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AG Rosenblum Seeks Info from Oregonians

Oregon Attorney General seeks information on children separated from families at border ...

Community Forum: How Does Law Enforcement Interact With Vulnerable Populations?

Forum will focus on public safety and examine mental health and addiction issues ...

King County Council Recognizes Juneteenth

The Metropolitan King County Council recognizes a true 'freedom day' in the United States ...

Unite Oregon Hosts ‘Mourn Pray Love, and Take Action’ June 20

Community is invited to gather at Terry Schrunk Plaza at 6 p.m. on World Refugee Day ...

MRG Foundation Announces Spring 2018 Grantees

Recipients include Oregon DACA Coalition, Kúkátónón Children’s African Dance Troupe, Komemma Cultural Protection Association ...

Washington, other states plan to sue over family separations

SEATAC, Wash. (AP) — Washington and more than a half-dozen other states said Thursday that they plan to sue the Trump administration over a policy of separating immigrant families illegally entering the United States.Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson made the announcement Thursday...

Researchers to study why seabird species is disappearing

CANNON BEACH, Ore. (AP) — The tufted puffins population at Haystack Rock in Oregon's Cannon Beach is steadily declining, and no one knows why.Federal wildlife officials will study the low count of the seabird with a ,000 donation from the Friends of Haystack Rock, the Daily Astorian...

Washington, other states plan to sue over family separations

SEATAC, Wash. (AP) — Washington and more than a half-dozen other states said Thursday that they plan to sue the Trump administration over a policy of separating immigrant families illegally entering the United States.Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson made the announcement Thursday...

APNewsBreak: Schools mum on ties to doc in sex abuse inquiry

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A now-dead doctor accused of sexual misconduct by former student athletes at Ohio State University said he acted as a team physician at other universities, most of which won't say if they are reviewing those connections or whether any concerns were raised about him.Ohio...


How Washington’s 'School Achievement Index' Became School Spending Index

New assessment categorizes schools not by quality of education, but level of funding officials believe they should receive ...

Black Mamas Are Dying. We Can Stop It.

Congresswoman Robin Kelly plans to improve access to culturally-competent care with the MOMMA Act ...

Hey, Elected Officials: No More Chicken Dinners...We Need Policy

Jeffrey Boney says many elected officials who visit the Black community only during the election season get a pass for doing nothing ...

Juneteenth: Freedom's Promise Still Denied

Juneteenth is a celebration of the de facto end of slavery, but the proliferation of incarceration keeps liberation unfulfilled ...


Intel CEO out after consensual relationship with employee

NEW YORK (AP) — Intel CEO Brian Krzanich resigned after the company learned of what it called a past, consensual relationship with an employee.Intel said Thursday that the relationship was in violation of the company's non-fraternization policy, which applies to all managers. Spokesman...

3 men face hate crimes charges in Minnesota mosque bombing

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A grand jury has added civil rights and hate crimes violations to charges three Illinois men face in the bombing of a mosque in the Minneapolis suburb of Bloomington.Federal prosecutors announced the new five-count indictment Thursday against 47-year-old Michael Hari,...

Governor orders probe of abuse claims by immigrant children

WASHINGTON (AP) — Virginia's governor ordered state officials Thursday to investigate abuse claims by children at an immigration detention facility who said they were beaten while handcuffed and locked up for long periods in solitary confinement, left nude and shivering in concrete...


AP PHOTOS: Toasts, kisses and laughs at Clooney AFI gala

LOS ANGELES (AP) — George Clooney, this is your life.The American Film Institute hosted a star-studded gala earlier this month to honor the Oscar-winner's achievements as an actor, director and activist. The evening kicked off with a video message from former President Barack Obama, and...

Mike Colter brings the pain as the indestructible Luke Cage

ATLANTA (AP) — "Black Panther" broke box office records, but "Luke Cage" once crashed Netflix.The streaming service suffered a massive outage for more than two hours in 2016, one day after the premiere of "Luke Cage," a drama-action series starring Mike Colter who plays the show's superhero...

Directors Guild says industry is still mostly white and male

NEW YORK (AP) — A new study by the Directors Guild of America finds that despite high-profile releases like "Get Out" and "Wonder Woman," film directors remained overwhelmingly white and male among the movies released last year.The DGA examined all 651 feature films released theatrically in...


Salah, Neymar, Messi, messy, messy: World Cup stars stifled

SARANSK, Russia (AP) — With nagging injuries, heavy marking from opponents and some simply uninspired play,...

Intel CEO out after consensual relationship with employee

NEW YORK (AP) — Intel CEO Brian Krzanich resigned after the company learned of what it called a past,...

The Latest: Kate Spade's father dies on eve of her funeral

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Latest on funeral services for fashion designer Kate Spade (all times...

Libyan coast guard rescues over 520 Europe-bound migrants

CAIRO (AP) — Libya's coast guard has rescued three groups of more than 520 African migrants, including at...

Switzerland, Serbia coaches don't want to talk about Kosovo

KALININGRAD, Russia (AP) — The coaches of Serbia and Switzerland only want to talk about football, not...

Trump jabbed first, and now world hits back in trade fight

WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States attacked first, imposing tariffs on steel and aluminum from around the...

