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Idaho Hospital to Stop Baby Deliveries, Partly Over Politics

A rural hospital in northern Idaho will stop delivering babies or providing other obstetrical care, citing a shifting legal climate in which recently enacted state laws could subject physicians to prosecution for providing abortions, among other reasons

Water Contamination in Oregon Could Prompt EPA to Step In

It's been three decades since state agencies first noted high levels of nitrate contamination in the groundwater in Morrow and Umatilla counties and residents have long complained that the pollution is negatively impacting their health.

North Portland Library to Undergo Renovations and Expansion

As one of the library building projects funded by the 2020 Multnomah County voter-approved bond, North Portland Library will close to the public on April 5, 2023, to begin construction processes for its renovation and expansion.

Report: 119K People Hurt by Riot-Control Weapons Since 2015

The report on casualties from a largely unregulated industry cites an alarming evolution of crowd-control devices into more powerful and indiscriminate designs and deployment, including dropping tear gas from drones.


Motorcycle Lane Filtering Law Passes Oregon Senate

SB 422 will allow motorcyclists to avoid dangers of stop-and-go traffic under certain conditions ...

MET Rental Assistance Now Available

The Muslim Educational Trust is extending its Rental Assistance Program to families in need living in Multnomah or Washington...

Two for One Tickets for Seven Guitars on Thursday, March 23

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PassinArt: A Theatre Company and PNMC Festival Call for Actors and Directors

Actors and directors of all skill levels are sought for the Pacific NW Multicultural Readers Series and Film Festival ...

Hearing on New Burnside Bridge Construction

The Earthquake Ready Burnside Bridge Project team will present HB 3323 and 3301 this Thursday, March 23 from 5-6:30 p.m. ...

Darcelle, world's oldest working drag queen, dies at 92

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Walter Cole, better known as the iconic drag queen who performed for decades as Darcelle XV and a fearless advocate for Portland's LGBTQ+ community, has died of natural causes in Portland, Oregon. He was 92. Darcelle, who died Thursday, was crowned the...

Indigenous artists help skateboarding earn stamp of approval

PHOENIX (AP) — Years ago, skateboarding was branded as a hobby for rebels or stoners in city streets, schoolyards and back alleys. Those days are long gone. Skateboarding, which has Native Hawaiian roots connected to surfing, no longer is on the fringes. It became an Olympic sport...

March Madness: Alabama and surprising bunch remain in South

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Alabama was expected to be in the Sweet 16 as the overall top seed in the NCAA Tournament. Few thought the teams standing between the Crimson Tide and a trip to the Final Four would be No. 5 seed San Diego State, sixth-seeded Creighton and 15th-seeded...

March Madness: Sweet 16 begins from NYC to Las Vegas

March Madness has reached Sweet 16 weekend. Two No. 1 seeds, Kansas and Purdue, are already gone along with millions of busted brackets and a host of bluebloods including Kentucky, Duke and Indiana —though UCLA's drive for a 12th national title remains alive. Here is what to know: ...


Celebrating 196 Years of The Black Press

It was on March 17, 1827, at a meeting of “Freed Negroes” in New York City, that Samuel Cornish, a Presbyterian minister, and John Russwurn, the first Negro college graduate in the United States, established the negro newspaper. ...

DEQ Announces Suspension of Oregon’s Clean Vehicle Rebate Program

The state’s popular incentive for drivers to switch to electric vehicles is scheduled to pause in May ...

FHA Makes Housing More Affordable for 850,000 Borrowers

Savings tied to median market home prices ...

State Takeover Schemes Threaten Public Safety

Blue cities in red states, beware: conservatives in state government may be coming for your police department. ...


India expels Rahul Gandhi, Modi critic, from Parliament

NEW DELHI (AP) — India's top opposition leader and fierce critic of Prime Minister Narendra Modi was expelled from Parliament Friday, a day after a court convicted him of defamation and sentenced him to two years in prison for mocking the surname Modi in an election speech. The...

1st Black editor named to lead Atlanta Journal-Constitution

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Thursday named Leroy Chapman Jr. as its new editor-in-chief, making him the first Black editor to lead the newspaper in its 155-year history. Chapman, 52, has worked in journalism for nearly three decades and has spent the past 12 years at the...

Lawsuit: Slurs, coercion at BBQ chain with racist history

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A South Carolina barbecue chain known for its pro-segregation stance in a landmark 1960s case and its embrace of the Confederate flag in 2000 is facing allegations of racism and sexual harassment by the fired general manager of one of its restaurants. According...


Review: Rehabilitating Richard III in 'The Lost King'

Richard III didn't need a horse for his kingdom. He just needed Philippa Langley. Langley, a single mother and amateur historian living in Edinburgh, Scotland, became increasingly obsessed with the late English monarch, long portrayed as one of the great villains of history. In the...

Q&A: Chuck D talks rap's rise through 'Fight the Power' doc

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Hip-hop became a cultural phenomenon against the backdrop of American history, and now Public Enemy’s Chuck D has committed himself to explore the artform's origins. Chuck D rounded up several rap greats — including Ice-T, Run DMC and MC Lyte — who offered...

