Business

Washington State Ferries
8:58 am
Wed August 31, 2011

Washington ferry fares going up 2.5 percent in October

New fare rates for Washington state ferries have been announced.
WSDOT

OLYMPIA, Wash. — Within the plans to increase fares, cars shorter than 14 feet will be charged a lower fare on Washington ferries and bike riders won't need an annual permit under changes approved by the state Transportation Commission.

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State liquor sales
5:35 pm
Tue August 30, 2011

Wash. prepares to accept bids to privatize liquor distribution

While Washington is figuring out how to judge a quality bid for distributing liquor, voters in 2012 could make the entire system private.
Chris Flickr

OLYMPIA, Wash. – The state of Washington is getting ready to accept bids from private companies to take over the distribution of liquor. One question: how to evaluate the financial promises the bidders make.

This was a key topic Tuesday as state leaders met in advance of the formal bid process that’s about to get underway.

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Business
3:23 pm
Tue August 30, 2011

Downtown shoppers will see JC Penny after 30-year hiatus

JC Penny's new location in downtown Seattle will be in the three-story Kress building at Third Avenue and Pike Street.
Dan Neslon Flickr

It’s been almost 30 years but JC Penny is making a comeback. The Seattle Times reports the clothing-store chain is planning to set up shop just one block from where the original store once stood.

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National Labor Rights Week
2:34 pm
Tue August 30, 2011

Mexican Consulate hosting free labor rights workshops

The Mexican government will be helping workers in and around Seattle know their rights and learn ways to protect themselves from unscrupulous employers.
Chris de Rham Flickr

Latino workers struggling with issues of fair wages, harassment and safety in the workplace are getting help this week from an unlikely source. The Mexican government is sponsoring workshops in Seattle and other cities to help those workers understand their rights.

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Boeing
6:07 pm
Fri August 26, 2011

FAA approves 787 Dreamliner

The first assembled 787 Dreamliner was displayed at the facility in Everett on Friday when the FAA's officials handed Boeing a Type Certificate allowing the plane to be delivered.
Vanessa Romo KPLU

It’s years behind schedule and over budget but Boeing’s 787 Dreamliner is now approved to carry passengers.

Federal Aviation Administration officials gave their official seal of approval amid swelling music, a flag parade, and a fly over by Airplane Number 2.

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Economy
3:38 pm
Fri August 26, 2011

Is fear of an ‘American malaise’ eating Washington voters?

Washington voters are pretty pessimistic about the economic future of the nation, state and (less so) their households.
Aftab Uzzaman Flickr

The latest polling of Washington voters shows that optimism has taken “nose dive” to an all-time low.

Voters surveyed in The Elway Poll – an independent, nonpartisan analysis of public opinion – were less likely to think things were “getting better” than at any time since the survey began in 1991.

The architect of the survey, Stuart Elway, said people may be openly entertaining the idea that America has entered a “malaise” or “a new normal” of long-term high unemployment, weak spending and, simply, a plain old bummer of an economy like the one Japan suffered for more than a decade.

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Business
11:55 am
Fri August 26, 2011

Washington wheat crops way above average

Wheat on the Palouse.
Nikky Stephen Flickr

Cooler temperatures this year have given Washington’s wheat famers a boost. The cool wet spring combined with good ripening conditions in July and August have increased yields here. At the same time, severe drought has diminished the harvest in the nation’s Plain states. 

As a result, Washington is expected to surpass Texas and Oklahoma in winter-wheat production this year, making it second only to Kansas.   

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Business
8:47 am
Thu August 25, 2011

KPLU commentator, industry analyst advises selling Apple stock

Steve Jobs photographed in 2010.
Associated Press

At the news of Steve Job's departure from Apple's top job, Mark Anderson – KPLU's "The Digital Future" commentator and CEO of Strategic News Service, the first subscription-based newsletter on the Internet – told his subscribers to sell sell sell.

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Business
3:00 pm
Wed August 24, 2011

Apple says Steve Jobs resigning as CEO

SAN FRANCISCO — Apple Inc. says Steve Jobs resigning as CEO, effective immediately.

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Boeing
1:08 pm
Wed August 24, 2011

Parts in place to assemble first SC Boeing 787

NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. – Boeing workers in North Charleston are assembling the first new 787 to be made in South Carolina.

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liquor control
11:31 am
Fri August 19, 2011

State wants to expose you to quality liquor

Washington State Liquor Control Board

A new law giving distillers the opportunity to set up tastings in state-run liquor stores goes into effect Sept. 1 and runs for a year.

The “spirits tasting pilot” was established by the Washington Legislature in response to a request from the Distillery Representative Association of Washington (DRAW).

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Business
9:03 am
Fri August 19, 2011

Boeing gets US, European safety approval for 747-8

Boeing has received safety clearance from the U.S. and Europe for the 747-8 freighter, clearing the way for the plane to be delivered to its first customer next month.

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Shipping
4:43 pm
Thu August 18, 2011

Third oil company considers megaloads despite delays

Pieces of an ExxonMobil refinery destined for Canada's oil sands travel up the Snake River to the Port of Lewiston in Idaho.
Courtesy of Imperial Oil

Another oil company is eying the Inland Northwest as a potential corridor for oversized shipments to the Canadian oil sands. That's despite prolonged legal wrangling that has delayed the other so-called "megaloads."

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Business
3:38 pm
Thu August 18, 2011

Is Microsoft entering new phase in the battle for engineers?

Steve Ballmer has said he wants more engineers in the top seats at Microsoft.
Associated Press

A panel discussion in Seattle this week hosted by Barokas Public Relations and GeekWire sparked a lively debate around the intersection of two questions:  Why are Facebook, Google, HP, Zynga and Salesforce.com building big shops in Seattle? And, Is Microsoft vulnerable to engineer-poaching because of its culture?

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Train Travel
10:54 am
Thu August 18, 2011

Late train from Seattle to Vancouver, B.C., to stay on track

Evening Amtrak service to Vancouver, B.C., will remain on the books.
SP8254 Flickr

The late train from Seattle to Vancouver, British Columbia, will no longer be coming to a stop.

The nightly service was scheduled to end on October 31, when Canadian officials said they expected Amtrak to start paying for the extra border staff it requires. The Canada Border Services Agency wanted $1500 a day to compensate for keeping patrol agents around later into the evening, according to Railway Age Magazine:

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