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HOOD RIVER council members Carrie Nelson, Laruent Picard and Kate McBride discuss the proposed Walmart expansion Thursday. Hood River News photo

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Hood River Walmart expansion denied

The deciding vote in what is likely to be a precedent-setting land use decision was cast by someone who didn’t even expect to be voting when she walked into the city council chambers. With Kate McBride’s tie-breaking vote the Hood River City Council, by a 4-3 vote, denied Walmart’s attempt to expand its Hood River store by 30,000 square feet. And with that vote, another layer of controversy was added to a process that has already seen plenty.

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