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  • Flood Warning Extends Through Thursday Morning

    skok floodThe flood warning continues for the Skokomish River near Potlatch affecting Mason County, Olympic Peninsula Region. While showers will continue over the south slopes of the Olympics, heavy rain has come to an end. The three to five inches of… Read More +

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  • Olympia Hospital Must Start Paying Business Tax

    Prov-St.Peter-Hospital-OlympiaProvidence St. Peter Hospital in Olympia will have to start paying a city business tax that will cost it an estimated $340,000 next year. The City Council voted Tuesday to remove the business and occupation tax exemption for religious and medical… Read More +

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  • Seahawks Roster Moves

    brackettThe Seattle Seahawks have claimed TE Brett Brackett off waivers from the Tennessee Titans and released TE RaShaun Allen, the team announced this afternoon. Brackett was originally signed as an undrafted free agent by the Miami Dolphins on July 28, 2011. He spent time on the Miami, Jacksonville and Philadelphia practice squads during 2011. Signed to the Jaguars active roster on September 1, 2012,

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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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