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WA Boston Marathon Runner Survives Blast, Pasco Industrial Development – Northwest News Roundup April 16th

WA runner knocked down, but survives Marathon blast
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Here is the latest breaking news from the Associated Press and Newstalk 870.

Everett Runner Knocked Down by Boston Marathon Blast but Survives

EVERETT, Wash. (AP) — A 78-year-old Washington state man running his third Boston Marathon was near the finish line when he was knocked down by one of two bomb blasts. Bill Iffrig of Lake Stevens told The Herald that he heard a noise yesterday and found himself on the ground. He says he ended up with a scrape on his knee, and that a race official helped him to his feet. He was caught in a Boston Globe photo that quickly went viral.

Pasco Looks to Invest in Railroad Spur, Industrial Development

PASCO, Wash. (AP) — The Pasco City Council has approved spending nearly $3 million to build a rail spur to an industrial center to encourage development. The Tri-City Herald reports most of the money comes from a state grant. Mayor Matt Watkins says this is an example of “You build it; they will come.”

Oregon Man Charged with DUI After 11 Year Old Daughter Crashes Car

COOS BAY, Ore. (AP) — A Coos Bay man who was teaching his 11-year-old daughter to drive when she ran into a parked car has been arrested on a drunken driving charge. The World reports 43-year-old Ronald Lee Walter could face additional charges in Saturday’s crash in a parking lot. No one was injured.

Family of Slain Oregon Girl says Shooting was an Accident

OREGON CITY, Ore. (AP) — The family of a 9-year-old girl who was shot to death in the yard of her Oregon City home says it was an accident. The family issued a statement through police yesterday saying Shayla May Shonneker was hit in the head by a bullet fired from inside the home by her mother’s boyfriend who was practicing drawing a handgun for a job as an armored car guard. KATU reports Joseph Wolters is an Iraq War veteran who hoped to become a police officer. Shayla was a fourth-grader at John Wetton Elementary School.

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