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NORTHWEST NEWS

Longtime Oregon Rep. Peter DeFazio Won't Seek Reelection

DeFazio, the longest serving U.S. House member in Oregon’s history and a staunch advocate for environmental issues, said Wednesday he is retiring

Juneteenth Becomes Paid Holiday in Another Oregon County

Washington County Board has approved Juneteenth as a paid holiday for county employees

Sen. Manning on the Year Ahead and the Year That Was

Prominent BIPOC Caucus member concerned with gun regulation, access to Covid-19 testing

Dozens of Oregon Workers Fired for Not Getting COVID Shot

Officials in Oregon say at least 99 state workers have been fired for failing to get vaccinated against COVID-19.

NEWS BRIEFS

Congressional Cannabis Caucus Co-Chairs Blumenauer, Joyce, Lee and Young Urge VA to Offer Veterans Access to Lifesaving Cannabis Treatment

“…over twenty veterans continue to die by suicide each day—it is past time we stop barring access from these innovative...

200+ Groups Call on Senate to Delay Recess to Pass Voting Rights

In a letter to the Senate, the group states, "We urge you to stay in session to do whatever it takes until these bills are passed...

Zeta Phi Beta Sorority's National Educational Foundation Awards Historic $125,000 Founders' Centennial Scholarship

Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Inc. and the Zeta National Educational Foundation Inc. announced that Janae Smith-Williams was awarded of the...

Oregon's Cannabis Industry Could Be More Vulnerable Than Ever

Portland is the first in the country to allocate cannabis tax revenue to relieve the industry's impacts of...

Open Enrollment Deadline Is Dec. 15 for Health Insurance Coverage Starting Jan. 1, 2022

Help applying and financial assistance is available through the Oregon Health Insurance Marketplace ...

Grand jury indicts security guard in store customer shooting

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A Multnomah County grand jury has returned a murder indictment against a security guard who wasn’t certified to carry a gun on the job for shooting to death a customer outside a Lowe’s Home Care Center in North Portland. Logan C. Gimbel, 28, shot...

Study: No intentional racial bias in WSP traffic stops

PULLMAN, Wash. (AP) — A study from Washington State University found no intentional racial bias in traffic stops by the Washington State Patrol, however it noted disparities in traffic stops involving Black and Hispanic drivers. KOMO reports the study conducted by WSU’s...

No. 25 Arkansas beats Missouri, caps best season since 2011

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) — Sam Pittman grinned for almost the entirety of his postgame press conference Friday night. The Arkansas coach and his team had done something no others ever had. The No. 25 Razorbacks capped their regular season with a 34-17 victory over Missouri,...

Mizzou's Drinkwitz returning to Arkansas for rivalry game

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) — Just 45 miles of interstate highway separate Eli Drinkwitz from where he started and where he is now as Missouri's head football coach. Raised in the small Arkansas town of Alma, Drinkwitz will come full circle Friday when his Tigers visit No. 25...

OPINION

State is Painting Lipstick on Its One-of-a-kind, Long-term-care Law

Starting in January, the unpopular law imposes a stiff new tax of 58 cents per 0 earned for every worker in the state ...

Giving Thanks

Just by being alive we can be sure of having moments of sadness as well as happiness. When you’re active in politics, you experience both wins and losses. Sometimes it can be hard to feel grateful. ...

Acting on Climate will Require an Emphasis on Environmental Justice

Climate change affects us all, but its effects aren’t distributed equally. ...

Small Businesses Cannot Survive With Current Level of Postal Service

At The Skanner News office we received an important piece of correspondence that was postmarked June 12, 2021, and delivered to us on November 4, 2021. ...

AFRICAN AMERICANS IN THE NEWS

EPA head: 'Journey to Justice' tour 'really personal for me'

RESERVE, La. (AP) — Michael Coleman's house is the last one standing on his tiny street, squeezed between a sprawling oil refinery whose sounds and smells keep him up at night and a massive grain elevator that covers his pickup in dust and, he says, exacerbates his breathing problems. ...

Census Bureau works to improve confidence in 2020 headcount

The Census Bureau is looking to improve trust in the numbers it gathered during the 2020 census by fixing problems caused by the unprecedented challenges of conducting a U.S. head count during a pandemic, natural disasters and efforts by the Trump administration to politicize the process. ...

UN expert: Contemporary forms of slavery exist in Sri Lanka

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — A U.N expert says contemporary forms of slavery exist in Sri Lanka, with vulnerable groups such as children, women, ethnic minorities and older people particularly affected. Tomoyo Obokata, the U.N special rapporteur on contemporary forms of slavery,...

ENTERTAINMENT

Mehdi Hasan to share tips on 'How to Win Every Argument'

NEW YORK (AP) — MSNBC host Mehdi Hasan has learned a few lessons after interviewing everyone from John Legend to former National Security Adviser John Bolton. Hasan's next book is called “How to Win Every Argument: The Art of Debating, Persuading, and Public Speaking." Henry...

Review: A Neapolitan rhapsody in 'The Hand of God'

Paolo Sorrentino's films can be overwrought, grotesque and uneven but they are rarely not alive. His latest, “The Hand of God,” is a catalog of wonders — of miracles both banal and eternal. The glittering night vista of the Naples harbor. The soft thump of a motorboat...

Kelsea Ballerini feels her way through her new poetry book

New York (AP) — Country music star Kelsea Ballerini had no intentions of starting a new job as an author in 2020. She did plan to tour her new album, “Kelsea” — then the coronavirus pandemic shut down most of the world. As COVID-19 all but stopped the touring industry, the Grammy nominee...

U.S. & WORLD NEWS

Pope laments 'hostility and prejudice' with Cypriot Orthodox

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Pope Francis lamented centuries of hostility and prejudice that have divided Catholics...

Lebanese minister resigns in bid to ease crisis with Saudis

BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanon’s information minister resigned Friday, saying he hoped the much anticipated move will...

China, US tussle over Biden's 'Summit for Democracy'

BEIJING (AP) — China and the United States are tussling over President Joe Biden’s upcoming democracy summit,...

Australian opposition promises deeper emission reductions

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia would set a more ambitious target of reducing its greenhouse gas emissions...

Iraqi region hit by migrant deaths; smuggling big business

RANYA, Iraq (AP) — Shoes pile up outside the Mamand home in northern Iraq from relatives and friends who have...

Gambia will head to polls in 1st post-Jammeh election

BANJUL, Gambia (AP) — Gambians are set to vote Saturday in a historic election, one that for the first time will...

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