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NORTHWEST NEWS

Oregon 2024 Primary Results

Maxine Dexter, Janelle Bynum, Dan Reyfield and Elizabeth Steiner secure nominations; other races too soon to call.

AP Decision Notes: What to Expect in Oregon's Primaries

Oregon has multiple hotly contested primaries upcoming, as well as some that will set the stage for high-profile races in November. Oregon's 5th Congressional District is home to one of the top Democratic primaries in the country.

Iconic Skanner Building Will Become Healing Space as The Skanner Continues Online

New owner strives to keep spirit of business intact during renovations.

No Criminal Charges in Rare Liquor Probe at OLCC, State Report Says

The investigation examined whether employees of the Oregon Liquor and Cannabis Commission improperly used their positions to obtain bottles of top-shelf bourbon for personal use.

NEWS BRIEFS

Portland Parks & Recreation’s Summer Free For All Returns for 2024

Parks Local Option Levy brings the city a full slate of free movies, concerts (including pop icon Sheila E), Free Lunch + Play, the...

GFO Library Open on Memorial Day

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Montavilla Jazz Festival Adds Concerts and Venues to Fall Festival

Festival features a three-day village-style celebration of local, world-class artistry with more than 30 concerts and events across 12...

Election Day Information in Multnomah County: Ballots Must Be Returned by 8 p.m. May 21

Today, May 21, 2024, is the last day to vote in the primary election. ...

PCC and Partners Break Ground on Affordable Housing

The new development, set to be a vibrant community hub, will feature 84 income-based apartments ...

Idaho drag performer awarded jumi.1 million in defamation case against far-right blogger

COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho (AP) — A jury has awarded more than jumi.1 million to an Idaho drag performer who accused a far-right blogger of defaming him when she falsely claimed that he exposed himself to a crowd, including children, during a Pride event in June 2022. The Kootenai County...

Ranked-choice voting has challenged the status quo. Its popularity will be tested in November

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Alaska’s new election system — with open primaries and ranked voting — has been a model for those in other states who are frustrated by political polarization and a sense that voters lack real choice at the ballot box. Used for the first time in 2022, the...

Duke tops Missouri 4-3 in 9 innings to win first super regional, qualify for first WCWS

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — D'Auna Jennings led off the top of the ninth inning with a home run to end a scoreless pitching duel between Cassidy Curd and Missouri's Laurin Krings and 10th-seeded Duke held on for a wild 4-3 victory over the seventh-seeded Tigers on Sunday in the finale of the...

Mizzou uses combined 2-hitter to beat Duke 3-1 to force decisive game in Columbia Super Regional

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Laurin Krings and two relievers combined on a two-hitter and seventh-seeded Missouri forced a deciding game in the Columbia Super Regional with a 3-1 win over Duke on Saturday. The Tigers (48-17) had three-straight singles in the fourth inning, with Abby Hay...

OPINION

The Skanner News May 2024 Primary Endorsements

Read The Skanner News endorsements and vote today. Candidates for mayor and city council will appear on the November general election ballot. ...

Nation’s Growing Racial and Gender Wealth Gaps Need Policy Reform

Never-married Black women have 8 cents in wealth for every dollar held by while males. ...

New White House Plan Could Reduce or Eliminate Accumulated Interest for 30 Million Student Loan Borrowers

Multiple recent announcements from the Biden administration offer new hope for the 43.2 million borrowers hoping to get relief from the onerous burden of a collective

Op-Ed: Why MAGA Policies Are Detrimental to Black Communities

NNPA NEWSWIRE – MAGA proponents peddle baseless claims of widespread voter fraud to justify voter suppression tactics that disproportionately target Black voters. From restrictive voter ID laws to purging voter rolls to limiting early voting hours, these...

AFRICAN AMERICANS IN THE NEWS

South Africa's election could bring the biggest political shift since it became a democracy in 1994

CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) — South Africans will vote Wednesday to decide whether their country will take its most significant political step since the moment 30 years ago when it brought down apartheid and achieved democracy. This national election will not be as momentous as the...

National Spelling Bee reflects the economic success and cultural impact of immigrants from India

When Balu Natarajan became the first Indian American champion of the Scripps National Spelling Bee in 1985, a headline on an Associated Press article read, “Immigrants’ son wins National Spelling Bee,” with the first paragraph noting the champion “speaks his parents’ native Indian...

Pro-independence leader calls on protesters in New Caledonia to 'maintain resistance' against France

NICE, France (AP) — The leader of a pro-independence party in New Caledonia on Saturday called on supporters to “remain mobilized” across the French Pacific archipelago and “maintain resistance” against the Paris government's efforts to impose electoral reforms that the Indigenous Kanak...

