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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. Very lucky, because the wife loves football and NASCAR as well! Five great wonderful kids, ranging from 26 to 7 years old.
Information on how to contact your local school district (Getty Images)
Information on how to contact your local school district (Getty Images)
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Here’s How to Contact Your School Board over Transgender Bathroom Mandate

Regardless of your position on this issue, your Tri-City School boards do want your opinion on the Obama Administration's decision Friday to send out a non-legally binding 'directive', telling schools they should adopt transgender bathroom policies. While it's not legally binding, not doing so could leave districts open to lawsuits, and potentially federal funding being withheld. Here's how to voice your opinion.

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Former editor claims newsworthy criteria at Facebook has liberal bias (Getty Images)
Former editor claims newsworthy criteria at Facebook has liberal bias (Getty Images)
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So How Did Facebook Reportedly ‘Suppress’ Conservative News, Posts?

Recently, the Guardian Newspaper in England, Glenn Beck's The Blaze website, and other news sources, have uncovered information that appears to indicate that Facebook uses criteria that would suppress, or restrict, the number of people exposed to conservative news, information and topics.

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White House Directs All Schools to Adopt Transgender Bathrooms

Friday, the Obama Administration issued a non-legally binding order that all public schools in the U.S. should adopt the same transgender bathroom rules recently enacted at Target Stores, and put into law by the Washington State Human Rights Commission in December.

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PFLAG disbanding in Walla Walla (PFLAG website)
PFLAG disbanding in Walla Walla (PFLAG website)
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Gay, Lesbian Advocacy-Support Group Shuts Down in Walla Walla

It seems unusual that a group dedicated to advocating and supporting gay, lesbian and transgender individuals would not be at the forefront of Washington State's, and the Mid-Columbia's discussions about the new transgender bathroom laws, and other related issues.

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Walla Walla school district loses out on much needed upgrade (Getty Images)
Walla Walla school district loses out on much needed upgrade (Getty Images)
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State Rejects $4 Million Dollar Walla Walla School Science Grant

Despite the fact that the district's science program doesn't meet the upcoming 2020 Washington State High School graduation criteria, the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction rejected a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) grant application that would have provided a huge boost to the lagging program.

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Actual transgender bathroom, North Carolina (Getty Images)
Actual transgender bathroom, North Carolina (Getty Images)
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Washington State’s Transgender Laws Could Get You Sued, Or Worse

Because it was passed quietly the day after Christmas, we're still learning about Washington state's transgender bathroom laws. What you don't know could get you sued, with the state backing the plaintiff, or even removed from a building-by force.

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