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NORTHWEST NEWS

Oregon Governor Tina Kotek: Agency Leaders Used Jobs for Personal Gain

Kotek on Wednesday asked the board of commissioners of the state's marijuana and alcohol regulating authority to remove its executive director and other leaders

Arrest Made in Stolen Yacht Rescue, 'Goonies' Fish Incident

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Portland Cop Fired for Leaking False Allegations Against City Commissioner Reinstated

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Hundreds of Portland City Workers on Strike for Better Pay

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NEWS BRIEFS

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Merkley Applauds President Biden’s 2023 State of the Union Address: America is Stronger When We Come Together to Lift Everyone Up

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The Black Business Association of Oregon Hires its First Communications Director

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Allen Temple C.M.E. Church Announces Annual Unsung Heroes & Heroines Award Luncheon

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Court upholds Wash. residency requirement for pot industry

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Indiana State wins 84-62 against Valparaiso

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (AP) — Courvoisier McCauley had 15 points in Indiana State's 84-62 victory against Valparaiso on Wednesday night. McCauley had six rebounds for the Sycamores (17-9, 10-5 Missouri Valley Conference). Robbie Avila scored 14 points while going 4 of 7 from the floor,...

Clay, Mogbo lead Missouri State past Belmont, 61-59

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) — Donovan Clay scored 18 points to lead Missouri State and Jonathan Mogbo finished an alley-oop dunk with 8.9 seconds left as the Bears knocked off Belmont 61-59 on Wednesday night. Clay had six rebounds and five assists for the Bears (13-12, 9-6 Missouri...

OPINION

Updates That May Affect Your Tax Season

The IRS released a statement that taxpayers should brace themselves for small tax refunds due to no economic impact payments ...

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The Beating and Murder of Mr. Tyre Nichols, A Black Man

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AFRICAN AMERICANS IN THE NEWS

Stella Jean quits Milan Fashion Week over lack of inclusion

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Arkansas Gov. Sanders slams Biden for 'woke fantasies'

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Douglas Emmett: Q4 Earnings Snapshot

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ENTERTAINMENT

Dudamel to become NY Philharmonic music director, leave LA

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The Oscar nominee that says a lot just with its title

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U.S. & WORLD NEWS

Primary care a hot target; CVS spends .6B on Oak Street

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Biden in State of Union exhorts Congress: 'Finish the job'

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Toxic gases connected to Ohio train derailment cause concern

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Blaze at US drone plant in Latvia; arson not suspected

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CNN Wire Staff

(CNN) -- A Florida judge has ruled that Trayvon Martin's school and social media records can be handed over to the defense team of his alleged killer, George Zimmerman, despite the efforts of the slain 17-year-old's family to keep the information private.

The decision, made Friday afternoon by Circuit Judge Debra Nelson, could prompt the Miami-area schools Martin attended to provide documents that may include his grades, attendance and any disciplinary action.

But Nelson also ruled that Zimmerman's medical records must be given to prosecutors, though she stipulated that she must first review the material to determine if anything should be removed.

The decisions came just hours after Martin's father made a plea to the court not to disclose his son's records.


"I think it's wrong that we attack the victim," said Tracy Martin. "Our first priority shouldn't be to assassinate the character of the victims and make dead children seem as though they're the perpetrator."

Zimmerman, 28, is charged with second-degree murder in the shooting death of Martin on Feb. 26 in Sanford, Fla.

The volunteer neighborhood watchman was driving through his gated community when the incident occurred. He has claimed self-defense, saying Martin charged him after the two exchanged words, knocked him to the ground and banged his head repeatedly against a concrete sidewalk.

Martin's death sparked nationwide protests and inflamed public passions over race relations and gun control, as well as Florida's controversial "Stand Your Ground" law, which allows the use of deadly force when a person perceives a threat to safety.

Attorneys for Zimmerman could not be immediately reached for comment.

His trial is set for June.

InSession's Nancy Leung contributed to this report.

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MLK Breakfast 2023

Photos from The Skanner Foundation's 37th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Breakfast.