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Amid Fentanyl Crisis, Oregon Lawmakers Propose More Funding for Opioid Addiction Medication in Jails

Democrats are looking to counterbalance restoring criminal penalties for possession with expanding access to treatment for a potentially growing number of people in the criminal justice system. The proposal would create a million grant fund for jails looking to provide opioid addiction medication. Federal data shows only 24% of jails provide such medication to people with prior prescriptions.

KGW Apologizes After Airing Racist Image

Television station KGW says it deeply regrets inadvertently showing a racist image during a segment called “The Good Stuff,” which invited viewers to share “cheesy, silly, or memorable” photos from the past. The 1950s image showed children throwing balls towards a sign prominently displaying a racial slur. KGW apologised for “the profound hurt this image inflicted upon our viewers and staff, particularly members of our Black community.” Leaders of the Portland NAACP chapter said they were appalled

Rep. Blumenauer Talks Retirement from Congress and His Plans to Help Put Portland Back Together

U.S. Representative for Oregon has held his seat for nearly 30 years.


Black Community Input Helps Fuel George Park Project

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Wyden, Merkley Announce $70,000 for the Oregon Food Bank

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Historic Church in Seattle Hosts Free Black History Month Film Series for All

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A housing shortage is testing Oregon's pioneering land use law. Lawmakers are poised to tweak it

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A severe lack of affordable housing has prompted Oregon lawmakers to consider chipping away at a 1970s law that made the state a national leader in leveraging land use policy to prevent suburban sprawl and conserve nature and agriculture. The so-called urban...

US appeals court panel declines to delay execution of one of longest-serving death row inmates

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A U.S. appeals court panel on Friday declined to delay Idaho's scheduled execution next week of one of the nation's longest-serving death row inmates. Thomas Creech was sentenced to death in 1983 for killing a fellow prison inmate, David Jensen, with a...

Vanderbilt visits Arkansas following Battle's 42-point outing

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Grace Beyer sets women's NAIA career-scoring record with 32 points in season finale

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Grace Beyer set the women's NAIA career-scoring record on Saturday, rising to 3,874 points with a 32-point effort in an 80-56 victory for University of Health Sciences and Pharmacy (St. Louis) over Hannibal-LaGrange (Missouri). Needing 14 points to pass the NAIA...


Message from Commissioner Jesse Beason: February is 'Black History and Futures Month'

I am honored to join the Office of Sustainability and to co-sponsor a proclamation to mark “Black History and Futures Month” ...

Ending Unfair Contracts Harming Minority Businesses Will Aid Gov. Kotek’s Affordable Housing Goals

Senate Bill 1575 will protect small businesses from state and local government’s unfair contract practices while also allowing the building industry to help the governor meet her affordable housing project goals. ...

February is American Heart Month

This month is a time to recognize that heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States, especially in the African American community ...

Thrilling History of Black Excellence in Our National Parks

In every facet of American life -from exploration; conquest; defense; economy; resistance; conservation and the pursuit of human rights – I can show you a unit of the National Park System where the event took place, where African Americans made the...


MILAN FASHION PHOTOS: Feben, Rave Review promote looks for women of all shapes, ages and sizes

MILAN (AP) — London-based designer Feben opened the last day of Milan Fashion Week with a refreshingly diverse runway in every way, both in size and race. “I think why you are not seeing that around is because you are not seeing a lot of Black women in creative roles,” said the...

Today in History: February 25, Muhammad Ali defeats Sonny Liston for first world title

Today in History Today is Sunday, Feb. 25, the 56th day of 2024. There are 310 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Feb. 25, 1964, Muhammad Ali (then known as Cassius Clay) became world heavyweight boxing champion as he defeated...

Trump says his criminal indictments boosted his appeal to Black voters

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Former President Donald Trump claimed Friday that his four criminal indictments have boosted his support among Black Americans because they see him as a victim of discrimination, comparing his legal jeopardy to the historic legacy of anti-Black prejudice in the U.S. legal...


What to stream this weekend: 'Avatar: The Last Airbender,' 'Priscilla' and Dolly Parton's puppies

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The Hoosier Gym, home of the Hickory Huskers, still resonates with basketball fans

KNIGHTSTOWN, Ind. (AP) — The court is the same one where Jimmy Chitwood played. The locker room is exactly as it was when Norman Dale coached. The wall separating the bleachers from the floor is still there. Things change. The Hoosier Gym doesn’t. About 35 miles east...

