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first_imgWhat’s on tap for this week’s weather? Check our local weather coverage.In case you missed them, here are some of the top stories of the weekend:Benton seeks $2 million from countySen. Don Benton, R-Vancouver, and two former subordinates have signaled to Clark County that they intend to file a lawsuit for what’s described as hostility and retaliation the trio experienced before losing their jobs at the county’s now eliminated Department of Environmental Services.All three were part of a series of hires orchestrated by County Councilors David Madore and Tom Mielke that were derided as political favors.Three nearly identical tort claims, which signal an intention to sue, were filed Oct. 19 with the county’s Risk Management Division on behalf of Benton along with Susan Rice and Christopher Clifford. The claims state that each suffered economic damages, ongoing medical expenses, reduced employability and emotional distress from working at the county.Benton and Clifford both seek $2 million each in damages and attorney’s fees. Rice seeks $1 million.The claims take aim at County Manager Mark McCauley as being especially abusive. The new county charter approved by voters in 2014, after the three claimants had received their county jobs, gives McCauley authority to hire and fire personnel.last_img read more