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Columbia Park closed to non-boat race spectators July 26-27
Columbia Park closed to non-boat race spectators July 26-27 (Townsquare media image)
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Columbia Park, Some Bike Paths to Close During Columbia Cup

The 49th. annual Water Follies Hydroplane celebration will be descending upon the Tri-Cities this next weekend.

 

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Help With the Second Annual Backpacks for Kids Drive

98.3 The Key has teamed up with Coldwell Banker Tomlinson Associated Brokers of Kennewick for the 2nd annual Backpacks for kids drive. Because every kid should have a backpack on the 1st day of school.

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Interstate 90 crash near Vantage
Interstate 90 crash near Vantage (Washington State Patrol-KNDU-TV)
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Wildfire Smoke Leads to 20-Car Pileup on I-90 Near Vantage

Smoke from area wildfires is likely to have contributed to the accident,  in which there have been at least 11 injuries, some serious.  This is an overhead image of the crash site, courtesy of the Washington State Patrol (KNDU-TV)

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Another Highway 395 and Yelm traffic backup
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Is Relief Coming for Highway 395 Traffic Jams in Kennewick?

Anytime between 3:30 and 6pm,  you're likely to get stuck in one.  Especially coming up the hill from the Blue Bridge into Kennewick,  near 395 and Clearwater.

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IRS scam hits Newstalk listeners
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IRS Scam Hits Tri-Cities, Newstalk Listeners

Remember the story this week from the Better Business Bureau about the IRS phone scammers "strong arming" people?   One of our Newstalk friends was exposed to it.

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4th. District Race is still wide open
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4th District Congressional Race Tightening Up Big Time

A candidate forum was held in the Prosser City Park Tuesday evening, and an informal straw poll held afterwards shows both George Cicotte and Clint Didier having some momentum in the 4th. District Race.  But another poll shows some different data.

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Dead poached elk seized from illegal Oregon hunting operation
Dead poached elk seized from illegal Oregon hunting operation (Oregon Fish and Wildlife)
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Huge Oregon Poaching Ring Nets 23 Arrests – Biggest in State History

A Bend, OR man is facing multiple charges, thousands in fines and a permanent hunting ban after leading numerous illegal hunting expeditions, and shooting elk and buffalo.

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Scammers posing as IRS agents theatening E. Washington residents
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New IRS Scam Hitting Eastern Washington, Tri-City Areas

The Better Business Bureau says a new scam utilizing phone calls from people claiming to be from the IRS have already claimed a number of victims.

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State of Emergency in WA due to wildfires
State of Emergency in WA due to wildfires (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)
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Wildfire Emergency Declared in 20 Washington Counties – Including Benton, Franklin

Washington emergency management, and Department of Natural Resources officials Wednesday declared the emergency condition due to extreme wildfire activity.

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Drones to be used to monitor WA forest and wildfires
Drones to be used to monitor WA forest and wildfires (Photo by David Silverman/Getty Images)
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Drones To Help Monitor Washington State Wildfires

This is a practical use of an unmanned aerial vehicle we can accept.

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