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NORTHWEST NEWS

Governor Kate Brown Sets Vaccination Targets for Oregon to Reopen

Most statewide coronavirus related restrictions will be lifted when 70% of Oregon's residents who are 16 years and older receive the first COVID-19 vaccine dose. In addition, counties will be eligible to move into the “lower risk” category when 65% of the area's eligible population is vaccinated.

Reductions at Center for Women’s Leadership Mean No Advisory Board

Citing budget cuts and fundraising shortfalls due to the pandemic, PSU and the center’s board chair announce the illustrious board will be dissolved this summer.

Inslee OKs Bill Curbing Debt-Based License Suspensions

An estimated 46,000 people have their licenses suspended annually because they fail to pay court-imposed fines for noncriminal moving violations as minor as neglecting to use a turn signal.

Drug Overdoses Skyrocket in Washington State Amid COVID

The Seattle Times reported that fatal drug overdoses increased more than 30% last year compared to 2019, according to the data, an increase more than twice as large as any other year in the past decade.

NEWS BRIEFS

Portland Audubon Hosts ‘Nature Night, Centering Justice and Identity’ Virtual Event

The discussion to be held on June 1, focuses on building inclusive scientific communities for our shared future ...

Gov. Inslee Signs Agriculture Worker Overtime Bill

Senate Bill 5172 creates a phased-in path toward full overtime pay for agricultural workers by 2024. For 2022, they ensure overtime...

PCC Art Student Exhibition Showcases Pandemic-Era Resilience

The exhibition opens on Monday, May 17 and runs through June 4 and includes a salon-style virtual showcase of two- and...

Oregon Lawmakers Extend Grace Period for Past-Due Rent

Currently, tenants have until July, but under Senate Bill 282 tenants will have until Feb. 28, 2022. ...

Billboard Campaign Connects Black-on-Black Gun Violence to White Supremacy

Community-based organizations respond to the underlying issues that are feeding into this public health crisis: White supremacy ...

Audit: Portland skipped safeguards to get virus grants out

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A city audit has found that Portland failed to create a fair and transparent grant selection process, interpreted eligibility criteria loosely and didn’t protect against misuse of funds in their haste to get pandemic relief money to small businesses. ...

Camas mayor unexpectedly steps down from role

CAMAS, Wash. (AP) — The mayor of Camas, Washington, is stepping down after winning the position as a write-in candidate in October 2019. Former Mayor Barry McDonnell released a statement Tuesday announcing his resignation from the position, effective immediately, Oregon...

OPINION

OP-ED: The Supreme Court Can Protect Black Lives by Ending Qualified Immunity

The three officers responsible for the murder of Breonna Taylor are not the first to walk free after killing an unarmed Black person, and unfortunately, especially if things continue as they are, they will not be the last. ...

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Trade Arron Rodgers

Give Aaron Rodgers a break, Green Bay. Just like Bart Starr & Brett Favre, Aaron Rodgers has been a Hall of Fame quarterback for the Packers for 16 years. ...

Editorial From the Publisher - Council: Police Reform Needed Now

Through years of ceaseless protest, activists have tried to hold Portland Police to account. ...

After the Verdicts

Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum shares her thoughts after the verdicts ...

AFRICAN AMERICANS IN THE NEWS

Lawsuit says police caused asphyxiation death of naked man

ATLANTA (AP) — Police officers who encountered a naked man walking down a Georgia street repeatedly fired their stun guns at him and pinned him to the ground by kneeling and standing on him, ultimately and wrongfully causing his death, according to a federal lawsuit filed by the man's parents. ...

Judge asked to OK evidence of Ahmaud Arbery's past troubles

BRUNSWICK, Ga. (AP) — Attorneys for a white father and son charged with chasing and killing Ahmaud Arbery asked a judge Wednesday to allow evidence of the slain Black man's past problems to be presented when their clients stand trial for murder. Four law enforcement officers...

Michigan Republican wants to register fact-checkers

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan Republican known for challenging the results of the 2020 presidential election has turned his attention to those who fact-check the claims of public officials. State Rep. Matt Maddock this week introduced the “Fact Checker Registration Act,"...

ENTERTAINMENT

Silenced by pandemic, Met Opera to make brief return

NEW YORK (AP) — Silenced for 14 months by the pandemic and dealing with labor strife, the Metropolitan Opera will make a brief return Sunday. Music director Yannick Nézet-Séguin will conduct members of the Met orchestra and chorus in a program with soprano Angel Blue, tenor...

Andrew McCarthy taps into 80’s nostalgia with new memoir

NEW YORK (AP) — Andrew McCarthy admits he “fled” from his shaggy-haired 1980’s persona and didn’t look back for decades. Much like the slouchy blazers he wore in movies like “Pretty in Pink” and “St. Elmo’s Fire,” that Brat Pack moniker and image never really fit. But time has...

CNN's Sanjay Gupta worries about a muddled pandemic message

NEW YORK (AP) — At this stage in the pandemic, CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta is concerned that Americans are not getting clear enough messages about what they should or shouldn't be doing to keep themselves and others protected. Should people still be wearing a mask outside? (He...

U.S. & WORLD NEWS

Rising commodities costs hit Americans at home and on road

NEW YORK (AP) — Rising prices for a variety of commodities are contributing to a jump in prices at the consumer...

Stocks sink again on Wall Street as inflation worries mount

Inflation worries rattled Wall Street Wednesday, pulling the Dow Jones Industrial Average more than 680 points...

Taming the virus: US deaths hit lowest level in 10 months

COVID-19 deaths in the United States have tumbled to an average of around 600 per day — the lowest level in 10...

Boris Johnson's office says court debt order 'without merit'

LONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s office said Wednesday that a court order against Johnson...

As ethnic violence rocks Israel, Arabs cite deep grievances

JERUSALEM (AP) — As rockets from Gaza streaked overhead, Arabs and Jews fought each other on the streets below...

Funerals held for 9 victims of Russian school attack

MOSCOW (AP) — Relatives wept and hugged as the nine people killed in a school shooting in the Russian city of...

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