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First Retail Marijuana Stores Open In Washington State
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No New Pot Shops in Benton County

In a unanimous vote the Benton County commissioners voted to now allow no new legal pot shops in Benton County including the unincorporated parts...

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Yokes on Bombing Range Road, for Fill A Boot campaign (Google Maps)
Yokes on Bombing Range Road, for Fill A Boot campaign (Google Maps)
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Help MDA Fill The Boots With Benton County Firefighters September 1st

The Muscular Dystrophy Association always ramps up their efforts around Labor Day. With the annual telethon that used to feature the late great Jerry Lewis, to other efforts, we can still help out.

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Kennewick Police Sgt. Ken Lattin (Lattin for Sheriff Facebook)
Kennewick Police Sgt. Ken Lattin (Lattin for Sheriff Facebook)
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Hatcher and Lattin will Square Off Again in November for Benton Sheriff

With the August 1st primary in the rear view window, many area citizens are wondering why interim Sheriff Jerry Hatcher and Kennewick Police Sgt. Ken Lattin will again face each other in November.

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Benton County officials now seeking official pot ban  (Getty Images)
Benton County officials now seeking official pot ban (Getty Images)
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Benton County Now Officially Seeking Pot Ban on New Business

It originally began as a moratorium on new pot shops and business, but now County Commissioners are taking a stronger stance.

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Harmful virus spread by deer mice (Getty Images)
Harmful virus spread by deer mice (Getty Images)
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3 Dead In 2017 From Mice-Spread HANTA Virus in WA, One in Franklin County

Not since 1999 has Washington State seen such an outbreak of this potentially deadly virus.

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Altitude, one of three pot shops (in Prosser) that would stay in business despite moratorium (Google Maps)
Altitude, one of three pot shops (in Prosser) that would stay in business despite moratorium (Google Maps)
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Benton County Could Be ‘Done’ With Legal Pot, Considers Moratorium

Although officials have not confirmed this, it's likely the firestorm of resistance from West Richland citizens that's prompted Benton County Commissioners to put a plan in play that would eventually prevent any more pot business from opening in the county.

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Farmers can recoup damage from harsh winter (KNDU-TV Newstalk870)
Farmers can recoup damage from harsh winter (KNDU-TV Newstalk870)
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Benton County Farmers, Ranchers Can Get Help From Extreme Winter Damage

The Farm Services Office in Prosser is urging Benton County farmers to get in their damage reports, as there is disaster assistance and emergency loans available.

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Banning pot business one of three options Prosser considering (Getty Images)
Banning pot business one of three options Prosser considering (Getty Images)
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Altitude Could Be Flying Solo In Prosser If Council Bans More Pot Shops

It's largely based upon the population of the small Benton County town, which is less than 5,900. That's why the City Council is considering a ban on further pot shops at an upcoming council meeting.

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Ruined Benton County  Road (Benton County Road Department)
Ruined Benton County Road (Benton County Road Department)
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Mother Nature Hammers Benton County Roads, Many Closed

One of the harshest winters in years has destroyed or damaged many Benton County roads, some are closed short-term, several probably won't be fixed for months. For those who don't travel into the outlying areas, these pictures are the first visuals of just how hard nature has been.

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Stolen check writing suspect (Benton County Sheriff's-Kennewick police)
Stolen check writing suspect (Benton County Sheriff's-Kennewick police)
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Fraud Suspect Floating Stolen Checks All Over Tri-Cities

Crime Stoppers and the Benton County Sheriff's department have joined an investigation with other agencies to find this guy. He's accused of using a checkbook stolen from a Benton City resident to pay for a lot of stuff around the area.

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