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New start date for cellphone ban, now coming in July (Getty Images)
New start date for cellphone ban, now coming in July (Getty Images)
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UPDATE–New WA Cellphone Ban Goes Effect in July, Not Next January

Calling the issue of texting-talking while driving an "urgent problem" the Washington State Traffic Safety Commission (WSTSC) commended Gov. Jay Inslee's veto of the original January 1, 2019 start date for the new Driving Under the Influence of Electronics Bill, instead, it will start this coming July.

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Kennewick cadet officers sworn in (Kennewick police)
Kennewick cadet officers sworn in (Kennewick police)
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Kennewick Police Kick off New Cadet Program, Swear in First Four Members

Four young men, including a former standout Southridge High School athlete, were sworn in Tuesday morning at City Hall, as Kennewick launched it's Cadet Program. Eventually, these four will be able to become full-fledged officers.

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Natural gas plant proposals at Boardman shelved (Google Earth)
Natural gas plant proposals at Boardman shelved (Google Earth)
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Environmentalists Kill Plans For Boardman Natural Gas Plants

Portland General Electric (PGE) has suspended efforts to get permits to build two natural gas burning power plants near Boardman. The plan was to utilize them to replace the coal-fired plant that is set to shut down in 2021.

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New device would determine driver phone use behind the wheel (Getty Images)
New device would determine driver phone use behind the wheel (Getty Images)
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Move Over Breathalyzer, Here Comes The “Textalyzer”

It's actually being proposed in New York, other states could follow.

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I-1552 would challenge gender neutral bathroom laws.  (Getty Images)
I-1552 would challenge gender neutral bathroom laws. (Getty Images)
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Bathroom Privacy Advocates Plan Massive Signature Push for I-1552

Supports of Initiative 1552 are planning more events coming in the next few weeks, mirroring other efforts that have boosted signatures to get it on the ballot. I-1552 is being pushed as a counter to the controversial 'gender-neutral' bath and locker room laws passed less than a year and a half ago. Some of these signing events will likely get a lot of attention.

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Two Democratic Central Committees accused of misdeeds (Getty Images)
Two Democratic Central Committees accused of misdeeds (Getty Images)
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King County, Spokane Democratic Committees Face Campaign Finance Violations

In a double-whammy, two Democratic Central Committees as well as several members are the subject of legal action filed this week by Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson.

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Former Southridge standout Jair Ealy-Thomas one of brand new Kennewick Cadet program members (YouTube)
Former Southridge standout Jair Ealy-Thomas one of brand new Kennewick Cadet program members (YouTube)
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Former Southridge QB-Athlete Sworn in As Kennewick Police Cadet

 

Jair Ealy-Thomas was a leader on some of the more successful Southridge Suns football teams. Now he's going to be a leader in the community.

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Semi takes out tree, then leaves the scene. (Kennewick police)
Semi takes out tree, then leaves the scene. (Kennewick police)
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Columbia Park Hit and Run Claims Life of Tree, Cops Looking for Semi-Truck

Kennewick police are looking for probably the slowest hit-and-run vehicle in recent months, a semi truck.

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Seattle Mayor wants to raise soda tax 8 fold (Getty Images)
Seattle Mayor wants to raise soda tax 8 fold (Getty Images)
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Seattle Wants To Raise Soda Tax 8 Times Higher Than Beer

It was tried and rejected in Santa Fe, New Mexico, but now Seattle Mayor Ed Murray wants to tax soda at a rate 8 times higher than beer.

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Men reportedly looking to buy materials that could be used to make a bomb (Kennewick police)
Men reportedly looking to buy materials that could be used to make a bomb (Kennewick police)
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Men Suspected of Seeking Bomb Making Materials at Hardware Store UPDATE

Kennewick police say it's still an active investigation.

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