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January 29, 2012 at 9:46 AM

Morning Memo/ Sunday: Expect more showers; Mercer ramps closed; corrections officer remembered

Weather:  Expect showers and temps in the low 50s today, followed by showers or clouds the rest of the week. The details.

Traffic:  Just in case you somehow managed not to know this: the I-5 on-ramps at Mercer will remain closed until about 7 p.m. today, with Fairview Avenue North also remaining closed until about 7 between Republican and Valley streets. On Monday, Mercer Street drivers heading toward I-5 will shift onto a new roadway (the westbound lanes of the future two-way Mercer Street). For a broader look at traffic in the area, the map and cams.

Remembering a slain corrections officer:  The state’s Department of Corrections is remembering slain officer Jayme Biendl on the anniversary of her death. Biendl was strangled by inmate Byron Scherf in the chapel of the correctional complex in Monroe on Jan. 29, 2011. Corrections staff are taking part in a 5-K run, a candlelight vigil and a statewide moment of silence today to remember her, according to The Associated Press.   Since the slaying, the prison says it has increased training, changed staffing and improved how inmates are classified.  Scherf, who was already serving a life sentence, now faces a charge of aggravated first-degree murder that could bring the death penalty.

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