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Morning Press: Minimum wage increase; ponzi scheme; #BettyWhiteChallenge

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

Washington minimum wage increase ripples through Clark County

As Washingtonians rang in the new year, a big change took place. The state’s minimum wage rose by nearly a dollar, and its minimum threshold for salaried workers increased to $52,743.60 for all employers, regardless of size.

What caused such a large increase? State law and a 5.83 percent surge in the federal consumer price index from the year before.

I-5 Bridge Replacement Program unveils visuals that are ‘an example of direction we’re going’

Commuters and Interstate 5 Bridge users can now see conceptual 3D images of what two different design options being considered for the bridge’s replacement would roughly resemble in Vancouver’s downtown area.

The images were released to the project’s executive steering group Thursday morning.

State: Vancouver man ran Ponzi scheme

The Washington Department of Financial Institutions Securities Division has filed administrative charges against a Vancouver man accused of violating the state Securities Act by using funds from a pooled investment vehicle to make Ponzi payments to investors, among other violations.

The statement of charges was entered Dec. 17 against Charles Richard Burgess, who goes by the first name Dick.

Donations pour in at Clark County animal shelters during Betty White Challenge

On Sunday night, Kari-Lyn Jakubs, the director of I Paw’d It Forward, a volunteer-based nonprofit that provides lost and found pet services in Clark County, made a post on social media after learning about a viral grassroots campaign that encouraged people to donate to local animal rescues and shelters in honor of what would have been the late actor Betty White’s 100th birthday on Jan. 17.

White was an outspoken animal lover and animal welfare advocate and Jakubs, who considers White as one of her heroes, decided to join in the #BettyWhiteChallenge.

Before Tonga went quiet

SEATTLE — On Friday at 8:58 p.m. the first text arrived from her sister in Tonga. It was 5:58 p.m. Saturday over there.

“Sis pray for us. There is a tsunami. It’s scary. We are escaping. It’s raining little rocks.”

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