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Morning Press: Washington redistricting; Why did the system fail Star Murrah?; Man in court in death of child

By , Columbian Web Editor

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

Proposed legislative maps call for big changes for Clark County

Despite missing its Nov. 15 deadline, the bipartisan Washington State Redistricting Commission released its final preferred versions of new congressional and legislative district maps late Tuesday.

The proposed maps, which call for major changes to legislative districts in Clark County, are not binding. Because the commission missed its deadline, the task of choosing the state’s electoral boundaries falls to the state Supreme Court, which has until April 30 to finish the job.

Southern Kitchen & Bar: Magnolia Tavern opens near Hockinson

After months of anticipation and delay, Magnolia Tavern opened Nov. 6 near Hockinson. The Southern kitchen and bar at 8611 N.E. Ward Road was originally slated to begin business in June 2020.

Due to a staff shortage, temporary hours are 3 p.m. to 1 a.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays and 3 p.m. to midnight Sundays. M1 Concepts, which owns and manages the restaurant and bar, hopes to increase the restaurant’s hours to cover lunch and weekend brunch soon.

Why did the system fail Star Murrah?

As the sun set Saturday on the corner of East 24th and F streets in Vancouver’s Arnada neighborhood, friends, neighbors and supporters lit candles in memory of Monica “Star” Murrah.

The 45-year-old Vancouver woman was stabbed to death Nov. 7 inside her house in the 2400 block of F Street, according to the Vancouver Police Department. Her estranged husband, Michael Ryan Murrah, 45, is facing a charge of first-degree domestic violence murder in Clark County Superior Court in her slaying.

Vancouver man charged with aggravated murder in Oregon in death of daughter

A grand jury in Oregon has indicted a Vancouver man on an aggravated murder charge in the Oct. 31 kidnapping and killing of his 2-year-old daughter, identified in court records as Brianna Villalobos Rodriguez.

Gustavo Enrique Villalobos Carranza, 31, was scheduled to be arraigned on the indictment Monday in Multnomah County Circuit Court, which also included charges of first- and second-degree murder, first-degree assault, first-degree criminal mischief and unlawful use of a weapon.

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