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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.
Pot stores finally open, city and county bans challenged in court
Pot stores finally open, city and county bans challenged in court (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)
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Top ’11′ Stories of 2014 – Pot Shops Open, City, County Bans Upheld in Court

After nearly 18 months of delays, legal tussles, and financial questions,  pot stores finally opened in Washington state July 1st 2014.   And with that came a slew of city and county bans, lawsuits, and more upheaval.

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Yet another July traffic slowdown due to Highway 240 media fire
Yet another July traffic slowdown due to Highway 240 media fire (Townsquare media image)
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Top ’11′ Stories of 2014 – Mysterious (Unsolved) Brush Fires Along Highway 240 Median

While this didn't result in any serious damage or loss of life,   it grabbed attention of many in the Mid-Columbia, and had folks on social media chattering for weeks.

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4th District Election heated in 2014
4th District Election heated in 2014 (Photo by Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images)
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Top ’11′ Stories of 2014 – Didier Vs. Newhouse Congressional Race

After starting off nice, it turned into a bitter campaign.  For the first time in our state's 125 year history, two candidates from the same party opposed each other on a Congressional ballot.

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Are they one of the more stringent stores?
Are they one of the more stringent stores? (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
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7 Retailers with “Stingy” Return Policies – According to Business Experts

If you're one of the millions of Americans who got something they didn't really want for Christmas,  consider these retailers who make it a little challenging to return gifts.

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Tri Cities regional aquatic center
Tri Cities regional aquatic center (Tri City regional Public Facilities District)
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Top ’11” Stories of 2014 – Land Sale Kills Final Chance for Regional Aquatic Center

Although voters rejected the Pasco/Regional Aquatic Center in 2013,   it was still very much on life support - and expected to be re-submitted to voters.

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Old Padres baseball field Kennewick 1970-72
Old Padres baseball field Kennewick 1970-72 (Benton County Historical society)
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Top ’11′ Stories of 2014 – Padres Replace Rockies as Dust Devils Parent Club After 13 Years

It was one of the longest partnerships in all of professional baseball, but all good things must end.    Starting with the 2015 season, the San Diego Padres will return to a familiar area, the Tri-Cities, as the parent team for the Tri-City Dust Devils.  The best news? Professional baseball STAYS in the Tri-Cities!

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NFIB fires back against Inslee's environmental plans in budget
NFIB fires back against Inslee's environmental plans in budget (Photo by Darren McCollester/Newsmakers)
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Leading Business Group Hits “Back” Against Inslee Gas ‘Tax’ Plan with Radio Ads

In the wake of Gov. Inslee announcing a plan for low carbon fuel standards and other costly environmental ideas in his 2015-17 budget, a leading business group is hitting back hard on the airwaves, and asking for the public's help.

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$36 million a drop in bucket compared to state budget
$36 million a drop in bucket compared to state budget (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)
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Report Touts Inslee’s Programs Saving $36 Million, Ignores $12 Billion Budget

Tuesday,  Gov. Inslee's office released results of several government efficiency programs that claim to have in various forms, saved the state $36 million dollars.

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