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Inslee, Culp Advance to November Ballot in Governor's Race

In early returns, with nearly 17% of the vote, Loren Culp, the police chief of Republic, had the largest share among 35 other candidates.

Portland Police Declare Unlawful Assembly During Protest

Oregon Sen. Jeff Merkley and Portland City Commissioner Jo Ann Hardesty addressed event organised by NAACP focused on Black Lives Matter

Shootings Increase During Portland Protests

Between June 1 and end July 31, 2020 there were 125 reported shootings compared to a total of 59 shootings in 2019

Portland Protest Scene Relatively Calm After US Drawdown

Under the deal announced by Governor Kate Brown, the federal agents will withdraw in phases.

NEWS BRIEFS

New Rule by The U.S. Department of Education Would Misdirect $11M from Oregon Public Schools

U.S. Rep. Suzanne Bonamici, Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley, and Reps. Peter DeFazio and Earl Blumenauer called a...

Barbara Bush Foundation Partners with Barbershop Books and Penguin to Provide Child-Friendly Reading Spaces in Baltimore and Detroit Barbershops

Developed in Harlem, Barbershop Books is a community-based program that leverages the cultural significance of barbershops in...

All Classical Portland Awards Grant to Support Emmanuel Henreid's 'Livin' in the Light'

Livin’ in the Light documents Onry’s experience as a Black, male, professional opera and crossover singer in Portland, Ore. ...

House Approves Legislation to Stop Trump Attack on Fair Housing

Ocasio-Cortez, Blumenauer amendment would block rollback of anti-discrimination rule ...

Louis Mair Named as New Principal at Harriet Tubman Middle School

Louis comes to Harriet Tubman from Georgia, where he was a leader in building an inclusive and supportive learning community. ...

Chief: Violent Portland protests detract from message

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Clashes outside a U.S. courthouse in Portland, Oregon, have largely stopped since Democratic Gov. Kate Brown reached a deal that called for the draw down of federal agents sent by the Trump administration to protect the building — but the turmoil is far from...

Lack of study and oversight raises concerns about tear gas

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — On June 2, Justin LaFrancois attended a protest against police violence and racism in downtown Charlotte, North Carolina, where he planned to livestream the event for his alternative newspaper’s website. Shortly into the march, police, who reported that water...

Missouri's Drinkwitz takes side in mask-or-no-mask debate

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Eli Drinkwitz has been the head coach at Missouri for just over seven months. He has yet to lead the Tigers onto the football field, much less win a game, yet his role in the community already has forced him to take some important stands.First, it was supporting his new...

Iowa defensive back Jack Koerner hurt in jet ski accident

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Iowa defensive back Jack Koerner sustained serious injuries when he and a passenger on a jet ski collided with a boat on the Lake of the Ozarks in Missouri.According to a police report, Koerner and Cole Coffin were hurt at about 6:30 p.m. Friday when their watercraft...

OPINION

Da 5 Bloods and America Abroad

Even before I returned to the United States from my combat tour in Vietnam, I had decided that we were fighting an unjust war. ...

Falling Behind: COVID, Climate Change, and Chaos

Multiple Crises, Multiple Obstacles ...

Bill Deiz urges Oregonians to Defend their Constitutional Rights

Elements of federal police, sent in by our president, are nightly tormenting our citizens with tear gas, impact munitions, kidnappings and beatings, and other criminal acts, in order to suppress our rights of free speech and free assembly ...

The Power of Love

Powerful lessons for me today on forgiveness. ...

AFRICAN AMERICANS IN THE NEWS

Lack of study and oversight raises concerns about tear gas

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — On June 2, Justin LaFrancois attended a protest against police violence and racism in downtown Charlotte, North Carolina, where he planned to livestream the event for his alternative newspaper’s website. Shortly into the march, police, who reported that water...

Lack of study and oversight raises concerns about tear gas

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — On June 2, Justin LaFrancois attended a protest against police violence and racism in downtown Charlotte, North Carolina, where he planned to livestream the event for his alternative newspaper’s website. Shortly into the march, police, who reported that water...

Seattle City Council takes steps to cut police officers

SEATTLE (AP) — The Seattle City Council in a preliminary vote decided unanimously Wednesday to reduce the police department by up to 100 officers through layoffs and attrition — a move pushed by demonstrators who have marched in the city following George Floyd's killing in...

ENTERTAINMENT

Kaley Cuoco takes to skies in 'The Flight Attendant'

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Kaley Cuoco was looking for her next project three years before “The Big Bang Theory” ended. She found it reading a snippet about a book on Amazon.“The Flight Attendant” is a dark thriller with comedic overtones, letting Cuoco employ the love of...

