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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.
Legislators urged to raise WA smoking and tobacco age to 21
Legislators urged to raise WA smoking and tobacco age to 21 (Photo by Phil Walter/Getty Images)
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Governor, Attorney General Urge Washington Legislators to Raise Tobacco Age to 21

Citing new studies that show vaping, or use of e-cigarettes, is rising rapidly among teens, Thursday Gov. Jay Inslee urged new legislation to help curb the problem.

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Man Fatally Shot in Pasco Had Criminal Charge for Assaulting Police Officer

Pasco police have released more information on 35-year-old Antonio Zambrano-Montes, the man shot by officers Tuesday evening outside Fiesta Foods. A transient, Zambrano-Montes had a prior 3rd Degree Felony charge for assaulting a Pasco police officer, a Class "C" felony.

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New bills would examine dividing Washington state in half
New bills would examine dividing Washington state in half (Townsquare meda image)
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Tri-Cities, Spokane Legislators Explore Idea of Splitting State in Half

On the heels of a Western Washington man starting a petition to create a committee to examine splitting our state in half, as well as putting the issue before voters, here comes another bill.

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Shooting protestors picket outside Pasco City Hall
Shooting protestors picket outside Pasco City Hall (Townsquare media image)
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Protesters Picket Outside City Hall Over Pasco Police Shooting

Pasco police have identified the man three officers shot Tuesday evening after he threw rocks at them and nearby vehicles as 35-year-old transient Antonio Zambrano-Montes. After video footage of the shooting spread on social media, several dozen protesters stood peacefully outside Pasco City Hall Wednesday.

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Goodwill starts curbsite recycling in Richland
Goodwill starts curbsite recycling in Richland (Courtesy Goodwill Industries Tri cities)
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Goodwill Starts Curbside Recycling Program in Richland – Get Details Here

Starting next week, Richland residents who have unwanted textile (clothing-shoes, etc) items will be able to leave them out on garbage day, and they will be collected.

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Radio Shack at Columbia Center among closings
Radio Shack at Columbia Center among closings (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
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Will Columbia Center Radio Shack Re-Emerge as ‘Mini’ Sprint Store?

Last Thursday, RadioShack announced it is closing more than 2,400 stores after filing for bankruptcy. This will include the Columbia Center Mall location in Kennewick, and Valley Mall store in Union Gap outside of Yakima.

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