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What can government-owned drones can look at? And what kind of information they can gather? Those were a few of the topics discussed at a preliminary meeting of the state Unmanned Aerial Systems Task Force on Monday in Olympia.

The 16-member group was established in April by Gov. Jay Inslee, after he vetoed House Bill 2789, which would have regulated “technology-enhanced government surveillance” including the government’s use of drones. read more »

 

A state-sponsored survey of Washington employers shows both hiring and job vacancies increased between fall 2012 and fall 2013 — and employers say it’s taking a lot longer to fill the openings.

The Employment Security Department’s 2013 Fall Job-Vacancy and Hiring Survey Report estimated job vacancies in Washington increased by 23 percent, from about 70,400 in fall 2012 to 86,600 in fall 2013. Estimated hiring rose nearly 10 percent from nearly 190,200 in 2012 to nearly 209,100 in 2013. read more »

 

Three property owners have proposed that their locations be considered by Kitsap Regional Library for selection as the site of the new Silverdale Library.

KRL plans to choose a site on Aug. 26 and then begin a private fundraising effort to obtain the money needed to build the new library. KRL hopes to more than double the size of the existing Silverdale Library, creating a 10,000-square-foot facility. read more »

 

After a year of protracted negotiations and a recent vote by union members authorizing a strike, the Pro Tech workers at Harrison Medical Center got much of what they wanted in a new contract, which was approved by a 98 percent vote of union members. The result was announced June 27 by UFCW Local 21.

The two main sticking points in the often contentious talks were the length of the contract, and Harrison’s insistence on including language to prohibit the Pro Tech workers from honoring a legal strike by another bargaining unit.  read more »

 

SEATTLE — State, federal and local law may all play a role in the Washington Supreme Court’s decision on whether a new $15 minimum wage law in SeaTac applies to airport workers, if the questions asked by justices during oral arguments Thursday are any indication.

They asked such a broad variety of questions that the lawyers barely had time to push the court in one direction or another during the hourlong hearing. The lawyers already had flooded the court’s in-box with numerous briefs, so the justices had a good idea of how the attorneys wanted them to rule. read more »

 

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Washington’s average annual wage grew by 2 percent in 2013, to $52,635, according to the state Employment Security Department. The average weekly wage rose from $992 to $1,012.

These figures are based on wages of employees who are covered for unemployment insurance purposes, which includes around 96 percent of total wage and salary positions. read more »

 

Harbor WildWatch is relocating its office and display materials to the Historic Skansie Brothers House at 3207 Harborview Drive in Gig Harbor. In a partnership with the city of Gig Harbor, Harbor WildWatch will open the Skansie Visitor Information Center, a destination for residents, visitors and boaters to learn about everything Gig Harbor has to offer.    read more »

 

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Supreme Court shot down Aereo’s business model this week, but that doesn’t mean customers’ desire for a better TV experience is gone.

Americans are still fed up with huge channel bundles, high prices, poor service and the lack of ability to watch all their shows on all their devices. That’s part of why Aereo was attractive: It offered a few dozen local broadcast channels and the Bloomberg TV financial channel on multiple devices for just $8 a month. read more »

 

Harrison Medical Center has announced that Joe Kortum has been Joseph Kortumappointed interim president of Harrison Medical Center, part of Franciscan Health System.  He will replace Scott Bosch, Harrison’s president and CEO who is retiring at the end of July. read more »

 
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