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    steelbridgerescue A hiker who fell down a steep embankment beneath Washington state's highest bridge was hoisted to safety in a dramatic rescue operation Tuesday. A Special Operations Rescue Team from several Mason County agencies found the 25-year-old Bremerton man under High Steel… Read More +

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  • Thurston County Fair Opens Wednesday

    tcfairThe 2014 Thurston County Fair is Wednesday, July 30 through Sunday, August 3. Plan to enjoy the food, fun, history, and heritage at the County's signature summer event. The 2014 theme is "Fun for the Whole Herd!”  Admission to the fair… Read More +

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  • Mariners Over Indians 5-2

    mariners logo NewHisashi Iwakuma kept his road record spotless since last July, pitching seven strong innings to lead the Seattle Mariners to a 5-2 win over the Cleveland Indians on Tuesday night. Iwakuma (9-5) improved to 9-0 in his last 14 road starts, the second-longest such streak in club history. He is 5-0 outside Seattle this season. Dustin Ackley hit a two-run double in Seattle's four-run fourth against Trevor Bauer (4-6).

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Poverty Level Remains at 15 Percent

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-09_ff70b2fb1b.jpgComstock Images/Thinkstock (WASHINGTON) -- If the economy is improving, tens of millions of Americans aren't seeing it happening for them. The Census Bureau reported Tuesday that the poverty level, considered an annual income of $23,492 for a family of four, remained at about 15 percent in 2012. That means 46.5 million Americans, or one in seven people, are poor.  That's close to the peak level of 15.2 percent reached in 1983.

The situation has been pretty much the same over the past six years.  Before the Great Recession fully took hold in 2007, the U.S. poverty level was at 12.5 percent.

Things aren't so good either for Americans who make enough to get by but are still living paycheck-to-paycheck.

The country's median household income has stagnated at $51,017 in 2012.  That was essentially unchanged from 2011 and is down 8.3. percent from 2007.

Analysts say that companies still aren't hiring and that most of the job growth has been in traditionally lower paying jobs such as retail and restaurants.

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