina-not-washington <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15.454545021057129px; line-height: 15px;">Boeing says final assembly of its 787-10 plane, a planned larger version of its "Dreamliner" aircraft, will take place in South Carolina.</p><p></p><div style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15.454545021057129px; line-height: 15px;"><p>The company says the work will be done in North Charleston, South Carolina, because the plane is too large to efficiently transport it from North Charleston to a facility in Washington state. The 787-10 is still being designed and Boeing expects to start final assembly of the first planes in 2017.</p> Wed, 30 Jul 2014 19:44:05 +0000 The Associated Press 17911 at http://www.kplu.org BNSF’s Proposal For One-Person Train Crews Concerns Rail Workers http://www.kplu.org/post/bnsf-s-proposal-one-person-train-crews-concerns-rail-workers <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/160874589&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Railroad workers are speaking out against a proposal by Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway to have single-employee freight train crews. They say the idea is unsafe, especially in light of the increasing transportation of crude oil by rail.</span></p><p> Tue, 29 Jul 2014 23:44:53 +0000 Ashley Gross 17894 at http://www.kplu.org BNSF’s Proposal For One-Person Train Crews Concerns Rail Workers Seattle-Based Redfin May Get A Higher IPO Price After Zillow-Trulia Deal, Banker Says http://www.kplu.org/post/seattle-based-redfin-may-get-higher-ipo-price-after-zillow-trulia-deal-banker-says <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/160820281&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p> Tue, 29 Jul 2014 16:26:52 +0000 Ashley Gross 17879 at http://www.kplu.org Seattle-Based Redfin May Get A Higher IPO Price After Zillow-Trulia Deal, Banker Says