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Morning Press: Next steps for I-976; fake meat taste test; Tiffany Hill’s death compels lawmakers to act

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

Lawmakers differ on next steps for voter-approved $30 car tabs

Local legislators have different perspectives on Initiative 976, ranging from accepting the Nov. 5 statewide vote for $30 car tabs to taking a cautious approach during legal challenges to the measure’s constitutionality.

I-976 was one of the topics for the 2020 Legislature discussed Friday during the annual 2020 Legislative Outlook Breakfast at WareHouse ’23.

Read more: Lawmakers differ on next steps for voter-approved $30 car tabs

Vancouver man arrested in online teen-dating sting

Police officers in Milwaukie, Ore., pretending to be 15-year-olds on an online dating site for teenagers, arrested a Vancouver man this week.

Matthew Longo, 23, of Vancouver was one of five men arrested on suspicion of luring a minor and online sexual corruption of a child in the first degree, both of which are felonies. Police say the adults were arrested on Thursday or Friday after suggesting sex or a sexual act online and arriving at an agreed upon location.

Read more: Vancouver man arrested in online teen-dating sting

Fake meat is real tasty

For those of you thinking past holiday indulgence toward a fresh start, we tried the new nonmeats that might help you shift to a more plant-based diet.

Columbian food writer and meat-lover Rick Browne was pleasantly surprised by the flavor and texture of an Impossible Burger he tried at Burger King. So he enlisted me to try Impossible Burgers at several restaurants in the area to see how they compared to beef burgers.

Read more: Fake meat is real tasty

Dozens of students out sick at 4 Vancouver elementary schools

Vancouver Public Schools’ spate of illnesses continued Friday, with dozens of students out sick at four elementary schools.

A large number of students at Truman, Harney, Walnut Grove and Washington elementary schools were reportedly sick this week with a variety of symptoms, including coughing, sneezing and other flulike symptoms. Students have also reported vomiting and diarrhea associated with viral gastroenteritis.

Read more: Dozens of students out sick at 4 Vancouver elementary schools

Tiffany Hill’s death compels Vancouver lawmakers to act

Three legislators say they will seek or support changes to state law following the death of Tiffany Hill, who was killed by her estranged husband in front of their three children outside a Hazel Dell school two days before Thanksgiving.

The legislators, speaking to The Columbian following Friday’s 2020 Legislative Outlook Breakfast, said Keland Hill’s killing of his wife and wounding of his mother-in-law underscores that more needs to be done to protect domestic violence victims.

Read more: Tiffany Hill’s death compels Vancouver lawmakers to act


Source: https://www.columbian.com

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