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NORTHWEST NEWS

Amid Fentanyl Crisis, Oregon Lawmakers Propose More Funding for Opioid Addiction Medication in Jails

Democrats are looking to counterbalance restoring criminal penalties for possession with expanding access to treatment for a potentially growing number of people in the criminal justice system. The proposal would create a million grant fund for jails looking to provide opioid addiction medication. Federal data shows only 24% of jails provide such medication to people with prior prescriptions.

KGW Apologizes After Airing Racist Image

Television station KGW says it deeply regrets inadvertently showing a racist image during a segment called “The Good Stuff,” which invited viewers to share “cheesy, silly, or memorable” photos from the past. The 1950s image showed children throwing balls towards a sign prominently displaying a racial slur. KGW apologised for “the profound hurt this image inflicted upon our viewers and staff, particularly members of our Black community.” Leaders of the Portland NAACP chapter said they were appalled

Rep. Blumenauer Talks Retirement from Congress and His Plans to Help Put Portland Back Together

U.S. Representative for Oregon has held his seat for nearly 30 years.

NEWS BRIEFS

Black Community Input Helps Fuel George Park Project

The effort is an innovative partnership between the City, Portland Parks Foundation, and The Kidz Outside ...

Renewal of School Local Option Levy Will be on May Ballot

If approved by voters, the levy renewal would maintain the current tax rate and continue to fund approximately 660 teachers and other...

Wyden, Merkley Announce $70,000 for the Oregon Food Bank

“Nothing is more important than making sure folks in need have food to eat, and the resources to thrive,” Wyden...

Historic Church in Seattle Hosts Free Black History Month Film Series for All

New Hope Missionary Baptist Church, located in Seattle’s historic Central District, will host “Freedom Fridays: A Black History...

Wild weather hits Northwest with snow even as Midwest gets a taste of summer

BOSTON (AP) — February's end is bringing wild weather to much of the United States, with record heat allowing for golf in Wisconsin and outdoor food trucks in Minnesota, along with an increased fire risk across much of the Great Plains. But blinding snow in the Northwest is blowing eastward, and...

US government may sue PacifiCorp, a Warren Buffett utility, for nearly jumiB in wildfire costs

The U.S. government is threatening to sue PacifiCorp, a unit of Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway, to recover nearly jumi billion in costs related to the 2020 wildfires in southern Oregon and northern California, though the company is trying to negotiate a settlement. The potential...

Vanderbilt visits Arkansas after Battle's 42-point game

Vanderbilt Commodores (7-20, 2-12 SEC) at Arkansas Razorbacks (14-13, 5-9 SEC) Fayetteville, Arkansas; Tuesday, 9 p.m. EST FANDUEL SPORTSBOOK LINE: Razorbacks -10; over/under is 144.5 BOTTOM LINE: Arkansas hosts the Vanderbilt Commodores after Khalif...

No. 24 Florida hosts Missouri after East's 33-point game

Missouri Tigers (8-19, 0-14 SEC) at Florida Gators (19-8, 9-5 SEC) Gainesville, Florida; Wednesday, 6:30 p.m. EST BOTTOM LINE: Missouri visits the No. 24 Florida Gators after Sean East scored 33 points in Missouri's 88-73 loss to the Arkansas Razorbacks. ...

OPINION

Message from Commissioner Jesse Beason: February is 'Black History and Futures Month'

I am honored to join the Office of Sustainability and to co-sponsor a proclamation to mark “Black History and Futures Month” ...

Ending Unfair Contracts Harming Minority Businesses Will Aid Gov. Kotek’s Affordable Housing Goals

Senate Bill 1575 will protect small businesses from state and local government’s unfair contract practices while also allowing the building industry to help the governor meet her affordable housing project goals. ...

February is American Heart Month

This month is a time to recognize that heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States, especially in the African American community ...

Thrilling History of Black Excellence in Our National Parks

In every facet of American life -from exploration; conquest; defense; economy; resistance; conservation and the pursuit of human rights – I can show you a unit of the National Park System where the event took place, where African Americans made the...

AFRICAN AMERICANS IN THE NEWS

2 Serbs sentenced over an attack on NATO-led peacekeepers in Kosovo

PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) — A Kosovo court on Tuesday sentenced two ethnic Serbs to six-month jail terms for attacking NATO-led peacekeepers a year ago. But one of them will be released for time served, and the other can avoid jail time if he pays a 6,000 euro (,500) fine. ...

