05 05 2016
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Influential legislator will serve as community ambassador-at-large

Margaret Carter

Oregon State Sen. Margaret Carter is joining The Skanner as vice president of corporate affairs and will lend her clout, intellect, connections and energy to The Skanner's mission of Challenging People to Shape A Better Future Now.


New retail, office and housing projects will remake thoroughfare

After several years of behind-the-scenes planning, negotiating and stalling, Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard is about to burst with new development.

But as new projects — valued at between $80 and $100 million — begin to change the boulevard's look, opportunities for existing businesses also are emerging. Staffers for the Portland Development Commission say they are developing "tools" that will stimulate "wealth creation," add more jobs in the area and transform the rag-tag thoroughfare into a "livable and functional main street."


Legislation has been introduced in Congress to reauthorize the 1965 Voting Rights Act.

Called the "Fannie Lou Hamer, Rosa Parks and Coretta Scott King Voting Rights Act Reauthorization and Amendments Act of 2006," the bill, introduced on May 2, would extend the act for 25 years. It also would update several provisions of the original Voting Rights Act to take into account continuing obstacles to voting by minority voters.


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