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Kennewick schools will be silent Thursday (Kamiakin High School)
Kennewick schools will be silent Thursday (Kamiakin High School) (Kennewick School District)
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Some WA State Teacher Walkouts Illegal – What About Tri-Cities?

Thursday May 21st the Tri-City area schools will be silent, as over 80 percent (on average) of teachers voted to heed the advice of the teacher's union (WEA) and stage a one-day walkout.   Much has been said about the difference between a strike and a walk-out.  Are they still legal?

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Proposed bill would withhold pay, benefits from striking teachers or walkouts
Proposed bill would withhold pay, benefits from striking teachers or walkouts (Washington state legislative website)
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Senate Bill Would Withold Teacher Pay, Benefits During Walkouts Or Strikes

The measure, Senate bill 6116, was actually introduced by a Democrat, Senator Tim Sheldon, who represents the 35 District  West of Tacoma, including the City of Shelton, WA.  Eight other Senators, including a number from Eastern Washington,  are co-sponsors.

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Is It OK to Treat Pets Like They’re Equal to Humans? [POLL]

A woman in Portland saw a dog owner holding his pup up to drink directly from a park's drinking fountain -- the same fountain human mouths drink from. It inspired her to write a blog questioning why we treat pets as if they're equal to people. Tell me if you agree or disagree:

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Would YOU Approve a Strip Mine Near Mt. St. Helens?

The state is close to approving an open mine in a valley 12 miles from Mt. St. Helens along the Green River. A petition is trying to stop it. What do you think?

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George Stephanopoulos
George Stephanopoulos (Photo by Jeff Fusco/Getty Images)
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ABC Journalist Fails to Disclose Clinton Foundation Donations

If a news reporter who donated to a fraudulent  corrupt organization, or charity, was tasked with giving you the "news" about that group, would you trust their assessment and reporting? Probably not.

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DSHS needs disabled caregiver reform, says study
DSHS needs disabled caregiver reform, says study (Photo by China Photos/Getty Images)
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Despite Lawsuits, Big Payouts, DSHS Still Lagging in Disabled Care

15 years ago, a record-setting payout was made to settle a case of neglect and abuse in the Washington state Department of Social and Health Services system that cares for developmentally disabled adults.  But nearly two decades later, a study shows little has been done to improve the system.

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Legislators now calling for Auditor's impeachment
Legislators now calling for Auditor's impeachment (Washington state Auditor's office)
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Auditor Impeachment Drive Begins In State Legislature

After a federal judge delayed the trial of Washington State Auditor Troy Kelley on his indictment, new calls have come from the state legislature to impeach him.

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Aqua Tropics Closing Soon — What’s Your Favorite Memory?

Aqua Tropics is closing and is currently holding a blowout sale at 135 Vista Way in Kennewick. Wow, for so many years they were "the" pet store. I remember buying little baby mice for my son's snake (*bleh*)! So sad.

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Learn About the Teacher Walkout and the Meteoric Rise of Craft Beer [VIDEO]

Friday's edition of "Meet in the Middle with Christine Brown" featured an interview with Rep. Larry Haler about the state's efforts to fund education and respond to the teacher walkout planned for May 21. She also interviewed three craft beer experts on the growing popularity of it and hard cider in the Mid Columbia.

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Judge tosses anti-I-594 lawsuit
Judge tosses anti-I-594 lawsuit (Photo by George Frey/Getty Images)
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Judge Tosses Lawsuit Against I-594 Universal Gun Backround Checks

So what does this judge's ruling mean?

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