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What to look for when renting an apartment (Getty Images)
What to look for when renting an apartment (Getty Images)
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7 Things You Must Do When Renting an Apartment

We haven't been watching too many episodes of Criminal Minds, these are just good safety tips to consider when renting or looking at renting an apartment. With the Tri-Cities having a bit of a housing shortage when it comes to homes, renting becoming an option for many.

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Showdown over safety leads to Hanford work stoppage (Department of Energy)
Showdown over safety leads to Hanford work stoppage (Department of Energy)
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Hanford Showdown over Vapor Safety Leads to Work Stoppage

Citing what they say is the "absolute failure" of Washington River Protection Services (WRPS) to adequately address vapor health issues at the Hanford Tank Farms, a major union has brought work to a standstill.

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Hanford union says they're being blackballed over safety concerns at Tank Farm (Oregon.gov)
Hanford union says they're being blackballed over safety concerns at Tank Farm (Oregon.gov)
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Is Union Being Blackballed For Insisting on Safety at Hanford Tank Farm?

A Hanford pipefitters union believes they are being blackballed, or passed over when it comes to contracts, because they are insisting their workers wear protective gear at all times when working near the Hanford tank farms. This image shows the double-shell storage tanks under construction at Hanford in the 1960's.

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Kennewick school district now allowing players to supply own helmet (Townsquare Media)
Kennewick school district now allowing players to supply own helmet (Townsquare Media)
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Should Kennewick Football Players Be Allowed to Use Own Helmets?

There's already a debate brewing over the Kennewick School District's decision to allow parents to supply their own helmet for their middle school or high school football player, amid growing national concerns of concussions.

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Exploding e-cigs creating alarm (Getty Images)
Exploding e-cigs creating alarm (Getty Images)
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Exploding e-cigs Becoming a Small, But Disturbing Trend

It's not a widespread trend, but a number of incidents have been reported recently about vaping units, or e-cigs, exploding in people's mouths or hands. At least 4 such incidents have happened in Washington state alone.

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Safety Tips to Help Avoid a Fire This Holiday Season

Christmas trees start around 210 home fires each year.  Those festive decorations hanging up in your house cause about 860 fires a year!

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Benton-Franklin Safe Kids’ Has Some Halloween Safety Reminders For You!

Benton-Franklin Safe Kids group encourages you to keep safety in mind when picking out the perfect costume for your little ones.

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Gun safety day coming to Ranch and Home
Gun safety day coming to Ranch and Home (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images)
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Ranch and Home to Give Away Free Gun Lockboxes, Trigger Locks Saturday April 4

Ranch and Home will be partnering with Kadlec Regional Medical Center for this gun safety event Saturday.

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Seattle to create homeless camps
Seattle to create homeless camps (Getty images)
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Seattle Approves Funding for New “Homeless Camps”

The City council this week authorized funding for the creation of at least three "transitional" camps for homeless people; which can be located on city property, private land, or grounds owned by educational major institutions.

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22 Washington Railroad Crossings deemed unsafe by officials
22 Washington Railroad Crossings deemed unsafe by officials (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)
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10 Railroad Crossings in Mid Columbia Deemed Unsafe

The Department of Ecology and the Utilities and Transportation Commission have released a report about the safety of railroad crossings in Washington state,  and the list is in the thousands when it comes to deficient crossings.

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