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Oregon Criminal Justice Commission: Initiative Petition 44 Will Nearly Eliminate Racial Disparities for Drug Arrests, Convictions

The initiative would expand access to drug addiction treatment and recovery services, and decriminalize low-level drug possession.

Inslee, Culp Advance to November Ballot in Governor's Race

In early returns, with nearly 17% of the vote, Loren Culp, the police chief of Republic, had the largest share among 35 other candidates.

Portland Police Declare Unlawful Assembly During Protest

Oregon Sen. Jeff Merkley and Portland City Commissioner Jo Ann Hardesty addressed event organised by NAACP focused on Black Lives Matter

Shootings Increase During Portland Protests

Between June 1 and end July 31, 2020 there were 125 reported shootings compared to a total of 59 shootings in 2019

NEWS BRIEFS

White Democrats in Congress Falling Short on Reparations Bill

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New Rule by The U.S. Department of Education Would Misdirect $11M from Oregon Public Schools

U.S. Rep. Suzanne Bonamici, Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley, and Reps. Peter DeFazio and Earl Blumenauer called a...

Barbara Bush Foundation Partners with Barbershop Books and Penguin to Provide Child-Friendly Reading Spaces in Baltimore and Detroit Barbershops

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All Classical Portland Awards Grant to Support Emmanuel Henreid's 'Livin' in the Light'

Livin’ in the Light documents Onry’s experience as a Black, male, professional opera and crossover singer in Portland, Ore. ...

House Approves Legislation to Stop Trump Attack on Fair Housing

Ocasio-Cortez, Blumenauer amendment would block rollback of anti-discrimination rule ...

Lack of study and oversight raises concerns about tear gas

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2 young children shot in yard in Portland suburb

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Authorities say two young children were shot while playing in a yard in a suburb of Portland, Oregon.Police in Gresham say the children, ages 3 and 5, were expected to survive. One was shot in the foot and the other in the ankle.KATU reports the shooting happened about...

Missouri's Drinkwitz takes side in mask-or-no-mask debate

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Eli Drinkwitz has been the head coach at Missouri for just over seven months. He has yet to lead the Tigers onto the football field, much less win a game, yet his role in the community already has forced him to take some important stands.First, it was supporting his new...

Iowa defensive back Jack Koerner hurt in jet ski accident

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Iowa defensive back Jack Koerner sustained serious injuries when he and a passenger on a jet ski collided with a boat on the Lake of the Ozarks in Missouri.According to a police report, Koerner and Cole Coffin were hurt at about 6:30 p.m. Friday when their watercraft...

OPINION

Da 5 Bloods and America Abroad

Even before I returned to the United States from my combat tour in Vietnam, I had decided that we were fighting an unjust war. ...

Falling Behind: COVID, Climate Change, and Chaos

Multiple Crises, Multiple Obstacles ...

Bill Deiz urges Oregonians to Defend their Constitutional Rights

Elements of federal police, sent in by our president, are nightly tormenting our citizens with tear gas, impact munitions, kidnappings and beatings, and other criminal acts, in order to suppress our rights of free speech and free assembly ...

The Power of Love

Powerful lessons for me today on forgiveness. ...

AFRICAN AMERICANS IN THE NEWS

Man whose children say has bigoted views wins Missouri race

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Lack of study and oversight raises concerns about tear gas

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Lack of study and oversight raises concerns about tear gas

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — On June 2, Justin LaFrancois attended a protest against police violence and racism in downtown Charlotte, North Carolina, where he planned to livestream the event for his alternative newspaper’s website. Shortly into the march, police, who reported that water...

ENTERTAINMENT

Viola Davis, LeBron James among honorees at AAFCA TV Honors

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Viola Davis, Sterling K. Brown and LeBron James are among several honorees at the AAFCA TV Honors later this month. The African American Film Critics Association announced the recipients of the second annual event on Wednesday. The virtual ceremony is scheduled to air on...

Review: Deep Purple evokes best years on mighty 'Whoosh!'

Deep Purple, “Whoosh!” (earMUSIC)“Whoosh!” makes it three-for-three for the pairing of Deep Purple and producer Bob Ezrin, an album that at its numerous heights evokes the band’s most successful era of the early ‘70s. With a stable lineup for nearly 20...

How an arrest upended filming of 'Surviving Jeffrey Epstein'

NEW YORK (AP) — The filmmakers behind “Surviving Jeffrey Epstein” moved quickly when Ghislaine Maxwell was arrested on federal charges that she acted as a recruiter for the financier’s sexual abuse.The fourth episode of the new Lifetime docuseries, which was intended to...

U.S. & WORLD NEWS

Phelps, Ohno open up about suicide, depression in new doc

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Athletes Stephen Scherer, Jeret Peterson and Kelly Catlin have two things in common:...

Joe Biden launches new national ad aimed at Black Americans

DETROIT (AP) — Joe Biden's Democratic presidential campaign has launched a new national ad focused on Black...

'See you in court': ACLU files nearly 400 cases versus Trump

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China sentences 3rd Canadian to death on drug charges

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N. Korea's escalating virus response raises fear of outbreak

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Polish LGBT people leaving as post-vote mood grows hostile

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — When a right-wing populist party won the right to govern Poland five years ago, Piotr...

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) -- Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn signed legislation Friday that grants hundreds of millions of dollars in tax breaks and incentives aimed at keeping two large employers in Illinois.

The measure helps Sears Holdings Corp. and CME Group Inc., which operates the Chicago Mercantile Exchange. Both companies have century-long histories in Illinois. Lawmakers approved the business tax breaks earlier this month along with a separate bill that included tax breaks for individuals, including the working poor. Quinn, a Democrat, has not yet signed that bill.

When taken together, the package would cost the state $330 million or more a year.

Sears and CME had threatened to leave the state if they didn't get help. Other states had reportedly approached them about moving.

"You have to defend yourself. If Ohio is offering $400 million to Sears, a company that has thousands of employees in Illinois, we will defend ourselves with a reasonable, adequate, approach," Quinn told reporters earlier this week. "That's what you have to do in 21st Century America to make sure your state and your businesses have support."

The bill renews a credit Sears has been getting for years. It guarantees the company a $15 million break on its taxes over the next decade and extends a property-tax cut.

In CME's case, lawmakers agreed to retool tax calculations for the profitable company by changing how much of its business is subject to state income taxes.

"We applaud the governor for his leadership and recognition of Sears' contributions to our state - thousands of jobs and hundreds of millions of tax dollars," Sears spokesman Chris Brathwaite said. "We look forward to remaining in Illinois and building on our long and rich history here."

Sears had said earlier it would stay in Illinois if Quinn approved the bill. CME Group Executive Chairman Terry Duffy announced in a statement Friday the company will remain in Illinois, where its roots go back 160 years.

"This necessary adjustment to the Illinois corporate tax laws will put CME Group on more equal footing with other Illinois companies and other global exchanges," Duffy said.

The bill includes incentives for all businesses, restoring deductions for operating losses and increasing the estate tax deduction while extending the tax credit for research and development. Quinn said he has always supported the research and development tax credit.

"Some of our big companies and smaller companies really need that to come up with new products, new services that can have a world market and create new jobs," Quinn said.

The companion measure, which Quinn's office promised action on soon, would hike the earned income tax credit for low-income working families and would increase the standard personal income tax exemption, eventually linking it to inflation.

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The bill is SB397.



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