Another week, another recall for GM. Is it time to park the car in the garage and leave it for the summer? We can help. Also, are you waking up in the morning not feeling entirely rested. Blame your phone or tablet device. And, who are the state of Washington's highest paid employees?
My car's been recalled: Now what?
It's turning into the year of the recall for General Motors. Monday, the company expanded it's massive ignition switch recall to include three million more vehicles.
The recall includes Chevy, Cadillac and Buick models manufactured between 2000 and 2014. It stems from a problem already blamed for eight crashes and six injuries.
You can find out if your vehicle is included by clicking here and entering your VIN. But then what?
First, don't panic. These recalls are generally voluntary and you're probably not in immediate danger. Keep an eye on your mail. If your vehicle has been recalled, you'll receive a notice in the mail.
Also, call the dealer. Even if it's not where you bought your vehicle, they'll have the latest information about the recall and will be able to fix it for you. Make those appointments early, though. With huge recalls like this one, there could be a long wait. Don't worry about the expense. There's actually a law in place that requires car companies to pay for and replace defective parts covered under these recalls.
Put the Tablet away and get some sleep
I'll admit it. I have a problem. For the last two months or so, I've fallen asleep in bed, holding my iPad in my hand. I'll fall asleep while binge-watching every TV show on Netflix. So, I guess I shouldn't be surprised that I wake up feeling like I barely slept at all.
Researchers call it "junk sleep." Electronic devices trick your brain into thinking it's daytime, delaying production of the hormone that helps us fall asleep.
Sleep experts suggest setting an electronics curfew; turn off your device at least an hour before you go to bed. You can also set timers on some TVs and devices that will shut down automatically at a specific time.
Don't worry: those old episodes of Breaking Bad will still be there in the morning.
Washington's Highest Paid Employees
The list is out and, no surprise, the state's college football coaches are the top paid state employees of 2013.
The Washington Office of Financial Management released information Monday, outlining what state employees are earning. Topping the list last year? Now former UW football coach Steve Sarkisian, who took in more than $2.6 million last year (he won't earn the top spot for 2014 - he's moved on to USC.)
Coming in at number 2 on the list: WSU head football coach Mike Leach, who earned more than $2.3 million last year.
The highest-paid employee on the list who is not directly involved with college sports was WSU president Elson Floyd, who earned $662,560. For a searchable database of state employees, click here.
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