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  • Local Man Accused Of Diverting Mason County River

    riverbedThe state attorney general's office has accused a 55-year-old Mason County man of using an excavator to fill and divert the Tahuya River without a permit. William Cayo Sr. was charged in Mason County District Court on Thursday with three misdemeanor… Read More +

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  • Inslee Looks To Election For Climate Allies

    oilrefineryWashington Gov. Jay Inslee is likely in 2015 to roll out ambitious proposals to reduce carbon pollution such as a bill to cap greenhouse gases, but unless Democrats can make gains in the state Senate on Tuesday, he'll face a tougher… Read More +

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  • Seattle Picks Up 2015 Option On Iwakuma

    Iwakumajune10The Seattle Mariners will have right-hander Hisashi Iwakuma under contract for the 2015 season. The Mariners announced Thursday that Iwakuma's $7 million option was vested based on his on-field performance. Iwakuma missed the first month of the 2014 season but went 15-9 with a 3.52 ERA in 28 starts. In 91 career games with Seattle, Iwakuma is 38-20 with a 3.07 ERA.

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Cost of First Class Stamps Increase to 49 Cents

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-01_30c99bb840.jpgiStockphoto/Thinkstock (NEW YORK) -- The cost of a stamp is set to increase on Sunday from 46 cents to 49 cents. The price increase is the largest in consumer postage rates in over 10 years. Millions of Americans will be impacted by the increased cost, though, fewer individuals use so-called "snail mail" to stay in touch with others.

Despite the rate increase, the higher prices may not be permanent. The Postal Regulatory Commission, which oversees the USPS, approved an "exigent" price increase, but refused to make the new rate permanent, despite the USPS's request. Instead, the PRC approval forces the Postal Service to come up with a strategy to phase out that increase once the money lost during the recession is recovered.

The order from the PRC also states that the new price cannot last for longer than two years. The U.S. Post Office's regulator approved the rate hike in December to help keep up with inflation and recover losses from during the recession. In the last fiscal year, the U.S. Post Office said it lost $5 billion.

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