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Courthouses close because of snow

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KENNEWICK, Wash.—It seems most businesses shut down at some point this week because of the snow and Friday some government offices joined that list including the Benton and Franklin County courthouses.  

Franklin County Commissioner Rick Miller says superior court was still open and proceedings went as planned.  However, Benton County Commissioner Leo Bowman says next week they'll have a bit of a back up.   

"They'll figure it out.  One of the issues you get to is, well if it was a criminal action then they're in jail, they're here and that's not a problem but then can the appropriate amount of witnesses and jurors and those kids of people should they be put in jeopardy," says Leo Bowman, Benton County Commissioner.

Bowman says it is a balancing act.  He also says the Benton County Courthouse hasn't closed since 2004, and Miller can't remember the last time the Franklin County Courthouse closed.