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About 75 community members gathered at the Benton County Courthouse Thursday night to commemorate the most recent lives lost to hate crimes — the Buffalo ten and Dr. John Cheng of Laguna Woods, CA.

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee has overturned a decision to grant parole to a man who killed three people during a bar robbery in 1980. Timothy Pauley was 21 when he and associate Scott Carl Smith robbed the Barn Door Tavern near Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, shooting two men and strangling a woman. The state’s Indeterminate Sentence Review Board last month unanimously found Pauley rehabilitated. It said he completed years of counseling for drug and alcohol abuse and for post-traumatic stress disorder for a workplace injury he suffered before the killings. But Inslee said he did not believe Pauley's rehabilitation was complete because he did not apologize to the victims' families.

A state lawmaker in Oregon is calling for a formal investigation into a ballot-printing fiasco that will delay results from Tuesday's primary by weeks in the state's third-largest county, with a key U.S. House race hanging in the balance. The call from Democratic Rep. Janelle Bynum comes amid mounting pressure on Clackamas County Elections Clerk Sherry Hall, who has overseen elections in the suburban county south of Portland for nearly 20 years. As many as 60,000 ballots are unreadable by vote-counting machines because of blurry barcodes and the voter's intent must be transferred by hand to a new ballot in each instance.

State Rep. Andrea Salinas has won the Democratic primary in Oregon’s new 6th U.S. House district. Salinas, who has maintained her lead as more ballots have been counted from Tuesday’s primary, would be Oregon’s first Hispanic congresswoman if elected in November. She was endorsed by Massachusetts Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren, a standard-bearer for the party’s progressive wing. Earlier this week Democratic candidate Carrick Flynn had said he was conceding to Salinas. On the Republican side Mike Erickson, a Lake Oswego businessman, has advanced to the November election in the 6th. Money poured into the Democratic race for a newly created District seat that featured Flynn, a relatively unknown political newcomer backed by a cryptocurrency kingpin and Salinas.

An invasive European green crab was captured in Hood Canal, the farthest south the species has been found in the Salish Sea. The Seattle Times reports volunteers with Washington Sea Grant trapped the male European green crab this week in Nick’s Lagoon near Seabeck in Kitsap County. The organization has been tasked by the state with early detection of the crab’s spread. The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife will increase trapping there to assess the scope of the green crab presence and try to locally eradicate the species. The crab preys on juvenile clams before they reach harvestable age, out-competes native crab species, and wreaks havoc on marine and estuary ecosystems.

The November race for a seat on the Benton County Board of Commissioners will come down to the incumbent against the unopposed Republican now that Pat Malone has jumped way ahead of his Democratic opponent in unofficial primary election results.

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