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Benton County considering ATVs on roads
Thu, 17 Apr 2014 00:36:09 GMT

The county may allow the off road vehicles on main roads in the future.

911 service restored after statewide outages
Thu, 10 Apr 2014 15:20:43 GMT

911 services have been restored, but KEPR looked into what happened to cause the outages in the first place - and what to do next time it happens.

Washington plant fire leaves 5 hurt at natural gas processor
Tue, 01 Apr 2014 19:00:41 GMT

Washington plant fire: The 8:20 a.m. blast at the Williams Northwest Pipeline facility near the Washington town of Plymouth, along the Columbia River, sparked a fire and punctured one of the facility's two giant storage tanks for liquefied natural gas.

Judge expected to sign order preventing release of sex offender information
Fri, 04 Apr 2014 09:13:45 GMT

Mon, 31 Mar 2014 14:58:52 GMT By - Tyler Richardson Tri-City Herald Benton County Superior Court Judge Bruce Spanner is expected to sign orders April 18 officially preventing Benton County from releasing any low-level sex offender information to Donna Zink. “This will cover every Level 1 sex offender,” said Ryan Lukson, d...

Blast rocks Washington gas plant; 5 workers hurt
Tue, 01 Apr 2014 12:28:02 GMT

A large explosion rocked a natural gas processing plant on the Washington-Oregon border Monday, injuring five workers, causing about 400 people to evacuate from nearby farms and homes, and emitting a mushroom cloud of black smoke that was visible for more

Editorial: Supreme Court decision a win for tolerance - Tue, 08 Apr 2014 PST
Tue, 08 Apr 2014 07:24:22 GMT

Suits filed by a gay couple and Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson against a Richland florist have lingered for almost one year in Benton County Superior Court. Perhaps a U.S. Supreme Court decision Monday in a similar case in New Mexico will get the litigation against Arlene’s Flowers and Gifts moving toward resolution. The results of the running battle between free expression and non ...

‘Miracle’ nobody died in blast at Eastern Washington LNG plant
Thu, 03 Apr 2014 04:46:24 GMT

The blast Monday at a liquefied natural-gas facility in Benton County threw 250-pound pieces of steel up to 300 yards, authorities say

Wash. pol floats litter fine on paper that criticized him
Thu, 27 Mar 2014 21:35:51 GMT

A Washington state newspaper is crying foul after a state senator proposed making the paper pay a $150,000-a-year fine for being “one of the top polluters in the county.” It just so happens that the lawmaker, state Sen. Don Benton, had been the subject of a series of critical articles in the same newspaper.

Wash. State Lawmaker Seeks To Fine Newspaper For Producing Litter
Fri, 28 Mar 2014 13:56:51 GMT

Wash. State Lawmaker Seeks To Fine Newspaper For Producing Litter Wash. State Lawmaker Seeks To Fine Newspaper For Producing Litter Nation Politics Has Been Optimized A Washington State public official has proposed fining a local newspaper for producing litter. The paper, The Columbian, of Vancouver, has published numerous articles critical of State Sen. Don Benton. In his other role as Clark ...

Wildfire Season in Washington State Officially Begins April 15th
Tue, 15 Apr 2014 05:47:52 GMT

Under Washington state law, the season officially begins Tuesday.