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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.
Which restaurants got red violations? (Getty Images)
Which restaurants got red violations? (Getty Images)
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Which Tri-City Eateries Hit With Serious Health Code Violations?

The Benton Franklin Health Department routinely checks at least 1,000 food vendors and restaurants in the two counties, making what are called often drop-in inspections of their food preparation, serving and storage areas and other aspects of the establishment.

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Last image seen before photographer disappeared (Townsquare Media)
Last image seen before photographer disappeared (Townsquare Media)
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Zombies Roaming Pasco Fields at Night?

We've been getting reports of shadowy figures lurking in the dark out in the field, hiding in the weeds, and getting zapped by the 200 foot radio tower in our multi-acre field.  This picture was found in the camera of a Townsquare employee who mysteriously disappeared last week.

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Showdown over safety leads to Hanford work stoppage (Department of Energy)
Showdown over safety leads to Hanford work stoppage (Department of Energy)
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Hanford Showdown over Vapor Safety Leads to Work Stoppage

Citing what they say is the "absolute failure" of Washington River Protection Services (WRPS) to adequately address vapor health issues at the Hanford Tank Farms, a major union has brought work to a standstill.

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Civil Rights Commission wants Pasco officers charged (Townsquare-Jon Funfar)
Civil Rights Commission wants Pasco officers charged (Townsquare-Jon Funfar)
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Civil Rights Commission Wants Pasco Zambrano Officers Charged

Despite multiple local and even federal agencies choosing not to charge the three Pasco police officers directly involved in the fatal shooting of Antonio Zambrano last February, now the U.S. Civil Rights Commission wants the U.S. Attorney General to look at the case.

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Effort to overturn transgender bathrooms falls short (Getty Images)
Effort to overturn transgender bathrooms falls short (Getty Images)
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Drive to Overturn Transgender Bathroom Law Fails to Make Ballot

A petition drive to gather enough signatures to get a repeal of Washington state's transgender bathroom law fell short of it's goal, leaving organizers considering other options.

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There's another part to minimum wage hike not being talked about (Ben Pruchnie)
There's another part to minimum wage hike not being talked about (Ben Pruchnie)
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What’s Hidden Inside Proposed $15 Minimum Wage Proposal for WA?

Initiative 1433 is likely going to be on the ballot this fall, YOU the voter will decide if WA will raise it's minimum wage statewide to $15 by 2020. But there's another requirement that would go into effect that could cripple or shut down small businesses, especially those who employ small levels of staff and workers.

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