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Lavish Washington medical plan imperils budgets

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HOQUIAM, Wash. (AP) — After this coastal city's 1979 ladder truck finally broke down a few years ago, firefighters have continued their duties by using hand ladders that only reach a couple of stories up. Without the cash to buy a proper replacement truck, Hoquiam officials went to the ballot earlier this year with a levy proposal totaling $1.2 million. Voters in the town of 8,700 had...

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