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4:26 pm
Mon July 15, 2013

Alaska Air Challenges SeaTac Minimum Wage Initiative

Frank Kovalchek

Alaska Air Group is trying to quash a ballot initiative in the city of SeaTac that would hike wages for airport ground crew and other workers. 

The initiative would set a $15 per-hour minimum wage for hospitality and transportation workers in SeaTac—people at the airport like baggage handlers and folks who push wheelchairs, as well as hotel workers and employees at rental car companies.

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price at the pump
9:04 am
Mon July 15, 2013

AAA: Average Gas Price in Wash. Up 9 Cents, Above National Avg.

The AAA auto club reports the average price of a gallon of gasoline in Washington is $3.88.

That's up 9 cents in a week, and it's 27 cents higher than the national average.

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Business
5:00 am
Mon July 15, 2013

Analyst: Japan a Strong Contender for Boeing 777x Wing

Boeing's 777 assembly line in Everett
Ashley Gross KPLU

State and local leaders have promised Boeing expedited permitting to build its next 777 wide-body jet, as well as the plane’s carbon-fiber wing, in Washington. Still, the Puget Sound region faces competition for wing assembly not only from elsewhere in the U.S., but also from Japan.

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contract negotiations
5:36 pm
Thu July 11, 2013

Alaska Airlines, pilots reach 5-year deal without mediation

Elaine Thompson Associated Press

In an industry known for intense labor disputes and protracted negotiations, there seems to be a departure. Alaska Airlines and its pilots agreed on a new contract on their own—with no mediation, no arbitrators.  

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foreclosures
8:03 am
Thu July 11, 2013

Counter to national trend, foreclosures in Washington climb

Foreclosure 'heat map' of Seattle in June 2013
RealtyTrac

The number of foreclosures in Washington state has jumped so far this year compared with last year, counter to the national trend. 

Bank repossessions climbed 78 percent in the first half of this year, according to the foreclosure-data firm RealtyTrac. New foreclosure filings have risen as well even though, nationally, they’re dropping.

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Business
8:45 am
Tue July 9, 2013

Researchers say Seattle should better publicize sick-leave law

pixieclipx Flickr

University of Washington researchers say Seattle needs to do more to let businesses know about its paid-sick leave ordinance. They found almost half of business owners didn’t know about it as the law was taking effect last year. 

Seattle began requiring businesses with more than four employees to offer paid sick leave last Sept. 1. The city auditor hired UW researchers to conduct a survey right around that time. They found that four out of 10 employers knew nothing about it.

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Business
8:13 am
Mon July 8, 2013

Did Washington lawmakers hurt efforts to win the Boeing 777x?

Boeing's 777 assembly line in Everett
Ashley Gross KPLU

Boeing has sent a technical team to assist in the investigation of the Asiana Airlines 777 crash in San Francisco.

Meanwhile, the company is on the brink of making major business decisions about where the newest 777 will be built. Some aerospace observers, speaking off the record, say Washington state's recent legislative session may have damaged our chances of landing the assembly here. They say lawmakers failed to show Boeing the state is serious about competing with lower-wage states like South Carolina. 

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Business
3:19 pm
Fri July 5, 2013

Seattle, Tacoma and Vancouver ports aim to reduce air pollution

Bari Bookout

The ports of Seattle, Tacoma and Vancouver, B.C., are working together to dramatically reduce emissions. And they’re trying to do that without scaring away any cargo companies. 

Most of the diesel air pollution at the ports comes from ocean-going ships, but also from tug boats, cranes, trucks and trains. 

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Business
4:13 pm
Wed July 3, 2013

Boeing deliveries top Airbus so far this year in spite of 787 problems

787 Dreamliner production in Everett
Ashley Gross KPLU

Boeing has topped Airbus in airplane deliveries so far this year in spite of the Dreamliner grounding that forced Boeing to stop delivering 787s for several months. 

The 787 grounding lasted three months, but it seems to have had little effect. Boeing kept producing new Dreamliners in Everett and in South Carolina during that time, then started handing them over to customers as soon as regulators gave the OK, with the newly-modified battery, of course.

Aerospace analyst Richard Aboulafia says it was a bold and risky move to keep the Dreamliner assembly lines humming.

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Business
5:00 am
Mon July 1, 2013

Professors ask Boeing staff: Do you `live, eat, and breathe your job?'

787 production in Everett
Ashley Gross KPLU

A team of professors with the University of Puget Sound wants to know how happy—or unhappy—Boeing workers are. The professors are surveying the company's employees about their attitudes toward work with the goal of turning the research into a book. 

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Business
5:00 am
Fri June 28, 2013

`Grey's Anatomy' actor Dempsey to complete Tully's purchase

Ronald Tan

If all goes according to plan, Tully’s will have a new celebrity owner come Monday. That’s when actor Patrick Dempsey’s investment group is set to complete its purchase of the struggling coffee chain out of bankruptcy. 

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urban housing
4:37 pm
Wed June 26, 2013

Seattle City Council to weigh code changes to micro-housing

Buildings full of so-called micro-dwellings have been going up in parts of Seattle, but not without controversy. Now the Seattle City Council is getting ready to consider changes to the code to provide more oversight. 

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Business
8:22 am
Mon June 24, 2013

Facing seismic tech shift, rivals Microsoft and Oracle team up

Oracle CEO Larry Ellison
Oracle PR

 (Update: Corrects to say Ellison hired investigators to comb through trash of groups sympathetic to Microsoft, not Microsoft's own trash.)

A seismic shift in technology is pushing two longtime archrivals to work together. Oracle and Microsoft are announcing a cloud-computing partnership later Monday.

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Business
3:47 pm
Thu June 20, 2013

Will Airbus build an engineering center in Washington state?

Laurent Jegou

Airbus is reportedly considering expanding its presence in Washington state. Aviation analyst Scott Hamilton says, if it happens, that kind of investment here by Boeing’s archrival would help the state solidify its status as an aerospace mecca.

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Aerospace
3:36 pm
Wed June 19, 2013

Wash. state courts Airbus, other European companies at air show

A ground controller is seen next of a Rolls Royce engine of a British Airways Airbus A380 during the first day of the 50th Paris Air Show at Le Bourget airport, north of Paris, Monday, June 17, 2013.
Francois Mori Associated Press

Washington’s delegation to the Paris Air Show is trying to persuade more European aerospace companies to do business here. They're finding that European companies are receptive, in part because they want to do business in dollars.

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