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New location for Union Gospel Mission's mens shelter Pasco (Google Earth)
New location for Union Gospel Mission's mens shelter Pasco (Google Earth)
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Union Gospel Mission to Break Ground on New Shelter in Pasco April 27

Nearly six years ago, a plot of land was purchased in Pasco, at the corner of 3rd and Columbia, behind the vacant Thunderbird Motel. Now, in a week, the new Union Gospel Mission men's shelter will start to be built.

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Lawsuit claims Bose wireless headphones app 'spies' on consumers by collecting data (Amazon.com)
Lawsuit claims Bose wireless headphones app 'spies' on consumers by collecting data (Amazon.com)
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Suit Claims Wireless Headphones ‘Spy’ On Users

An Illinois man has filed a multi-million dollar lawsuit against one of the leading manufacturers of wireless headphones, Bose, claiming they illegally gather and sell their consumers' personal data. Millions of wireless headphone sets have been sold by the company.

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Junior college programs to be offered to prison inmates in WA (Columbia Basin College)
Junior college programs to be offered to prison inmates in WA (Columbia Basin College)
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New WA Program Offers Community College, Tech Programs to Prison Inmates

Washington State's 12 prisons already provide literacy and educational programs for inmates, allowing them to better their communication and comprehension skills. But now a new bi-partisan plan passed by the legislature will allow them to pursue actual job skills prior to being released.

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Easter now trumps Halloween for candy spending (Getty Images)
Easter now trumps Halloween for candy spending (Getty Images)
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It’s Official: We Spend More on Easter Candy Than Halloween!

According to Fortune Magazine and other sources, the bunny has now overtaken the scarecrow and ghost when it comes to who we spend money on.

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Inslee recall petition slows pace a bit.   (Getty-WA state Gov office)
Inslee recall petition slows pace a bit. (Getty-WA state Gov office)
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Gov. Inslee Recall Petition Losing Some Steam

Back on February 28th, we reported on a petition that had been started to recall Gov. Jay Inslee, especially over his declaration of WA being a sanctuary state, and his refusal to adhere to many Federal immigration laws.

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Rue21 Kennewick. Bloomberg says chain facing serious issues (Google Street View)
Rue21 Kennewick. Bloomberg says chain facing serious issues (Google Street View)
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Amazon, E-Commerce Destroying Retail Stores, Say Experts-Rue21Next?

 

According to Bloomberg financial experts, it trends continue, Amazon will pretty much rule the retail world.  In a new article released Friday, more potential brick and mortar retail store closings could be looming. Will they affect the Tri-Cities?

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Hermiston High football field (Hermiston School District)
Hermiston High football field (Hermiston School District)
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Hermiston High School Close to Joining Mid Columbia Conference

All the necessary pieces appear to be in place, now it's likely just up to the OSAA (Oregon Schools Activities Association) to determine if Hermiston will move North sports-wise and join the Mid Columbia Conference.

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Pasco Amtrak train station (Google Earth)
Pasco Amtrak train station (Google Earth)
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Amtrak Subsidy Cuts Could End Rail Service To-From Pasco

Amtrak, the government run railroad, has rarely ever operated in the black, and it's subsidies are among the cuts proposed in President Trump's America First budget just released this week. If they go through, train service to and from Pasco would likely be cut.

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EPA under fire for attack on Northwest Farmers  (Getty Images)
EPA under fire for attack on Northwest Farmers (Getty Images)
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Rep. Newhouse Demands Investigation Into Northwest Anti-Farmer EPA Campaign

You may have heard of the "What's Upstream" campaign that was launched by money from the Environmental Protection Agency Region 10 (The Pacific Northwest) that many say was a cleverly disguised attack on farmers, ranchers and other ag producers by environmental groups. Now, there's evidence taxpayer money was used to fund the effort, in violation of federal laws.

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Hotels trying to make money of eclipse tourists cancelling reservations, raising prices (Getty Images)
Hotels trying to make money of eclipse tourists cancelling reservations, raising prices (Getty Images)
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Are Oregon Hotels Gouging Consumers With Sky-High ‘Eclipse’ Rates?

So, you booked a room several months or weeks ago, or even in late 2016, because you knew Oregon was going to be the best place to view the once-in-a-lifetime solar eclipse coming in August. But then you find out the hotel cancelled your reservation, and now wants $500, $800, even $1,000 more for the room. Is that legal?!?

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