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Area where shooting took place in West Richland (Google Street view)
Area where shooting took place in West Richland (Google Street view)
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Autopsy Released For Man Fatally Shot by Benton County Deputy

As the investigation continues, the Benton County Coroner released the results of the autopsy on a 46-year-old West Richland man, who was fatally shot after a domestic violence incident when he pointed a shotgun at a Deputy.  The neighborhood is pictured in our story.

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Legislature passes Family Leave Act, businesses will pay the brunt of the bill (WA state legislative website)
Legislature passes Family Leave Act, businesses will pay the brunt of the bill (WA state legislative website)
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WA Legislature Passes Paid Family Leave Act, Gov. Inslee to Sign Wednesday

You probably didn't hear about this over all the noise from education funding, possible 'government' shutdown, and some tax proposals. But now WA will become the 5th state to enact Paid Family Leave.

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Noted skin doctor says computer screens hurt skin like the sun  (Getty Images)
Noted skin doctor says computer screens hurt skin like the sun (Getty Images)
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Doctor Says We Should Wear Sunscreen When Using Computers, Cellphones?!?

The doctor who looks after the skin of celebrity Taylor Swift has said this week people should treat exposure to computer screens and cellphones the same as they would the sun.

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Tapteal apartment fire, as of last Saturday (Townsquare Media-Newstalk870)
Tapteal apartment fire, as of last Saturday (Townsquare Media-Newstalk870)
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Asbestos Concerns Shut Down Tapteal Apartment Fire Investigation

In the wake of the tragic fire that left 22 people or families homeless in Kennewick, now officials say concerns over possible asbestos are delaying the investigation. The building in question, Unit D, has 24 total apartment units, 22 were occupied. No one was seriously injured in the fire.

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lightning strike nearly hits Pasco police car (Getty Images)
lightning strike nearly hits Pasco police car (Getty Images)
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Lightning Strike Nearly Hits Pasco Police Cruiser! [VIDEO]

The dashcam of a Pasco patrol car captured a remarkable lightning strike, in that you can actually see the bolt hit the ground.

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UW study says higher wages offset by fewer hours (Chris McGrath)
UW study says higher wages offset by fewer hours (Chris McGrath)
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New UW Study Says $15 Minimum Wage Actually Costs Workers

In yet another example of how those who were pushing the $15 minimum wage didn't to their homework, or use business common sense, a new University of Washington study shows while workers ARE making noticeably more money, it's offset because they're getting fewer hours.

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Pot related accidents, claims, on the rise say officials (Newstalk870 file image-infoflashlert)
Pot related accidents, claims, on the rise say officials (Newstalk870 file image-infoflashlert)
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Study Says WA, Colorado Pot-Related Car Wreck Rates Rising

While stopping short of directly blaming legal weed for a noticeable increase in impaired driving car crashes, the study says there's enough of a correlation to cause them to believe pot is a factor. Before you go off disputing, consider this study came from the respected Highway Loss Data Institute (HLDI).

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After nearly 118 years, Walla Walla General Hospital to close (Google Earth)
After nearly 118 years, Walla Walla General Hospital to close (Google Earth)
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Merger Falls Through, Walla Walla General Hospital Will Close July 24

Tuesday, Walla Walla General Hospital officials announced that an unforseen issue that arose from a proposed merger of the facility with Providence Health Services will force the oldest hospital in Southeastern Washington to close it's doors in July.

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Public information meetings about new high school buildings to be held in Prosser (Google Street View)
Public information meetings about new high school buildings to be held in Prosser (Google Street View)
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Prosser School District Wants Input on Location of New High School Buildings

The Prosser School Board invites the public to attend one (or both) of two public information meetings that will help determine the location of the new Prosser High School buildings coming soon.

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Was somebody checking homes to see if people home before breaking in?  (Google Street View)
Was somebody checking homes to see if people home before breaking in? (Google Street View)
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Were People ‘Casing’ Homes in Benton City Over Weekend?

We keep an eye on social media throughout the Columbia Basin, and often come across rather interesting posts, sometimes eye-catching.

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