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  • Inclement Weather Makes A Long Night For PUD3 Linemen

    PUD3 2014JAfter a full day of rainfall which totaled over an inch-and-a-half, and included wind gusts over 30MPH, some areas of Mason County were left in the dark.  Rainwater soaked delicate electrical equipment, and sent flooded-out critters scrambling up power lines to escape the wet. Linemen for Mason PUD3 were themselves… Read More +

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  • 2 Troopers Injured On I-5

    WSPcarpartialshotThe Washington State Patrol says two troopers who were injured Sunday night on Interstate 5 in north Seattle have been released from a hospital. The two were injured in separate crashes related to a racing incident. Trooper Chris Webb says one trooper was attempting to stop two racing cars about 9… 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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Consumer Confidence Dips Due to Job Concerns

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-09_0b9ce7a654.jpgRyan McVay/Thoinkstock (NEW YORK) -- How Americans feel about their jobs is affecting consumer confidence. What they've been seeing lately is employers holding back on new hires as well being stingy about raises. Accordingly, the New York-based Conference Board says its confidence index this month stands at 79.7, down from 81.8 in August.

The index is a measure on how consumers feel about their financial state.  Since spending drives about 70 percent of the national economy, it's an important barometer of where things may be headed in the near future.

Typically, a consumer confidence index of 90 or above suggests the economy is healthy.  During the depths of the Great Recession, it fell to under 29. Reaching the threshold of what constitutes a strong healthy economy could still be a long time in coming with unemployment still high and the federal government continuing to make spending cuts spurred along by the ongoing sequester.

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