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NORTHWEST NEWS

Blurry Ballot Barcodes Delay Oregon House Primary Results

Election officials in Oregon's third-largest county scrambled to tally tens of thousands of ballots with blurry barcodes that were being rejected by vote-counting machines.

Oregon Primaries Set Up Competitive Governor's Race

Former Oregon House Speaker Tina Kotek won the Democratic nomination for Oregon governor Tuesday.

Multnomah County Elects First Female Sheriff

Current Undersheriff Nicole Morrisey O’Donnell, a 26-year veteran of the agency, handily won the top job with two-thirds of the vote

Election Day-Ballots Need to be Dropped Off or Postmarked Before 8 P.M.

Today, May 17, 2022, is the last day to vote in the Primary Election. Voted ballots must be received at any county elections office in Oregon or Official Ballot Drop Site location tonight by 8 p.m., or mailed and postmarked by May 17, 2022 to be counted.

NEWS BRIEFS

Local Podcast Wins Awards at Home and Abroad

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Multnomah County Planning Commission Seeks New Member

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2 Pleasure Boats Catch Fire on Columbia River

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WA Childhood Immunization Rates Decline During Pandemic

Immunization rates have decreased by 13% in 2021 when compared to pre-pandemic level ...

Attorney General Rosenblum Warns Against Price Gouging of Baby Formula

This declaration will allow the Oregon Attorney General to take action against any business, or online vendor, who upsells the price...

State asks live poultry sales to end because of bird flu

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — With bird flu hitting nine flocks scattered across seven counties, the Washington state Department of Agriculture on Thursday requested that live market poultry sales cease for the next 30 days. The closure is not mandatory. Confirmed cases of...

Court tosses 0,000 hospital bill for promised jumi,300 tab

DENVER (AP) — Colorado’s Supreme Court has ruled in favor of a woman who expected to pay about jumi,300 for spinal fusion surgery but was billed more than 0,000 by a suburban Denver hospital that included charges it never disclosed she might be liable for. This week’s ruling in...

OPINION

Costly Auto Repairs Driving Consumers Into a Financial Ditch

Research documents new, growing form of predatory lending ...

Can Federal Lynching Law Help Heal America?

Despite decades of senseless delays, this new law pushes America to finally acknowledge that racism often correlates to a level of violence and terror woven into the very fabric of this country. ...

The Skanner News Endorsements: May Primary 2022

Primary election day is May 17, 2022. Read The Skanner's endorsements for this important election. ...

Men’s Voices Urgently Needed to Defend Reproductive Rights

For decades, men in increasing numbers have followed women’s lead in challenging gender-based violence and promoting gender equality, so why are we stuck when it comes to abortion? ...

AFRICAN AMERICANS IN THE NEWS

Grand jury indicts man in Buffalo supermarket shooting

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — The white man accused of killing 10 Black people at a supermarket in Buffalo appeared in court Thursday, standing silently during a brief proceeding attended by some relatives of the victims after a grand jury indicted him. Payton Gendron, 18, wore an orange...

Minority GM, coach candidates invited to meet NFL owners

Something wasn't working. Even though the NFL attempted to enhance opportunities for minority candidates to become head coaches in a league whose players are 70% Black, there was a disconnect. Same thing for front office positions, although more improvement had been seen in recent...

New York's hasty redistricting rewrite draws ire of locals

NEW YORK (AP) — New Yorkers pride themselves on the dynamism of their metropolis, where it can feel totally different on the next block, where tourists walking in Chinatown quickly find themselves in Little Italy, where a neighborhood can be a proxy for a lifestyle or worldview. ...

ENTERTAINMENT

Chris Wallace interview show to be featured on CNN Sundays

NEW YORK (AP) — Chris Wallace will host a Sunday night interview show for CNN starting this fall, the network said Wednesday in announcing a new home for the best-known personality from the since-imploded CNN+ streaming service. “Who's Talking to Chris Wallace,” which will also...

Review: Hollywood comes to Downton Abbey! Also: the clothes.

One wedding and a funeral — and a birth. That gorgeous house, never mind the leaky roof. Some sunshine, too! More bone-dry quips from Maggie Smith. And oh, the clothes — silks and satins, tulles and tiaras. What could go wrong? Why, nothing, of course! Would YOU mess with the...

Elton John doc ‘Goodbye Yellow Brick Road’ lands at Disney

Sir Elton John is preparing to say goodbye in fabulous splendor, with the help of a documentary crew and the Walt Disney Co. Disney Original Documentary and Disney+ said Wednesday that the film, entitled “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road: The Final Elton John Performances and the Years...

U.S. & WORLD NEWS

Cancer deaths in Black people drop; still higher than others

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New Twitter policy aims to pierce fog of war misinformation

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Key witness testifies in trial tied to Trump-Russia probe

WASHINGTON (AP) — The star prosecution witness in the trial of a Hillary Clinton campaign lawyer testified...

Jordan offers to station firefighting aircraft in Cyprus

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Jordan’s King Abdullah II has offered to station firefighting aircraft in Cyprus...

Scandal-hit former king returns to Spain after 2 years

MADRID (AP) — Spain’s former king returned to the country Thursday for his first visit since leaving nearly...

Germany says pandemic not over as court OKs vaccine mandate

BERLIN (AP) — The coronavirus pandemic is not over yet, Germany's health minister warned Thursday as the...

CNN Wire Staff

WASHINGTON (CNN) -- The Justice Department Tuesday announced that it has launched an investigation of the Albuquerque, New Mexico, police department involving allegations of excessive force use and use of unreasonable deadly force.

At a news conference, Assistant Attorney General Thomas Perez said investigators will try to determine whether the city's police officers engaged in a pattern or practice of excessive force in violation of federal laws and constitutional rights.

Perez and other civil rights officials met with Albuquerque's mayor and police chief, who pledged their full cooperation with the probe Perez said.

"Let me be clear: this is a civil investigation not a criminal investigation," Perez said.

A letter from the Justice Department to Albuquerque Mayor Richard Berry said the investigation was being headed by the department's civil rights division and by the U.S. attorney's office in New Mexico.

Neither the Justice Department nor local officials offered specifics of any cases that were being investigated.

Berry said in a statement that the Justice probe was "an investigation concerning officer use of force and systems and policies that have been in place for decades in many cases."

Both Berry and Police Chief Ray Schultz issued statements in response to the Department of Justice announcement, and both local officials indicated their city and department had been cooperating with federal investigators for about a year in what Berry called "an informal inquiry" into the police department.

Schultz in his statement praised his department but added, "we know that we are not always perfect and that there is always room for improvement."

In 2010, Schultz said, "when we first noticed an increased number of police/citizen interactions resulting in force it was the men and women of APD who immediately began identifying ways to improve the quality of police services that we deliver. Their recommendations, along with 39 additional ones from the Police Executive Research Forum, were adopted, and to date, over 92% have been implemented."

Schultz said he and his officers "look forward to working with the DOJ investigative team and its panel of experts and identifying any additional steps that we can take to improve our department and our community."

The Justice Department's Perez said the Albuquerque investigation brings the total number of active Justice Department civil probes into police departments to 14 nationwide.

CNN's Terry Frieden contributed to this report.

 

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