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2:57 pm
Mon October 8, 2012

A record crusie ship season in Seattle

jdnx Flickr

A record number of cruise ship passengers shoved off from Port of Seattle this year, according to Port officials. Hitting a new height of 933,900 passengers aboard 202 ships. Each of those ships generates $2.1 million for the local economy, according to the consulting firm Martin Associates, including everything from taxes to tourism to stocking the galley.

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Airline problems
9:37 am
Mon October 8, 2012

Significant flight delays for Alaska Airlines

The airline has been unable to check in passengers for any flight since 7:40 a.m. Monday.
Eric Prado Flickr

Company officials say a computer problem is causing significant delays for all Alaska Airlines flights.

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washington agriculture
9:43 am
Thu October 4, 2012

Northwest farmers plant wheat in dust, hope for rain

The National Weather Service says the Northwest will likely see below normal precipitation through December. Photo by Scott Butner via Flickr

Originally published on Thu October 4, 2012 7:43 am

PROSSER, Wash. – Most of us may be enjoying the fall sunshine, but Northwest wheat farmers are instead wishing for a little rain.

Nicole Berg digs her clean-up-to-now nails into the dry crusty soil on her farm.

About four to five inches down, there still isn’t any hint of past rain.

A few farmers did get some showers. Despite high-tech forecasts, Berg says often knowing when to plant still comes down to a hunch, decades of experience and an old wheat farmer adage.

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Washington apple crop
7:59 am
Wed October 3, 2012

In Washington State, Picker Shortage Threatens Apple Boom

Amilia Magno, 23, of Pasco, Wash., carries a heavy load of buckeye gala apples in Broetje Orchards near Prescott, Wash.
Anna King Northwest News Network

Originally published on Wed October 3, 2012 2:57 pm

In western Michigan, there aren't enough apples to pick because bad weather decimated 85 to 90 percent of the crop. But Washington state has the opposite problem — there's an abundance of apples, but not enough pickers.

This should be the happiest, busiest time of year in Washington apple orchards. But now — just as the peak of apple harvest is coming on — Broetje Orchards manager Roger Bairstow is wincing.

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Business
1:04 pm
Tue October 2, 2012

Forty percent of jobs in Washington state are tied to trade

Even barista jobs at Starbucks can be connected to trade, if the customer is from a different country
Hawkins Multimedia

Trade is even more important to Washington state’s economy than previously thought. A new report says 40 percent of jobs in the state are connected to exports and imports.

A lot of that trade, of course, stems from very expensive airplanes produced and shipped from Washington. But the new report from two trade booster groups sheds light on other parts of our state’s economy connected to trade - like international tourism.

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Boeing union
10:19 am
Tue October 2, 2012

Boeing engineers union rejects contract offer 


Boeing's union of engineers and technical workers has rejected the aerospace giant's first contract offer in ballots tallied Monday night.

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Boeing Dreamliner
11:59 am
Mon October 1, 2012

First Boeing 787 on Seattle-Tokyo route lands at Sea-Tac

A Boeing 787 operated by All Nippon Airways taxis under a rainbow created by fire trucks at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport on Monday in Seattle.
The Associated Press

SEATAC, Wash. — Fire trucks spraying rainbows of water Monday morning greeted the first All Nippon Airways 787 to land in commercial service at Sea-Tac Airport.

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ranching
11:36 pm
Sun September 30, 2012

Drought, wildfires force ranchers to look for efficiencies

University of Idaho Professor Rod Hill and part of the university's purebred herd. Photo by Tom Banse

Originally published on Mon October 8, 2012 2:33 pm

The people who raise cattle destined to become steak or hamburger on your dinner plate are feeling the pinch. Wildfires this summer have scorched more than a million acres of Northwest rangeland. In addition, the Midwest drought is driving up feed costs across the board.

Now ranches and feedlots are looking to cut their feed costs in the short term... And longer term, have an eye on making the cattle themselves more efficient.