Biden administration taps 6M to fund clean energy for Native American tribes and rural areas

The federal government will fund 17 projects across the U.S. to expand access to renewable energy on Native American reservations and in other rural areas, the Biden administration announced on Tuesday. The 6 million plan will fund solar, battery storage and hydropower projects in...

Could Missouri's 'stand your ground' law apply to the Super Bowl celebration shooters?

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The man accused of firing the first shots at the Kansas City Chiefs Super Bowl rally told authorities he felt threatened, while a second man said he pulled the trigger because someone was shooting at him, according to court documents. Experts say that even...

ENTERTAINMENT

A trio of warming spices makes this beefy Egyptian omelet dinner-worthy

Omelets often are served at breakfast or brunch in the U.S., but in plenty of cuisines the dinner table is fair game, too. Which also means you're not limited to American-style omelets, which can be overly cheesy, greasy and salty. We keep things lighter and more flavorful with...

Orchids as muse: Flowers and fashion mix inside the NY Botanical Garden's conservatory

“The Orchid Show: Florals in Fashion” is a whimsical mix of fashion and flower creations, a spring-like respite from winter at the New York Botanical Garden. The show includes multitudes of colorful, diverse orchids and accessorizing plants. And with the botanical world as muse,...

Wendy Williams thanks fans for 'overwhelming' response to dementia diagnosis

NEW YORK (AP) — Former talk show host Wendy Williams is thanking well-wishers for their response to the revelation she has been diagnosed with dementia and ahead of the airing of Lifetime documentary about her struggles. “I want to say I have immense gratitude for the love and...

U.S. & WORLD NEWS

The Latest | Biden says Israel is willing to halt war during Ramadan if a hostage deal is reached

President Joe Biden says Israel would be willing to halt its war on Hamas in Gaza during the upcoming Muslim...

By defining sex, some states are denying transgender people legal recognition

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Mack Allen, an 18-year-old high school senior from Kansas, braces for sideways glances,...

Germany and Poland say they're not sending troops to Ukraine as the Kremlin warns of a wider war

BRUSSELS (AP) — European military heavyweights Germany and Poland affirmed Tuesday that they would not be...

Yellen urges world leaders to 'unlock' frozen Russian Central Bank assets and send them to Ukraine

WASHINGTON (AP) — Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen on Tuesday offered her strongest public support yet for the...

Ukrainian troops pull back again as Russia's onslaught pushes ahead in eastern Ukraine

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukrainian troops have pulled out of a village in the east of the country, an army spokesman...

UK's Prince William pulls out of memorial service for his godfather because of 'personal matter'

LONDON (AP) — Kensington Palace says Britain's Prince William has pulled out of attending a memorial service for...

Brian Stimson of The Skanner News

State Sen. Chip Shields, D-N/NE Portland, met with Western Australian Government Minister Margaret Quirk Friday to discuss his push to enact a racial impact law in Oregon.
Shields' proposed racial impact statement law would require the legislature to measure the potential disparate racial impact of proposed sentencing laws. Quirk is interested in promoting a similar law in Australia.
Although 3 percent of Australia's population is Aborigine, they make up nearly 43 percent of the prison population there. There are other similarities between Western Australia and the United States, including longstanding institutionalized racism and an overcrowded prison system.
"The major problem is in the remote areas," she said. Unlike America, where minorities are disparately targeted for drug offenses, many of Australian's minorities are arrested for driving offenses. In remote areas, driver's licenses are difficult to obtain, yet policies are still enforced. She said there are entire towns where nobody has a driver's license.
"It's still very hard to have open discussions about institutionalized racism," she said.
Earlier in the year, Iowa state Rep. Wayne Ford, D-Des Moines, visited Sen. Shields to talk about the states racial impact statement law. Ford's bill was heavily influenced by Shields' legislation. Iowa has one of the highest rates of disparity in incarceration in the nation.
Quirk, who works with the Corrective Services Ministry, the equivalent of our Department of Corrections, says some recent events involving deaths in custody have impacted her beliefs in improving the penal system. She specifically mentioned the June 2009 death of an aborigine elder who was "cooked to death," according to the coroner, when being transported in the back of a prison van. The van was about 116 degrees (47 degrees celcius).
"It's galvanized me," she said.
Shields hopes to garner enough statewide support to pass his racial impact statement law in 2010.


The Skanner Foundation's 38th Annual MLK Breakfast