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John McKay

I'm a 25-plus-year radio veteran with a passion for talk radio and democracy. I grew up in Tri-Cities and studied journalism at Whitworth University. I love sports, particularly the Green Bay Packers and NASCAR. I threw hammer and played college ball. I've been at Newstalk since 2005. Very lucky, because the wife loves football and NASCAR as well! Five great wonderful kids, ranging from 26 to 7 years old.
Ruined Benton County  Road (Benton County Road Department)
Ruined Benton County Road (Benton County Road Department)
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Mother Nature Hammers Benton County Roads, Many Closed

One of the harshest winters in years has destroyed or damaged many Benton County roads, some are closed short-term, several probably won't be fixed for months. For those who don't travel into the outlying areas, these pictures are the first visuals of just how hard nature has been.

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Second employee placed on administrative leave, this one worked Prosser Heights Elementary (Google Street View)
Second employee placed on administrative leave, this one worked Prosser Heights Elementary (Google Street View)
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Second Prosser School Employee Sidelined Over Facebook Immigration Comments

Just a few days after one Prosser school worker was placed on administrative leave a second has also had that happen over comments made on their own Facebook pages concerning the "A Day Without Immigrants" protests.

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Stolen check writing suspect (Benton County Sheriff's-Kennewick police)
Stolen check writing suspect (Benton County Sheriff's-Kennewick police)
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Fraud Suspect Floating Stolen Checks All Over Tri-Cities

Crime Stoppers and the Benton County Sheriff's department have joined an investigation with other agencies to find this guy. He's accused of using a checkbook stolen from a Benton City resident to pay for a lot of stuff around the area.

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Bill would lower DUI level from .08 to .05  (Getty Images)
Bill would lower DUI level from .08 to .05 (Getty Images)
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Bill To Lower DUI Blood Alcohol Level Supported by Tri-City Legislators

It still has a hurdle or two before hitting the House floor for a vote, but House Bill 1874 is still alive.  It's being considered by the House Transportation Committee. For a bill to even be referred to the appropriate committee is considered a significant step. This bill would significantly affect whether a person is considered driving drunk or impaired.

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Suspect seen robbing smoke shop (Kennewick police)
Suspect seen robbing smoke shop (Kennewick police)
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Suspect, Getaway Driver in Smoke Shop Robberies Arrested

Thursday night, Kennewick police arrested a man they strongly believe was responsible for a trio of smoke shop robberies that occurred between January 2 and 19th, and a robbery at the 7-11 on Clearwater Ave. Suspect pictured in surveillance images from one of the robberies.

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