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Category: Business/Technology

The best of business and technology news from The Seattle Times.

November 19, 2014 at 5:23 PM

Seattle City Councilwoman Sawant arrested at wage protest

Update at 10:10 p.m.: A Working Washington spokesman said the organization expects the four people arrested for investigation of disorderly conduct during a wage protest to be released Wednesday night. Someone apparently posted bail for Seattle City Councilwoman Kshama Sawant, spokesman Sage Wilson said. Original post: Seattle City Councilwoman Kshama Sawant was arrested after she failed to disperse…

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November 18, 2014 at 8:20 AM

Workers on one-day strike at two Tacoma hospitals

TACOMA — About 1,100 workers have started a one-day strike at St. Joseph Medical Center in Tacoma and St. Clare Hospital in Lakewood. The News Tribune reports the Service Employees International Union Local 1199NW called the walkout Tuesday during contract negotiations. A spokesman for CHI Franciscan Health, Scott Thompson, says it will keep negotiating. A federal mediator…

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October 14, 2014 at 3:59 PM

Seattle City Council committee takes step on affordable housing ‘linkage fee’

The Seattle City Council moved a step closer Tuesday to establishing a new set of fees on real estate development to pay for affordable housing. The council’s land use committee recommended approval of a resolution directing city staffers to draft legislation to create the so-called “linkage fees.” The full council is expected to vote on the resolution next Monday. The…

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September 25, 2014 at 6:35 PM

Seattle Times warns of fake bills arriving in mailboxes

The Seattle Times wants to alert people about fake bills telling recipients they have been charged $499.95 for a year’s worth of content from The Seattle Times, The Los Angeles Times and possibly other major newspapers. A genuine Seattle Times bill looks like the image at the right. About a dozen people have been mailed the…

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September 15, 2014 at 1:23 PM

Seattle mayor proposes new city office to oversee labor laws

Now that Seattle has “captured the nation’s attention” by passing a series of high-profile laws to protect workers and increase their pay, it must make sure that businesses understand and follow the new rules, Mayor Ed Murray said Monday as he proposed creating an Office of Labor Standards. The office would carry out education and enforcement duties related…

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Comments | More in Business/Technology, General news, Government, Politics | Topics: $15 minimum wage, 2015 Seattle city budget, Mayor Ed Murray

September 11, 2014 at 4:29 PM

Paul G. Allen Foundation to give $9 million to fight Ebola

The Paul G. Allen Family Foundation announced Thursday that it is donating $9 million to help fund the effort to stop the spread of Ebola in West Africa. The $9 million contribution to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Global Disaster Response Fund will establish emergency operations centers in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, which…

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August 26, 2014 at 11:30 AM

7 things to know about Tim Hortons

(The Associated Press contributed to this article.) Burger King said Tuesday it struck a deal to buy Tim Hortons, Canada’s favorite doughnut and coffee chain, for about $11 billion and move its corporate headquarters to Canada. The companies say the deal creates the world’s third-largest fast-food company. Here are a few things you might not know about Tim…

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August 23, 2014 at 3:00 PM

Israeli ship unloads at Tacoma port, despite pro-Palestinian protest

By Rob Carson/The News Tribune Pro-Palestinian activists blocked two entrances to a Port of Tacoma terminal Saturday morning, but were unable to prevent an Israeli cargo ship from being unloaded as they had hoped. About 100 people opposed to Israel’s military action in Gaza formed picket lines outside Washington United Terminals gates on Port of Tacoma Road…

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August 18, 2014 at 3:47 PM

Oregon says no to coal terminal on Columbia River

PORTLAND (AP) — Oregon state regulators have rejected a proposal for a coal terminal on the Columbia River that would be a conduit for exporting millions of tons of American coal a year to Asia. The decision is a victory for tribal groups that said the terminal threatened their fishing. An Australian company, Ambre Energy, proposed to…

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July 24, 2014 at 4:25 PM

Sound Transit chooses old BNSF site for Bellevue maintenance yard

The Sound Transit Board today selected the site of the old BNSF rail yard in Bellevue — next to the planned Spring District development — as the preferred location for a new light-rail maintenance yard. A final decision is expected in late 2015, after environmental reviews of the site. Many in Bellevue have complained that placing a…

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