Business http://kplu.org en Analyst: Microsoft CEO 'Seizing The Moment' Restructuring For Mobile World http://kplu.org/post/analyst-microsoft-ceo-seizing-moment-restructuring-mobile-world <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/159293956&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>More than 1,300 Microsoft employees in the Puget Sound region got their pink slips Thursday as part of announced cuts to the worldwide workforce that could total 18,000 by the end of the year — the biggest in the company’s history.</p> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 12:00:00 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 17796 at http://kplu.org Analyst: Microsoft CEO 'Seizing The Moment' Restructuring For Mobile World Microsoft To Cut Up To 18,000 Jobs; 1,351 In Puget Sound Area http://kplu.org/post/microsoft-cut-18000-jobs-1351-puget-sound-area <iframe width="100%" height="166" scrolling="no" frameborder="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/159118241&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>Microsoft says it will cut up to 18,000 jobs in what observers are calling the company's largest layoff ever. The news came in <a href="http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/news/press/2014/jul14/07-17announcement1.aspx">an e-mail from CEO Satya Nadella.</a></p> Thu, 17 Jul 2014 13:22:02 +0000 Ed Ronco & The Associated Press 17768 at http://kplu.org Microsoft To Cut Up To 18,000 Jobs; 1,351 In Puget Sound Area Bumpy Start For State Pot Stores As They Try To Juggle Supply, Demand, Staffing http://kplu.org/post/bumpy-start-state-pot-stores-they-try-juggle-supply-demand-staffing <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/159059271&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>Buying legal pot is turning into a game of Where’s Waldo. Stores are open one day, but closed the next. A small handful of shops are still doing business, but that could change at any time.&nbsp;</p><p> Thu, 17 Jul 2014 04:08:03 +0000 Monica Spain 17767 at http://kplu.org Bumpy Start For State Pot Stores As They Try To Juggle Supply, Demand, Staffing Washington Jobless Rate At 6-Year Low, But Rural Counties Still Lag http://kplu.org/post/washington-jobless-rate-6-year-low-rural-counties-still-lag <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/159029495&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 jobless rate has dropped to below 6 percent —&nbsp;the lowest level in six years, according to the June jobs report released Wednesday.</p><p>Seattle’s King County is leading the recovery, but most Washington counties remain above the statewide average. And some rural counties of the state are much higher.</p><p> Wed, 16 Jul 2014 23:29:47 +0000 Austin Jenkins 17763 at http://kplu.org Moses Lake Selected As Test Flight Center For Japanese Regional Jet http://kplu.org/post/moses-lake-selected-test-flight-center-japanese-regional-jet <p style="margin-bottom: 1.5em; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 12px; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); line-height: 14.40143871307373px;">A Japanese airplane maker will test its new regional jet in Moses Lake, Washington.&nbsp;<span style="font-size: 12px;">Mitsubishi&nbsp;Aircraft Company made that announcement Monday at the </span>Farnborough<span style="font-size: 12px;"> Air Show in England.&nbsp;</span></p><p style="margin-bottom: 1.5em; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 12px; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); line-height: 14.40143871307373px;">Gov. Jay Inslee is attending the air show with a delegation. He told reporters in a conference call that Mitsubishi’s investment could put central Washington on the global map for flight tests.</p><p> Tue, 15 Jul 2014 15:40:11 +0000 Austin Jenkins 17722 at http://kplu.org Moses Lake Selected As Test Flight Center For Japanese Regional Jet Seattle City Light CEO Apologizes For Mistakes, Admits He Did Ask For A Raise http://kplu.org/post/seattle-city-light-ceo-apologizes-mistakes-admits-he-did-ask-raise <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/157209348&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;">The head of Seattle City Light wanted positive news stories and even hired a reputation-management firm to help achieve that. Instead, he’s been facing a flurry of negative news stories and on Thursday, CEO Jorge held a news conference to apologize for mistakes he’s made.</span></p><p> Fri, 04 Jul 2014 00:04:28 +0000 Ashley Gross 17581 at http://kplu.org Seattle City Light CEO Apologizes For Mistakes, Admits He Did Ask For A Raise Tenants With Disabilities Filing Suit Over Sale Of Seattle Apartment Building http://kplu.org/post/tenants-disabilities-filing-suit-over-sale-seattle-apartment-building <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/157069217&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="font-size: 14pt; line-height: 115%; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; background-image: initial; background-attachment: initial; background-size: initial; background-origin: initial; background-clip: initial; background-position: initial; background-repeat: initial;">A group of disabled and elderly tenants being priced out of a Seattle apartment building are striking back. </span></p><p><span style="font-size: 14pt; line-height: 115%; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; background-image: initial; background-attachment: initial; background-size: initial; background-origin: initial; background-clip: initial; background-position: initial; background-repeat: initial;">Several residents of the Theodora Apartments in Ravenna have filed suit under federal fair housing laws.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Thu, 03 Jul 2014 15:34:04 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 17554 at http://kplu.org Tenants With Disabilities Filing Suit Over Sale Of Seattle Apartment Building Feds Say T-Mobile Tucked Bogus Charges Into Bills, Hid Them From Customers http://kplu.org/post/feds-say-t-mobile-tucked-bogus-charges-bills-hid-them-customers <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/156907239&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>Federal regulators are <a href="http://www.ftc.gov/system/files/documents/cases/140701tmobilecmpt.pdf">taking Bellevue-based T-Mobile to court</a>, accusing the company of billing customers for services they never signed up for.