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BOLI Announces Sick Time Seminars for Employers

The Bureau of Labor and Industries (BOLI) will hold a series of sick time-related seminars starting in December so that employers can learn about Oregon’s new requirements set to take effect next year, the agency announced today.

Passed by the 2015 Oregon Legislature, SB 454 expands access to sick time for hundreds of thousands of workers who currently do not have access to any paid time off when they’re ill or caring for a sick child or spouse.

Compliance experts will hold the first seminar in December, followed by a series of statewide seminars in early 2016 to help employers navigate Oregon’s new protections. To reserve a spot, employers can email the agency at bolita@boli.state.or.us. Attendance at each is $25.

Registration is open while locations are being secured and finalized. Interested employers can visit the agency’s Technical Assistance for Employers website at www.oregon.gov/BOLI/TA/pages/index.aspx.

Final rules for Oregon leave can be found online at www.oregon.gov/boli/TA/docs/2015%20Sick%20Time%20Rules.pdf. Additional fact sheets, sample sick time accrual notice templates, sick leave notice posters for employees (that, while not mandatory, can satisfy notice requirements), and other resources are also available from the agency’s Technical Assistance for Employers Program.

A diverse advisory committee comprised of employers, labor organizations, legislators, agricultural and farm sector representatives, and family policy advocates assisted BOLI in the rulemaking process.

Employers can contact the agency with sick time or other employment questions at (971) 673-0824.


Scammers Claiming to be Law Enforcement on Phone Threatening Arrest for Missing Court

The Portland Police Bureau has received a report from a Portland resident who received a phone call from a person claiming to be a police officer and threatening to arrest the victim for missing court if they don't pay a fine over the phone. The victim in this report lost $500 before realizing it was a scam.

In other recent scams, scammers are "spoofing" their phone number so that caller ID makes it appear that the call is originating from a law enforcement facility.

Other scammers have claimed to be holding someone in custody unless thousands of dollars are paid over the phone.

Callers typically instruct the victims to purchase re-loadable cards and call them back with the numbers.

Similar scams have been reported in the past year where callers claim to be with a utility or other government agency.

These scammers will often target older community members and/or residents for whom English is a second language. Most often, the scammers are located outside of the United States of America.

The Portland Police Bureau reminds you to be aware that:

  • The Portland Police Bureau or any other legitimate law enforcement agency does not call community members seeking payment for outstanding traffic citations or warrants.
  • The Portland Police Bureau does not call individuals and demand money from community members under any circumstances.
  • Individuals claiming to collect debts may try to instill fear in potential victims to persuade them to forward money.

MoneyPak/Green Dot and Vanilla Reload have online tools to allow purchasers to request a refund if the scammer has not yet cashed the card.

For more information, please visit www.moneypak.com/refundrequest.aspx for MoneyPak/Green Dot and www.vanillareload.com/index.php/refund for Vanilla Reload.

If you are a resident of Portland and fall victim to these scammers with financial loss, you are encouraged to file a report by calling the Portland Police Bureau's Non-Emergency line at 503-823-3333.


Providence Hospice Officers Free Volunteer Training

Providence Hospice will offer a free comprehensive course of training to prepare people who are interested in becoming hospice volunteers. The course will be held in Portland.

The course will consist of four afternoon and two all-day Saturday sessions; participants must be able to attend all six sessions. Pre-registration required by Jan. 5.

12:30-4 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 19
12:30-4 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 21
9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 2, patient care day
12:30-4 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 26
12:30-4 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 28
9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 30

Hospice volunteers help people who are facing terminal illness. The training course covers the basic principles of hospice, special needs of patients and their families, effective communication, patient care, pain and symptom management, spiritual caregiving and understanding grief and loss.

Hospice volunteers are needed in Multnomah, Washington and Yamhill counties, especially in Gresham, Milwaukie, Oregon City, Newberg, Hillsboro and Forest Grove. Volunteers who are fluent in Spanish are also needed.

Volunteers must be at least 16 years old. No previous hospice experience is required. Some of the areas of volunteer service are: respite care, bereavement, children’s grief support, oncology and program support.

For more information or to request an application packet, please call Jean Lyons, Providence Hospice Volunteer Services, at (503) 215-4857.


PPB Announces Holiday Season DUII Enforcement

Throughout the 2015 holiday season, the Portland Police Bureau will teamed up with Oregon Impact to combat impaired driving. These efforts will be funded through a grant supplied by Oregon Impact, with additional police patrols from the Portland Police Bureau's Traffic Division.

Last year this grant partnership arrested over 425 impaired drivers as a result of increased patrols.

We hope everyone had an enjoyable Thanksgiving season with family and friends; however it is important to remember that we need to all be responsible during the holiday season.

Additional DUII enforcement will once again be occurring during the month of December to ensure community safety, and to prevent holiday tragedies.

The Portland Police Bureau would like to remind the public that drug impaired driving is certainly just as dangerous as alcohol impaired driving.

Please continue to find your designated drivers, utilize transportation services such as TriMet, taxis or ride-sharing services.

If you consume alcoholic beverages or marijuana, please do so responsibly and remember that buzzed driving is drunk driving. Support zero tolerance for impaired driving by reporting impaired drivers to 9-1-1.


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