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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.
Tornado seen near Rattlesnake Mountain
Tornado seen near Rattlesnake Mountain (KNDU-TV- Mitchell Bemis Morford)
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What’s the Difference Between a Tornado and Dust Devil?

With the sighting of the first tornado in the Mid-Columbia this week since 2010 (that one was seen near Umatilla)  we wondered - what's the difference between the commonly seen Dust Devils and tornadoes?  The twister was seen near Rattlesnake Mountain Wednesday afternoon. (Photo courtesy of KNDU-TV-Michelle Bemis Morford).

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Kennewick storm damage
Kennewick storm damage (Travis Andersen photo- Facebook)
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The BIG Blow – Send Us Your Storm Pictures From Tuesday’s Storm

It didn't last really long, but the storm that blew through the Columbia Basin Tuesday was quite violent.    Power lines down,  fires sparked,  50-60 mph gusts, and tons of swimming pools full of dirt.

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What does our state debt look like?
What does our state debt look like? (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)
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What Does Washington State’s Debt “Look” Like? See The Shocking Stats

We hear so much about the debt carried by Washington state, when it comes to government spending,  unfunded liabilities (financial commitments not covered by taxes) and pensions.   But how does it look in "real life?"

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Robot-technology expert says by 2029 "they" will be smarter than we are...
Robot-technology expert says by 2029 "they" will be smarter than we are... (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)
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Google Expert Says By 2029, Robots Will be Smarter Than We Are

With recent stories about the pending debut of completely automated burger-making machines,  robot butlers working in some California hotels, and drone technology,  we wondered - when will they 'take over?'

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