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A school-based clinic at Pasco’s Ellen Ochoa Middle School aimed at increasing health care for students and their families plans a grand opening March 4. A second clinic could open by March 5 near Kennewick’s Amistad Elementary School.
Justin Upton homered and Matt Kemp went hitless in three at-bats in their debuts with the San Diego Padres, a 4-3 loss to the Seattle Mariners on Wednesday. Kemp and Upton, each two-time All-Stars, were two of the main acquisitions in a busy offseason for the Padres. Upton, the centerpiece of a trade with the Atlanta Braves, was 0 for 2 until he hit a towering home run to straightaway center field in the seventh. ''First game of spring training, you're just trying to work on your timing and see pitches and try to make something happen if you can.'' D.J. Peterson, a top prospect in the Mariners organization, hit a solo home run in the first.
The Richland City Council threw its support behind a state transportation package that would include $38 million for a bridge to the growing Queensgate Drive area.
The Tuesday vote will allow the sale of the bonds needed to build the fire station at Kellogg Street and 10th Avenue to be close as soon as May.
(Reuters) - AbbVie Inc is to buy Pharmacyclics Inc for about $21 billion, giving it access to what is expected to be one of the world's top-selling cancer drugs and expanding its reach in the profitable oncology field.








BEIJING (Reuters) - China plans to run its biggest budget deficit in 2015 since the global financial crisis, stepping up spending as Premier Li Keqiang signaled that the lowest rate of growth in a quarter of a century is the "new normal" for the world's No.2 economy.








RIYADH (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry met Saudi Arabia's king and Gulf Arab foreign ministers in Riyadh on Thursday to reassure them that a possible nuclear deal with old adversary Iran would not damage their interests.








WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits unexpectedly rose last week and nonfarm productivity contracted more sharply than previously thought in the fourth quarter.


Nearly 20 years and more than 100 pounds ago, Ryan Hoffman was a hulking offensive lineman for North Carolina. Now he is a panhandler plagued with short-term memory problems and other troubles.







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Fair, 23 F

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Sat - Sunny. High: 68 Low: 35
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Mon - Sunny. High: 71 Low: 39

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