11 28 2015
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SEATTLE—State officials, citing worries about safety, are backing away from a state program in King County aimed at helping Black children and families in the child welfare system.
Last month the state halted referrals of new child abuse complaints to the Office of African American Children's Services, and officials with the state Department of Social and Health Services are contemplating an end for the program, a local paper reported Monday.

"The Department (of Social and Health Services) has to take a lot of responsibility for that"

This ceramic tile is among many currently on display at the Interstate Firehouse Cultural Center as part of the "AIDS Crisis: Zimbabwean Artists Respond" exhibit. The installation is comprised of dozens of tiles crafted by artists from Zimbabwe to represent the terrible toll exacted by the HIV/AIDS pandemic on their culture.

SALEM—Oregon Secretary of State Bill Bradbury is urging all of New Orleans' Hurricane Katrina evacuees who have temporarily relocated to Oregon and the Northwest to immediately contact the Louisiana Secretary of State in order to participate in the upcoming Orleans Parish elections.

Chata Addy, left, S. Renee Mitchell, Evelyne Ello Hart, Jensine Larsen and Jessica Tomforde share a moment after the recent "Kikumbatio: An Embrace Between Portland's African and American Women," a program of music, dance, storytelling and theatre held March 15 at the Interstate Firehouse Cultural Center.

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