Ling Ma, Beverly Gage among authors honored by book critics

NEW YORK (AP) — Ling Ma's sharp and surreal “Bliss Montage” and Beverly Gage's sweeping biography of the late FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover, “G-Man,” were among the winners Thursday night of the National Book Critics Circle awards. Ma's story collection won the prize for...


Texas police: Migrants found 'suffocating' in train; 2 dead

UVALDE, Texas (AP) — Two migrants were found dead and at least 10 were hospitalized Friday after police in South...

Berlin vote could turbocharge German capital's climate plans

BERLIN (AP) — Voters in Berlin go to the polls this weekend to decide on a proposal that would force the city...

A look at the US military mission in Syria and its dangers

WASHINGTON (AP) — When an Iranian drone struck a U.S. base in northeastern Syria, killing a contractor and...

North Korea claims 'radioactive tsunami' weapon test at sea

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea claimed Friday to have tested a nuclear-capable underwater drone designed...

Man pleads guilty to role in Haiti president's assassination

MIAMI (AP) — A convicted drug trafficker pleaded guilty in U.S. federal court Friday to participating in the...

Russians, American delayed in space to return in September

MOSCOW (AP) — Two cosmonauts and an astronaut who were supposed to leave the International Space Station this...

Helen Silvis of The Skanner News

Police say they have found remains at Rocky Butte, believed to be the body of Yashanee Vaughn. A student at Helensview High School, she went missing March 19. Her mother Shaquita Louis and family members have been searching for her ever since.
While the identity of the body has not been confirmed family believe it is the missing girl.
Mayor Sam Adams was at the scene and comforted her mother with a hug before telling reporters he hoped this would bring a small amount of closure to the family after their tragic loss. 
Parrish Bennette, a 16 year old friend of Vaughn's is in custody charged with murder. Bennette's lawyers say he panicked after accidentally shooting her. Prosecutors paint a grimmer picture, saying forensic evidence suggests she was beaten and that the gun was shot twice. The Oregonian reported that the defense team and the judge met earlier this week privately, and family believe Bennette disclosed the whereabouts of the body.  After the bail hearing Shaquita Louis wrote a public letter to Bennette begging him to disclose the location of her daughter's body. 

At a press briefing 11 am, Lt. Robert King said searchers are confident they will find her body today. Previous searches at the spot near 92nd Avenue and Rocky Butte Rd., did not succeed. Portland Police, Multnomah County District Attorney's Office and state police were among the search team.

King said: because it is an ongoing homicide investigation he could not share details about the search, but he said searchers would continue until they could bring Yashanee's body home to her family.

The team of 20 searchers has two goals:
"Number one is to conduct a thorough, professional and complete homicide investigation that results in holding those responsible, accountable for their crimes," he said. Numebr two we're here to bring Yashanee home to her family so that they have closure."
We all know that this is a terrible tragedy. A young woman has lost her life and our hearts break for Yashanee's family. We know that they are suffering and our ultimate hope is to bring closure to them and to bring Yashanee home to her family."

"We are here today conducting additional searches and we're here for as long as it takes. We are going to take time, the time that we need to conduct the search. It likely will be a slow and ongoing process."
Ultimately, we know you all understand that we want the investigation to be thorough and to be have conducted right and we want the information we gather to result not only in arrest but in a successful prosecution."

Police charged 16-year-old Parrish Bennette, a friend of Vaughn's, with murder. In the bail hearing, his lawyers said that he shot Vaughn in a gun accident. Earlier prosecutors told the bail hearing, that the forensic evidence points to murder. Bennette was denied bail and remains in custody.

After the bail hearing, Shaquita Louis, the missing girl's mother sent Bennette a public letter, begging him to reveal the location of her daughter's body.
The search comes after, Bennette's lawyers met privately with the judge earlier this week, according to the Oregonian.

Vaughn's grandmother, Reynelda Hayes, said Friday morning in a statement:

"The family of Yashanee Vaughn has not heard anything this morning regarding the search efforts for their daughter and have confidence in the investigators and searchers that hopefully later today the whereabouts of Yashanee will no longer be a mystery and we will have the closure we have wanted the past 3 1/2 months.
"We have appreciated all of the ongoing support from all of the media, investigators, and the district attorney's office during these very difficult months of searching for Yashanee."

Watch The Skanner News Video as friends and family transform their grief to express Yashanee's exuberant love of life as they dance to a song written specially for Yashanee.

PHOTOS FROM TOP: Three views of Yashanee Vaughn from the flyer her family issued after she disappeared, courtesy of family; a memorial placed near the police precinct at Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and NE Killingsworth Street; Shaquita Louis soon after her daughter disappeared; Friends and Family attended a candlelight vigil for Yashanee (Julie Keefe photo); a tee-shirt tribute to Yashanee, also known as Bonnie B (Julie Keefe photo)

MLK Breakfast 2023

Photos from The Skanner Foundation's 37th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Breakfast.