HBO's 'Coastal Elites' cast tackles social satire, anxiety

LOS ANGELES (AP) — For Bette Midler and Sarah Paulson, making HBO's “Coastal Elites” in pandemic-forced isolation proved an unsettling challenge.“It was just bizarre, completely bizarre, because it leads you ... down all these rabbit holes of ‘What’s next?...

Selena Gomez takes the heat in new cooking show

Selena Gomez is taking the heat in the kitchen.The singer-actress slices and dices in “Selena + Chef,” debuting Aug. 13 on the new HBO Max streaming service. The 10-episode series was shot in the kitchen of Gomez’s new Los Angeles-area house. Her grandparents and two friends,...

U.S. & WORLD NEWS

Virus lockdown for world’s smallest and rarest wild pigs

NEW DELHI (AP) — Pygmy hogs — the world’s smallest and rarest wild pig — are under a...

Polish LGBT people leaving as post-vote mood grows hostile

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — When a right-wing populist party won the right to govern Poland five years ago, Piotr...

Facebook, citing virus misinformation, deletes Trump post

Facebook has deleted a post by President Donald Trump for violating its policy against spreading misinformation...

5 things to know as Hiroshima marks 75th A-bomb anniversary

HIROSHIMA, Japan (AP) — The city of Hiroshima in western Japan marks the 75th anniversary of the...

Virus lockdown for world’s smallest and rarest wild pigs

NEW DELHI (AP) — Pygmy hogs — the world’s smallest and rarest wild pig — are under a...

The Latest: Germany records 1,045 cases, highest in 3 months

BERLIN — Germany’s national disease control center has registered the highest number of new...

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NEW YORK (CNNMoney) -- Al Jazeera Media Network will launch a new channel in the U.S. on Tuesday, Al Jazeera America.

The network will be the first U.S.-based channel for the Arab broadcaster.

For Tuesday's launch the channel will be available to 40 million American households through major providers including DirectTV, Comcast, DISH Network, Verizon and AT&T, according to an Al Jazeera America spokeswoman.

Time Warner Cable is the only major provider that will not carry the network, but a spokeswoman for the carrier said they are in active discussions with Al Jazeera America.

Al Jazeera America, which is financially backed by the government of Qatar, will feature 14 hours of live news and discussion a day, as well as news updates at the top of every hour.

Al Jazeera is a major news channel in the Middle East, where it was launched in 1996. Over the past decade, the network has launched additional international channels like Al Jazeera English.

It has long tried to break into the U.S. market but had little luck getting American broadcasters to carry its channels. It has drawn criticism and allegations of bias after the Bush administration vilified the network for broadcasting Osama bin Laden videos.

Al Jazeera English has been available in the U.S. online, but has only been picked up by a handful of cable providers, like Buckeye Cable in Toledo, OH. That international channel won't be available on TV or the Internet in the U.S. once Al Jazeera America launches Tuesday.

The network announced the launch of its new channel in January when it bought Current TV, the channel co-founded by former Vice President Al Gore.

Al Jazeera paid for Current TV's infrastructure, but that does not mean it automatically picked up its carriage agreements with American broadcasters, said Eric Nisbet, a professor of communications at The Ohio State University.

In fact, Time Warner Cable immediately dropped Current TV following the acquisition announcement in January.

Al Jazeera America's beta site allows customers to find out if their broadcaster with carry the channel -- and an easy way to petition those that are not immediately carrying the channel to do so.

Although the company may be lacking in revenue from carriage agreements at the start, that may not be a huge financial problem.

"It has deep pockets from the royal family of Qatar and doesn't have to worry about making a profit right away," said Nisbet.

Revenue will not be pouring in from advertisers either. The network will only have six minutes of commercials per hour. The network is touting its lack of ads saying that its coverage will be less cluttered.

"Al Jazeera America will be financially sustainable but doesn't have to sacrifice quality, in-depth coverage to maximize revenue," said a spokeswoman.

The network now has 12 bureaus in the U.S., and an additional 70 international bureaus, which it says is more than any other news organization.

It has plucked a number of journalists from American news networks, including former CNN anchors Joie Chen and Ali Velshi. (CNN and CNNMoney are owned by the same parent company, Time Warner.) John Seigenthaler, who spent nine years as the anchor for NBC Nightly News Weekend Edition, will take on the role of Al Jazeera America's prime-time news anchor.

 

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