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Lourdes Counseling to respond to mental health emergencies

Lourdes Counseling will provide crisis response services in Benton and Franklin Counties after the counties themselves stop handling mental health emergencies at the end of September. Greater Columbia Behavioral Health says Lourdes will use the same building and workers as the Benton-Franklin Human Services District.

Crime

Yakima driver admits killing Pasco couple in Interstate 82 crash

JoAn and Leonard “Len” Shure were killed Oct. 23, 2015, when their car was hit from behind while stopped on the shoulder of Interstate 82 near Union Gap, Wash. The other driver, Brent A. Owens, pleaded guilty in Yakima County Superior Court to being high on drugs when his truck smashed into their car. Len Shure was a sergeant at the Franklin County jail in Pasco, Wash.

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Tri-City economic expansion hits the big 4-0

The Tri-City unemployment rate jumped in July as state and local government agencies dropped 800 jobs. The unemployment rate rose to 6.6 percent in July, up three-tenths of a percent from June and four-tenths of a percent from one year ago. Unemployment fluctuations aside, the Tri-City economy has now been growing for 40 continuous months, according to the Washington Employment Security Department.

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Benton PUD raises home, business power bills

The Benton PUD commission has approved a 4.9 percent electricity rate hike starting Sept. 1. The average monthly residential bill will increase $5.50 a month for Benton PUD customers. Higher BPA power costs have contributed to the rate increase.

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State issues Mid-Columbia fines for illegal burning

The Washington State Department of Ecology issued nine fines for burning prohibited materials in Mid-Columbia counties in the second quarter of 2016. Fines were issued by the Department of Ecology for burning prohibited materials in Franklin, Columbia and Grant counties.

Hanford

Hanford 324 Building topic of Aug. 24 meeting

Demolition of the Hanford 324 Building, which sits over a highly radioactive spill just north of Richland, will be discussed at 5:30 p.m. Aug. 24 at the Richland Public Library. The Department of Energy contractor for the project expects to require seven years for cleanup work.

Local

Prosser City Council to fill vacant seat Tuesday

A replacement for outgoing Prosser City Council member Humberto Rodriguez could be chosen Tuesday. Five candidates — Rebecca Grove, Stephanie Groom, John Schroeder, Joe Castillo and Rebecca “Reba” Fink — are scheduled to be interviewed by City Council members

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UPDATE: Kahlotus still without power, fire partially contained

Kahlotus, Washington, residents remain without power and phone service as 200 firefighters continue to fight a fire that started near Highway 260 on Aug. 21, 2016. The blaze, which started at Copp Road near Connell, Washington, and spread toward Kahlotus, has burned about 5,900 acres and was about 60 percent contained as of 11 a.m. Aug. 22, said Franklin County Emergency Management officials.

Crime

West Richland police chief leaves force after six years

McElroy joined West Richland police in June 2010 during what was called “a time of great change for the agency,” according to a a news release from the city. He is credited for reorganizing the department, strengthening regional partnerships and improving training programs.

Crime

Court orders 2 kids back to Tri-Cities in custody battle

Two kids who have been living with a foster family in Minnesota for eight years have been ordered back to the Tri-Cities, Wash., for a six-day visit with their parents. Ella and Ryslan Shved were removed from their Pasco, Wash., home in June 2006 over claims of child abuse by their parents. Olga and Boris Shved have fought to be reunited with their kids.

Local

TRIDEC hires business recruitment specialist

David Chavey-Renaud has joined the Tri-City Development Council as a business recruitment specialist. In his new post, he will coordinate TRIDEC’s efforts to recruit new companies to Benton and Franklin counties.

Videos

Benton Franklin Fair & Rodeo Parade

This year's Fair & Rodeo Queen Rebekah Schuh introduces some of her favorite parts of fair week before leading the fair parade through downtown Kennewick on Saturday morning. The annual Benton-Franklin Fair & Rodeo starts on Tuesday August 23 and continues through Saturday August 27. See http://www.bentonfranklinfair.com for a full schedule and details.
Sarah Gordon Tri-City Herald
Benton Franklin Fair & Rodeo Parade 1:48

Benton Franklin Fair & Rodeo Parade

House fire in Richland 0:20

House fire in Richland

Final Honors Ride brings unclaimed remains of deceased veterans to final resting place 1:50

Final Honors Ride brings unclaimed remains of deceased veterans to final resting place

U.S. Department of Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz talks energy jobs at PNNL 1:13

U.S. Department of Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz talks energy jobs at PNNL