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NEWS BRIEFS

Raina Croff to Speak at Architectural Heritage Center

'When the Landmarks are Gone: Older African Americans, Place, and Change in N/NE Portland’ describes SHARP Walking Program ...

Portland Playhouse Presents August Wilson’s ‘Fences’ Through June 10

May 20 performance will include discussion on mental health; June 10 performance will be followed by discussion of fatherhood ...

Peggy Houston-Shivers Presents Benefit Concert for Allen Temple CME

Concert to take place May 20 at Maranatha Church ...

Family Friendly Talent Show, May 18

Family Fun Night series continues at Matt Dishman Community Center ...

US Marshals, police arrest Vermont fugitive in Oregon

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — The U.S. Marshals Service says a missing sex offender from Vermont has been arrested in Oregon.The Marshals say 55-year-old James Rivers was arrested May 16 in Cottage Grove, Oregon, by deputy marshals and local police. It's unclear if he has an attorney.Authorities...

Oregon State study says it's OK to eat placenta after all

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — First experts said eggs are bad for you, then they say it's OK to eat them. Is red wine good for your heart or will it give you breast cancer?Should you eat your placenta?Conflicting research about diets is nothing new, but applying the question to whether new mothers...

State sees need to reduce elk damage in the Skagit Valley

MOUNT VERNON, Wash. (AP) — Elk are easy to spot against the green backdrop of the Skagit Valley, where much of the resident North Cascades elk herd that has grown to an estimated 1,600 is found.For farmers in the area — especially those who grow grass for their cattle or to sell to...

Famed mini sub's control room to become future exhibit

BREMERTON, Wash. (AP) — The U.S. Naval Undersea Museum at Keyport has a new addition to its archives — the salvaged control room of the legendary, one-of-a-kind Cold War-era miniature submersible NR-1.Adm. Hyman G. Rickover, the father of the nuclear Navy, conceived the idea for the...

OPINION

Golfing While Black Is Not a Crime

Grandview Golf Club asks five Black women to leave for golfing too slow ...

Discovering the Best of Black America in 2018

Dr. Benjamin F. Chavis discusses the DTU Journalism Fellowship & Scholarship Program ...

Will Israel’s Likud Party Ever Respect the Rights of Palestinians?

Bill Fletcher weighs in on the precarious future of the two-state solution between the Israeli government and the Palestinian people ...

The Future of Medicinal Marijuana in Pets

Dr. Jasmine Streeter says CBD-derived products show beneficial therapeutic benefits for pets ...

AFRICAN AMERICANS IN THE NEWS

Northern states taking down vestiges of racism, intolerance

DETROIT (AP) — A nearly 80-year-old statue depicting a European settler with a weapon in his hand towering over a Native American that some say celebrates white supremacy has been dismantled by crews in southwestern Michigan's Kalamazoo.And at the University of Michigan, regents have voted...

2018 midterms: An early heat for 2020 Democrats?

ATLANTA (AP) — Look closely enough at the 2018 midterm campaign and you'll see the stirrings of a Democratic scramble to reclaim the White House from President Donald Trump.The leading players — from established national figures such as former Vice President Joe Biden, Bernie Sanders...

Guess who's coming to Windsor? Royal ceremony weds cultures

BURLINGTON, New Jersey (AP) — With a gospel choir, black cellist and bishop, Oprah, Serena and Idris Elba in the audience and an African-American mother-of-the-bride, Saturday's wedding of Prince Harry to American actress Meghan Markle was a blend of the solemn and the soulful.Guess who's...

ENTERTAINMENT

Broadcast networks go for milk-and-cookies comfort this fall

NEW YORK (AP) — If provocative, psyche-jangling shows like "The Handmaid's Tale" are your taste, head directly to streaming or cable. But if you're feeling the urge for milk-and-cookies comfort, broadcast television wants to help.The upcoming TV season will bring more sitcom nostalgia in the...

Met says it has evidence Levine abused or harassed 7 people

NEW YORK (AP) — The Metropolitan Opera said in court documents Friday that it found credible evidence that conductor James Levine engaged in sexually abusive or harassing conduct with seven people that included inappropriate touching and demands for sex acts over a 25-year period.The Met...

