Business

Hanford Nuclear Reservation
4:12 pm
Mon October 3, 2011

Layoffs add up to a sober week for Hanford workers

More than 1,000 workers at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation are getting layoff notices. This latest round of downsizing started this week due to reduced federal funding in 2012.

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Business
8:11 pm
Sun October 2, 2011

Minimum wage in Washington will rise to $9.04 in January

OLYMPIA, Wash. – Despite a slow economic recovery, inflation is up. That means Washington’s minimum wage will increase to more than $9 an hour starting in January.

That was the announcement Friday from the state. The wage hike is based on a voter approved initiative that links the minimum wage to inflation.

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Drug control
12:20 pm
Fri September 30, 2011

To fight meth, new system will track your purchases of cold-meds

The fight against meth takes many forms, one of which is a new tracking system that will limit how much cold medicine you can buy.
Eric Chan Flickr

If you’re a fan of the television series "Breaking Bad" then you know, in the words of Walter White,  that making methamphetamines "is just basic chemistry."

And some of the key chemical ingredients of meth are found in over the counter cold, flu and allergy medications which contain pseudoephedrine and ephedrine. That’s why the Washington State Board of Pharmacy is implementing a new electronic reporting system that will monitor purchases of these medications in real time.

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Economy
10:58 am
Wed September 28, 2011

Agriculture Secretary promotes jobs plan in NW

PORTLAND – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack was in Portland Tuesday to promote President Obama's American Jobs Act.

The bill aims to spur job growth by cutting payroll taxes for employers and investing in school and transportation infrastructure.

"All of these steps have been proposed in the past by Republicans and Democrats, so there is no reason why we can't get bipartisan support for these programs," Vilsack said.

Nuclear Power Plant
8:00 am
Wed September 28, 2011

NW nuclear plant back on grid just as its future is debated

Energy Northwest's Columbia Generating Station near Richland, Wash., is shown in this 2003 file photo.
Associated Press

RICHLAND, Wash. – The Northwest’s only commercial nuclear power plant is back on line. A six-month outage ended Tuesday, the same day that critics and supporters of the plant debated its future in Richland, Wash.

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Real Estate
6:51 pm
Tue September 27, 2011

Building project aims to revitalize Pioneer Square and Seattle

A construction crew prepares to break ground on Stadium Place, a new building project developers say will revitalize Pioneer Square.
Charla Bear KPLU

Construction of a shiny, new high rise is underway in Seattle’s oldest neighborhood. Residents, elected officials and the developer ushered in the Pioneer Square project they say will bring big changes to the entire city.

While one new building on the outskirts of downtown doesn’t seem like cause for a big to-do, King County’s executive, a couple of councilmembers and a former mayor all came out to the ground breaking. 

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Boeing 787 Dreamliner
11:30 am
Tue September 27, 2011

One final delay, then 787 Dreamliner finally heads for Tokyo

Hundreds of people gathered Monday for the delivery ceremony of the first Boeing 787 to be delivered to a customer.
Boeing

There were delays until the very end. Boeing’s first 787 headed for its new home in Tokyo about 45 minutes behind schedule this morning.

The Dreamliner will begin active service for Japan’s All Nippon Airways about a month from now. And Boeing is banking on years of research and design modifications in the new 787 to "wow" carriers and passengers alike.  

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Economic Downturn
11:10 am
Tue September 27, 2011

College grads driving upward spike in bankruptcy filings

Ryan Dickey Flickr

Our high school teachers always said that a college education was a sure fire way to ensure financial stability down the road but now there’s mounting evidence that no one is immune to financial disaster.

A new study found college graduates are the fastest growing group of consumers filing for bankruptcy in the nation.  And Washington State is no exception.

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Boeing
11:44 am
Mon September 26, 2011

Delivery ceremony held in Washington for 1st Boeing 787

Delivery ceremony of the first Boeing 787 is seen in this screen grab from Boeing's.

EVERETT, Wash. — Hundreds of people who gathered Monday for the delivery ceremony of the first Boeing 787 took cover from rain under the wings of two of the new airplanes at Paine Field, near the factory in Everett, Wash., where they were assembled.

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Business
11:19 am
Mon September 26, 2011

Oregon plans to charge for the convenience of online commerce

SALEM, Ore. – When you renew a professional license or pay a government fee, you’re more likely these days to do it online. Now, the state of Oregon is banking on your willingness to pay extra for that convenience.

The state is getting ready to shift to a new model of funding many of its online services. But it's not clear yet who will pay the new fees, or how much they'll cost.

Oregon pays a high-tech company more than $2.5 million a year to run the state's website. But Oregon is switching to a different company, and the state won't pay it one dime.

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Business
2:34 pm
Wed September 21, 2011

JP Morgan NW chair says fee will be disclosed at ATMs

NEAR CLE ELUM, Wash. – JPMorgan Chase is on track to comply with a new state law that requires disclosure of an 85-cent ATM fee charged to welfare recipients. So says the company’s Northwest chairman, Phyllis Campbell.

“We’re working hard to figure out how we can disclose that on our ATMs and is part of the law now and we absolutely are complying. We’re very close to making sure it will be done. The question is can it be done on other bank’s ATMs and that’s something I can’t answer,” Campbell said.

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Economy
2:26 pm
Wed September 21, 2011

Protestors try to disrupt meeting of business leaders near Cle Elum

Anti-poverty protestors outside The Association Of Washington Business Summit at Suncadia Resort on Wednesday.
Northwest News Network

NEAR CLE ELUM, Wash. – Anti-poverty activists tried to crash a meeting of business leaders at a resort in Central Washington. The action – dubbed “Showdown at Suncadia” – happened today as the state’s chamber of commerce held its annual policy summit.

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Medical care
6:07 pm
Mon September 19, 2011

NW medical school doctors paid by drug companies

Some medical students are calling for Northwest doctors to be banned from taking speaking fees from drug companies.
Flickr

Some doctors on the faculty of Northwest medical schools are getting paid by pharmaceutical companies to give talks on new drugs.

Harvard and Stanford have banned this practice. But not Oregon Health and Science University or the University of Washington. Now some medical students want similar bans here.

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Medical Marijuana
10:57 am
Mon September 19, 2011

Ellensburg planning for medical marijuana gardens

In Ellensburg, marijuana gardens would have to be inside, if the council approves its latest measures.
Flickr

ELLENSBURG, Wash. — The Ellensburg City Council will take public testimony at Monday's meeting on proposed regulations for medical marijuana dispensaries.

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Mining death
10:03 am
Mon September 19, 2011

Poor mining practices, inadequate oversight preceded miner's death

A statue of a miner stands outside Hecla Mining’s headquarters in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. The company owns the Lucky Friday Mine in Mullan, Idaho, where miner Larry Marek died in April.
Jessica Robinson KPLU

COEUR d’ALENE, Idaho – It's been five months since a rockfall at the Lucky Friday Mine in north Idaho killed veteran miner Larry Marek. Much about the accident is still unknown. But public records going back several years suggest the federal agency that oversees mines did not adequately ensure the safety of workers at the Lucky Friday.

A 2008 report on another collapse there went missing. And since Larry Marek’s death, inspectors have found a dramatically higher number of safety violations.

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