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Yet another July traffic slowdown due to Highway 240 media fire
Yet another July traffic slowdown due to Highway 240 media fire (Townsquare media image)
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Top ’11′ Stories of 2014 – Mysterious (Unsolved) Brush Fires Along Highway 240 Median

While this didn't result in any serious damage or loss of life,   it grabbed attention of many in the Mid-Columbia, and had folks on social media chattering for weeks.

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4th District Election heated in 2014
4th District Election heated in 2014 (Photo by Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images)
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Top ’11′ Stories of 2014 – Didier Vs. Newhouse Congressional Race

After starting off nice, it turned into a bitter campaign.  For the first time in our state's 125 year history, two candidates from the same party opposed each other on a Congressional ballot.

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Tri Cities regional aquatic center
Tri Cities regional aquatic center (Tri City regional Public Facilities District)
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Top ’11” Stories of 2014 – Land Sale Kills Final Chance for Regional Aquatic Center

Although voters rejected the Pasco/Regional Aquatic Center in 2013,   it was still very much on life support - and expected to be re-submitted to voters.

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Old Padres baseball field Kennewick 1970-72
Old Padres baseball field Kennewick 1970-72 (Benton County Historical society)
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Top ’11′ Stories of 2014 – Padres Replace Rockies as Dust Devils Parent Club After 13 Years

It was one of the longest partnerships in all of professional baseball, but all good things must end.    Starting with the 2015 season, the San Diego Padres will return to a familiar area, the Tri-Cities, as the parent team for the Tri-City Dust Devils.  The best news? Professional baseball STAYS in the Tri-Cities!

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NFIB fires back against Inslee's environmental plans in budget
NFIB fires back against Inslee's environmental plans in budget (Photo by Darren McCollester/Newsmakers)
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Leading Business Group Hits “Back” Against Inslee Gas ‘Tax’ Plan with Radio Ads

In the wake of Gov. Inslee announcing a plan for low carbon fuel standards and other costly environmental ideas in his 2015-17 budget, a leading business group is hitting back hard on the airwaves, and asking for the public's help.

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Man admits to Sheriff's deputies he fatally shot dog
Man admits to Sheriff's deputies he fatally shot dog (Benton County Sheriff's department).
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Weapons Charges Could be Filed Against Finley Man Who Shot and Killed Puppy

Already facing charges of animal cruelty, a Finley man could be facing a weapons charge,  possibly for illegal discharge of a firearm.

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Maintenance man assaulted at this home .
Maintenance man assaulted at this home . (Google street view- Google maps)
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Kennewick “House Squatters’ Assault Maintenance Man, 2 Suspects Sought

Two men hiding out, or perhaps "squatting" (living illegally) in a repo house in Kennewick are being sought after assaulting and robbing a maintenance man.

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Edison accident
Edison accident (Townsquare media image)
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Top ’11′ of 2014 – Car “Climbs” Telephone Pole Cable in Wild Kennewick Crash [VIDEO]

As it turns out the driver and her passenger were 14-year-old girls who'd taken the car without permission.

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Circle K on Union robbed at knifepoint
Circle K on Union robbed at knifepoint (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
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Police Seeking Kennewick Convenience Store Robbers – Threatened Clerk with Knife

Authorities are still seeking a pair of robbers who held up the 10th and Union Circle K store in Kennewick early Sunday morning.

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Kenyatta Bridges
Kenyatta Bridges (Tri-Cities Crime Stoppers)
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Tri-Cities Crime Stoppers Seeking Murder Suspect, Accomplice

A 25-year-old man and 26-year-old woman are being sought in connection with a murder, and for obstructing police.

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