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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.
Sheriff John Hanlin
Sheriff John Hanlin (Douglas County Sheriff's Office)

County Sheriff Opposes Gun Control in Wake of Umpqua Shootings

As predicted, in the wake of the tragic Umpqua Community College shooting in Roseburg, Oregon, a chorus of voices began calling for more gun control laws. Instead of bemoaning the loss of life, or asking what led the shooter to do what he did, President Obama instead called for new gun laws. But the Douglas County Sheriff says that won't work, and he offers better ideas.

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Hispanic man reportedly jumped from Blue Bridge
Hispanic man reportedly jumped from Blue Bridge (Townsquare media image)

Emergency Crews Seeking Reported Blue Bridge Jumper

Information still coming in, but here's what we have as of 11:40am Friday morning.  From Pasco EMS and other sources.  A man was seen jumping off the Blue Bridge:

"Multiple northbound drivers on Pasco side of Blue Bridge called 911 reporting a Hispanic man in a red sweatshirt jumped from the bridge...

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Wissman Christopher D
Wissman Christopher D (Kennewick police)

Suspects Identified in Kennewick Traffic Jams-AutoShades Break In

Kennewick police have now issued bulletins with the identities of the two suspects wanted in connection with the break in at AutoShades in Kennewick. The suspects broke into AutoShades garage, then attempted to breach the wall to get into the adjoining business, Traffic Jams. (Pictured is Christopher D. Wissman).

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American Actor James Dean
American Actor James Dean (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

Long-Lost James Dean Wreckage May Be in Bellingham?

Some say it's the automotive world's version of D.B. Cooper. Is the wreckage of one of the most famous, and tragic, car accidents hidden in a garage in the Pacific Northwest?

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October 1st pot goes on sale to general public in Oregon
October 1st pot goes on sale to general public in Oregon (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)

Oregon Medical Pot Dispensaries Get Ready for Public Sales Thursday

October 1st, the medical marijuana dispensaries in Oregon are going to get a LOT busier. Due to a streamlining of their legal pot law, officials have decided not to make consumers wait until next year when the state stores open.  Medical pot dispensaries will be handling the "need".

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