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April 6, 2012 at 6:51 AM

Morning Memo/Friday: No charges in recanted rape case … Sea lions killed

Weather: It’s going to be nice today, despite what the chart says about scattered showers. It said there would be showers yesterday, and we saw a lot of sun. The weekend’s looking good, too.  The National Weather Service forecast.

Traffic: That was one nasty accident on I-5 near I-90 yesterday afternoon, causing an 8-mile backup. Let’s hope things are safer today and the roads are clear. The map and cams.

Tri-Cities fastest growing metro area in the country? Whoa! That’s according to Census Bureau  numbers. The population of the Kennewick-Pasco-Richland area grew 4.3 percent from 2010 to 2011. The Tri-City Herald has the story.

Sea lions killed: Two sea lions that had been gobbling up salmon at Bonneville Dam on the Columbia have been killed by lethal injection, Oregon Live is reporting. Although sea lions are protected by federal law, a judge has said the program to address the problem on the Columbia could continue.

No charges against daughter in recanted rape case: The Daily News in Longview writes that Cowlitz County Prosecutor Sue Baur won’t be filing charges against the daughter who falsely accused her father of raping her. Her claim sent her father to prison for nine years. Baur says she wants other victims and witnesses who may have lied in similar cases to come forward and tell the truth. Baur also said it’s unclear exactly what happened and the statute of limitations for the daughter’s actions had run out.

He set her house on fire: The 24-year-old Vancouver, Wash., man who tried to kill his ex-girlfriend by setting her house on fire  in September 2010 has been sentenced to 17 years in prison. David Michael Miller had threatened Jessica Whalen in text messages and then barged into her house and poured gasoline throughout the home and on his girlfriend and her family members. They escaped without injury.

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