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agriculture
3:56 pm
Fri September 28, 2012

U.S. apple processors paying double for fruit

Early Fuji apples about to be picked at Chiawana Orchards near Pasco, Washington. Photo by Anna King

Originally published on Fri September 28, 2012 3:33 pm

RICHLAND, Wash. – U.S. apple processors are paying nearly double what they did just two years ago to make sauce and juice.

Bad weather pummeled other apple growing regions of the world. And a worker shortage is slowing down the harvest in the Northwest.

Apple crops in New York, Michigan, Canada and Europe are down from bad weather. And China, the world’s largest apple producer, is keeping more fruit at home for its growing middle class. That means the price of processing-apples has gone up at least $100 a ton from just two years ago.

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Business
3:11 pm
Fri September 28, 2012

Potential longshoremen strike temporarily averted, easing farmers' concerns

Seattle's grain terminal
Joe Mabel

Update: A potential strike by longshoremen in the Pacific Northwest has been temporarily averted, according to a spokesman for the grain terminal operators.  The terminal operators have been trying to reach a new contract with longshoremen at six ports in Washington and Oregon.

Pat McCormick of the Pacific Northwest Grain Handlers' Association, which represents the terminal operators, says the two sides have agreed to continue talks into mid-October even though the contract expires this Sunday.

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NPR tech news
7:43 am
Fri September 28, 2012

Apple Is 'Extremely Sorry' For Its Much-Maligned Maps, CEO Tim Cook Says

Will it take you where you want to go? A new iPhone 5 and Apple's new mapping software.
Beck Diefenbach Reuters /Landov

Originally published on Fri September 28, 2012 7:46 am

How much of a "public relations disaster" has Apple's new mapping software been?

Big enough that the famously proud company has apologized — and suggested that users can turn to arch rival Google Maps instead.

In a message "to our customers" posted this morning, CEO Tim Cook says:

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Microsoft and immigration
2:13 pm
Thu September 27, 2012

Microsoft proposes 'pay-to-play' immigration plan to grow workforce

The risk of waiting for the education of American workers to catch up and fill high-tech jobs, Microsoft said, is that unfilled high-tech jobs could migrate overseas.
Robert Scoble Flickr

With 6,000 high-tech jobs on the table, Microsoft said today it has a pay-to-play plan that would increase the number of H-1B visas to the U.S. by 20,000 and raise more than $500 million for education.

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NPR tech news
3:31 pm
Wed September 26, 2012

Some rental computer users got more than they bargained for

Ever feel like someone is watching you? The Federal Trade Commission finds you could be right — if you've used a rental computer.
iStockphoto

Originally published on Thu September 27, 2012 6:12 am

Rent-to-own companies may have a right to use software to track the computers they lease out — and disable them remotely if a customer stops making payments.

But they don't have the right to spy on their customers, which is exactly what the Federal Trade Commission says took place. The agency found that the compromised data included everything from passwords to highly personal images.

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Business
11:19 am
Wed September 26, 2012

Boeing responds to fear that some retirees could lose medical coverage

Boeing’s proposal to SPEEA has language that suggests the company could drop coverage for people who have already retired.
The Associated Press

Some Boeing retirees fear they could be in danger of losing their medical coverage under a new contract the company has proposed to its engineers' union, SPEEA.

Update 9-26 – Boeing sent out the following response this morning by email: "Boeing has no plans to eliminate retiree medical benefits for current retirees. If we’d had the opportunity to discuss our proposal with the union, we could have clarified that we did not intend to change the status quo with respect to retiree medical benefits. Regrettably, SPEEA has chosen to sensationalize the issue and cause unnecessary concern."

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garbage haulers strike
11:16 am
Tue September 25, 2012

Seattle residents to get $10 from garbage strike

Seattle residents will get a $10 credit on their next waste bill as a result of a settlement between the city and Waste Management following an eight-day strike that stopped collections.

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