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Morning Press: In-person school in fall; teen killed in crash; Clark County jail riot

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

Washington schools will reopen for in-person classes in the fall

Washington state’s message to families was clear Thursday: Schools will reopen for in-person instruction in the fall. And bring a mask.

In the midst of ongoing concerns about the coronavirus pandemic, the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction announced its expectation that schools will reopen come August and September.

Battle Ground teen talked to parents minutes before dying in crash

The parents of a 15-year-old Battle Ground girl, who died when her truck went off a logging road east of Woodland on Friday, said she’d called them 10 minutes before the fatal crash.

Lacey Carol-Lynn Hall phoned to say she was headed down the hillside road east of Woodland and coming home, said Kelly Kender, Lacey’s mother.

Clark County Jail meal changes prompt riot

Clark County Jail is back to serving a single hot meal each day following several days of sack breakfasts, lunches and dinners, a change that prompted a riot in the facility on Friday.

The jail had switched a day prior to three cold meals per day due a lack of inmate workers in the kitchen, Chief Corrections Deputy Ric Bishop said. The meals served were nutritionally balanced, Bishop said, adding it was a temporary change until a sufficient number of inmate workers were screened and assigned to food service.

HP submits application for 1.5 million-square-foot campus in east Vancouver

Printer and PC maker HP Inc. has submitted a preliminary application to the city of Vancouver detailing its plans for a new corporate campus at Section 30, the site of the former English Pit gravel mine. The site is directly north of the Columbia Tech Center, where HP’s current Vancouver offices are located.

The city announced a deal in December that would see HP purchase and develop 68 acres. The city envisions the 553-acre Section 30 area as a future office and light industrial district, and HP’s initial investment was seen as a potential catalyst for future development.

Vancouver Mall reopens in Phase 2 of state’s return to business

Vancouver Mall reopened its doors to shoppers Wednesday, making a long-awaited — if somewhat subdued — return after a nearly three-month closure due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The mall had been closed since March 19, shortly before Gov. Jay Inslee implemented a stay-at-home order that closed all nonessential businesses. Clark County received approval last week to move to Phase 2 of the state’s reopening plan, which allows limited in-person retail and dining operations to resume.


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