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May 21, 2014 at 1:59 PM

Obama to Seattle Seahawks: ‘I root for the underdog’

WASHINGTON — President Obama hailed the Seattle Seahawks as fellow underdogs during a White House ceremony Wednesday to honor the reigning Super Bowl champions. Speaking before a packed audience in the East Room, Obama singled out several players for notable achievements, including quarterback Russell Wilson, who despite his undersized stature has “been proving the doubters wrong for a…

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Comments | More in General news, Government, Sports | Topics: President Obama, Seattle Seahawks, White House

April 8, 2014 at 8:37 AM

Obama to visit Snohomish County mudslide site April 22

Updated at 8:46 a.m. with comments from Gov. Inslee’s office and White House: WASHINGTON — President Obama on Tuesday said he will make a trip to Washington state in late April to assess the damage from the March 22 Snohomish County mudslide. The president made the promise in calls to U.S. Rep. Suzan DelBene (D-Medina), whose 1st…

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Comments | More in General news, Politics | Topics: Oso mudslide, President Obama, Suzan DelBene

April 4, 2014 at 8:11 AM

IRS grants six-month filing extension for mudslide victims

WASHINGTON — The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) on Friday said it will grant a six-month extension for tax returns for families affected by the mudslide in Snohomish County. The announcement came a day after four members of the state’s congressional delegation -– Sens. Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell and Reps. Suzan DelBene of Medina and Rick Larsen…

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April 3, 2014 at 11:19 AM

HUD offers mortgage relief for mudslide homeowners

WASHINGTON — U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) on Thursday offered help for residents who lost their homes in the Oso mudslide, including a 90-day moratorium on any foreclosures. HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan also gave Washington state the option to redirect its share of the federal Community Development Block Grant for disaster relief. The…

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Comments | More in General news, Homepage, The Blotter | Topics: Oso mudslide, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development

April 3, 2014 at 9:14 AM

4 members of delegation ask for tax extension for victims of mudslide

Four members of Washington’s congressional delegation representing Snohomish County on Thursday asked the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to extend the tax-filing deadline for victims of the mudslide in Oso. The IRS in the past has granted such reprieve for victims of natural disasters. Most recently, it gave a six-month extension for people affected by September 2013…

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Comments | More in General news, Government | Topics: Congress, delegation, extension