YAKIMA—The United Farm Workers of America and one of the nation's largest labor recruiters have reached an unprecedented agreement to improve wages, benefits and working conditions for guest workers brought to the United States for farm work.
A group pushing a ballot initiative to rein in payday loan practices is urging the coming special legislative session to avoid the issue if proposals are weaker than what their initiative outlines.
The ballot proposal sponsored by Oregon for Payday Loan Fairne$$ would limit payday loan interest to 36 percent a year, restrict loan initiation fees to 10 percent of the loan amount it, allow only two rollovers and give borrowers 31 days instead of 15 to use the money before the loan comes due.
NEW ORLEANS—Thousands of protesters led by civil rights leaders the Revs. Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton rallied here April 1, saying the city's election plans will disenfranchise voters displaced by Hurricane Katrina.
VANCOUVER, Wash.—People who depend on Interstate 5 to get to work, see family or deliver goods between Portland and Vancouver are invited to participate in two community meetings planned for April 12 and 13 to evaluate and comment on ideas aimed at reducing travel times during peak hours.
The Portland meeting is scheduled for 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 13, in the Jantzen Beach Red Lion Inn, 909 N. Hayden Island Drive. The Vancouver event takes place from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 12, in Hudson's Bay High School, 1206 E. Reserve St.
When construction begins on the Housing Authority of Portland's Humboldt Gardens project, history will be made.
'This model has never been tried in the United States before.'
— Lee Moore
Housing Authority of Portland
OLYMPIA—Tens of thousands of released felons barred from voting in Washington state are at the center of a legal battle over whether unpaid fines alone should keep them from the polls.