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Morning Press: Vehicle vs. train crash; Who Song and Larry’s; corpse flower

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Here are some of the top stories of the week:

Driver seriously injured in crash with train at Washougal railroad crossing

The driver of a pickup who collided with a BNSF Railway train Monday morning in Washougal was taken to the hospital in critical condition.

Camas-Washougal Fire Department Battalion Chief Greg Payne said the driver was likely ejected from the vehicle.  Firefighters were dispatched at 6:23 a.m. for a report of a crash involving a train. Police officers also responded.

Joe’s Crab Shack, Who Song and Larry’s may get reprieve

Kirkland Development has submitted a pre-application packet that sheds new light on a planned mixed-use project on Columbia Way just east of the Interstate 5 Bridge, at the current site of the restaurants Joe’s Crab Shack and Who Song and Larry’s.

The proposed project has evolved substantially in the past seven months, morphing from a pair of nine-story buildings to a set of three smaller buildings at the edge of the river and a larger building at the north side of the site.

Rare corpse flower at WSU Vancouver blooming

Titan VanCoug, the rare corpse flower at Washington State University Vancouver, began to open its leaves late Monday, releasing a stench as gnarly as its name promises.

The green leaves of Professor Steven R. Sylvester’s Amorphophallus titanum began to unfurl Monday afternoon, revealing its purple innards and an odor like dirty socks and rotting flesh. Dozens of curious onlookers visited late into the night to get a whiff of the massive plant, which looked like the great maw of a Demogorgon, the terrifying plant-beast from “Stranger Things.”

Clark County will have two shots at Miss America title

Not one but two Clark County natives will take the stage at this winter’s Miss America pageant.

Katelynne Cox recently won the Miss District of Columbia title. She graduated from both Mountain View High School and Clark College in 2012 as a Running Start student.

She will compete alongside Abbie Kondel, 21, of Brush Prairie, who won the Miss Washington pageant.

2019 Vancouver Wine & Jazz fest canceled

Vancouver’s signature Wine and Jazz Festival will not take place this summer. It’ll be back and better in 2020, after a pause this year, according to its organizers.

Founder and artistic director Michael Kissinger announced on the festival website that significant health issues have “hampered our ability to produce this world-class event. Given these considerations, our team has unanimously decided to postpone the 2019 Festival.


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