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Morning Press: ESD data breach; vaccine appointment issues; fireworks ban repealed

By , Columbian Web Editor

At least we shouldn’t see snow this weekend. For details, check our local weather coverage.

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

Data breach compromised info of 1.6M in Washington who sought unemployment

SEATTLE — A data breach may have exposed the personal information of 1.6 million residents who filed for unemployment last year, as well as other information from state agencies and local governments, Washington state Auditor Pat McCarthy said Monday.

The breach involved third-party software used by the auditor’s office to transmit files. It came as the Auditor’s Office is investigating how the state Employment Security Department lost hundreds of millions of dollars to fraudsters, including a Nigerian crime ring, who rushed to cash in on sweetened pandemic-related benefits by filing fake unemployment claims.

Vaccine appointments in Clark County prove vexing

Clark County residents continue to struggle with the online system for making COVID-19 vaccination appointments at the Clark County Event Center at the Fairgrounds in Ridgefield.

On Sunday afternoon, a new batch of appointments became available online, but dozens of residents said they were kicked out of the appointment portal or experienced the website crashing, according to emails and calls The Columbian received, as well as a Monday community briefing hosted by Clark County Public Health.

Vancouver teen wanted in Clackamas, Ore., homicide case appears in court

A 16-year-old Vancouver boy appeared Monday morning on a fugitive from justice warrant in Clark County Juvenile Court stemming from a homicide investigation in Clackamas County, Ore.

Cesar Soto Gama, who is identified in court records, is wanted in Oregon on suspicion of second-degree murder, first-degree assault and unlawful use of a weapon.

Vancouver advances plan for new Vine route on Mill Plain

Vancouver is moving forward with its plan to construct a Bus Rapid Transit line along Mill Plain Boulevard, a massive project that will require the city to upgrade its fiber optic capacity and acquire rights of way for 37 new curbside stations along the route.

At its regular meeting Monday evening, the Vancouver City Council unanimously approved a series of documents hammering out the details of an agreement with C-Tran. The deal would see C-Tran pay to upgrade the city’s fiber optic network, then retain usage of a portion of the new lines.

Clark County Council votes to repeal fireworks ban

Neighborhood aerial fireworks displays in unincorporated Clark County will be allowed, after all.

The Clark County Council on Tuesday held a public hearing to consider repealing a controversial ordinance that banned all but Class C, commonly known as “safe and sane,” fireworks. The reversal passed by a 3-2 margin.


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