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  • Local Officials Recognized For Professional Excellence

    TheresiaEhrichTheresia Ehrich, currently the Chief Administrative Deputy for the Mason County sheriff's Department and Cathy Beierle, Finance Director for the City of Shelton, two financial services professions, have earned the "Professional Officer Award" for the State of Washington from the Washington… Read More +

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  • Marysville School Shooting News Round-Up

    marysville shootingWITNESS REPORTS

    Students described a chaotic scene at Marysville Pilchuck High School as a gunman opened fire and panicked students ran for safety. Student Alan Perez told KING-TV he was eating his lunch near the gunman when he heard the shots,… Read More +

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  • Baldwin Optimistic About Seahawks Moving Forward

    baldwinDoug Baldwin was about to board the charter bus last Friday when he got word Seattle had traded Percy Harvin. Two days later, he sat in a St. Louis locker room after one of the best games in his career answering questions about whether he was involved in a preseason scuffle with Harvin. Baldwin and the Seahawks are ready to put the Harvin conversation in the past.

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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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