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NORTHWEST NEWS

Attorney General Rosenblum Says She Won’t Run for Governor

Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum on Monday put to rest rumors and officially said she will not enter Oregon’s crowded race for governor.

Portland’s Black Population Grew in the Last Decade, but That’s Not the Whole Story

The Black population in North and Northeast Portland declined by 13.5% over the last 10 years as more than 3,000 Black residents moved away, new numbers from the 2020 census show.

City’s Budget Windfall Means More for Police, Despite NAACP Demands

Group calls out lack of engagement from City Hall.

Oregon Resists Dropping Controversial Investments

Oregon residents are increasingly pushing for the state to divest from fossil fuel companies and other controversial investments, but the state treasury is resisting and putting the onus on the Legislature.

NEWS BRIEFS

Open Enrollment Deadline Is Dec. 15 for Health Insurance Coverage Starting Jan. 1, 2022

Help applying and financial assistance is available through the Oregon Health Insurance Marketplace ...

Commissioners From Three Counties Select Lawrence-Spence to Fill Senate District 18 Vacancy

District 18 includes portions of west Portland and Tigard. ...

Congressional Black Caucus Issues a Statement on the Passing of Former Congresswoman Carrie P. Meek

Meek, the first Black person to represent Florida in Congress since the post-Civil War Reconstruction, died Sunday, Nov. 28 at her...

Vsp Global Partners With Black EyeCare Perspective to Eliminate Inequities and Increase Representation of People of Color in the Eye Care Industry

Partnership includes scholarships, leadership development, and outreach to prospective optometrists ...

Shop Local and Earn Free Parking With Parking Kitty

Find the purrfect gift for your loved ones by supporting small businesses and shopping local this holiday season, thanks to the...

Seattle to pay .5M to settle police wrongful-death suit

SEATTLE (AP) — The city of Seattle will pay .5 million to settle a wrongful-death civil lawsuit filed on behalf of the children of a pregnant Black woman who was fatally shot by two white Seattle police officers in 2017. Karen Koehler, a Seattle attorney who represented...

WA residents asked to remain vigilant amid latest rain event

BELLINGHAM, Wash. (AP) — Officials on Tuesday asked residents in northwest Washington to remain vigilant as another atmospheric river brought heavy rain to an area that experienced severe flooding earlier this month and additional flooding earlier this week. Forecasters said 2...

No. 25 Arkansas beats Missouri, caps best season since 2011

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) — Sam Pittman grinned for almost the entirety of his postgame press conference Friday night. The Arkansas coach and his team had done something no others ever had. The No. 25 Razorbacks capped their regular season with a 34-17 victory over Missouri,...

Mizzou's Drinkwitz returning to Arkansas for rivalry game

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) — Just 45 miles of interstate highway separate Eli Drinkwitz from where he started and where he is now as Missouri's head football coach. Raised in the small Arkansas town of Alma, Drinkwitz will come full circle Friday when his Tigers visit No. 25...

OPINION

State is Painting Lipstick on Its One-of-a-kind, Long-term-care Law

Starting in January, the unpopular law imposes a stiff new tax of 58 cents per 0 earned for every worker in the state ...

Giving Thanks

Just by being alive we can be sure of having moments of sadness as well as happiness. When you’re active in politics, you experience both wins and losses. Sometimes it can be hard to feel grateful. ...

Acting on Climate will Require an Emphasis on Environmental Justice

Climate change affects us all, but its effects aren’t distributed equally. ...

Small Businesses Cannot Survive With Current Level of Postal Service

At The Skanner News office we received an important piece of correspondence that was postmarked June 12, 2021, and delivered to us on November 4, 2021. ...

AFRICAN AMERICANS IN THE NEWS

4 jurors seated for Kim Potter trial, many more needed

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Prosecutors and defense attorneys for the suburban Minneapolis police officer charged in Daunte Wright's death are to resume jury selection Wednesday after seating four the first day. Kim Potter, 49, sat quietly Tuesday as attorneys...

In shadow of Texas gas drilling sites, health fears escalate

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — At a playground outside a North Texas day care, giggling preschoolers chase each other into a playhouse. Toddlers scoot by on tricycles. Just uphill, Total Energies is pumping for natural gas. The French energy giant wants to drill three new wells on...

