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San Francisco Aims to Rein in Tests of Tech Ideas on Streets

Entrepreneurs would not be allowed to test their products in San Francisco's public space unless the tech in question is declared a "net public good."

Portland-area Residents May Vote on Funding for Homeless

There may be a measure on the November 2020 ballot to fund likely hundreds of millions of dollars for increased social services

Black Food Professionals See Opportunities to “Scale Up” in School Cafeterias and on Store Shelves

Two Portland women are addressing disparities in the local food scene with Ethiopian and Haitian flavors, ingredients

Portland Fire Chief Sara Boone Climbing Historic Ladders

In 1995, Boone was the first African American woman hired by Portland Fire & Rescue; this year she became its first African American Chief

NEWS BRIEFS

EPA Approves Funding for Oregon and Washington to Improve Drinking Water, Wastewater Infrastructure

States estimate $190 million for wastewater, $35 million for drinking water projects in Oregon, and $120 million for...

Conservation Breakthrough for Endangered Butterfly

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Meet 80 Local Authors at OHS 52nd Holiday Cheer Book Sale and Signing

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Need for Blood Doesn’t Stop for Holidays – Donors Needed

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North Carolina Court Decision Upholds Removal of Confederate Monument

Lawyers argued that the monument was installed at the end of Reconstruction to further the false “Lost Cause” narrative,...

Salem OKs warming shelters for homeless

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — The Salem City Council has agreed to spend up to 3,000 to open 140 warming shelter beds at two local churches.Warming shelter openings currently are driven by freezing temperatures. But under a proposed deal between the city, nonprofit and church representatives, the...

Man arrested on 25 years’ worth of child sex abuse charges

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A man was arrested last week on dozens of child sex abuse charges, some of which date back to 1994. The Oregonian/OregonLive reports Michael Hern has pleaded not guilty to 26 counts related to the sexual abuse of at least six children, who were between 4 and 15 years...

New Missouri coach Eli Drinkwitz predicts success

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Eli Drinkwitz was saying all the right things after being introduced as the new football coach at Missouri, laying out his vision for the once-proud program with unwavering confidence and bold proclamations.Then the former Appalachian State coach made a minor...

LSU's Burrow, Auburn's Brown named AP SEC players of year

LSU quarterback Joe Burrow is a unanimous selection as the offensive player of the year on The Associated Press All-Southeastern Conference football team.The top-ranked Tigers also have the SEC’s coach of the year in Ed Orgeron and the newcomer of the year in freshman cornerback Derek...

OPINION

Will You Answer the Call for Moral Revival?

In embracing and expanding the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Revs. Barber and Theoharis have asked Presidential candidates to consider a debate that focuses exclusively on poverty ...

What I’m Thankful For This Season

Ray Curry gives thanks for a human right that shaped our country throughout the 20th century and that made Thanksgiving possible for so many Americans who, like him, didn’t get here by way of the Mayflower ...

Congressional Black Caucus Members Visit U.S.-Mexico Border: “Mistreatment of Black Immigrants is Another ‘Stain on America’”

Members said they witnessed first-hand the deplorable treatment and plight of Black immigrants ...

Portland, I'm Ready

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AFRICAN AMERICANS IN THE NEWS

Civil rights group sues over Oklahoma bail practices

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A civil rights group has filed a federal class-action lawsuit against court officials in central Oklahoma, alleging a county's bail system unconstitutionally discriminates against poor and disabled people.The American Civil Liberties Union of Oklahoma filed the suit late...

Soros' role in impeachment drama sparks anti-Semitism debate

Near the end of a marathon impeachment hearing in the House of Representatives last month, former White House national security aide Fiona Hill tied conservative jabs at George Soros to “the longest-running anti-Semitic trope that we have in history.” Anti-Soros theories amplified by...

Jersey City's mayor says gunmen targeted kosher market

JERSEY CITY, N.J. (AP) — The gunmen in a furious firefight that left six people dead in Jersey City clearly targeted a Jewish market, the mayor said Wednesday, fueling growing suspicions the bloodshed was an anti-Semitic attack.Mayor Steven Fulop refused to call it an anti-Semitic attack but...

