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Police continue search for Grant County shooting suspect

Multiple law enforcement agencies continue their search for a shooting suspect who shot a man multiple times in the stomach Friday morning.

Arnoldo Cazares Mendoza, 20, fled a blueberry orchard in a pickup truck after a shooting that occurred around 7:30 this morning, Grant County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Kyle Foreman said. Mendoza’s relationship to the victim is unknown. Multiple field workers witnessed the shooting, Foreman said.

Anyone with information on Mendoza's wherabouts is asked to call 911.

Check out the original story by The Spokesman-Review's Kip Hill here.

3 Airlifted From Quincy Bus Crash

Multiple students were injured and at least three were airlifted from the scene after a Quincy School District bus rolled off the road on state Route 281 Monday morning just south of Quincy, Wash. Lt. Scott Martin of the Washington State Patrol says three students are in serious condition, but none of the students suffered life-threatening injuries. More here. (AP Photo/Columbia Basin Herald, Ryan Lancaster)

Quincy Microsoft server farm lands at No. 9 on largest data center list

Website  datacenterknowledge.com recently listed the 10 largest data centers in the world. Landing at No. 9 is the Microsoft Data Center in Quincy, in the heart of Grant County. Officially, the website made Quincy 9A, with Microsoft’s San Antonio data center 9B.

The photo above shows the Quincy site. Until two years ago, Microsoft planned to build a second adjoining center. For reasons involving state taxes, it stopped and moved more of its data to Texas.

Both San Antonio and Quincy measure about 470,000 square feet.  To view a video showing the inside of the Quincy site, it’s here.

Is Washington’s data center tax break too late?

Washington state leaders feel they’re back in the data center game.

Last week Gov. Chris Gregoire signed a bill that could help data centers expand or set up shop in Washington rural counties. The law allows tax breaks for data centers in any county other than Spokane, King, Pierce, Snohomish, Clark and Thurston.

Though Washington is facing massive budget deficits, state leaders were clearly warned that without a bill that cut sales taxes on new data center equipment, the future of expansion by Yahoo, Microsoft and other tech firms was minimal.

From 2006 until 2008, Microsoft, Intuit and Yahoo all built large data centers in Grant County, using the Port of Quincy’s low power rates and redundant fiber connectivity to justify the investment.