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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.
National Pancake Day returns to help Children's Miracle Network Hospitals
National Pancake Day returns to help Children's Miracle Network Hospitals . (Photo by Keystone Features/Getty Images)
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National Pancake Day Returns March 3 at IHOP In Pasco – Kennewick

It's become a mini-tradition with my son and I, and hope your family will take part as well! (1960's image of a vintage IHOP).

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Wildhorse Casino celebrates 20th Anniversary this year
Wildhorse Casino celebrates 20th Anniversary this year (Townsquare media image)
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Wildhorse Casino Celebrates 20th Anniversary – Hear Their History! [Audio]

It seems like just yesterday when a big patch of scrappy land outside of Pendleton contained the vision of some gutsy entrepreneurs who wanted to build a casino and entertainment complex.  20 years later, it's still going strong.

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Zambrano-Montes family attorneys hold press conference
Zambrano-Montes family attorneys hold press conference (Image courtesy of KNDU-TV)
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Zambrano-Montes Family Attorney Calls for Federal Investigation

Comparing the Feb. 10 event in Pasco to Ferguson, Missouri, attorneys Jose Baez and Benjamin Crump said they have sent a formal letter asking for federal assistance.

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New bill would criminalize leaving animals in cars in adverse conditions
New bill would criminalize leaving animals in cars in adverse conditions (Oli Scarff-Getty Images)
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State Senate Approves Bill Criminalizing Leaving Pets in Cars

If signed, a new law in Washington would assess a $125 fine to pet owners who leave an animal in a vehicle where it "might be harmed by heat, cold, or lack of proper ventilation." 

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TRIOS Southridge Hospital announces cuts
TRIOS Southridge Hospital announces cuts (TRIOS Health Network)
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TRIOS Health Announces Job Cuts, Asset Sales to Help Financial Outlook for New Hospital

Recent news reports have indicated the new TRIOS Southridge Hospital (formerly KGH) has financial challenges. During a public board meeting Thursday night, officials outlined some promising, but stunning, moves to help improve financial performance.

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Net neutrality approved by FCC
Net neutrality approved by FCC (Photo by Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images)
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FCC Ignores Congress, Approves Net Neutrality – What It Means to You

Numerous communications groups, businesses, freedom advocates and others are condemning the Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) decision. The internet was considered one of the last "free' parts of American business and technology.

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