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Regi Taylor 

Black Historian details MLK assassination

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Packets of buprenorphine, a drug used to control heroin and opioid cravings (AP Photo/Elise Amendola, File) 

Democrats are looking to counterbalance restoring criminal penalties for possession with expanding access to treatment for a potentially growing number of people in the criminal justice system. The proposal would create a $10 million grant fund for jails looking to provide opioid addiction medication. Federal data shows only 24% of jails provide such medication to people with prior prescriptions.

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Television station KGW says it deeply regrets inadvertently showing a racist image during a segment called “The Good Stuff,” which invited viewers to share “cheesy, silly, or memorable” photos from the past. The 1950s image showed children throwing balls towards a sign prominently displaying a racial slur. KGW apologised for “the profound hurt this image inflicted upon our viewers and staff, particularly members of our Black community.” Leaders of the Portland NAACP chapter said they were appalled

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Rep. Earl Blumenauer sits at the head table at The Skanner Foundation's 38th Annual MLK Breakfast at the Oregon Convention Center January 15, 2024. (Photo by Julie Keefe) 

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Pileated woodpecker at the Audubon Society of Portland Wildlife Sanctuary Trails (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0 photo by Corey Seeman via flickr) 

Portland Audubon has changed its name to the “Bird Alliance of Oregon," in the latest example of a local chapter to do so because of John James Audubon’s views as a slave owner. While the national organization opted to keep its name, other local chapters have changed theirs, including those in Seattle, Chicago and Detroit.

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Rep. Travis Nelson (D-Portland, Dist. 44)  

The Skanner spoke with BIPOC Caucus policy and communications vice chair Rep. Travis Nelson (D-Portland, Dist. 44) for a session preview. 

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(AP Photo/Lindsey Wasson) 

Adult dancers in Washington state are fighting for statewide worker protections that advocates say would be the most comprehensive in the U.S. They would require at least one dedicated security guard at each club as well as employee training on preventing sexual harassment and assault. 

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Oregon Gov. Tina Kotek (AP Photo/Jenny Kane) 

The boycott ground the Capitol to a halt for a record six weeks and disqualified 10 GOP senators from seeking reelection. Democratic Gov. Tina Kotek says she has been in contact with Republicans and doesn't expect policy differences to erupt like last year.

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State Senate Majority Leader Kate Lieber (D-Portland) 

Substance abuse treatment providers, community advocates troubled by proposed changes to Measure 110.

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Damian Lillard with his children (AP Photo/Anne M. Peterson) 

The eight-time All-Star will play his first game back in Portland on Wednesday night since he was traded to the Milwaukee Bucks in the offseason. The Blazers have struggled without Lillard in the lineup.

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The Skanner Foundation's 38th Annual MLK Breakfast