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Oregon Appeals Court Affirms Portland Renter Relocation Law

The Court affirmed a Portland ordinance requiring landlords to pay tenants’ relocation fees if their rent is increased by at least 10% or if they’re evicted without cause.

Seattle Urged to See a 'World Without Law Enforcement'

Proposals include removal of 911 dispatch from Seattle Police control, budget cuts of 50%

Oregon DOJ to Hold Listening Sessions on Institutional Racism; Leaders Wary

DOJ will hold 11 virtual listening sessions for underserved Oregonians.

Portland Black Community Frustrated as Violence Mars Protests

Black leaders condemn violence from small group of mostly-white activists as Rose City Justice suspends nightly marches

NEWS BRIEFS

OSU Science Pub Focuses on Influence of Black Lives Matter

The influence of the Black Lives Matter movement will be the focus of a virtual Oregon State University Science Pub on July 13 ...

Capital Rx Establishes Scholarship at Howard University to Support Next Generation of Pharmacists

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Adams Joins Lawmakers in Move to Repeal Trump’s Birth Control Rule

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Portland Art Museum and Northwest Film Center Announce Artist Fund

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The OHS Museum Reopens Saturday, July 11

The Oregon Historical Society museum will reopen with new hours and new safety protocols ...

2 deputies injured during car chase with suspect

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Two Clackamas County deputies were injured after a car pursuit ended in a crash.KOIN reports the deputies were sent to a hospital with non-life threatening injuries. The pursuit began around 8 p.m. Thursday when a person suspected of careless driving and possibly other...

Search finds zero wolves in South Cascades

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — A two-year search for wolves in Washington’s South Cascades has found none, a scientist said Wednesday.Researchers tested the DNA of thousands of scat piles sniffed out by dogs. Many piles looked like wolf droppings, but all turned out to be from dogs, said Samuel...

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...

Missouri football program pushes again for racial justice

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Ryan Walters had just arrived at the University of Missouri to coach safeties for the football program when a series of protests related to racial injustice led to the resignations of the system president and the chancellor of its flagship campus.The student-led movement...

OPINION

Recent Protests Show Need For More Government Collective Bargaining Transparency

Since taxpayers are ultimately responsible for funding government union contract agreements, they should be allowed to monitor the negotiation process ...

The Language of Vote Suppression

A specific kind of narrative framing is used to justify voter suppression methods and to cover up the racism that motivates their use. ...

Letter to the Community From Eckhart Tolle Foundation

The Eckhart Tolle Foundation is donating more than 250,000 dollars to organizations that are fighting racism ...

Editorial From the Publisher: Vote as Your Life Depends on It

The Republican-controlled Senate won’t pass the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act, no matter how hard Oregon’s senators and others work to push for change. ...

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Goya CEO, praising Trump, sparks online clash

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Mexican American man charged with hate crime in fatal crash

FOND DU LAC, Wis. (AP) — A Mexican American man from Wisconsin is charged with homicide as a hate crime because prosecutors say he intentionally crashed his pickup truck into a motorcyclist and killed the man because he was white.Daniel Navarro, 27, of Fond du Lac, told investigators he had...

Tapping into crime fears, GOP conflates mayhem with protests

WASHINGTON (AP) — Apocalyptic images of blazing buildings and window-smashing protesters pop on the TV screen as a caller to a 911 emergency line reaches voicemail. The computer offers to take reports of rapes, murders or home invasions, adding, “Our estimated wait time is five...

ENTERTAINMENT

Asian American girls saw pivotal icon in 'Baby-Sitters Club'

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Police: Pop Smoke's social media led killers to LA home

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — Hollywood’s technical expertise can awe us with monsters and imaginary worlds. But is it capable of delivering a simple screen kiss during a pandemic marked by masks and social distancing?Yes, according to the soap opera producer who is making that happen with a...

U.S. & WORLD NEWS

Comet streaking past Earth, providing spectacular show

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — A newly discovered comet is streaking past Earth, providing a stunning...

Brazil LGBTQ group hides from virus in Copacabana building

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — In a courtyard a few blocks from Rio de Janeiro’s Copacabana beach, a dozen...

Dutch government to take Russia to European court over MH17

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The Dutch government is taking Russia to the European Court of Human Rights...

