Heat wave expected this week for western Washington, Oregon

SEATTLE — Forecasters say people in western Washington and Oregon should prepare for warmer than normal temperatures this week with highs into the 90s in some areas.

The National Weather Service has issued a heat advisory from noon today through 9 p.m. Wednesday for the Portland, Ore., and Vancouver, Wash., metro area, the Columbia River Gorge, Ore., cities of Salem, Corvallis and Eugene, and Washington cities of Longview, Castle Rock and others.

Near-record highs in the upper 80s and 90s are expected today and Wednesday.

The Weather Service said daytime highs are also expected to be higher than normal for this time of year in much of the Puget Sound area.

Body found in river near Post Falls

POST FALLS — Authorities say a body was found in the Spokane River at Post Falls.

The Kootenai County Sheriff’s Office said their diving team along with firefighters and police were sent to the river at about 12:20 p.m. Monday near Greensferry Bay.

The sheriff’s office said dive team members recovered the body from the water.

The sheriff’s office said because it appears the body had been in the water for an extended amount of time, no identification or cause of death could immediately be made.

Montana reassessing former Helena mall site for museum

HELENA, Mont. — The state is reassessing the possibility of building a new history museum at the site of the now demolished Capital Hill Mall in Helena.

The Montana Legislature passed a bill to increase a lodging tax to raise money for a larger museum to help display more of the state’s collection. The Independent Record reported other legislation requires the state to reconsider the mall site.

In 2007, consultants and the state architect recommended the state remodel and expand the current museum near the Capitol building. Historical Society Director Bruce Whittenberg said that site remains the priority.

A fundraising group headed by former First Lady Betty Babcock favored the mall site, but its cost in 2007 was significantly higher.

Department of Administration spokeswoman Amber Conger said the agency is reevaluting the mall site and has contacted the developer about availability.

Care facility ordered to pay in wrongful death suit

BILLINGS, Mont. — A judge has awarded more than $500,000 to the family of a quadriplegic man who died from complications from an injury he suffered inside a Montana care facility.

The Billings Gazette reported Sunday that Advanced Care in Billings was ordered to pay the amount in the wrongful death lawsuit filed by the family of 62-year-old Kevin Duecker who died in November 2017.

According to court documents, a physical therapist violated the facility’s policy when she failed to use a mechanical lift to move Duecker in January 2014.

Advanced Care CEO Judi Powers said the company did not admit to any liability in the ruling. She declined further comment.

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