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Morning Press: AbSci plans new Vancouver facility; missing woman found; Jail jobs expo

By , Columbian Web Editor

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

Downtown Vancouver biotech firm AbSci raises $65M amid work to develop virus vaccine

AbSci, a biomanufacturing company in downtown Vancouver, is entering a “golden age” along with other life-science companies, said AbSci founder and CEO Sean McClain.

The company announced last week it raised $65 million in investments since January, and part of its growth is from helping drug companies develop vaccines for COVID-19.

Missing Vancouver woman’s body found in Lacamas Lake

The body of 56-year-old Terri Kehrli of Vancouver was recovered from Lacamas Lake on Tuesday evening, according to Camas police. She apparently drowned.

Kehrli was last heard from Sunday when she sent a text message photo of her kayaking on the lake, according to the police department. Her vehicle was located Tuesday at the Leadbetter Boat Launch, police said, and her empty kayak was found floating in the lake.

Young adults have highest virus infection rate in Clark County

Clark County’s highest rate of coronavirus infections is in young adults, but the county’s top health official is concerned about the virus spreading to older, more vulnerable populations.

According to Clark County Public Health data, the highest COVID-19 infection rates are in people in their 20s, 30s and 40s.

Clark County, Vancouver establish homelessness policy group

A joint policy advisory group on homelessness recently approved by the Clark County Council and Vancouver City Council could meet for the first time next month.

Collaborating to address homelessness and its impacts is the aim of the advisory group, although the county is the lead agency. The group was a long time coming, with discussions about creating such a group happening in summer of 2019.

Clark County Jail hosts jobs expo

Walking up a dimly lit path to the Clark County Event Center at the Fairgrounds, Zach Nygaard said he wanted to attend the corrections deputy career expo because he’s always been passionate about “serving in the line of duty.”

“My family has a military background; they’re first responders. I’ve grown up around it, and they seem happy with their choice. There’s no pressure to do something similar, but I’ve always wanted to,” said Nygaard, a 25-year-old Ridgefield resident.