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New Hate Crime Law Kicks In

SB577 requires state to better track bias crimes

Mayor: Show Extra Love at Portland Businesses After Protests

The City of Portland and more are offering deals and free parking downtown this weekend in an effort to generate some of the revenue lost during last weekend's political protests

Community Leaders Heartened By Portland Response To Proud Boys Rally

Proud Boys outnumbered by counter-demonstrators in largely peaceful event

Black Man Told He Couldn't Enter Portland Bar Because of Jewelry Sues

An African American man has filed a 0,000 lawsuit against a Portland bar owner, claiming he was prevented from going inside in 2018 because he was wearing "too many" chain necklaces

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Travel Portland Opens New Director Park Visitor Center

Hosts “Celebrating All Things Portland” grand opening weekend celebration ...

Police are Trying to Connect Floyd Leslie Hill to His Loved Ones

The Portland Police Bureau is asking for the community's help in locating the loved ones of Floyd Leslie Hill who passed away on...

Study Finds Lack of Racial Diversity in Cancer Drug Clinical Trials

New research published this week in JAMA Oncology has found a lack of racial and ethnic diversity in clinical trials for cancer drugs ...

Portland Parks, Partners Host Charles Jordan Birthday Celebration

A celebration of the life of one of Portland’s most influential leaders, held at his namesake community center ...

Matt Dishman Community Center Annual Block Party

The event will feature free food, arts and crafts, family fun, live music and more ...

Portland, Oregon police hire homeless liaison

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The Portland Police Bureau has hired its first-ever liaison officer for working with the city's large homeless community.The agency said Thursday that Stephanie Herro will be the primary contact between the police bureau, homeless advocacy groups, social service...

Firefighters rescue person stuck in septic tank for days

ESTACADA, Ore. (AP) — Firefighters rescued a person who fell into a septic tank and was stuck there for days in a rural area southeast of Portland.The Estacada Rural Fire District No. 69 said on Facebook that crews responded Tuesday to a report of the person falling into the tank while...

Ex-Clemson star Kelly Bryant takes over at QB for Missouri

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Barry Odom never seems stressed about the future, whether the Missouri coach is pondering tough sanctions handed down by the NCAA over a recruiting scandal or the fact that one of the most prolific passers in school history is now in the NFL.When it comes to the...

Missouri DE Williams pleads to misdemeanor, put on probation

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Missouri defensive end Tre Williams pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor and was sentenced to two years of unsupervised probation after prosecutors dropped a felony domestic assault charge.The Columbia Daily Tribune reports Williams pleaded guilty to peace disturbance and was...

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Why I’m Visiting the Border

People of color are feeling less safe today and any day when we see the realities of domestic terrorism and racially-motivated acts of violence ...

Why Lady Liberty Weeps

The original concept was to have Lady Liberty holding a broken shackle and chain in her left hand, to commemorate the end of slavery in the United States. ...

Avel Gordly's Statement in Advance of Aug. 17 Rally

'All we have on this planet is one another' ...

A National Crisis: Surging Hate Crimes and White Supremacists

Our history chronicles the range of hate crimes that have taken the lives of Latinos as well as Native Americans, Blacks, Jews, and the LGBTQ community ...

AFRICAN AMERICANS IN THE NEWS

North Carolina man freed as prosecutors decline retrial

GREENVILLE, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina man who spent 24 years in prison has been freed because prosecutors say they won't pursue a new trial against him.News outlets report a judge ordered a new trial Thursday for 44-year-old Dontae Sharpe, who was serving a murder sentence for a 1994...

Trump awarding Medal of Freedom to NBA star Bob Cousy

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is to present basketball legend Bob Cousy with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation's highest civilian honor, in an Oval Office ceremony on Thursday.Cousy, 91, played for the Boston Celtics from 1950 to 1963, winning six league championships...

Nebraska school pulls yearbook photos of teacher's baby

WAVERLY, Neb. (AP) — School administrators have halted distribution of a Nebraska high school yearbook in part because of a story that honors a journalism teacher for how she dealt with the death of her son only 96 minutes after his birth.The district objects to photos of the baby that...

