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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.
The Browns in Vegas with Michael Waltrip (middle) and their friends the Stillar family.
The Browns in Vegas with Michael Waltrip (middle) and their friends the Stillar family.
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Tri-City Couple Finds NASCAR Legend’s Wallet in Their Rental Car! What Happened Next?

The chances of this happening are almost as random as picking a perfect NCAA men's hoops bracket! But Michael Waltrip again proved why he's one of the most popular and good guys in NASCAR. In this case, what happens in Vegas, needs to be told.

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Many roads like this one are in bad shape in Franklin County (Newstalk870 file image)
Many roads like this one are in bad shape in Franklin County (Newstalk870 file image)
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North Franklin Farmers Frustrated Over Washed Out Road Closures

Some farmers North of Pasco are voicing frustration over what they believe are confusing or even misguided road closures in the wake of one of some of the worst winter weather damage seen in years. Roads in the county are like this everywhere, Benton County as well.

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Kennewick schools release more snow make up time (KNDU-Kennewick School District)
Kennewick schools release more snow make up time (KNDU-Kennewick School District)
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Kennewick Schools Release More Snow Day Make Ups-Last Day June 14

Thursday, the Kennewick School District released more information about some upcoming days that in other years, would have had early releases. But they won't due to  efforts to make up days lost to the snow.

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Waltrip, seen here at Daytona 2017 (Cliff Hawkins)
Waltrip, seen here at Daytona 2017 (Cliff Hawkins)
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NASCAR Driver Takes to Twitter to Thank Tri-City Fans Who Found Wallet

We mentioned earlier Thursday the Kennewick NASCAR fans who found Michael Waltrip's wallet in their rental car in Las Vegas. They were both there for the Kobalt 400 Monster Energy Cup race this weekend. The story is going viral in our area.

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New distracted driving bill doesn't prevent newspaper or map reading or other certain distractions behind wheel (Newstalk870 file image)
New distracted driving bill doesn't prevent newspaper or map reading or other certain distractions behind wheel (Newstalk870 file image)
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New Distracted Driving Bill Still Allows You To Read Newspaper Behind Wheel

A new bill has passed the state House, now it goes onto Senate for future consideration. But some officials say it doesn't do enough to stop distracted driving.

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