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Top Stories: Senate OKs I-5 Bridge tolling; Warren charged in shooting deaths; drive-by shooting

By , Columbian Web Editor

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Here are the top stories on columbian.com this week:

Washington Senate authorizes tolling on I-5 Bridge

Tolls are one step closer to returning to the Interstate 5 Bridge.

The Washington Senate passed a bill authorizing tolling on the Interstate 5 Bridge on Wednesday. It passed 32-16 and received bipartisan support.

Police investigate drive-by shooting at apartment complex in east Vancouver

Vancouver police are investigating a drive-by shooting early Wednesday morning at an east Vancouver apartment complex.

Officers responded at 12:35 a.m. to the Alder Creek Apartments, 11716 N.E. 49th St., for reports of a disturbance with weapons.

Cowlitz Indian Tribe reclaims traditional food in partnership with Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge

RIDGEFIELD — One March afternoon, rain clouds parted, revealing a gentle glow onto the Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge’s sloping grasslands and woodlands below.

A group of Cowlitz Indian Tribe members, refuge staff and neighbors walked along the Oaks to Wetlands trail, surveying native plants, such as cattail, nettle, wapato and blackberries. They’re just a few examples of what the tribe can use for food, medicine, weaving and ceremonies.

Prosecutors will charge Warren with aggravated murder in shooting deaths of Meshay Melendez, daughter Layla

Clark County prosecutors say they plan to charge a Vancouver man accused in the slaying of his former girlfriend and her 7-year-old daughter with aggravated first-degree murder. If convicted, he would be sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.

Kirkland C. Warren, 27, appeared Monday in Superior Court on suspicion of two counts of first-degree murder in the shooting deaths of Meshay “Karmen” Melendez, 27, and Layla Stewart.

Community colleges in Washington, U.S. are reeling. ‘The reckoning is here.’

When Santos Enrique Camara arrived at Shoreline Community College in Washington to study audio engineering, he quickly felt lost.

“It’s like a weird maze,” remembered Camara, who was 19 at the time and had finished high school with a 4.0 grade-point average. “You need help with your classes and financial aid? Well, here, take a number and run from office to office and see if you can figure it out.”