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NEWS BRIEFS

Experience the Culture at the Second Annual Pan African Festival of Oregon

Event will take place from 12 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. August 11 ...

Oregon Humane Society Photo Contest Now Open

Submissions for annual pet photo contest open until August 15 ...

Mark Christopher Lawrence to Perform at Harvey’s Comedy Club July 13-15

Former Big Mike of “Chuck” will perform at 7:30 and 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 7:30 Sunday ...

Dragon Fest 2018

Lions, dragons and breakdancers descend on Seattle’s Chinatown-International District for the Pacific Northwest’s largest...

Residents left with questions after strange sighting in sky

PENDLETON, Ore. (AP) — Many Pendleton residents are questioning what it was they saw last week in the skies over the town.Residents spotted a small white object Wednesday floating above the south area of Pendleton for the better part of an hour, the East Oregonian reported .Some thought the...

Planned Parenthood sues Idaho over abortion reporting law

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest and the Hawaiian Islands is suing the state of Idaho in federal court over new abortion reporting requirements that critics say are unconstitutional and intended to stigmatize women seeking medical care.Planned Parenthood filed...

Planned Parenthood sues Idaho over abortion reporting law

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest and the Hawaiian Islands is suing the state of Idaho in federal court over new abortion reporting requirements that critics say are unconstitutional and intended to stigmatize women seeking medical care.Planned Parenthood filed...

Primary voters in Ferry County will not have to pay postage

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — It turns out that voters in Washington state's Ferry County will not have to buy their own stamps to mail in their primary ballots this year.Ferry County Auditor Dianna Galvan said Tuesday that she had overcome budget concerns that had prompted her to conclude the small...

OPINION

A Letter from America’s Children

American children struggling with poverty, violence and homelessness, deserve media coverage, too ...

Rep. Maxine Waters Takes Strong Stand for Fair Housing

Congresswoman Maxine Waters recently stepped up to file legislation designed to cure many of regressive ills pushed by Secretary Carson ...

10 Indoor Plants Every Pet Lover Must Have

Dr. Jasmine Streeter shares her tips on stress-busting plants ...

NAACP Statement on Nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court

NAACP opposes Kavanaugh's confirmation to the D.C. Circuit ...

AFRICAN AMERICANS IN THE NEWS

Is Trump's retraction his final word on Russia? Unlikely

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Washington political playbook called for President Donald Trump to make clear — and fast — that the U.S. wasn't in the pocket of Russia President Vladimir Putin. On Tuesday, Trump relented, saying he misspoke on Russian election meddling.But apologies and...

Obama delivers veiled rebuke to Trump in Mandela address

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — In his highest profile speech since leaving office, former U.S. President Barack Obama on Tuesday denounced the policies of President Donald Trump without mentioning his name, taking aim at the "politics of fear, resentment, retrenchment," and decrying leaders who are...

San Antonio store owner's killer set for execution

HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) — A Texas death row inmate was set for execution Tuesday evening as lawyers argued in the courts that the state parole board improperly refused his clemency request because he's black.Christopher Young was condemned for fatally shooting a San Antonio convenience store...

ENTERTAINMENT

Review: Meg Myers is angry, anguished, exciting on new album

Meg Myers, "Take Me to the Disco" (300 Entertainment)If you assume from the title of Meg Myers' new album that she's taken a fun and frivolous turn, you'll be sorely mistaken. Thrilled, but very mistaken.The superb "Take Me to the Disco" finds Myers angry, anguished, raw and obsessed with...

Review: Bask in the effervescent insanity of 'Mamma Mia 2'

"Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again " is a wholly ridiculous movie that I thoroughly enjoyed. It's the kind of movie that feels and sounds like a summer vacation should: Fizzy, lively, low-stakes and soundtracked by ABBA.This is a world where things generally just work out, where folks are kind and...

Nielsen's top prime-time programs for July 9-15

Prime-time viewership numbers compiled by Nielsen for July 9-15. Listings include the week's ranking and viewership.1. "America's Got Talent" (Tuesday), NBC, 11.55 million.2. "60 Minutes," CBS, 7.3 million.3. "Celebrity Family Feud," ABC, 6.41 million.4. "America's Got Talent" (Wednesday), 5.98...

U.S. & WORLD NEWS

Blankfein to step aside as Goldman CEO, Solomon to take over

NEW YORK (AP) — Another Wall Street veteran of the financial crisis is stepping aside: Lloyd Blankfein is...

With Trump's endorsement, Roby tries to fend off challenge

MILLBROOK, Ala. (AP) — An Alabama Republican congresswoman who once distanced herself from President Donald...

Many state lawmakers accused of sexual misconduct run again

ATLANTA (AP) — Allegations of sexual misconduct against Kentucky lawmakers have become so common that the...

Lab-grown meat could be in restaurants in 3 years

BERLIN (AP) — A Dutch company that presented the world's first lab-grown beef burger five years ago said...

Writer removed from summit event says he only had a question

HELSINKI (AP) — The writer and political activist who was forcibly removed from a room where U.S. President...

Afghan officials: IS bomber kills 20, Taliban kill 9 police

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — An Islamic State suicide bomber killed 20 people in northern Afghanistan on...

Special to the NNPA from the Afro-American Newspapers

WASHINGTON (NNPA) - The fate of a $112 billion jobs bill that would provide relief for struggling states and fresh unemployment benefits for the nation's jobless, faced new life as the Senate reconvened on Tuesday.
Republicans, who believe its passage would lead to an unmanageable level of additional national debt, have been stalling the bill. But Democrats are hopeful that the appointment of Carte Goodwin to fill the seat vacated by the death of Sen. Robert Byrd (D-W. Va.) will provide the vote needed to release the bill from a stall generated by Senate Republicans.
Goodwin, once a key staff member for West Virginia Gov. Joe Manchin, is to be sworn in as the interim senator and is expected to vote in favor of the bill, in the face of Republican opposition.
"What we're not willing to do, is use worthwhile programs as an excuse to burden our children and our grandchildren with an even bigger national debt," Senate minority leader, Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said in a statement, according to The New York Times.
The GOP's resistance has outraged many of the bill's supporters who believe it would address the unemployment issue head on.
"This is irresponsible and immoral," Rep. Elijah E. Cummings (D-Md.) said in a statement. "This legislation would create and save jobs, help families feed their children and keep Americans in their homes. We are following through on our commitment to help the people and we are being blocked at every turn."
According to The Washington Post, the measure would also have protected doctors from a drastic cut in Medicare rates scheduled to be enacted on June 18, and would have offered emergency unemployment benefits to over 5 million people. As a result of the blocking of the bill, an estimated 1.2 million people stopped receiving checks at the close of June.
In an effort to secure Republican support, Democrats initially scaled the bill down from its original $200 billion cost. In addition, Majority Leader Harry M. Reid (D-Nev.) scaled back other parts of the bill, including a measure that would have protected doctors from the Medicare cut for six months rather than 19 months. In addition, Reid proposed deducting $25 from the checks from the millions of people receiving unemployment benefits.
President Obama and Democratic leaders vowed to continue to keep pushing for the bill, but don't have a clear method to secure its passing. In order for the bill to advance, it would require at least one or two more Republican votes.
"We owe it to these Americans, who we have sworn to protect to get this legislation passed," Cummings said in a statement. "Our primary focus must be putting those who are unemployed back to work. I urge my colleagues in the other body to put partisanship aside and pass this job-creating legislation immediately."

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