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NORTHWEST NEWS

Portland Police Officer Indicted Over August 2020 Use of Force Incident

Officer Corey Budworth has been charged with one count of Assault in the Fourth Degree for alleged criminal conduct that occurred during a protest.

MacKenzie Scott, Citing Wealth Gap, Donates $2.7 Billion

This is the third round of major philanthropic gifts Scott has made, which together rival the charitable contributions made by the largest foundations

Oregon GOP Legislator Ousted Over State Capitol Breach

Republican lawmakers voted with majority Democrats in the Oregon House of Representatives to expel an unapologetic Rep. Mike Nearman with a 59-1 vote.

Senator Lew Frederick: Juneteenth Senate Floor Speech

Sen. Frederick carried HB 2168 in the Oregon Senate, and gave a moving floor speech, illustrated with treasured family photos, prior to the Senate vote on June 1.

NEWS BRIEFS

Severe Blood Shortage: Donors Needed Now to Address Delays in Patient Care

New effects of pandemic leading to significant drop in nation’s blood supply ...

Employment Department’s Domain Registration Expires

The Oregon Employment Department’s website for posting economic data went away over the weekend, apparently because the state...

Student-led Nonprofit is Seeking High Schoolers to Join its 'Summer Action Team'

Formed in 2020 in response to COVID-19, the Portland Student Pandemic Response provides space for students to make a lasting impact...

Oregon DOJ’s 2021 “Community Conversations” Series Underway

Listening sessions seek input on improvements to victim services ...

Christopher R. Upperman Joins Advocacy Organization Law Champs

Upperman, formally in the Obama administration as well as on the Biden Harris transition team and currently Manager, is currently...

Oregon Gov. Brown signs human composting bill

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Oregon Gov. Kate Brown has signed a bill passed by the Legislature legalizing human composting. Brown signed House Bill 2574 on Tuesday, which will legalize what’s also known as natural organic reduction, KOIN-TV reported. It also clarifies rules...

Climate change threat: Mount Rainier white-tailed ptarmigan

MOUNT VERNON, Wash. (AP) — The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service proposes listing a bird found in the North Cascades as threatened under the Endangered Species Act due to the likelihood that climate change will shrink its high-elevation habitat throughout the state. The Mount...

OPINION

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. ...

AFRICAN AMERICANS IN THE NEWS

South Africa marks anniversary of Soweto student protests

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South Africa's high rate of unemployment has cast a pall over Youth Day, the holiday honoring the 45th anniversary of the Soweto student protests which played a key role in ending apartheid, the previous regime of racist, minority rule. On June 16, 1976,...

Video shows man apologized before Honolulu police shot him

HONOLULU (AP) — Doorbell camera video obtained and made public by lawyers representing the family of a man fatally shot two months ago by Honolulu police provides more information about the events that unfolded before the deadly encounter with officers. The footage shows that...

After enrollment dips, public schools hope for fall rebound

Ashley Pearce’s daughter was set to start kindergarten last year in Maryland’s Montgomery County school system. But when it became clear that the year would begin online, Pearce found a nearby Catholic school offering in-person instruction and made the switch. Now Pearce is...

ENTERTAINMENT

New York Philharmonic to resume performances Sept. 17

NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Philharmonic will resume subscription performances in September following a historic 18-month gap caused by the coronavirus pandemic, presenting a shortened schedule of 78 concerts in a season shifted from Lincoln Center’s David Geffen Hall while the orchestra’s...

Winfrey, Hearst have Black journalists tell elders' stories

NEW YORK (AP) — Oprah Winfrey and Hearst Magazines are teaming up for interviews that pair young Black journalists with elders who include civil rights activists, celebrities and others sharing some lessons learned in life. The project, “Lift Every Voice,” will be featured...

Winfrey's new book pick is novel 'The Sweetness of Water'

NEW YORK (AP) — Oprah Winfrey's next book club pick is a debut novel set in Georgia at the end of the Civil War: Nathan Harris' “The Sweetness of Water.” “One of my great joys is finding a new author whose work I can share and support,” Winfrey said Tuesday in a...

U.S. & WORLD NEWS

Durant's sensational performance sends Nets to 3-2 lead

NEW YORK (AP) — Kevin Durant has always been one of the NBA's most unstoppable scorers. The...

British lawyer Karim Khan sworn in as ICC's chief prosecutor

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — British lawyer Karim Khan was sworn in Wednesday as the new chief prosecutor for...

China set to send first crew to new space station Thursday

JIUQUAN, China (AP) — The three members of the first crew to be sent to China's space station say they're eager...

Experts: UK is losing race to adapt to climate change

LONDON (AP) — Britain is losing the race to adapt to the inevitable effects of climate change, including...

Germany buys Dubai asset data in fight against tax evasion

BERLIN (AP) — Germany's finance minister has ordered the purchase of data on Germans with assets in Dubai as...

China set to send first crew to new space station Thursday

JIUQUAN, China (AP) — The three members of the first crew to be sent to China's space station say they're eager...

By Brian Stimson of The Skanner News

Mayor Sam Adams outlined one possible funding option for the Bicycle Transportation Plan during Wednesday's city council session – sewer projects.

Adams says he's found savings in contract bids for sewer swale construction across the city. The bids came in at much lower rates than when they were estimated before the recession, according to the mayor's office.
These savings, in-turn, can fund the "Green Streets" projects, which create modified streetscapes that include areas for bioswales to collect rain water runoff. Many streets in the city are now home to these rain water catch systems, which hold wetland plants, gravel and rock to decrease the amount of water running into the sewer system. These mini-wetland areas trap oil, grease and other pollution and help them to break down naturally before entering the river system.
The streets that hold the swales are typically low-traffic because the rain water catch systems often decrease space for parking and traffic. The street can then be easily turned into low-stress bike boulevards. These types of bike ways are what bicycle advocates say will be the most appealing for riders who feel afraid to ride on bike paths placed on busy streets.
The funding kick-off is part of the previously approved 20-year plan to increase bicycle commuting in the city. The price tag, if all projects go through as planned, is an estimated $600 million. Adams' plan to use perceived savings in the sewer budget is the first concrete idea put forth by council to help fund the plan.
The council will likely vote on the funding source next week, although Wednesday's meeting kicked off a firestorm of debate about whether using storm water resources is the right way to begin to fund the massive plan.
As reported by The Oregonian's Anna Griffin, the sewer department is already facing a backlog of nearly $49 million it was hoping to fill with the savings.


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