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Flash Flood Watch issued August 20 at 3:51PM PDT until August 22 at 9:00PM PDT by NWS

...STORMS ON FRIDAY MAY PRODUCE FLASH FLOODING OR MUD SLIDES OVER NORTH CASCADE BURN SCARS... .SLOW MOVING SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS ARE EXPECTED ON FRIDAY OVER THE NORTH WASHINGTON CASCADES. LOCALLY HEAVY RAIN WILL BE A POSSIBILITY IN AREAS RECENTLY BURNED BY WILDFIRES...INCLUDING THE CARLTON, CHIWAUKUM, LITTLE BRIDGE CREEK, DUNCAN, MILLS CREEK,

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Health care costs are rising still

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I was swimming around in a few numbers that recently trickled out of our economy, and saw this at the bottom of the pool: $16,351. That, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation 2013 survey is the average annual premium for an employer-sponsored family health insurance policy. An individual policy average $5,884.

This is old news, and good news to some. The family premium is only 4 percent higher 2012, which compared to the bad old double digit days of a few years ago is considered pretty good. Still, it shocks in comparison. Health care for a family now costs more than average mortgage payment in Washington, which is somewhere around $1,200 a month. It is racing toward equity with Washington’s highest-in-the-the-country $9.32-per-hour minimum wage, which brings a full-time worker a bit over $19,300 a year.

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