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  • 2015 Budget Presentation, YES or NO

    MC logo moneyThe Mason County preliminary 2015 Budget has been distributed. Now comes the hard work, getting the forecasted $33,647,430 in county current expense spending closer to the expected (forecasted) revenues of $26,642,576, allotted to pay for the 2015 current expenses… Read More +

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  • UW Criticizes Med School Study

    asklepianEDITThe University of Washington is criticizing a deeply flawed study released last week that supports the creation of a new medical school in Spokane by rival Washington State University. A press release from the Seattle university on Monday says the study… Read More +

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  • San Diego Over Hawks

    seahawks blueAntonio Gates had three touchdown catches and the San Diego Chargers controlled the tempo to keep Seattle's offense off the field and upset the defending Super Bowl champion Seahawks 30-21 Sunday. Gates' 21-yard catch late in the third quarter was epic, as the star tight end split two defenders and extended for Philip Rivers' pass, reaching out with his left hand to gather it in.

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CVS Pharmacy Chain to Stop Selling Tobacco Products

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-02_3c94aa77d7.jpgCVS Caremark (WOONSOCKET, R.I.) -- CVS Caremark is kicking the habit.  As of Oct. 1, the nation's second-largest drug store chain will no longer sell tobacco products. In an announcement Wednesday morning, CVS Caremark President and CEO Larry J. Merlo explained the decision, saying, "Put simply, the sale of tobacco products is inconsistent with our purpose."

The decision means the company will begin phasing out sales of cigarettes and all other tobacco products at its more than 7,600 CVS pharmacy retail stores nationwide. CVS Caremark is the first U.S. pharmacy chain to make such a move.

Additionally, says Merlo, this spring will see the drugstore chain "undertake a robust national smoking cessation program" that will include in-store and online resources.  It will also continue to sell stop-smoking products.

CVS Caremark says it expects to lose about $2 billion a year in revenue because of the decision, or about 17 cents per share of stock.

President Obama applauded the company's decision in a statement Wednesday, saying it "will have a profoundly positive impact on the health of our country."

"As one of the largest retailers and pharmacies in America, CVS Caremark sets a powerful example, and today’s decision will help advance my Administration’s efforts to reduce tobacco-related deaths, cancer, and heart disease, as well as bring down health care costs – ultimately saving lives and protecting untold numbers of families from pain and heartbreak for years to come," the president said.

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