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  • MGH&FC Donates Gifts To Foster Children

    foster kids.2014For the fifth straight year, DSHS Child and Family Services Division has been the recipient of toys and items generously donated by Mason General Hospital & Family of Clinics staff and the community.  Bikes, toys, books, movies, and clothing were among the many items donated to 63 local children and… Read More +

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  • Tacoma Standoff Ends With Suspect's Arrest

    tacoma standoffA standoff in Tacoma ended Friday afternoon with the arrest of a man described as a career criminal wanted by police and the Washington State Patrol for multiple car thefts and other crimes including a home invasion. A SWAT team that surrounded the home for several hours fired tear gas before… Read More +

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  • Oregon State Rolls Past Depaul

    sports3Victor Robbins scored a career-high 27 points as Oregon State dominated DePaul 90-59 on Thursday night. Olaf Schaftenaar added a career-high 21 points and Gary Payton II had 15 points and five steals for the Beavers (8-2). Jamee Crockett had 14 points for the Blue Demons (6-4). Schaftenaar scored 11 of the Beavers' first 13 points to give Oregon State a 13-6 lead at the 15:47 mark. A Robbins 3-pointer stretched the margin to 42-21 with 3:23 remaining in the half.

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Food Stamp Cuts Start Friday

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-11_44c969c495.jpgiStock/Thinkstock (WASHINGTON) -- One in seven Americans are in for a "food" awakening Friday. That's when benefits are reduced for the estimated 47 millions who get food stamps. A family of four that collects food stamps will see their benefits drop about $36 monthly because a provision in the 2009 economic stimulus program has been eliminated.

 

Republicans began targeting the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, for deep cuts when it doubled in size from $40 billion in 2008 to its current $80 billion a year price tag, largely because of the Great Recession.

The GOP and Democrats have been sparring over how much to reduce SNAP, which is included in the wide-ranging farm bill.  Negotiations restarted this week on trying to find a middle ground, with the two sides remaining far apart.

A House bill would slash $4 billion annually from SNAP while the White House and Democrats are only looking at cuts amounting to about a tenth of that figure.

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