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Celebrating a history of service

Starbucks, Home of the $4 Latte, is Moving Into Poor Areas

Starbucks plans to open or remodel 85 stores by 2025 in rural and urban communities across the U.S. The effort will bring to 100 the number of "community stores" Starbucks has opened since it announced the program in 2015

Native American Curriculum Rolls Out in Oregon Classrooms

The state developed the curriculum, as required by Senate Bill 13, with the input of Native leaders for 18 months, but is still behind. A soft roll-out begins this month

Community Surprised at Police Chief’s Departure, Concerned by Quick Replacement

Deputy Chief Jami Resch immediately named as successor.

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Annual “Salute to Greatness” Luncheon Celebrating Students, Community & Civic Leaders

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Grant High School Students to Read Their Own Work at Broadway Books

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AG Rosenblum Announces $4 Million Settlement with CenturyLink

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National Urban League Warns Trump Administration: Don't Weaken Community Reinvestment Act to Allow Racial Discrimination in Lending

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Classes cancelled at Beaverton High following fire

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Idaho lawmakers consider changes in primary voting rules

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Voters will have about two weeks to choose a political party if they want to vote in Idaho's Democratic and Republican presidential primaries in March following action by a House panel on Monday.The State Affairs Committee sent to the full House legislation that will take...

New Missouri coach Eli Drinkwitz predicts success

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Eli Drinkwitz was saying all the right things after being introduced as the new football coach at Missouri, laying out his vision for the once-proud program with unwavering confidence and bold proclamations.Then the former Appalachian State coach made a minor...

LSU's Burrow, Auburn's Brown named AP SEC players of year

LSU quarterback Joe Burrow is a unanimous selection as the offensive player of the year on The Associated Press All-Southeastern Conference football team.The top-ranked Tigers also have the SEC’s coach of the year in Ed Orgeron and the newcomer of the year in freshman cornerback Derek...

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Martin Luther King Day is an Opportunity for Service

Find out where you can volunteer and make a difference to the community ...

Looking to 2020 — Put Your Vote to WORK!

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How Putting Purpose Into Your New Year’s Resolutions Can Bring Meaning and Results

Only 4% of people report following through on all of the resolutions they personally set ...

I Was Just Thinking… Mama in the Classroom

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Pro-gun rally by thousands in Virginia ends peacefully

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Tens of thousands of gun-rights activists from around the country rallied peacefully at the Virginia Capitol on Monday to protest plans by the state's Democratic leadership to pass gun-control legislation — a move that has become a key flash point in the national...

Martin Luther King Jr. Day: Faith, politics mix on holiday

ATLANTA (AP) — Against the backdrop of a presidential election year, Monday's Martin Luther King Jr. holiday found leaders still wrestling over how to best embody the slain civil rights leader.In Atlanta, Republicans told a sometimes cool crowd at Ebenezer Baptist Church, King's onetime...

2020 Democratic contenders link arms in MLK Jr. Day march

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ENTERTAINMENT

Robert De Niro gets political as he accepts SAG Awards honor

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Prince Harry: 'No other option' but to cut royal ties

LONDON (AP) — Prince Harry said Sunday that he felt “great sadness” but found “no other option” to cutting almost all of his and his wife Meghan’s royal ties in the hopes of achieving a more peaceful life.The comments were Harry’s first public...

'Parasite' parties, Leo greets young fans inside SAG Awards

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Off-camera and during commercials, the stars at the Screen Actors Guild Awards got to rub shoulders, give congratulatory kisses, and meet for the first or the 50th time. Here are some of the more memorable moments from inside Sunday night's ceremony at the Shrine...

U.S. & WORLD NEWS

James Dean revival spurs debate on raising the digital dead

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China coronavirus claims 4th victim as more screenings added

BEIJING (AP) — A fourth person has died in an outbreak of a new coronavirus in China, authorities said...

Prince Harry hopes for calmer future, but not much chance

LONDON (AP) — Prince Harry says he's taking a “leap of faith’’ as he steps back from...

Prince Harry hopes for calmer future, but not much chance

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Nepalese-owned operators take lead on world's highest peaks

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Putin sends his constitutional proposals to Parliament

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Tom Cohen and John Helton CNN

(CNN) -- In a vote that could have implications on the November presidential race, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker successfully overcame a recall vote Tuesday that would have removed him from office.

The big night for Republicans had a sliver of a possible silver lining for Democrats, who may have picked up one state Senate seat, which would tip control to the Democratic Party. But the legislature will be out of session until after the general election in November.

Democratic Mayor Tom Barrett of Milwaukee conceded defeat to Walker in a recall attempt triggered by the governor's push to reform collective bargaining rights of public sector employees to reduce state spending.

"I just got off the phone with Gov. Walker and congratulated him on his victory tonight. We agreed that it is important for us to work together," he said.