Pompeo slams UN report on deadly US drone strike on Iranian

GENEVA (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has criticized an independent U.N. human rights expert's...

Turkish Cypriots urge probe over gunshots at migrant boat

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Turkish Cypriot human rights groups on Friday called for an investigation after...

Summer getaway underway as new UK quarantine rules in place

LONDON (AP) — The traditional British summer getaway to sun-soaked Mediterranean beaches picked up steam...

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Rep. Dave Camp, R-Mich, chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, is the top Republican opposing unemployment benefit extension

WASHINGTON (AP) -- With Republicans citing concerns about the growing national debt, the House rejected a bill Tuesday to extend unemployment benefits for people who have been out of work for long stretches.
The House, however, is expected to vote on the bill again as early as Wednesday. And Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid filed a motion Tuesday evening to force a vote by Thursday to extend the benefits.

Read Dr. Ron Walters' commentary,"Republican Radicals Reject Unemployment Fund Extension"
Without an extension, payments would continue to phase out for more than 200,000 people a week. The last extension expired at the end of May. House Democrats said more than 1 million people have already lost benefits.
Congressional Democrats have been trying for weeks to pass the extension as part of a larger tax and spending package, but the larger bill stalled in the Senate. On Tuesday, House Democrats brought up a standalone bill on unemployment benefits.
Democrats brought up the bill under a special procedure in which no amendments were allowed and debate was limited. Under the procedure, the bill needed a two-thirds majority to pass. The vote was 261-155, short of the two-thirds needed.
House Democrats now plan to bring up the bill again under regular business, in which the bill would need only a simple majority to pass, said Rep. Sander Levin, D-Mich., chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee.
Levin said he expects the House to vote on the bill again Wednesday. In Tuesday's vote, nearly all Democrats voted in favor of the bill, while most Republicans opposed it.
"America's unemployed workers cannot wait any longer for us to do the right thing," said Rep. Jim McDermott, D-Wash., chairman of the House Ways and Means subcommittee on income security.
The measure would provide up to 99 weekly unemployment checks averaging $335 to people whose 26 weeks of state-paid benefits have run out. The benefits would have been available through the end of November, at a cost of $33.9 billion. There were no offsets in the bill, so the cost would have added to the budget deficit.
"The American people know it isn't right to simply add the cost of this spending to our already overdrawn national credit card," said Rep. Dave Camp of Michigan, the top Republican on the Ways and Means Committee. "They want to help those in need but also know that someone has to pay when government spends money."
Republicans accused Democrats of playing politics with the measure, since they could have brought up the bill Tuesday in regular order and passed it with a simple majority.

LINKED STORIES

Senate GOP Again Kills Jobless Aid Extension: 7-1-10

1.3 Million Unemployed Won't Get Benefits Restored: 7-1-10

House Rejects Extension of Unemployment Benefits: 6-30-10

Republican Radicals Reject Unemployment Fund Extension: 6-29-10

In the Senate, Democratic leaders were working Tuesday evening to build support for a bill that would extend the unemployment benefits and give homebuyers an extra three months to complete their purchases and qualify for a generous tax break.
Under current law, homebuyers who signed purchase agreements by April 30 must close on their new homes by Wednesday to qualify for credits of up to $8,000. Democrats hope to pick up Republican support for the bill by combining the two provisions.
With his motion, Reid, D-Nev., sought to end debate and get a vote on the bill - if Democrats can round up 60 votes to overcome a filibuster. Sen. Olympia Snowe, R-Maine, has said she would support a standalone bill to extend unemployment benefits. Democrats would need at least two Republican votes - and support from the entire Democratic caucus - to overcome a filibuster in the Senate.
It's a tough vote for some lawmakers who want to help constituents hit hard by the recession but are wary of being labeled big spenders. The economy is starting to pick up, but unemployment is still high as the nation continues to struggle from the loss of more than 8 million jobs. At the same time, angst over deficit spending is growing as midterm congressional elections near in November.
"We are a community of people. When people lose their jobs and can't find them, we don't stand and simply stand idly by," Levin said.
Rep. Kevin Brady, R-Texas, said, "People are frightened by the amount of debt this country owes."

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