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Business
3:17 pm
Mon June 17, 2013

King County launches web site for electronic property tax appeals

  People who are anxious about the possibility of their property taxes going up have a new resource to turn to. King County just launched a web site to allow homeowners to appeal their property valuations electronically. They can use the site to look up comparable sales and submit that information along with the appeal.

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Business
5:00 am
Fri June 14, 2013

Washington aerospace companies celebrate Airbus test flight (quietly)

The Airbus A350 takes off sucesfully on its maiden flight.
Bob Edme The Associated Press

Each maiden voyage of a Boeing airplane has been cause for much celebration in Washington state. But now there’s a big chunk of the local aerospace industry that also supplies Boeing’s main rival, Airbus. So when a new Airbus plane takes to the skies – like the A350 earlier today – a large contingent of workers here in Boeing’s backyard watches with pride.

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Microsoft
10:37 am
Mon June 10, 2013

Microsoft giving Xbox 360 a makover; hundreds of new games

Microsoft Corp. kicked off its Electronic Entertainment Expo presentation Monday by unveiling a new Xbox 360 with a design inspired by its upcoming next-generation Xbox One console.

Yusuf Mehdi, Microsoft's vice president of marketing and strategy, says the updated Xbox 360 is "smaller, sleeker and as quiet as ever." Mehdi added it would be available beginning Monday.

Business
5:00 am
Mon June 10, 2013

Are fees eating away at your 401(k) retirement account?

Tax Credits

In the wake of the recession, many people are trying to rebuild their retirement accounts. That can be tough if investment companies charge high fees. A recent "Frontline" special called the Retirement Gamble investigated how fees can eat away at people’s savings.

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Business
5:00 am
Fri June 7, 2013

Skagit Valley eatery goes for the laughs to attract business

Facebook post of bratwurst sushi from Sakura Japanese Steakhouse and Sushi Bar in Burlington, WA.
Alex Kim

As state engineers work around the clock to install a temporary bridge to replace the collapsed Interstate 5 bridge span in Mount Vernon, one nearby restaurant manager is finding creative ways to keep customers coming. 

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Business
2:02 am
Fri June 7, 2013

How To Sell Coke To People Who Have Never Had A Sip

Lam Thuy Vo NPR

Originally published on Mon June 10, 2013 12:05 pm

For years, there were only three countries in the world that didn't officially sell Coca-Cola: Cuba, North Korea and Myanmar, formerly known as Burma.

Now, after 60 years, Coke is back in Myanmar. Sanctions were lifted last year on the country. Just this week, Coca-Cola opened its new bottling plant outside of Yangon. Now all the company has to do is figure out a way to sell all that Coke to people who may not remember what it tastes like.

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Business
1:26 pm
Thu June 6, 2013

Alaska Air reaches tentative deal with its pilots

Frank Kovalchek

Alaska Air has reached a tentative five-year contract with its nearly 1,500 pilots. It’s a bright note in an industry known for testy labor relations.

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Business
3:18 pm
Tue June 4, 2013

Amazon adds Dora the Explorer, other kids' shows with Viacom deal

Alan Alfaro

Amazon has signed a deal with Viacom for online rights to hundreds of TV shows. But the most important shows are ones geared toward kids.

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Business
5:19 pm
Thu May 30, 2013

Fast-food workers walk out during job, demand better pay

Workers and their supporters rally for better pay and the right to organize,outside Qdoba on Broadway in Seattle.
Bellamy Pailthorp Photos KPLU News

Workers at fast-food restaurants all over Seattle walked off the job Thursday and rallied outside, taking part in a national movement calling for better wages and the right to organize.

The workers walked out of Taco Bell in Ballard, Burger King in Lake City, Taco Del Mar in the U-District, and Arby’s in Georgetown. During the lunch hour on Broadway, dozens of workers and their supporters waved signs outside an empty Qdoba franchise, demanding a living wage of $15 per hour. 

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Marijuana Business
4:08 pm
Thu May 30, 2013

Seattle investor declares the advent of ‘Big Marijuana’

Former President Vicente Fox of Mexico is supporting efforts to create a national retail brand for marijuana.
Gabriel Spitzer KPLU

A Seattle investment group has declared the advent of “Big Marijuana,” but big questions remain about just how their multimillion dollar nationwide pot business would work.

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paid sick-leave
5:00 am
Thu May 30, 2013

Tacoma group pushes paid sick leave ordinance

pixieclipx Flickr

A group in Tacoma is starting a campaign to get a paid sick leave ordinance passed. The supporters are taking a cue from the city of Seattle, which last year began mandating that businesses offer paid time off for illnesses. 

Healthy Tacoma is a coalition of nonprofits, labor unions, and religious groups pushing to get the sick-leave ordinance passed. They say about 40,000 workers in Tacoma can’t take a paid day off work when they or a family member is sick. Many of those people work in food service, increasing the chance that they’ll spread the illness to others. 

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Business
2:39 pm
Thu May 23, 2013

Amazon shareholders tell Bezos: Enough with the violent products

Associated Press

Once a year, Amazon shareholders have a chance to ask billionaire CEO Jeff Bezos anything they wish. At this year’s annual meeting, a number of them urged Bezos to stop selling brutal video games and other products that glorify violence. 

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marijuana legalization
4:41 pm
Tue May 21, 2013

Cash only for marijuana businesses after credit union backs away

Keith Seinfeld kplu

Verity Credit Union has backed away from helping marijuana businesses open checking accounts. The move is a major setback for pot businesses as the Seattle credit union had been the only financial institution in the state openly providing banking to those shops.

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Airport worker wage
5:01 am
Fri May 17, 2013

Sea-Tac workers aim for pay raise with ballot initiative

Elaine Thompson Associated Press

Workers at Sea-Tac Airport are trying to get a big pay raise by way of a ballot initiative. If approved, the increase would put them 60 percent over the state’s minimum wage of $9.19 per hour.

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digital culture
5:01 am
Thu May 16, 2013

Why I ditched my smartphone

Ashley Gross' "dumb phone" is seen next to her co-workers' smartphones in this photo.

By the end of this year, about one and a half billion people will have a smartphone. That’s one for every five people on the planet—and remember, that number includes babies.

But I'm one of the ones who longs for the good old days—you know, when phones were just used to call people. It's not that I'm a complete Luddite; I just have a hard time restraining myself with such a cool gadget and not letting it take over my life. That's why I decided to ditch my smartphone. 

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