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Heat Advisory issued July 01 at 4:50AM PDT until July 03 at 9:00PM PDT by NWS

...HOT TEMPERATURES RETURN TO THE INLAND NORTHWEST... .TRIPLE DIGIT TEMPERATURES AROUND 103 DEGREES OR ABOVE WILL RETURN TODAY...PERSISTING INTO FRIDAY. THE HEAT WILL HIT FIRST IN THE SOUTHERN PORTION OF THE CENTRAL BASIN... SOUTHWEST PALOUSE AND ALONG THE CLEARWATER RIVER EXPANDING NORTHWARD INTO LOWER VALLEY AREAS ALONG THE COLUMBIA THROUGH WENATCHEE AND INTO THE OKANOGAN

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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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