Here are the news stories you may have heard on the radio today:
Jogging Kenewick Chief busts minors with dope
Courtesy of the Tri-Cities Herald: Kennewick police Chief Ken Hohenberg and two top command officers out for a morning jog Monday interrupted a suspected pot smoking rendezvous on Clover Island. Hohenberg said he, along with Scott Child and Trevor White, were running through the parking lot at the east end of the island when they noticed a vehicle in which three or four people were acting suspicious. The lawmen's instincts escalated when White, who is in charge of all the city's detective forces, detected the smell of marijuana as they ran by the vehicle. Hohenberg and his command officers called ahead for a patrol officer, who pulled over the vehicle and suspects just as they were trying to leave Clover Island. The chief said 18 year old Marquez Guerrero-Harvey, of Kennewick, was cited and the juveniles in the vehicle were turned over to their parents.
No more to die in Oregon
Courtesy of the Tri-Cities Herald: Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber on Tuesday imposed a moratorium on the death penalty for the remainder of his term, saying he’s morally opposed to capital punishment and has long regretted allowing two men to be executed in the 1990s. Kitzhaber’s decision gives a temporary reprieve to a twice-convicted murderer who was scheduled to die by lethal injection in two weeks, along with 36 others on death row. It makes Oregon the fifth state to halt executions since 2007.
Express Mail rises in price
Courtesy of the Tri-Cities Herald: The cash-strapped U.S. Postal Service is raising rates for its more profitable express mail and priority mail shipping next year, part of its efforts to stave off bankruptcy. The new prices take effect Jan. 22…. and include the introduction of a new flat rate of $39.95 for express mail boxes, with separate increases for letters. Previously, prices were $13.25 or higher based on package weight and distance. The Post Office said the rate increases still make its shipping the best value compared to private companies such as UPS and FedEx.The new prices amount to a roughly 5 percent increase. They are in addition to a previously announced 1-cent hike in first-class mail to 45 cents. The independent Postal Regulatory Commission will review the proposed hikes before they take effect.