Bids come fast for Wash. liquor stores

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YAKIMA, Wash. (AP) -- Bidders sent an online, public auction of Washington's state-run liquor stores well beyond its scheduled 4 p.m. conclusion.

Furious bidding over the rights to more than a dozen stores kept the auction online past 5 p.m. Friday.

Voters approved an initiative last year kicking the state out of a booze industry it has tightly controlled since the end of Prohibition.

The state opened the auction of its 167 state-run stores on March 8. By 5 p.m. Friday, more than 10,000 bids had been made, and more were still coming.

Winners will be announced Monday.

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