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Morning Press: 2 killed in Washougal; Merrill Lake Unit opens; UL property sold

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Here are some of the top stories of the week:

Driver tears through Washougal swimming hole, kills 2

Two people died Tuesday after a Jeep tore through a Washougal swimming hole, striking them as they lay on the beach.

A Jeep with damage to the front end was located a few hours later, and a man was being held for questioning, according to Washougal police.

Merrill Lake Unit opens to public: ‘It’s like a national park’

From waterfalls to artesian springs, from ancient volcanos to lava flows, and from fish and wildlife habitat to old growth, this patch of land in Southwest Washington seemingly has it all.

And, it is now open to the public.

Pedestrian struck, killed in west Vancouver

A driver who allegedly struck and killed a pedestrian Monday night on West Fourth Plain Boulevard was arrested on suspicion of vehicular homicide.

Vancouver police were dispatched shortly after 9:30 p.m. to the 1700 block of West Fourth Plain Boulevard, near Simpson Avenue. Emergency responders pronounced the pedestrian dead at the scene, according to a police department news release.

Camas Schools to buy former Underwriters Laboratories property

The Camas School District will own the building and surrounding property that previously belonged to UL, which moved to Vancouver earlier this year.

The consumer electronics testing, evaluation and certification service, formerly known as Underwriters Laboratories, opened a 114,800-square-foot office in Camas in 1994. The district will purchase the building at 2600 N.W. Lake Road, and nearly 58 acres surrounding it. The school board approved the $12 million purchase at Monday’s school board meeting.

Vancouver woman one of 10 chosen for uterine transplant trial in Texas

Even through the fog of hospital narcotics, Kayla Edwards could still hear the welcome sound of rushing blood.

Tubes coming from Edwards’ abdomen were hooked to a Doppler blood flow monitor. The 27-year-old Vancouver native had successfully undergone a nine-hour uterine transplant surgery at Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas, and the constant swooshing she heard amplified by the Doppler machine was a sign she had good blood flow to her new organ.


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