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Top Stories: Kroger selling stores; Camas teachers; Jury selection in Brown’s killing; Couple love tiny home


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

1. Kroger plans to sell 413 stores if Albertsons merger approved; 104 stores in Washington

Kroger announced the sale of 413 stores — including 104 in Washington — as part of its plan to purchase Albertsons Cos. for $24.6 billion.

Kroger said Friday the merger with Albertsons, which has been pending since October, is on track to be completed in early 2024. C&S will pay Kroger $1.9 billion in cash once the agreement is approved by federal regulators.

2. Camas teachers approve new contract; school starts Friday

At long last, Friday is the first day of the 2023-2024 school year in Camas.

The Camas Education Association overwhelmingly voted to ratify a tentative agreement on a new three-year contract with the Camas School District on Thursday afternoon, concluding a strike that started Aug. 28 and closed schools for six days.

3. Jury selection continues in murder trial for man accused of killing Clark County sheriff’s Sgt. Jeremy Brown

Thursday ended with still no jury seated in the aggravated murder trial of the Salem, Ore., man accused of fatally shooting Clark County sheriff’s Sgt. Jeremy Brown.

Guillermo Raya Leon, 28, is also charged in Clark County Superior Court with first-degree trafficking in stolen property, first-degree burglary, theft of a motor vehicle and two counts of possession of a stolen firearm. Jury selection began Tuesday morning and was scheduled to continue Friday morning.

4. Once homeless, Vancouver couple find comfort, stability in tiny-home community

It’s always Christmastime at Sabrina and James Thayer’s tiny house in Vancouver.

Their living room is packed with what must be over 100 decorations from candy cane-striped cat toys to a white Christmas tree gleaming with ornaments. Even their cats have Christmas-themed names: Eggnog and Mrs. Grinch.

5. Hands Across the Bridge event celebrates people in addiction recovery

In the minutes leading up to noon on Monday, people from all walks of life stretched along the pedestrian walkway on the Interstate 5 Bridge, chatting amongst themselves or gazing into the water below.

But when the hour and minute hand hugged together on top of the clock, the bridge occupants followed in suit. Friends, family and strangers alike joined in hand, creating a nearly mile-long chain.

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