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Morning Press: Remembering Rojo; $30 car tabs pass; woman killed on I-5

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In case you missed them, here are some of the top stories from the week:

Rojo the Llama to be euthanized on Wednesday

Clark County’s most celebrated four-legged friend, Rojo the Llama, will be euthanized Wednesday.

The fluffy ginger beast, who celebrated his retirement in October, apparently started showing signs of illness over the weekend, according to his Facebook feed.

But fret not, his handler Shannon Joy said in an Instagram stream Tuesday. His legacy will live on. Rojo will be stuffed and mounted in the Sensory Safari at the Washington State School for the Blind. Students at the school are encouraged to touch the animals, offering an opportunity to experience nature in a unique way.

$30 car tab measure passes in Washington, billions to be cut

SEATTLE — Washington voters have approved a measure cutting car tabs to $30, heartily endorsing an idea that has been around for decades in a move that will cut billions of dollars from transportation budgets and leave governments scrambling for a way to pay for road paving, light rail and other projects.

Initiative 976 had a healthy lead after early returns Tuesday night and continued to pass by large margins as votes were counted Wednesday. King County, the state’s most populous, was rejecting I-976 but most other counties were approving it. The measure passed in Clark County, 61.33 percent to 38.67 percent.

Police seek man who walked in on breastfeeding mother at Vancouver Mall

Police are searching for a man suspected of walking in on a woman while she was breastfeeding at the Vancouver Mall.

Officers were dispatched to the mall Oct. 14, according to a Vancouver Police Department news release. A woman reported that, while she was nursing her child inside a family restroom, a man entered the room holding a cellphone. He allegedly opened the curtain of the room she was in and repeatedly asked her if she had lost her phone. When another female asked if the victim was OK, the man left the restroom.

Vancouver police dog that bit bystander is retired early

The Vancouver police dog that attacked a bystander during a downtown arrest in late September has been retired early.

Vancouver Police Department spokeswoman Kim Kapp said in an email that Doc was placed into remedial training following the Sept. 22 incident. However, Kapp said, Doc did not respond to the training to meet the police department’s K-9 Unit standards.

Woman fatally struck on I-5 in Vancouver

A woman died after she was hit by a tractor-trailer rig Sunday night on Interstate 5 in Vancouver.

Crews were dispatched to the scene in the freeway’s northbound lanes near East 39th Street at 7:58 p.m. The woman was pronounced dead after crews arrived, Vancouver Fire Department spokesman Kevin Stromberg said.


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