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Morning Press: Fatal crash on I-5 in Vancouver; boy, pastor drown in Columbia; Herrera Beutler, Long face off

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

Woman dies in crash on Interstate 5

A woman was killed Wednesday morning on southbound Interstate 5 in Vancouver when her Jeep was rear-ended by a tractor-trailer and pushed into the back of a box truck.

The fatal crash occurred shortly before 7 a.m. just south of state Highway 500. It blocked lanes on the freeway, backing traffic up to Hazel Dell and onto Highway 500.

Boy drowns, Ridgefield youth pastor unaccounted for in Columbia River

An 11-year-old boy, who was part of a Ridgefield Church of the Nazarene youth group visiting Hood River, Ore., drowned Wednesday in the Columbia River, and a youth pastor has not been found following an extensive search.

The Hood River Sheriff’s Office said in a news release that 911 calls came in shortly before 7 p.m. about five to six swimmers in distress in the river off the sandbar at Marina Beach. Hood River police officers responded and found two swimmers from the church were unaccounted for.

Sparks fly as Herrera Beutler, Long define their differences in 3rd District race

Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler and Carolyn Long faced off for the first time as 2020 general election rivals during a joint interview with The Columbian’s Editorial Board on Wednesday.

The day after the two candidates sailed through the primary, they fielded questions about COVID-19 recovery, health care, systemic racism and whether Congress has exercised appropriate checks on President Donald Trump’s administration.

CARES Act to send nearly $5.5 million in rent assistance to Clark County

Nearly $5.5 million in rent assistance is coming to Clark County to help lower income tenants weather the COVID-19 pandemic and economic downturn.

The money is part of a $100 million CARES Act relief package funneled through the state Department of Commerce. The Eviction Rent Assistance Program is focused on preventing evictions among tenants unable to pay rent. Households can receive up to three months of assistance for past, present or future rent through the end of the year.

Ed Lynch Estate buys downtown Vancouver block, but plans unclear

A square block of downtown Vancouver containing offices and a former church and performing arts center could someday house a nonprofit organization.

But its new owner says nothing is likely to happen soon due to the COVID-19 pandemic.


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