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Portland Police Halt Minor Traffic Stops, Citing Disparity

Police in Oregon's largest city are being advised to no longer pursue low-level traffic infractions

BREAKING: Loretta Smith Announces Run for Oregon’s New Congressional Seat

Former county commissioner and two-time Portland City Council candidate wants to keep focus on education, police reform.

At 35, Felix Makes a Comeback and Lands Her 5th Olympics

The 35-year-old mom rallied from fifth at the start of the homestretch to the second-place finish at U.S. track trials.

11 U.S. Mayors Commit to Develop Reparations Pilot Projects

Eleven U.S. mayors — from Los Angeles to tiny Tullahassee, Oklahoma — have pledged to pay reparations for slavery to a small group of Black residents in their cities, saying their aim is to set an example for the federal government on how a nationwide program could work


Oregon Lawmakers Pass Amendment to 'Pause' Evictions

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Burn Ban in Effect in Multnomah County

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PCC Won't Require Students, Staff to Be Vaccinated This Fall

Behind this decision are several factors: ...

Vancouver Housing Authority Seeks Hotels and Motels to Turn Into Affordable Housing

Vancouver Housing Authority is on the hunt for hotels and motels to purchase for conversion to affordable housing. ...

Seniors Need Fans to Keep Cool in Hot Weather

Meals on Wheels People is again asking for donations of new or gently-used fans to help keep homebound seniors cool and healthy ...

Western drought brings another woe: voracious grasshoppers

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A punishing drought in the U.S. West is drying up waterways, sparking wildfires and leaving farmers scrambling for water. Next up: a plague of voracious grasshoppers. Federal agriculture officials are launching what could become their largest...

Testosterone rule keeps transgender runner out of trials

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — Transgender runner CeCe Telfer will not be allowed to compete in the women's 400-meter hurdles at U.S. Olympic trials because Telfer has not met the conditions World Athletics established in its eligibility regulations for certain women's events. Telfer...


Rx Upper Payment Limit Bill Will Worsen Chronic Disease for Oregonians Most at Risk

A measure being considered by Oregon state legislature will perpetuate a harmful trend for Oregon’s communities of color. ...

COMMENTARY: 100 Days of Biden-Harris

I see the trillion price tag on the Biden legislation as more of an investment than simple spending. ...

Power and Pride to the People!

Happy Pride month to Black LGBTQ readers and to all of us who love LGBTQ people! ...

You Are Not an Imposter

felt I didn’t belong and secretly, I was waiting for the program to tell me that they made a mistake in my admission. ...


NFL highlights minority candidates at QB Coaching Summit

Troy Vincent wrapped up the NFL’s three-day General Manager Forum and Quarterback Coaching Summit with a passionate plea to anyone who still thinks there aren’t worthy Black candidates for head coaching positions. Vincent praised Houston Texans assistant coach Pep Hamilton,...

Buckingham Palace releases ethnic makeup of workforce

LONDON (AP) — Buckingham Palace has for the first time released figures on the ethnic makeup of its staff, following the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s allegations of racism in the royal family. The Royal Household said Thursday that 8.5% of its staff come from ethnic...

Chicago confirms 1st Black woman as city fire commissioner

CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago City Council on Wednesday confirmed the appointment of the city’s first Black female fire commissioner. Annette Nance-Holt was serving as acting fire commissioner following the retirement earlier this year of Richard Ford. ...


'To Live and Die in LA' returns to search for missing woman

NEW YORK (AP) — In 2019, a listener of writer Neil Strauss' podcast “ To Live and Die in LA ” came forward with information that helped solve the case of a 25-year-old missing woman, Adea Shabani. The revelations were released in almost real time, and listening seemed intimate, not to mention...

Review: Doja Cat album stumbles at first but finishes strong

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Tenor Jonas Kaufmann takes on Tristan, opera’s voice killer

NEW YORK (AP) — Ten years ago, Jonas Kaufmann didn’t hesitate when asked if he was ready to take on heavy Wagnerian roles like the hero of “Tristan und Isolde.” “I don’t want to get into the history books as one of the youngest Tristans ever, and who lost his voice...


Border Patrol chief who supported Trump's wall is forced out

CALEXICO, Calif. (AP) — The chief of the U.S. Border Patrol was forced out of his job Wednesday, after less than...

Antivirus pioneer John McAfee found dead in Spanish prison

MADRID (AP) — John McAfee, the creator of McAfee antivirus software, was found dead in his jail cell near...

Testosterone rule keeps transgender runner out of trials

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — Transgender runner CeCe Telfer will not be allowed to compete in the women's 400-meter...

Rights group: Facebook amplified Myanmar military propaganda

Facebook's recommendation algorithm amplifies military propaganda and other material that breaches the company's...

John McAfee, software pioneer turned fugitive, dead at 75

John McAfee, the outlandish security software pioneer who tried to live life as a hedonistic outsider while...

Judge threatens to toss DEA agent's plea in corruption case

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — A federal judge Wednesday threatened to throw out the guilty plea of a veteran U.S. narcotics...

Lisa Loving of The Skanner News

Tax increases for high income Oregonians and corporations passed by surprising margins Tuesday night thanks to an avalanche of "yes" votes from Northwest counties.
Meanwhile, voters in the southern and eastern parts of the state overwhelmingly rejected them.
"Even with this result, we still have some challenges before us," Gov. Ted Kulongoski said after the first returns Tuesday night. "It is going to be a slow growth recovery from this recession for Oregon and the entire nation."
With almost all ballots counted Wednesday morning, Measure 66 won with 53.69 percent of the vote, while Measure 67 drew 53.03 percent.
The Oregon Secretary of State's office reported voter turnout at 59.57 percent, slightly lower than the predicted 62 percent turnout for the special election.
Measure 66 raises income taxes for individuals earning between $125,000 and $250,000; it also rolls back taxes for individuals on unemployment.
Measure 67 raises the corporate minimum tax from $10 to $150 per year; it raises taxes on companies that register a profit from 6.6 percent to 7.9 percent; and it would create a new corporate tax applied only to companies reporting $500,000 or more in sales that claim no profits, requiring them to pay either the minimum corporate tax or 7.9 percent of their sales, whichever is higher.
Both Measures 66 and 67 originated as Democratic lawmakers' efforts to plug a state spending hole estimated at more than $775 million over the next two years. Partisan anger over the Democrats' proposed tax hikes eventually landed them on the ballot for voters to decide.
Republican gubernatorial candidate Allen Alley told a gathering of ballot measure opponents in Clackamas that the vote would result in job loss in the state.
"Other states are waiting with open arms for the jobs that will either leave or never
come to Oregon as a result of this vote," he said. "Oregon needs to create jobs and deliver better value to taxpayers. We have to start treating Oregonians like customers not like ATM machines."
An estimated $727 million is expected from new taxes, about 5.5 percent of the general fund in the next two-year state budget. While the state legislature meets in a special session next month to iron out the details, much of the money is promised to education and state and county services to cover projected budget shortfalls in the tens of millions for agencies around the state.
The latest spending disclosures show labor unions were the biggest contributors to the "yes" campaign, which pulled in a total of almost $7 million, compared to the business-supported "no" campaigns, which brought in about $4.5 million from big donors Phil Night of Nike and Tim Boyle from Columbia Sportswear.

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