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first_imgThe weather was great this weekend. Check on how the upcoming week looks here.Weekend’s top stories and news you may have missed:Columbia River Crossing shutdown continuesAs the shutdown of the Columbia River Crossing accelerates, dozens of workers packed up and left the project’s downtown Vancouver office for the final time Friday.Their departure marked the first significant wave of CRC staff to be relieved of their duties. More will follow in the coming weeks. The closeout will conclude by Sept. 1, state Transportation Secretary Lynn Peterson wrote in an email to lawmakers on Friday.By then, only pending public records requests — already deferred to the Washington State Department of Transportation — and contractual obligations will remain, Peterson said.“There won’t be a lot of activity,” CRC spokeswoman Mandy Putney said Friday. “Already the office is quite changed.”The Sept. 1 shutdown date is much sooner than initially estimated. CRC officials earlier indicated the process may last until the end of the year.Read the full story here.Affordable Care Act will have broad reachFor more information on the Affordable Care Act, the first story in The Columbian’s ongoing coverage: ‘Health homes’: Effort aims to improve care for Medicaid clients, save moneylast_img read more

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