Walker gave a triumphant victory speech Tuesday night, thanking many for helping him survive the recall effort.

"Tonight, we tell Wisconsin, we tell our country and we tell people all across the globe that voters really do want leaders who stand up and make the tough decisions," he told a roaring crowd at his campaign headquarters in Waukesha.

He also addressed the polarized climate in the normally centrist state -- his crowd jeered when he mentioned that he had a phone conversation with Barrett before taking the stage.

"Bringing our state together will take some time -- there's just no doubt about it," he said.

Wisconsin Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch, also a Republican, will hold on to her office, CNN projected.

Four Republican senators faced recall votes Tuesday as well. At least three held on to their seats. But Sen. John Lehman, a Democrat, declared victory in ousting incumbent Sen. Van Wanggaard. The vote was extremely close, and results have not been certified, CNN affiliate WTMJ reported.

"It is clear that we won the 21 district," Lehman told cheering supporters

The recall effort against Walker was spurred by a law he backed and signed in March 2011 to limit the collective bargaining rights of state worker unions.

The AFL-CIO in Wisconsin worked in favor of the recall.

"We wanted a different outcome, but Wisconsin forced the governor to answer for his efforts to divide the state and punish hardworking people. Their resolve has inspired a nation to follow their lead and stand up for the values of hard work, unity, and decency that we believe in," the statement said. "We hope Scott Walker heard Wisconsin: Nobody wants divisive policies"

The vitriolic campaign included tens of millions of dollars in funding from outside the state, mostly for the Republican governor.

The victory by the first-term governor may give Republicans a major boost in efforts to make Wisconsin a battleground state in the November presidential election.

Presumptive GOP nominee Mitt Romney called Walker to offer his congratulations.

"Governor Walker has demonstrated over the past year what sound fiscal policies can do to turn an economy around, and I believe that in November voters across the country will demonstrate that they want the same in Washington, D.C. Tonight's results will echo beyond the borders of Wisconsin," Romney said in a statement.

President Barack Obama easily won the state in 2008, but Walker's unyielding commitment to fiscal austerity made him the poster child for tea party conservatism.

Obama's campaign released a statement praising those who worked on the recall.

"While tonight's outcome was not what we had hoped for -- no one can dispute the strong message sent to Governor Walker," the statement said. "Hundreds of thousands of Wisconsinites from all walks of life took a stand against the politics of division."

Leading up to the Tuesday vote, both candidates took jabs at each other.

Walker complained that repeated recall efforts over past years were stalling progress and costing the state needed money.

In conceding, Barrett drew catcalls when he mentioned the call with Walker. And he said it was important that he and the governor work together.

But he urged his supporters to fight on.

"This is not an end," he said. "Tonight ends another chapter in Wisconsin history, but there's more to come."

A local woman was not amused by Barrett's concession speech, with video from CNN affiliate WISN showing her slapping the mayor after the speech.

The woman asked Barrett if she could slap him for conceding while voting was still under way, the affiliate reported. Barrett said he'd rather she hug him, but when he leaned down, the woman slapped him instead, according to the affiliate.

The race has been marked by high tensions.

During a bitter fight over the law last year, Democratic legislators left the capital to prevent a quorum, and tens of thousands of protesters converged on the State Capitol building in what became an occupation.

After the law was signed, Democrats immediately began a recall effort that led to Tuesday's vote.

Walker defended his budget actions as necessary for the fiscal health of his state and described his campaign as one of a strong leader who is making the necessary "tough decisions."

The campaign was fierce, with campaigners complaining of keyed cars, verbal harassment and a general lack of tolerance for differing opinions.

"We have an example of Hatfields and McCoys going on in this state like we have never seen," said Brian Nemoir, a Milwaukee-based Republican strategist. "People are hyper-engaged, as much in support for their own candidate as in disgust for the opponent."

A litany of Republican stars campaigned for Walker, including fellow Govs. Chris Christie of New Jersey, Nikki Haley of South Carolina, Bobby Jindal of Louisiana and Bob McDonnell of Virginia, as well as U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio from Florida.

Barrett, meanwhile, got his own high-powered support from former President Bill Clinton, as well as Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz and Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley.

Obama never came to Wisconsin to campaign for Barrett, which Republicans surmised was because the president thought Barrett would lose.

On Sunday, Barrett said on CNN's "State of the Union" that his campaign never asked Obama to appear on his behalf, adding that "we understand he's got a lot going on."

White House press secretary Jay Carney acknowledged the uniqueness of the contest while stressing there's no doubt where the president stands.

"The president's made clear all along his opposition to those who would take away workers' rights -- to actions that would take away or diminish workers' rights," he said. "And he's also made clear his support for Tom Barrett."

CNN's Peter Hamby, Samuel Gardner III and Dana Bash contributed to this report.

 

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