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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.
Benton County Clean Air Authority conditions graph
Benton County Clean Air Authority conditions graph (Benton County Clean Air Authority)
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Tri-City Air Quality Deemed Unhealthy This Week Due to Fires

The Benton County Clean Air Authority rated Monday's air as 'unhealthy.'  According to their website, we are in a state of red.  Air pollution level was at 160, whereas last Friday when it was clear we were at 19.  And, it's not going to get better. We're currently in the bright red.

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Richland waitress accused of theft against elderly man
Richland waitress accused of theft against elderly man (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)
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Richland Waitress Accused of Stealing From Elderly Man

A 48-year-old Richland woman is facing theft charges after authorities discovered she'd been stealing money from an elderly man who suffers from dementia and other disorders.

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Pasco school board prepares for strike
Pasco school board prepares for strike (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
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Pasco School District Prepares for Strike – Passes Resolutions

After the weekend passed without any progress on a new contract with teachers, the Pasco School Board met Monday, and passed several resolutions preparing them for a potential strike September 1st.

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Washington state forced to ask for volunteer help
Washington state forced to ask for volunteer help (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)
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WA State Asks for Volunteer Fire Help – A First in State History

The wildfires burning throughout Washington state are so bad, officials are now doing something that's NEVER been done in our history - ask for volunteer fire help.

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Tri-Citians upset over increasingly lost mail
Tri-Citians upset over increasingly lost mail (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
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Residents Complain of Mail Issues After Loss of Pasco Processing Center

In July 2013, the United States Postal Service shut down mail processing in Pasco, and moved the task to Spokane. It was part of a national reorganizational effort to save money. Since then, besides obvious delays with certain types of mail,  some Tri-City residents have seen what they believe is a drop in service.

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