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Governor Kate Brown Sets Vaccination Targets for Oregon to Reopen

Most statewide coronavirus related restrictions will be lifted when 70% of Oregon's residents who are 16 years and older receive the first COVID-19 vaccine dose. In addition, counties will be eligible to move into the “lower risk” category when 65% of the area's eligible population is vaccinated.

Reductions at Center for Women’s Leadership Mean No Advisory Board

Citing budget cuts and fundraising shortfalls due to the pandemic, PSU and the center’s board chair announce the illustrious board will be dissolved this summer.

Inslee OKs Bill Curbing Debt-Based License Suspensions

An estimated 46,000 people have their licenses suspended annually because they fail to pay court-imposed fines for noncriminal moving violations as minor as neglecting to use a turn signal.

Drug Overdoses Skyrocket in Washington State Amid COVID

The Seattle Times reported that fatal drug overdoses increased more than 30% last year compared to 2019, according to the data, an increase more than twice as large as any other year in the past decade.

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Portland Audubon Hosts ‘Nature Night, Centering Justice and Identity’ Virtual Event

The discussion to be held on June 1, focuses on building inclusive scientific communities for our shared future ...

Gov. Inslee Signs Agriculture Worker Overtime Bill

Senate Bill 5172 creates a phased-in path toward full overtime pay for agricultural workers by 2024. For 2022, they ensure overtime...

PCC Art Student Exhibition Showcases Pandemic-Era Resilience

The exhibition opens on Monday, May 17 and runs through June 4 and includes a salon-style virtual showcase of two- and...

Oregon Lawmakers Extend Grace Period for Past-Due Rent

Currently, tenants have until July, but under Senate Bill 282 tenants will have until Feb. 28, 2022. ...

Billboard Campaign Connects Black-on-Black Gun Violence to White Supremacy

Community-based organizations respond to the underlying issues that are feeding into this public health crisis: White supremacy ...

Ferry fire will cause Puget Sound summer travel delays

SEATTLE (AP) — Puget Sound ferry travelers can expect summer delays because last month’s fire aboard the ferry Wenatchee has forced the state to use smaller vessels than normal on several routes. The Seattle Times reports the Washington State Ferries is operating 18 vessels...

Fire officials aim to squelch blazes fast, avoid megafires

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — U.S. officials said Thursday that they will try to stamp out wildfires as quickly as possible this year as severe drought tightens its grip across the West and sets the stage for another destructive summer of blazes. By aggressively responding to smaller...

OPINION

OP-ED: The Supreme Court Can Protect Black Lives by Ending Qualified Immunity

The three officers responsible for the murder of Breonna Taylor are not the first to walk free after killing an unarmed Black person, and unfortunately, especially if things continue as they are, they will not be the last. ...

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Trade Arron Rodgers

Give Aaron Rodgers a break, Green Bay. Just like Bart Starr & Brett Favre, Aaron Rodgers has been a Hall of Fame quarterback for the Packers for 16 years. ...

Editorial From the Publisher - Council: Police Reform Needed Now

Through years of ceaseless protest, activists have tried to hold Portland Police to account. ...

After the Verdicts

Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum shares her thoughts after the verdicts ...

AFRICAN AMERICANS IN THE NEWS

Twin MDs battle entrenched racism in the medical world

The inseparable sisters always stood out — identical twins from Twinsburg Ohio, whip-smart students from the side of town with unpaved streets and no sidewalks, excluded from the gifted track because they were Black. Their friends were white and a classmate’s comment still...

Colleges pushed anew for reparations for slavery, racism

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — For Brown University students, the Ivy League college's next step in its yearslong quest to atone for its legacy of slavery is clear: Pay up. Nearly two decades after the Providence, Rhode Island, institution launched its much-lauded reckoning,...

Jewish group condemns 'pure antisemitism' in German protests

BERLIN (AP) — Germany's leading Jewish group on Thursday sharply condemned protests in front of a synagogue in the western city of Gelsenkirchen as “pure antisemitism.” Several other German cities including Berlin, Hamburg and Hannover have seen anti-Israeli protests over...

ENTERTAINMENT

Ellen DeGeneres to end long-running TV talk show next year

NEW YORK (AP) — Ellen DeGeneres is calling time on her long-running talk show. The daytime host, who has seen a ratings hit after allegations of running a toxic workplace, has decided that the upcoming 19th season will be the last, ending in 2022. It coincides with the end of...

Jay-Z, Foo Fighters and Go-Go's in Rock Hall on first try

NEW YORK (AP) — Jay-Z, Foo Fighters and the Go-Go's were elected Wednesday to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame their first time on the ballot, leading a class that also includes Tina Turner, Carole King and Todd Rundgren. Each will be honored during an induction ceremony in...

Review: A rare glimpse at the indoor lives of Saudi women

“All politics are local,” the saying goes. That’s a guiding principle in “The Perfect Candidate,” in which a doctor runs for town council purely to get the muddy dirt road in front of a medical clinic paved. But that saying comes from American politics. This is Saudi...

U.S. & WORLD NEWS

Judge postpones trial for 3 ex-cops charged in Floyd’s death

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The trial of three former Minneapolis police officers charged with aiding and abetting in the...

NBA creates social justice award, named for Abdul-Jabbar

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar appreciates what today’s NBA players are doing in their attempts to make the world better,...

Some proms are back, with masks, testing and distancing

BOSTON (AP) — A minor league baseball stadium. A negative coronavirus test and absolutely no slow dancing. ...

West and rights groups accuse China of massive Uyghur crimes

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Human rights groups and Western nations led by the United States, Britain and Germany...

Myanmar military court gives DVB reporter 3 years in prison

BANGKOK (AP) — A 51-year-old reporter for a now-banned online and broadcast news agency in Myanmar was sentenced...

Russian admirals frets over 'provocative' NATO drills

SEVEROMORSK, Russia (AP) — A top Russian admiral griped Thursday about increased NATO's military activities near...

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Pete Yost of the Associated Press

WASHINGTON – Attorney General Eric Holder says the federal government will enforce its marijuana laws in California even if the state's voters approve a ballot measure to legalize the drug.
Holder says the Justice Department strongly opposes California's Proposition 19 and remains firmly committed to enforcing the federal Controlled Substances Act in all states.
He made the comments in a letter to former chiefs of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration. The Associated Press obtained a copy of the letter, dated Wednesday.
"We will vigorously enforce the CSA against those individuals and organizations that possess, manufacture or distribute marijuana for recreational use, even if such activities are permitted under state law," Holder wrote.
He also said that legalizing recreational marijuana in California would be a "significant impediment" to the government's joint efforts with state and local law enforcement to target drug traffickers, who often distribute marijuana alongside cocaine and other drugs. Holder said approval of the ballot measure would "significantly undermine" efforts to keep California communities safe.
If Proposition 19 passes in November, California would become the first state to legalize and regulate recreational pot use. Adults could possess up to an ounce of the drug.
California, like 13 other states and the District of Columbia, has legalized medical marijuana. In that realm, federal agents have focused on busting dispensaries they said were using medical marijuana as a front for traditional drug-dealing.
"We will not tolerate drug traffickers who hide behind claims of compliance with state law to mask activities that are clearly illegal," Holder said in a statement a year ago. A Justice Department memo issued at the time urges federal prosecutors to pursue marijuana cases which involve violence, the illegal use of firearms, selling pot to minors, money laundering or involvement in other crimes.

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