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WSU begins work on new outdoor stage

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 Richland, WA-Washington State University Tri-Cities has started work on a new outdoor stage on campus.

WSU and the Columbia Center Rotary turned the first shovelfuls of ground Friday morning for the concrete and steel stage that will line the Columbia River.

Holly Wilson says the rotary club's charity board's $80,000 donation is the board's first major project since it began accumulating funds eight years ago. The Rotary Club generates revenue through its non-profit bingo operation.

The WSU Associated Students chipped in $20,000, and the City of Richland's $40,000 contribution comes from the city's hotel-motel tax.

The stage should be finished by the end of the fall semester. The university plans to hold next spring's commencement there.