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Oregon GOP Senators Extend Walkout to 5th Day

Republicans fled Salem last week over climate vote, and Capitol building closed Saturday after threat

The Latest: Oregon Republicans Missing for Second Day

Republican senators in Oregon engaged in a high-stakes game of brinksmanship Friday with Democratic lawmakers and prepared to remain absent from the Capitol for a second day

Trail Blazers Select Nassir Little With 25th Pick

The Portland Trail Blazers selected North Carolina forward Nassir Little with the 25th pick in the NBA draft on Thursday night.

High Court Avoids New Case Over Same-sex Wedding Cake

The Supreme Court decided Monday against a high-stakes, election-year case about the competing rights of gay and lesbian couples and merchants who refuse to provide services for same-sex weddings.

NEWS BRIEFS

Black Excellence on the World Stage: W.E.B. Du Bois Exhibit at Portland Art Museum

In an exhibit at the 1900 Paris Exposition, W.E.B. Du Bois presented a remarkable portrait of African American life. A selection of...

Education as a Path to Leadership Organization Awards Scholarships to Washington Women

Woman of Wonder chose three Washington women for its first scholarships. ...

Oregon May Allow Bicyclist to Yield, Not Stop, at Stop Signs

A study found this practice to be safer. ...

Kaiser Permanente, Seattle Colleges Offer Scholarships for Medical Assistant Students

Scholarships aim to build workforce for better care, better jobs ...

Chief Outlaw Relaxes Police Officer Hiring Standards

The Portland Police Bureau is experiencing a staffing shortage, as it currently has 128 officer vacancies, with a large number of...

In Oregon, stark rural-urban divide fuels climate dispute

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The divide in Oregon between the state's liberal, urban population centers and its conservative and economically depressed rural areas has made it fertile ground for the political crisis unfolding over a push by Democrats to enact sweeping climate legislation.Eleven...

Oregon city council clarifies rule to stop curbside camping

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — An Oregon city council has passed a legal clarification that it hopes will end curbside camping.The Register-Guard reported Monday that city councilors in Eugene voted 6-0 Monday to allow trespass complaints against people who set up tents on strips of land between...

Former Missouri football coach Pinkel says cancer returned

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Former Missouri football coach Gary Pinkel says he is being treated for cancer again.Pinkel told ABC17 TV in Columbia Saturday that he had treatment last month after his cancer came out of remission for the first time in four years.Pinkel retired after the 2015 season...

OPINION

US Poverty Statistics Ignore Millions of Struggling Americans

Researchers say: Families with two out of five different types of deprivation qualify as poor: low income; poor health; no High School diploma; unemployed; no health insurance ...

Creative + Strategic = Effective Movements for Change

Author and Editor Rivera Sun says if you want to make change, think outside the protest box. ...

Mayor Dyer and Chief Mina Accused of Excessive Force in Lawsuit: What Has Changed?

During an arrest in 2015 of bank department executive, Noel Carter, who happens to be a Black man was viciously and brutally beaten along Orange Avenue early in the morning. ...

U.S. Attempt to Erase Harriet Tubman

Traitors like Jefferson Davis and other Confederates are memorialized while a woman who risked her life time and again to free enslaved people is simply dismissed. ...

AFRICAN AMERICANS IN THE NEWS

Can 2020 Dems do more than just decry Trump on immigration?

Democratic presidential hopefuls face a challenge as they gather in Miami for the opening round of primary debates: presenting immigration ideas that go beyond simply bashing the Trump administration.Most of the proposals that the contenders have advanced combine long-held Democratic priorities...

Federal judges send 2020 census lawsuit back to lower court

BALTIMORE (AP) — A lawsuit that alleges a 2020 census question pushed by the Trump administration violates minorities' rights will be sent back to a federal court in Maryland so new evidence can be considered, U.S. appeals judges ruled Tuesday.The 4th Circuit Court of Appeals' decision comes...

Illinois becomes 11th state to allow recreational marijuana

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois' new governor delivered on a top campaign promise Tuesday by signing legislation making the state the 11th to approve marijuana for recreational use in a program offering legal remedies and economic benefits to minorities whose lives critics say were damaged...

ENTERTAINMENT

High stakes for NBC News ahead of 2-night Democratic debate

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Fox's Hannity, Carlson enjoy Trump rally ratings bonanza

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Fox News hosts Sean Hannity and Tucker Carlson enjoyed a ratings surge from the channel's solo extended coverage of President Donald Trump's 2020 campaign kickoff.Viewers watching last week's rally in Orlando, Florida, helped cable star "Hannity" earn a rare top 10 showing...