'13 Reasons Why' premiere canceled after Texas shooting

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Netflix canceled the premiere party for its second season of the teen drama "13 Reasons Why" because of a school shooting near Houston.The streaming service announced the cancellation hours before the scheduled premiere and red carpet event, citing the Friday morning...

U.S. & WORLD NEWS

Trump Jr. met with Mueller witness during campaign

WASHINGTON (AP) — Donald Trump Jr. met during the 2016 campaign with a private military contractor and an...

2018 midterms: An early heat for 2020 Democrats?

ATLANTA (AP) — Look closely enough at the 2018 midterm campaign and you'll see the stirrings of a...

British royal family thanks those who celebrated wedding

LONDON (AP) — The royal family, blessed with fantastic weather and a buoyant public mood at the royal...

Love and fire: Text of Michael Curry's royal wedding address

WINDSOR, England (AP) — And now in the name of our loving, liberating and life-giving God, Father, Son and...

Episcopal bishop Curry gives royal wedding an American flair

WINDSOR, England (AP) — Nothing quite captured the trans-Atlantic nature of Saturday's royal wedding as...

Markle's bridal gown work of Givenchy's Clare Waight Keller

LONDON (AP) — Clare Waight Keller of Givenchy is the master British designer behind the sleek silk...

Kevin Liptak CNN

(CNN) -- A plan to overhaul the nation's immigration system crafted by a bipartisan group of senators gained the backing of Republican Sen. Kelly Ayotte Sunday, giving the bill a boost ahead of Senate debate this week.

The legislation, which emerged from the Senate "Gang of Eight," would create a pathway to citizenship for undocumented immigrants. The bill is far from certain to gain Senate approval, however, and Republicans in the House have already said the pathway to citizenship provision is a non-starter.

But Ayotte, who represents New Hampshire, said Sunday the bill deserves consideration as a fix to a system that is hurting American security and productivity.

"For too long, politicians on both sides of the aisle in Washington have failed to lead on this issue," Ayotte wrote. "And no doubt there will be naysayers in this debate who will continue to make excuses for inaction."

The Senate will hold procedural votes this week to begin debate on the immigration bill, which gained approval from the Senate Judiciary Committee in May. Lawmakers are expected to spend weeks weighing the bill, which has been endorsed by President Barack Obama and will be addressed by the president in a speech Tuesday.

If all 54 Democrat and Democrat-caucusing senators in the Senate support the bill, six Republicans will have to sign on for the measure to pass. Four Republicans helped draft the bill in the Gang of Eight - Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida, Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, and Sens. John McCain and Jeff Flake of Arizona - though Rubio has said he will not support the final product unless amendments are added increasing border security.

Rubio said last week the immigration plan does not yet have the support of 60 senators, but voiced confidence that eventually the bill would garner enough votes.

Ayotte defended the pathway to citizenship as a way to "bring undocumented people out of the shadows to separate those seeking economic opportunity from those seeking to harm us."

She also noted the bill's attempts to modernize the immigration system, saying in New Hampshire -- which does not house a large percentage of undocumented immigrants -- her constituents are concerned about outdated rules that cap the number of highly skilled immigrants coming to the United States.

"Moving to a more merit-based immigration system is good for our economy," she wrote. "By placing an emphasis on skills, we're harnessing the expertise and ingenuity of the most talented immigrants - especially those who have been educated in our colleges. They will put their energy and their ideas to work in our country - starting businesses and creating jobs for Americans."

Ayotte's endorsement, however, comes as Republicans continue to express opposition to the bill, and particularly its pathway to citizenship.. Speaking on "Fox News Sunday," Sen. Rand Paul said the bill doesn't solve any of the problems plaguing the current system, and stands no chance of passing the GOP-controlled House.

"I want to make the bill work, but see, the thing is, is what they have in the Senate has zero chance of passing in the House," said the Kentucky Republican. "So, why not come to a conservative like myself ... why not work with me to make the bill closer to what would be acceptable in the House?"

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