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One of our many damaged roads, FEMA has declared Benton-Franklin Counties disaster areas (Benton County Road Department)
One of our many damaged roads, FEMA has declared Benton-Franklin Counties disaster areas (Benton County Road Department)
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Feds Declare 13 WA Counties Disaster Areas Due to Harsh Winter

Gov. Inslee's office announced Friday the Trump Administration has granted a disaster declaration for 13 Washington state counties, due to the damage caused by the harsh winter, excessive snow, followed by rain, melting runoff and other other factors that caused hundreds of millions in damages.

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New enhanced Driver's License now meets Federal REAL ID requirements (Washington State DOL)
New enhanced Driver's License now meets Federal REAL ID requirements (Washington State DOL)
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New Washington Drivers’ License Solves REAL ID Issue–Sort Of

Friday, the Washington state Legislature approved bills that will make our state compliant with the Federal REAL ID Act. But it still doesn't address the issue of potential illegals getting drivers licenses.

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Kadlec workers vote to form union under SEIU umbrella (Google Street View)
Kadlec workers vote to form union under SEIU umbrella (Google Street View)
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Kadlec Workers Vote to Join SEIU Union, Will Join Statewide Group

After a vote was held April 10-20th, over 800 workers at Kadlec Regional Medical Center have chosen to form a union that will be part of SEIU (Service Employees International Union) 1199NW.

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420 pot recipe Spokesman Review (Townsquare Media)
420 pot recipe Spokesman Review (Townsquare Media)
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Spokane Newspaper Celebrates 420 Day With Pot Recipes, Classifieds

At first glance, it seems funny that a typically 'conservative' paper like the Spokesman Review in Spokane would have such content in it's classifieds or entertainment section. But when you consider these are paid content, and pot is legal, maybe not such a surprise. But it was still pretty funny.

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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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