ENTERTAINMENT

Review: Raphael Saadiq's history imbues stirring 'Jimmy Lee'

Raphael Saadiq, "Jimmy Lee" (Columbia Records)"Jimmy Lee" is a stirring album combining Raphael Saadiq's trademark vintage soul sounds with moving gospel, disquieting soundscapes and closing triad of tunes that pulls no punches in addressing social ills and personal doubts.Saadiq's family losses to...

Taylor Swift says she plans to re-record her songs' masters

NEW YORK (AP) — Taylor Swift plans to re-record her songs after her catalog was purchased by popular music manager Scooter Braun."CBS Sunday Morning" previewed some of its pre-taped interview with Swift on Wednesday. The reporter asks Swift if she would consider re-recording her songs in...

Once upon a time in fatherhood: Tarantino to become a dad

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Quentin Tarantino is going to be telling a whole new brand of "Once upon a time" tale — the bedtime-story kind.The "Once Upon a Time... In Hollywood" director is about to become a father.His representative Katherine Rowe says Tarantino and his wife, Israeli model...

U.S. & WORLD NEWS

Hundreds of mourners honor former Louisiana Gov. Blanco

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A bagpiper played a somber "Amazing Grace" as Louisiana's first and only female...

Jewish groups speaking out against Trump immigration policy

CHICAGO (AP) — From fiery protests outside detention centers in Texas, New Jersey and Rhode Island to a...

Italian populist mixes religious symbols with his politics

ROME (AP) — Matteo Salvini slipped the rosary out of his pocket right before Premier Giuseppe Conte began...

Global worry over Amazon fires escalates; Bolsonaro defiant

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Amid global concern about raging Amazon fires, Brazil on Thursday said it was the...

UK's Johnson presses for fresh Brexit talks in Paris

PARIS (AP) — France joined Germany on Thursday in challenging British Prime Minister Boris Johnson to show...

Lightning strikes kill 5, injure over 100 in Tatra Mountains

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Lightning struck across the Tatra Mountains in southern Poland and neighboring...

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Emily Jane Fox CNN Money

NEW YORK (CNNMoney) -- Reports that Wal-Mart de Mexico bribed foreign officials surfaced last spring, but now, U.S. lawmakers say top Wal-Mart executives have known about these allegations since 2005.

Congressmen Elijah E. Cummings, and Henry Waxman, Democrats from Maryland and California, respectively, announced Thursday that they had documents confirming that Wal-Mart CEO Michael Duke and other high-ranking personnel were personally informed about the bribery allegations as early as October 2005.

The congressmen specifically cite a November 2005 email, from Maritza Munich, who was then the retailer's general council, informing executives about bribes paid to obtain permits for the Teotihuacan, Mexico, store.

The email allegedly states that Wal-Mart gave the Teotihuacan Municipal Council 1.2 million pesos and the National Institute of Anthropology and History and its director a total of 900,000 pesos, according to the lawmakers.

Brook Buchanan, a Wal-Mart spokeswoman, said this information has been part of the company's ongoing investigation for more than a year.

"We have provided extensive documentation to the Department of Justice and the Securities and Exchange Commission, including the documents released today, as part of our ongoing cooperation with the appropriate law enforcement agencies on this matter," she said.

The broader Wal-Mart investigation stems from allegations that Eduardo Castro-Wright, the former CEO of Wal-Mart de Mexico and former head of Wal-Mart U.S., orchestrated $24 million worth of bribes in Mexico to secure construction permits. The allegations were reported in a New York Times article in April.

Following the article's publication, Wal-Mart said it had been conducting an "extensive investigation" since 2011 into its compliance with the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, which prohibits American companies from bribing foreign officials.

The world's largest retailer said in November that it was broadening its investigation into bribery allegations to include India, China and Brazil. The mega-retailer said later that month that it had suspended the chief financial officer of its expanding India unit while it investigates alleged corrupt business practices.

Wal-Mart spokesman David Tovar said in November that the company has spent more than $35 million in the last year and a half to ensure it complies with the U.S. law.

"We will not tolerate noncompliance anywhere or at any level of the company," Wal-Mart said in a statement issued in mid-November. "We are working diligently to strengthen our compliance programs and dedicating considerable resources to this effort."

 

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