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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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  • Pot-Related Poison Control Calls Increasing

    cannabis underlightsMarijuana related calls to poison control centers in Washington and Colorado have spiked since the states began allowing legal sales last year, with an especially troubling increase in calls concerning young children. New year-end data show that the Rocky Mountain Poison and Drug Center… Read More +

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  • Kingdome Repairs To Be Paid

    kingdome tilesFifteen years after the Kingdome was demolished in a controlled explosion, King County is paying off the money it borrowed to make emergency repairs in 1994 to falling ceiling tiles. County finance director Dwight Dively said the bonds will be paid off in March, an early thanks to healthy hotel-motel tax revenue due in part to the boost from Seahawks playoff games.

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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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