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    geneBeing a sports fan, Gene was drawn to volunteering as a young man coaching and being a referee on the soccer field. Once he retired from Boeing he moved to Mason County in 2001. After settling into his new home in 2003 Gene was looking for something fulfilling to do in… Read More +

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  • State Senator To Look Into Apparent Port Slowdown

    portseattleA Washington state senator says he will look into the apparent slowdown of cargo moving through West Coast ports. Spokane Republican Michael Baumgartner says Northwest growers of Christmas trees have been particularly hurt as goods have sat on docks in recent weeks. He plans a fact-finding hearing next year to understand… Read More +

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  • Seahawks Close In On NFC West Title

    lynchdec2114Russell Wilson threw for two touchdowns and ran for another, Seattle set a franchise record with 596 yards of offense, and the streaking Seahawks closed in on another NFC West title with a 35-6 romp over the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday night. Seattle moved into a tie with Arizona for first in the NFC West and the Seahawks hold the tiebreaker by virtue of two wins over the Cardinals.

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Revised Budget Deficit Forecast Spells Better News for Economy

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-07_c1d8db78cf.jpgComstock Images/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- Due to a stronger economy, less spending and a higher tax rate for the rich, the White House’s Office of Management and Budget predicted on Monday that the annual budget deficit will shrink to $759 billion by Sept.

30, the end of fiscal 2013.

Three months ago, the administration estimated a deficit $200 billion higher than the new projection.  If things continue at the current pace, the Congressional Budget Office has suggested the shortfall could drop to as low as $642 billion.

This certainly is better news for President Obama, considering the government has run a deficit of more than $1 trillion every year since he's taken office.

Of course, the sequester -- those deep automatic spending cuts that kicked in during the spring -- is making life more difficult, according to the White House.

Without the across-the board spending reductions, total economic growth for the year would be 2.6 percent, according to administration analysts.  If the cuts persist, however, growth will be closer to 2.4 percent.

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