Trump opponents turn the Mueller report into an art form

NEW YORK (AP) — Liz Zito is a multimedia artist so immersed in the Mueller Report that she wrote fan fiction to fill in the parts that were redacted by the Justice Department. When she worried that other Americans didn't know about the findings of special counsel Robert Mueller, she found...

U.S. & WORLD NEWS

Cardi B pleads not guilty to new charges in strip club brawl

NEW YORK (AP) — Grammy-winning rapper Cardi B was arraigned Tuesday on new felony charges in connection...

NASA to open moon rock samples sealed since Apollo missions

HOUSTON (AP) — Inside a locked vault at Johnson Space Center is treasure few have seen and fewer have...

Lebanese town bans Muslims from buying, renting property

BEIRUT (AP) — Mohammed Awwad and his fiancee, both Muslims, recently found an affordable apartment for rent...

Lebanese town bans Muslims from buying, renting property

BEIRUT (AP) — Mohammed Awwad and his fiancee, both Muslims, recently found an affordable apartment for rent...

Pompeo meets Indian leader amid trade tensions, Iran crisis

NEW DELHI (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo held meetings in India's capital on Wednesday amid...

Rome doctors warn of health hazards from city's garbage woes

ROME (AP) — Doctors in Rome are warning of possible health hazards caused by overflowing trash bins in the...

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Mariano Castillo CNN

(CNN) -- As word spread this week that some benefits of the nation's health care law will not extend to the thousands of undocumented immigrants given reprieve from deportation by the Obama administration, advocacy groups were reminded that the youths' status remains much in limbo.

The Obama administration earned the praise of immigrant advocacy groups when it decided to grant relief to young undocumented immigrants who came to the United States as children. But a new rule would keep those same immigrants from federal health insurance coverage, putting some in an uncomfortable spot where they have permission to be here, but can't take advantage of all the programs available for others.

Some who championed the new immigration policy expressed disappointment at the news, which was more in line with critics of the policy who say that this group should receive no benefits whatsoever because of their legal status.

As many as 1.7 million immigrant youths may meet the criteria to be spared from deportation for a renewable two-year period, according to an estimate from the Pew Hispanic Center.

The New York Times was the first to report about a little-noticed rule put in place by the Department of Health and Human Services, that excludes the beneficiaries of "deferred status" from the health insurance benefits.

The Obama administration was clear that those who qualified for deferred action did not gain legal status in the United States, but would have "lawful presence," which would allow them to work legally and opened the door for other benefits, like driver's licenses.

But the HHS directive, published in the Federal Register, specifically excludes this group from the "lawful presence" category.

The department determined that those with deferred status are not eligible for Medicaid or the Children's Health Insurance Program.

The HHS also stated that those with deferred status would not be eligible for health insurance subsidies under the Affordable Care Act.

The directive is effective immediately, before any deferred action recipients may apply for a temporary health insurance program for those with pre-existing conditions.

"It's disappointing that these youths won't be able to take advantage of the resources available to the rest of us under the Affordable Care Act," said Liliana Ranon, director of policy and legislation at the League of United Latin American Citizens.

Those who need, but cannot receive, subsidies to purchase health insurance, are likely to turn to the more expensive option of going to the emergency room for health care, she said.

Because deferred status grants the undocumented immigrants the ability to work, they would be eligible for insurance through their employers. But, Ranon says, not all jobs provide this benefit.

Still, she is supportive of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, as the policy is known. Those who qualify remain in limbo, but they are in a better spot than they were in before, she said.

"We need to continue putting pressure on the administration and Congress to ensure they don't stay in limbo status," she said.

The White House said that DACA is just a stopgap measure for those in the country illegally who were brought as children and pose no danger to national security or the public.

"It was never intended that those with deferred action under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals process would receive federal financial assistance for health care," Assistant Press Secretary Nick Papas said.

Congress still must act to find a permanent solution to the issue of illegal immigration, he said.

There will be a cost to excluding deferred status immigrants from health benefits, said Adolph Falcon, senior vice president of the National Alliance for Hispanic Health.

"The whole purpose was to allow these youths to be a part of American life and convert that promise into economic contributors to society. An important part of that is a healthy workforce," he said.

By not providing all resources to help this group get health insurance as youths, it creates unnecessary health risks for their future, he said.

"It's unfortunate because this is a group that is not expensive to cover at all," he said.

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