Bids for Wash. liquor stores top $20 mil



YAKIMA, Wash. (AP) — An Associated Press tally of the bids for Washington’s 167 state-run liquor stores shows total bids have topped $20 million.

And they’re still coming in.

An online, public auction of the state’s liquor stores had been scheduled to end at 4 p.m., but furious bidding over a handful of stores kept the auction online past 5 p.m.

More than 10,000 bids have been made.

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 state-run stores on March 8. Winners will be announced Monday.