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8:47 am
Tue August 14, 2012

Abandoned rail line may become an Eastside bike trail

Bicyclists hope that a new bike trail like the Burke-Gilman Trail (pictured) will be created along the old rail line from Renton to Woodinville
kingcountyparks

The dream of a bike trail stretching from Renton to Woodinville has moved one step closer to a reality. The Port of Seattle commission today voted to approve a $15 million sale of former rail land to King County.

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liquor privatisation
3:38 pm
Mon August 13, 2012

Washington liquor prices up 17 percent over last year

In June, net liquor tax collections to Washington state came in slightly below forecast.
Austin Jenkins Northwest News Network

Washington liquor prices were 17 percent higher on average in June, compared to the same month a year ago.

The state Department of Revenue also reported sales declined in the first month private retailers could sell spirits in Washington.

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Business
5:00 am
Mon August 13, 2012

Puget Sound economy bouncing back faster than the U.S.

There have been a few glimmers of hope lately for the U.S. economy, such as a better-than-expected jobs report. But local economist Dick Conway  says there’s even more reason for optimism for the Puget Sound region. 

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Business
10:23 am
Fri August 10, 2012

Feds order T-Mobile to pay whistleblower $345,000

The U.S. Department of Labor has ordered cellphone company T-Mobile USA to pay a fired whistleblower more than $345,000.

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All Tech Considered
12:14 pm
Wed August 8, 2012

Starbucks adopting 'Square' payments; Will other merchants follow?

Square allows merchants to accept payments automatically from recognized registered customers.
Square screen grab

Originally published on Wed August 8, 2012 11:36 am

You could soon pay for a latte at Starbucks simply by walking into the store with a smartphone in your pocket and giving the cashier your name.

Square, a San Francisco-based payments startup unveiled a deal Wednesday with the world's largest coffee chain that will move its mobile payments products into Starbucks stores around the U.S. starting this fall.

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Business
8:42 am
Wed August 8, 2012

New mini-city to rise on site of Yesler Terrace housing project?

Rowhouses like these at the Yesler Terrace public housing project are slated to be torn down and replaced with a much bigger mixed-income development
Ashley Gross KPLU

Big changes are likely in store for Seattle’s oldest public housing project. A total overhaul of Yesler Terrace, just up the hill from downtown, will create a mini-city of high-rise apartments and an office tower. The Seattle city council on Wednesday is holding its last public hearing on the redevelopment of Yesler Terrace. 

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Author interview
5:00 am
Mon August 6, 2012

5 things great bosses know

What does it take to become the world's best boss? One thing it takes is knowing your evil twin.
Kumar Appaiah Flickr

Jill Geisler became a TV news director at the age of 27. She didn't know a whole lot about managing people, and she had to learn by trial and error. Now, Geisler is a leadership trainer with a new book out on how to inspire and motivate staff. It's called “Work Happy: What Great Bosses Know.”

In her interview with KPLU, Geisler put forth five strategies for becoming a better boss:

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real estate
9:40 am
Fri August 3, 2012

One Housing Sector That's Booming: Survival Realty

Years’ worth of dehydrated food, belonging to the original owner, was found in this underground home in north Idaho. Photo by Jessica Robinson

Originally published on Mon January 21, 2013 4:14 pm

COEUR D’ALENE, Idaho - The housing market in the Northwest is finally showing signs of recovery. But there’s one sector of real estate that never let up during the economic downturn. Real estate agents who sell what’s known as “survival realty” are experiencing boom times. A remote corner of the Northwest has become a hotspot for home buyers wanting to ride out disaster – natural or otherwise.

Realtor Michael White guides me from room to room in a spacious three-bedroom, three-and-a-half-bath home. Let’s just say it’s somewhere in north Idaho.

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Business
8:25 am
Fri July 27, 2012

Replacement drivers in Seattle garbage strike

Waste Management has brought in replacement truck drivers to pick up garbage Friday in Renton and for some other customers in the Seattle-Everett area where trash has been piling up since a Teamsters strike started Wednesday.

Company spokeswoman Robin Freedman says drivers brought in from outside the state are picking up garbage at hospitals, clinics, nursing home and day cares.

Renton customers also are a priority because their pickups are once every two weeks, and waiting for the next pickup would leave some garbage sitting around for a month.

Business
4:22 pm
Thu July 26, 2012

Garbage and recycling pickup disrupted by strike

Waste Management recycling drivers say there are a number of things they want the company to change
Ashley Gross KPLU

For many people in King and Snohomish counties, garbage and recycling are not getting picked up because of a strike that began Wednesday. Recycling drivers walked off the job over what they say are unfair labor practices by the company, Waste Management. Garbage haulers also stopped work today in solidarity.

Waste Management says about 220,000 households face disruptions if the strike continues. Parts of northern and central Seattle are not affected because another company, Cleanscapes, hauls garbage there.

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A list we’re not on
1:06 pm
Thu July 26, 2012

Seattleites don’t swear (as much) at work, survey shows

Bill Barber Flickr

If you cuss at work, 57 percent of bosses say they are less likely to promote you and 64 percent will at best think less of you for it, according to a survey by CareerBuilder.com.

So, Seattleites should be getting ahead in the world since we didn’t make the top ten cities in the U.S. for swearing at work.

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business
6:28 am
Thu July 26, 2012

Farewell, Buckyballs: Consumer agency files suit against magnetic toys

Buckyballs.
CPSC

Originally published on Wed July 25, 2012 3:58 pm

The Consumer Product Safety Commission has issued its first stop-sale order in 11 years, saying the magnetic toys called Buckyballs "pose a substantial risk of injury to the public," Reuters is reporting.

The CPSC has been trying to curb injuries with this toy since 2010, when it issued a recall of Buckyballs intended for those 14 years and younger. But those efforts haven't helped, the agency said when it announced that it has filed a complaint seeking to stop the company from selling the product.

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Business
5:00 am
Thu July 26, 2012

Why Amazon might make a smartphone

Neerav Bhatt

There’s been growing speculation lately that Amazon has a smartphone in the works. But why?

It’s a crowded market out there in smartphone land. There’s a whole bunch of phones based on Google’s Android software, there’s the Microsoft Windows phone, and of course, Apple’s iPhone.

Also, a small sampling of people on a downtown Seattle street didn't show a whole lot of interest in an Amazon phone.

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NPR tech news
4:39 pm
Tue July 24, 2012

Apple just made $9 billion (and investors are mad)

Daniel Hennemand (photogestion) Flickr

Originally published on Thu July 26, 2012 7:30 am

Apple reported its financial results for the quarter ended June 30, and depending how you look at it, they're either amazing or disappointing.

The company says it made $8.8 billion in profits over the course of three months. That's more than enough to buy every share of Alcoa, the global aluminum giant, which was worth just under $8.6 billion when the stock market closed this afternoon.

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Business
11:10 am
Tue July 24, 2012

Cab ride to Sea-Tac will cost more

The rate for taking a taxi to Sea-Tac Airport from downtown Seattle is going up to $40.  That's an $8 increase from the previous flat rate of $32.

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