Officials urge Port of Seattle to adopt $15 wage at Sea-Tac

Officials urge Port of Seattle to adopt $15 wage at Sea-Tac
An American Airlines plane taxis near a group of planes from Alaska Airlines, Monday, Oct. 28, 2013, at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
A letter signed by about 50 elected officials was delivered on Monday to the Port of Seattle urging the government agency that runs Seattle-Tacoma International Airport to embrace a citizen-approved initiative and raise the minimum wage for airport workers to $15 an hour.

Feds to evict birds from Columbia River

Federal officials plan to evict Caspian terns from two man-made islands in the Columbia River Basin to protect endangered salmon and steelhead.

US economy may be stuck in slow lane for long run

US economy may be stuck in slow lane for long run
In the 4½ years since the Great Recession ended, millions of Americans who have gone without jobs or raises have found themselves wondering something about the economic recovery: Is this as good as it gets?

Bill would guarantee vacation time for workers

Bill would guarantee vacation time for workers
Workers in Washington could be the first in the nation to be guaranteed paid vacation time under legislation being considered by state lawmakers.

Bill to guarantee paid sick leave passes state House

Bill to guarantee paid sick leave passes state House
Photo courtesy of Flickr user William Brawley.
A bill that would guarantee paid sick time away from work for some employees in Washington state passed the House Wednesday.

Charity grows food for homeless in a Belltown basement

Charity grows food for homeless in a Belltown basement »Play Video
Chris Bajuk installs lights and other equipment for growing food hydroponically in the basement of the Millionair Club in Belltown.

The Emerald City has goats, chickens and all kinds of urban farming going on - and now a nonprofit that feeds the homeless is jumping on the bandwagon. It’s happening at the Millionair Club in Seattle’s Belltown neighborhood.

Army Corps targets Caspian terns at Columbia River

Army Corps targets Caspian terns at Columbia River
FILE - Caspian tern. Photo: WikiCommons
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has tamed mighty rivers and battled Mount St. Helens, but it still struggling to shoo Caspian terns away from the mouth of the Columbia River.

Wash. state jobless rate at 6.6 percent, lowest in 5 years

Washington state's unemployment rate is at its lowest point in more than five years, but the latest figures involve a number of people who have given up looking for work, officials said Thursday.

Lawmaker seeks to raise state minimum wage

Lawmaker seeks to raise state minimum wage
A Washington state lawmaker has introduced a bill to increase what is already the highest state minimum wage in the nation to $12 an hour over the next three years.

Microsoft 2Q tops views; Xbox, Surface sales help

Microsoft 2Q tops views;  Xbox, Surface sales help
Microsoft Corp. reported revenue and earnings for its fiscal second quarter that topped Wall Street expectations, as the company sold 3.9 million Xbox One consoles to retailers and doubled revenue from its line of Surface tablets from a quarter earlier.

State files charges against 2 derelict boat owners

State files charges against 2 derelict boat owners »Play Video
A pair of derelicts boats are seen partially submerged and listing early Friday, Jan. 25, 2013, on the Hylebos Waterway in Tacoma, Wash. (AP Photo/U.S. Coast Guard, Petty Officer Third Class Scott Wingfield)
Criminal charges have been filed against the owners of two derelict vessels that recently sank and leaked hundreds of gallons of fuel into Puget Sound, Attorney General Bob Ferguson announced Wednesday.

Gov. Inslee calls for statewide minimum wage increase

Gov. Inslee calls for statewide minimum wage increase
Gov. Jay Inslee speaks during the annual State of the State address to a joint session of the Legislature in the House chambers Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014, in Olympia, Wash. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
Washington already has the highest state minimum wage in the country, and Gov. Jay Inslee says it should go even higher.