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  • County Announces L&A Test On Ballot Machines


    your vote countsThe Elections Division of the Thurston County Auditor’s Office will conduct a Logic and Accuracy test on its ballot tabulation machines on Wednesday at 2:00 p.m. for the 2015 Special Election. A Logic and Accuracy test, or “L&A,” is a collection of… Read More +

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  • Thirst For Craft Beer Fuels Large Crop Of Hops

    hopsA thirst for craft beer helped hop growers produce their largest crop of hops in five years. A new report from the Hop Growers of America also shows a 10 percent increase in acres harvested between 2013 and 2014. The Herald-Republic says the Yakima Valley produces about 77… Read More +

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  • Thousands Of Fans See Seahawks Off To Super Bowl

    hawksparadeThousands of chanting Seahawks fans turned out Sunday morning to see the Seahawks off to the Super Bowl. The team's buses rolled past the crowds of blue and green along a mile-long stretch of South 188th Street in SeaTac as the players headed for the airport. Players including star cornerback Richard Sherman high-fived fans outside the Delta hangar or posed for pictures with airline employees.

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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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