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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.
Minimum wage set to rise January 1st, part of an overall climb to $13.50 by 2020  (Getty Images)
Minimum wage set to rise January 1st, part of an overall climb to $13.50 by 2020 (Getty Images)
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State Minimum Wage Jumps to $11 Per Hour Jan. 1

Per the results of Initiative 1433, the overall state minimum wage is going up $1.43 beginning Sunday. The initiative was approved during the November 2016 election.

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Get out of our way, we're serious about snow removal!  (Getty Images)
Get out of our way, we're serious about snow removal! (Getty Images)
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City Residents, Move Your Car During Snow Plowing Or It Gets Towed!

The City of Spokane is getting serious about moving snow, to the point where cars are going to be towed. Many times, people will find a snowplow went around their car, leaving a ridge of snow they have to drive through. But not anymore.

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Maybe even mix your holiday packing garbage with food and other scraps (Getty Images)
Maybe even mix your holiday packing garbage with food and other scraps (Getty Images)
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Be Careful About What You Put In The Dumpster After Christmas

You wouldn't think twice about all that packing, wrapping, boxes and more from Christmas, you can't WAIT to get it out of the house. But be careful about letting people see it piled high in the dumpster. Here's why.

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One of the rocks used in Zambrano incident (KNDU-TV)
One of the rocks used in Zambrano incident (KNDU-TV)
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THE Most Reported Local News Story of 2016? You Might Not Believe It

As we approach 2017, here's hoping our news is a better mix of the good rather than bad. What ensued after Coroner Dan Blasdel announced he wanted to do a coroner's inquest began over a year-long process.

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In 2017 luminaries will be illegal in Oregon (Getty Images)
In 2017 luminaries will be illegal in Oregon (Getty Images)
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No More Sky Lanterns In Oregon After December 31st. Bummer!

To some they're called Chinese Lanterns, others luminaries, or wish lanterns, or paper balloons. Regardless, these timeless and popular aerial sights will be illegal in Oregon starting January 1st.

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Shoplifting suspects (Kennewick police)
Shoplifting suspects (Kennewick police)
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Kids Sought in Kennewick Shoplifting Case

Kennewick police are seeking these two suspects in connection with their stealing a number of items from the Ranch and Home store on Columbia Center Boulevard Tuesday.  Anyone who shoplifts is fair game, hence the title of our story!

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WA state will test pilot program in 2017 (Getty Images)
WA state will test pilot program in 2017 (Getty Images)
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State To Consider Charging Drivers by Mile Instead of Gas Tax?

Perhaps it's from the severe beating legislators are taking over continually raising the WA state gas tax, or another influence of a Governor who wants to his legacy to be that of the "greenest" in U.S. history. Either way, this idea is sure to meet resistance on the East side.

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