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  • Skatepark Maintenance Closure

    skateparkMason County Parks and Trails Department will be performing maintenance on the skatepark and as a result, they are asking the County Commissioners today to consider a a temporary closure of an undetermined time to complete the work. The park is… Read More +

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  • California Quake Warning System Not In Washington

    napaquakeSome people in California heard an alert seconds before the Napa earthquake reached them. That technology is not yet available in Washington state. Scientists in Washington are working with the U.S. Geological Survey set up an earthquake early warning system called… Read More +

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  • Rangers Over Mariners 2-0

    mariners logo5Miles Mikolas allowed three hits in eight scoreless innings, J.P. Arencibia singled home the go-ahead run in the fourth and the Texas Rangers opened a three-game set against the Seattle Mariners with a 2-0 win on Monday night. Mikolas faced two batters over the minimum, erasing two of the three hits he allowed with double plays. The right-hander struck out five and walked one.

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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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