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Shellfish Closures, And Is Washington Suffering From An Aerospace Skill Gap?

Ross Reynolds
07/11/2012 at 12:00 p.m.

Toxic Algae Cause Shellfish Bed Closures In Washington: Seasonal blooms of toxic marine algae are causing shellfish bed closures in Washington. But this isn't your usual "red tide" algae. EarthFix's Ashley Ahearn reports.

Lucky Friday Mine To Hire Again Despite Protests: Later this month, the Lucky Friday Mine in north Idaho will begin rehiring workers. It closed seven months ago for federally mandated safety improvements. Inspectors took a sharper look at the mine after a series of tragic accidents last year. Now, as the mine prepares to re–open, the family of one dead miner is speaking out for the first time. Jessica Robinson reports.

More Jobs Than Workers: On Monday Governor Gregoire announced that two new aerospace companies are coming to Washington. They will bring money and jobs, but the news highlights a growing gap between the legions of unemployed workers and the skills they need for many new jobs. Jobs in computer science, biotech, design and even legal services are often being filled by more qualified workers outside of Washington. We find out why the demand for skilled workers is higher than Washington's supply.


Ed Lazowska is a computer science professor. He holds the Bill & Melinda Gates Chair in Computer Science & Engineering at the University of Washington.

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