ENTERTAINMENT

Cardi B shows up at court in style for strip club fight case

NEW YORK (AP) — Cardi B turned up for a court appearance Tuesday in an attempted assault case, staying mum — except for fashion statements — as it proceeds.The Grammy-winning rapper sported a feather-trimmed black coat with a long train and a wide-brimmed black hat to her court...

Review: Eastwood’s ‘Richard Jewell’ offers a flawed critique

“Richard Jewell” is a typically strong late-period Clint Eastwood docudrama that balances grand American themes while captivatingly dramatizing the villainization of the Atlanta Olympics bombing hero, only to needlessly tarnish itself with a wanton and unfounded depiction of a female...

Complete list of nominees for 26th SAG Awards

WEST HOLLYWOOD, Calif. (AP) — A list of the nominees for the 26th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards, announced Wednesday in West Hollywood, California:MOVIESActor: Christian Bale, “Ford v Ferrari”; Leonardo DiCaprio, “Once Upon a Time ... in Hollywood”; Adam...

U.S. & WORLD NEWS

Meet the scholar who diagnosed ‘surveillance capitalism’

A year ago, Shoshana Zuboff dropped an intellectual bomb on the technology industry. She hasn’t stood still...

Weinstein could face jail, bail hike over monitoring issues

NEW YORK (AP) — Harvey Weinstein’s bail was increased from jumi million to million on Wednesday...

Rescuer describes horror of New Zealand's silent eruption

WHAKATANE, New Zealand (AP) — The eruption was so silent that Lillani Hopkins didn't hear it over the hum...

French government raises retirement age as strikes grind on

PARIS (AP) — France's prime minister said Wednesday the full retirement age will be increased for the...

India's Parliament passes contentious citizenship bill

NEW DELHI (AP) — Indian lawmakers approved legislation on Wednesday granting citizenship to non-Muslims who...

Bougainville votes for independence from Papua New Guinea

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — The South Pacific region of Bougainville voted overwhelmingly to become the...

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By The Skanner News

INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana House Democrats have followed the playbook of their counterparts in Wisconsin, with most away from the Statehouse and at least some leaving the state to stall action Tuesday on a Republican-backed labor bill.

Only three of 40 House Democrats were in the chamber when Republican Speaker Brian Bosma tried repeatedly to convene it, leaving the chamber short of the two-thirds needed for a quorum.

Democratic Rep. Charlie Brown of Gary told The Associated Press that he and Rep. Greg Porter of Indianapolis were traveling Tuesday afternoon on Interstate 74 in Illinois, but wouldn't say where they were headed.

"He's driving. I don't know how long we'll be driving west like this," Brown said.

While the desks of 37 Democratic legislators were empty, several hundreds of union members crowded the adjourning hallways and held up signs to windows looking into the House with slogans such as "Stop the War on Workers."

It was the second day of large union crowds at the Statehouse, with the spark being a GOP-led committee on Monday taking up so-called right-to-work legislation that would prohibit union representation fees from being a condition of employment at most private-sector companies.

Wisconsin's Senate hasn't been able to take up a measure to strip nearly all public employees' bargaining rights since that chamber's Democrats left the state Thursday.

Indiana's Republican Gov. Mitch Daniels, who had urged GOP legislators not to act on the right-to-work bill this year, told reporters that the absence of Democrats on Tuesday was a legitimate move and that he would not use state troopers to compel their attendance.

"I trust people's consciences will bring them back to work," Daniels said. "I choose to believe that our friends in the minority, having made their point, will come back and do their duty, the jobs that they're paid to do."

Another of the absent Democrats, Rep. Peggy Welch of Bloomington, told the AP she was traveling Tuesday. When asked whether she was in Indiana, Welch replied, "Right now, I'm just being really quiet."

"We feel like we're doing the right thing and standing up for the middle class and for our kids," Welch said.

If House Democrats skipped the entire day's floor session that would cause the right-to-work legislation to miss a Tuesday procedural deadline for further consideration.

Republicans released a list of 22 bills they said would fail at the same deadline, although none are on major topics and Democrats allowed the GOP-backed two-year state budget proposal to meet that procedural step Monday without any objections.

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