In shadow of Texas gas drilling sites, health fears escalate

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — At a playground outside a North Texas day care center, giggling preschoolers chase each other into a playhouse. Toddlers scoot by on tricycles. A boy cries as a teacher helps him negotiate over a toy. Uphill from the playground, peeking between trees,...

ENTERTAINMENT

Families turn down Travis Scott offer to pay for funerals

HOUSTON (AP) — Several families of the 10 people who died from injuries in a massive crowd surge at the Astroworld festival have turned down an offer by headliner Travis Scott to pay for their loved ones’ funeral costs. Attorneys for the families of four of the victims said...

Vegas police confirm case involving R&B singer Trey Songz

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Police said Tuesday they’re investigating sexual assault allegations involving R&B artist Trey Songz at a Las Vegas Strip hotel. In a statement, Las Vegas police said sex crimes detectives received a complaint about a Sunday incident involving the singer...

Review: Paul Verhoeven gives us nunsense with 'Benedetta'

Christmas is just around the corner and Paul Verhoeven has left a present for us during this hallowed season: A film with lesbian nuns, full-frontal nudity, tons of sex, Catholic hypocrisy and brutal self-flagellation. Happy birthday, Jesus! “Benedetta” doesn't know if it's...

U.S. & WORLD NEWS

Conservatives eagerly await Supreme Court abortion arguments

It's the moment conservatives have been waiting for. Oral arguments at the Supreme Court on...

Leftist wins Honduran presidential vote after rival concedes

TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras (AP) — Honduras' ruling party conceded defeat Tuesday in presidential elections held two...

EXPLAINER: What are Colombia's ex-FARC splinter groups?

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — The Biden administration revoked the terrorist designation of Colombia’s former FARC...

Polish women protest attempts to further restrict abortion

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Women’s rights activists in Poland used red paint to symbolize blood as they protested...

Belarus president offers to host Russian nuclear weapons

MOSCOW (AP) — The longtime president of Belarus said Tuesday that his country would be ready to host Russian...

NATO chief says allies must prepare for the worst in Ukraine

RIGA, Latvia (AP) — NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg warned Tuesday that the U.S.-led military...

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Oregon Governor Ted Kulongoski has proclaimed April to be Fair Housing Month for the third consecutive year.
Bureau of Labor and Industries Commissioner Brad Avakian (pictured at left) this week reaffirmed his bureau's mission to address discrimination in housing to the fullest extent of the law.
"The Governor's proclamation highlights several ways in which BOLI and the State of Oregon are fortunate," said Avakian. "We are fortunate to have a Governor who recognizes the continuing importance of fighting housing discrimination in our state and we are fortunate to have a strong, cooperative relationship between Oregon's Civil Rights Division and our federal counterparts at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development."
April 2010 marks the 42nd anniversary of the passage of Title VIII of the Civil Rights Act of 1968, also known as the Federal Fair Housing Act.
With the passage of legislation in Oregon in 2007, 2008 and 2009, state law became substantially equivalent to federal law and allowed the Civil Rights Division (CRD), a part of BOLI since the 1960s, to conduct local investigations of complaints of housing discrimination, even those filed under federal fair housing law.
"Since May 1, 2008, Oregon's Civil Rights Division has investigated nearly 200 complaints of unlawful housing discrimination," Avakian said. "We appreciate the continuing opportunity to work closely with our federal partners, and look forward to continuing success, in ensuring that Oregonians' rights are protected to the fullest extent of the law."
"For all the progress HUD and our partners have made in promoting fair housing, there is still considerable work to be done," said HUD's Northwest Regional Director Mary McBride.
"Especially important to this work are the efforts of the Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries to help us make sure that Oregonians are fully aware of their rights and obligations under the Act and where necessary, to pursue violations of the Act," McBride said. "Our Fair Housing laws and policies are there to ensure that all Americans have equal access to the housing of their choice."
BOLI's mission is to defend the rights of workers and citizens to equal, nondiscriminatory treatment in workplaces, housing and public accommodations. CRD partners with federal agencies like HUD to ensure efficient enforcement of state and federal anti-discrimination laws. For more, go to http://www.oregon.gov/BOLI/.

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