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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.
Avoid buying certain generic items - might not save you money
Avoid buying certain generic items - might not save you money (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)
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As We Head to 2015 – 3 Things You Should NOT Buy Generic

Maybe one of your New Year's Resolutions is to save some money.  Often, that involves purchasing generic, lower-priced versions of food and products.    Most of the time, it can save money (But there's NO tasty generic substitute for Corn Flakes! We tried it, we know!).  But, according to leading consumer experts, there ARE some generic products that don't cut the mustard, and could even be a bit harmful.

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What was most-searched item on Google in WA State in 2014?
What was most-searched item on Google in WA State in 2014? (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
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What Was #1 Google Search in Washington State in 2014?

2014 was a busy year for Google, obviously.  The world's #1 search engine was kept hopping as people searched for quick answers to questions, and definitions.   What was the #1 search in Washington state?

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CBS Sports rejects local TV Ad as "too political"
CBS Sports rejects local TV Ad as "too political" (Photo by George Frey/Getty Images)
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Top ’11′ Stories of 2014 – CBS Sports Rejects Pledge of Allegiance Local TV Ad – “Too Political”

CBS Regional Sports set off a brief, but fierce firestorm in September by rejecting a locally produced TV ad that featured an adorable little girl saying the Pledge of Allegiance.

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Washington Policy Solutions Summit coming to Tri-Cities January 6th.
Washington Policy Solutions Summit coming to Tri-Cities January 6th. (City of Kennewick - Three Rivers Convention Center).
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BIG Policy Conference Coming to Tri-Cities January 6th – They Want YOUR Opinion

If you read our website, Facebook page, and listen to Newstalk 870,  you're probably familiar with The Washington Policy Center.   Now, they're coming to the Tri-Cities, bringing in some pretty powerful leaders, and they want your opinions.

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Homeless flocking to Colorado in search of legal pot
Homeless flocking to Colorado in search of legal pot (Photo by Stephen Brashear/Getty Images)
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Homeless Flocking to Colorado for Marijuana – Shelters Can’t Keep Up

Colorado is now facing yet another unintended, and unforseen consequence about legalized pot.    Homeless people are flocking to the state to get high.  Is this a problem that will begin to show up in our state as well?

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Study says studded tires destroying WA roadways
Study says studded tires destroying WA roadways (Photo by Getty Images)
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WA Study Claims Studded Tires Cause Millions in Road Damage – Ban Looming?

A new report released by the Washington State Department of Transportation claims studded tires cause numerous roads -especially I-90 - to deteriorate well before they're scheduled for maintenance.

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