</p><p>Those services might include flirting tips, horoscopes or celebrity gossip.</p><p> Tue, 01 Jul 2014 23:10:13 +0000 Gabriel Spitzer 17516 at http://kplu.org Feds Say T-Mobile Tucked Bogus Charges Into Bills, Hid Them From Customers Judge: Sakuma Brothers Farms Must Provide Housing For Migrant Workers' Families http://kplu.org/post/judge-sakuma-brothers-farms-must-provide-housing-migrant-workers-families <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/156235437&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 Skagit County Superior Court judge <a href="http://mediad.publicbroadcasting.net/p/kplu/files/201406/2014_06_26_Familias_Prop_Permanent_Injunction_Order_Final_%281%29.pdf?__utma=39075193.919676484.1401811639.1403822373.1403843759.76&amp;__utmb=39075193.500.9.1403846725668&amp;__utmc=39075193&amp;__utmx=-&amp;__utmz=39075193.1403564076.62.5.utmcsr=google|utmccn=(organic)|utmcmd=organic|utmctr=(not%20provided)&amp;__utmv=-&amp;__utmk=14233333">sided with migrant berry pickers</a> on Thursday by ordering their employer,&nbsp;Sakuma Brothers Farms, to provide housing for the workers' family members.&nbsp;</p><p>The workers took the farm owners to court over a new policy to no longer provide housing for workers’ family members.&nbsp;They argued the policy was intended as punishment for workers who went on strike last year.</p><p> Thu, 26 Jun 2014 23:43:00 +0000 Paula Wissel 17439 at http://kplu.org Judge: Sakuma Brothers Farms Must Provide Housing For Migrant Workers' Families Legal Wash. State Pot Stores Opening Soon, But Production Lags http://kplu.org/post/legal-wash-state-pot-stores-opening-soon-production-lags <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/156137988&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>Eric Cooper has a sort of "The Dude" vibe: Hawaiian shirt, leather brown sandals and a bushy silver goatee. He smoked weed for the first time when he was about 14. He’s a former contractor and registered nurse. Cooper grew medical marijuana, and now he’s one of the owners of&nbsp;<a href="http://www.monkeygrassfarms.com/" target="_blank">Monkey Grass Farms</a>&nbsp;in Wenatchee, Washington.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Monkey Grass Farms is one of the big boys: a tier-3 Washington state-licensed indoor pot grow. That means they can nurture about 21,000-square-feet of marijuana plants.</span></p><p> Thu, 26 Jun 2014 15:49:29 +0000 Anna King 17404 at http://kplu.org Legal Wash. State Pot Stores Opening Soon, But Production Lags Washington Supreme Court To Hear Sea-Tac Airport Minimum Wage Fight http://kplu.org/post/washington-supreme-court-hear-sea-tac-airport-minimum-wage-fight <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/156141897&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>Should SeaTac’s voter-approved $15 per hour minimum wage apply to workers at&nbsp;Seattle-Tacoma International Airport? Washington’s Supreme Court will hear oral arguments on that question today.</p><p>The case pits airport vendors, Alaska Airlines and the Port of Seattle against supporters of the higher wage.</p><p> Thu, 26 Jun 2014 14:32:31 +0000 Austin Jenkins 17412 at http://kplu.org Washington Supreme Court To Hear Sea-Tac Airport Minimum Wage Fight How Changes To Role Of Export-Import Bank Could Affect Wash. State Businesses http://kplu.org/post/how-changes-role-export-import-bank-could-affect-wash-state-businesses <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/155885022&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Washington state businesses are following with growing anxiety a debate in the other Washington over the future of the Export-Import Bank. Today, members of a Congressional committee are holding a hearing on whether the obscure federal agency amounts to corporate welfare.</span></p><p> Wed, 25 Jun 2014 12:00:00 +0000 Ashley Gross 17373 at http://kplu.org How Changes To Role Of Export-Import Bank Could Affect Wash. State Businesses Port Of Seattle Proposes Lifting Airport Workers’ Minimum Wage To $13 By 2017 http://kplu.org/post/port-seattle-proposes-lifting-airport-workers-minimum-wage-13-2017 <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Port of Seattle Commission has introduced a plan to set a higher minimum wage for workers at </span>Sea-Tac<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> International Airport. </span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The resolution would lift the minimum wage to $11.22 per hour this coming January, then increase the wage to $13 by 2017. The port would also require employers to provide paid days off to their workers.</span></p> Tue, 24 Jun 2014 22:52:04 +0000 Ashley Gross 17370 at http://kplu.org Port Of Seattle Proposes Lifting Airport Workers’ Minimum Wage To $13 By 2017 Wash. High Court To Hear Appeal In SeaTac Minimum Wage Lawsuit http://kplu.org/post/wash-high-court-hear-appeal-seatac-minimum-wage-lawsuit <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/155301590&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>It’s been almost six months since some transportation and hospitality workers in the city of SeaTac got a raise to $15 an hour, but ground crew workers at the airport haven’t received that raise because of a county judge’s ruling.</p> Mon, 23 Jun 2014 12:00:00 +0000 Ashley Gross 17306 at http://kplu.org Wash. High Court To Hear Appeal In SeaTac Minimum Wage Lawsuit Berry Pickers Battle Sakuma Bros. Farms In Court Over Housing Policy Change http://kplu.org/post/berry-pickers-battle-sakuma-bros-farms-court-over-housing-policy-change <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/155102601&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>Even as the summer berry season gets underway, some of the workers who pick those berries have been battling with a Skagit County farm in court. They’ve challenged&nbsp;Sakuma Brothers Farms over its new policy to no longer provide housing for workers’ family members.&nbsp;</p> Thu, 19 Jun 2014 17:44:24 +0000 Ashley Gross 17258 at http://kplu.org Berry Pickers Battle Sakuma Bros. Farms In Court Over Housing Policy Change