Off to Never Never Land: 'Peter Pan' flies again in a new tour after some much needed changes

NEW YORK (AP) — A new, inclusive stage production of “Peter Pan” flies out on a U.S. tour this month, telling the classic tale of a boy who refuses to grow up — but without references that, ironically, have aged poorly. Gone are elements harmful to Native people, in are a few...


Global economy is weighed down by war, uncertainty and instability, trade chief warns

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The head of the World Trade Organization warned on Monday that war,...

Live updates | Israeli military presents a plan for a Rafah offensive to the War Cabinet

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s office said that the army had presented to the War Cabinet its...

Ex-FBI informant charged with lying about Bidens will appear in court as judge weighs his detention

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Survivors and families of 94 migrants who died in a shipwreck off Italy call for truth a year later

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The Taliban hold another public execution as thousands watch at a stadium in northern Afghanistan

ISLAMABAD (AP) — The Taliban held a public execution on Monday of a man convicted of murder in northern...

Russia seeks to imprison veteran rights advocate for nearly 3 years over Ukraine war criticism

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George E. Curry Editor-In-Chief NNPA News Service

WASHINGTON (NNPA) – Highly-respected media and entertainment executive William G. Tompkins, Jr. has been name president and chief executive officer of the National Newspaper Publishers Association, a federation of more than 200 Black-owned publications.

NNPA Chairman Cloves Campbell, publisher of the Arizona Informant, said Tompkins was selected from an impressive field of candidates screened by Carrrington & Carrington, a Chicago-based executive search firm.

"Bill is an accomplished, nationally-known executive who will be responsible for executing the vision of the NNPA Board of Directors," Campbell said. "Because the Board chair is elected every two years, having a president and CEO in place will provide the organization with smoother operations and greater continuity."

Campbell described Tompkins as "a true visionary who will make an immediate impact on the organization."

Tompkins worked at the Washington Post for 19 years in a variety of top-level positions, including vice president of marketing, director of national advertising and manager of corporate and financial advertising sales. He left the newspaper to join Kodak as chief marketing officer of its entertainment imaging business unit. Tompkins was also vice president and general manager of the Motion Picture Film Group for the Eastman Kodak Company, managing a $700 million global distribution operation.

In addition, he was chief marketing officer of NextGen media Group, the firm that launched the social media news site ReportN. He also was president of William Tompkins Associates, a consulting firm specializing in providing advice on strategic planning and operations.

Tompkins is eager to draw on his wealth of experience on behalf of NNPA.

"Having had corporate roles during the majority of my career, I now have the opportunity to work with people who represent the heart and soul of what our country is all about, that being entrepreneurs are making a difference," he said.

And he will make a huge difference for NNPA, a group of publishers who own and operate their own newspapers.

"I will be able to create a firm and more solid internal foundation for the Association to ensure that we consistently provide higher quality and more useful services to our members," Tompkins explained. "I will also be responsible for ensuring the long-term financial viability of the NNPA and for providing bigger revenue streams for our members."

According to a job description NNPA provided to candidates for the position, "The President and CEO exercises overall authority and responsibility for the direction of the organization's personnel, programs and services and drives the execution of the strategy through its daily activities."

The job description also said the president and CEO "is the lead spokesperson and advocate for the organization with the community and a diverse set of partners and stakeholders."

Tompkins received his BA in economics magna cum laude from Tufts University and his MBA from the Harvard Business School. He is a former chairman of the National Kidney Foundation and has served on the board of the National Advertising Council.

Although many major U.S. daily newspapers are experiencing financial problems as a result of dwindling circulation, community-based publications appear to be much more viable. So much so that a company owned by Warren Buffett, the second-richest person in the United States behind Bill Gates, recently purchased 63 daily and weekly newspapers from Media General, Inc. for $142 million.

"In spite of the transformational changes in the newspaper industry, Black media publications continue to play a critical role in our country, both in terms of their impact on society at large and especially in the role they play in local communities," Tompkins said. "My background is in media and entertainment so the opportunity to participate in the reinvigoration and transformation of this hidden jewel of newspaper assets will be both exciting and impactful."



The Skanner Foundation's 38th Annual MLK Breakfast