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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. Very lucky, because the wife loves football and NASCAR as well! Five great wonderful kids, ranging from 26 to 7 years old.
Rising suicide rates not just among teens  (Getty Images)
Rising suicide rates not just among teens (Getty Images)
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Shocking! Study Says 1 in 5 Youth, Teens in WA Have Considered Suicide

According to a new study released this week by the Washington State Department of Health, a stunning 20 percent of tweens (youth 10-13) and teenagers have considered committing suicide. There have even been some indications of rising rates below that age as well.

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Cable Bridge traffic roulette (Townsquare media)
Cable Bridge traffic roulette (Townsquare media)
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Here’s Why You Avoid Construction Zones! Cable Bridge Crawling–Literally! [VIDEO]

So many times we hear about construction updates, road work etc. and we just shrug it off. Here's why, whenever possible, you should find alternate routes.  I found out the hard way. The Cable Bridge is going to remain torn up through at least 5-24.

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Kennewick cadet officers sworn in (Kennewick police)
Kennewick cadet officers sworn in (Kennewick police)
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Kennewick Police Kick off New Cadet Program, Swear in First Four Members

Four young men, including a former standout Southridge High School athlete, were sworn in Tuesday morning at City Hall, as Kennewick launched it's Cadet Program. Eventually, these four will be able to become full-fledged officers.

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Natural gas plant proposals at Boardman shelved (Google Earth)
Natural gas plant proposals at Boardman shelved (Google Earth)
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Environmentalists Kill Plans For Boardman Natural Gas Plants

Portland General Electric (PGE) has suspended efforts to get permits to build two natural gas burning power plants near Boardman. The plan was to utilize them to replace the coal-fired plant that is set to shut down in 2021.

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I-1552 would challenge gender neutral bathroom laws.  (Getty Images)
I-1552 would challenge gender neutral bathroom laws. (Getty Images)
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Bathroom Privacy Advocates Plan Massive Signature Push for I-1552

Supports of Initiative 1552 are planning more events coming in the next few weeks, mirroring other efforts that have boosted signatures to get it on the ballot. I-1552 is being pushed as a counter to the controversial 'gender-neutral' bath and locker room laws passed less than a year and a half ago. Some of these signing events will likely get a lot of attention.

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Two Democratic Central Committees accused of misdeeds (Getty Images)
Two Democratic Central Committees accused of misdeeds (Getty Images)
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King County, Spokane Democratic Committees Face Campaign Finance Violations

In a double-whammy, two Democratic Central Committees as well as several members are the subject of legal action filed this week by Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson.

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