ENTERTAINMENT

Drake leads the 2024 BET Awards nominations with 7, followed closely by Nicki Minaj

Drake is the leading nominee for next month's BET Awards, followed closely by Nicki Minaj. The Canadian rapper received seven nominations Thursday, including an album of the year nod for his eighth studio album, “For All the Dogs.” One of the awards he's up for is the music video...

Dabney Coleman, actor who specialized in curmudgeons, dies at 92

NEW YORK (AP) — Dabney Coleman, the mustachioed character actor who specialized in smarmy villains like the chauvinist boss in "9 to 5" and the nasty TV director in "Tootsie," has died. He was 92. Coleman died Thursday at his home in Santa Monica, his daughter, Quincy Coleman, said...

Book Review: 'Cujo' character returns as one of 12 stories in Stephen King’s ‘You Like It Darker'

In Stephen King’s world, “It” is a loaded word. It’s hard not to picture Pennywise the Clown haunting the sewers of Derry, Maine, of course, but in the horror writer’s newest collection of stories, “You Like It Darker,” “It” ranges from a suspicious stranger on a park bench, to an...

U.S. & WORLD NEWS

Military labs do the detective work to identify soldiers decades after they died in World War II

OFFUTT AIR FORCE BASE, Neb. (AP) — Generations of American families have grown up not knowing exactly what...

Nigeria is emerging as a critical mineral hub. The government is cracking down on illegal operations

ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — Nigeria's government is cracking down on illegal mining, making dozens of arrests of...

Cyclone floods coastal villages, blows away thatched roofs and cuts power in Bangladesh and India

DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — A cyclone flooded coastal villages, blew away thatched roofs and left hundreds of...

North Korea plans to launch a rocket soon, likely carrying its 2nd military spy satellite

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea on Monday announced plans to launch a rocket apparently carrying its...

Putin arrives in Uzbekistan on the 3rd foreign trip of his new term

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin arrived Sunday in the capital of Uzbekistan where he is to hold...

4 people killed and over 30 injured after a bus and a cargo train collide in Peru

LA OROYA, Peru (AP) — Four people were killed and more than 30 others were injured after a passenger bus and a...

Helen Silvis of The Skanner News

Police say they have found remains at Rocky Butte, believed to be the body of Yashanee Vaughn. A student at Helensview High School, she went missing March 19. Her mother Shaquita Louis and family members have been searching for her ever since.
While the identity of the body has not been confirmed family believe it is the missing girl.
Mayor Sam Adams was at the scene and comforted her mother with a hug before telling reporters he hoped this would bring a small amount of closure to the family after their tragic loss. 
Parrish Bennette, a 16 year old friend of Vaughn's is in custody charged with murder. Bennette's lawyers say he panicked after accidentally shooting her. Prosecutors paint a grimmer picture, saying forensic evidence suggests she was beaten and that the gun was shot twice. The Oregonian reported that the defense team and the judge met earlier this week privately, and family believe Bennette disclosed the whereabouts of the body.  After the bail hearing Shaquita Louis wrote a public letter to Bennette begging him to disclose the location of her daughter's body. 

At a press briefing 11 am, Lt. Robert King said searchers are confident they will find her body today. Previous searches at the spot near 92nd Avenue and Rocky Butte Rd., did not succeed. Portland Police, Multnomah County District Attorney's Office and state police were among the search team.

King said: because it is an ongoing homicide investigation he could not share details about the search, but he said searchers would continue until they could bring Yashanee's body home to her family.

The team of 20 searchers has two goals:
"Number one is to conduct a thorough, professional and complete homicide investigation that results in holding those responsible, accountable for their crimes," he said. Numebr two we're here to bring Yashanee home to her family so that they have closure."
We all know that this is a terrible tragedy. A young woman has lost her life and our hearts break for Yashanee's family. We know that they are suffering and our ultimate hope is to bring closure to them and to bring Yashanee home to her family."

"We are here today conducting additional searches and we're here for as long as it takes. We are going to take time, the time that we need to conduct the search. It likely will be a slow and ongoing process."
Ultimately, we know you all understand that we want the investigation to be thorough and to be have conducted right and we want the information we gather to result not only in arrest but in a successful prosecution."

Police charged 16-year-old Parrish Bennette, a friend of Vaughn's, with murder. In the bail hearing, his lawyers said that he shot Vaughn in a gun accident. Earlier prosecutors told the bail hearing, that the forensic evidence points to murder. Bennette was denied bail and remains in custody.

After the bail hearing, Shaquita Louis, the missing girl's mother sent Bennette a public letter, begging him to reveal the location of her daughter's body.
The search comes after, Bennette's lawyers met privately with the judge earlier this week, according to the Oregonian.


Vaughn's grandmother, Reynelda Hayes, said Friday morning in a statement:



"The family of Yashanee Vaughn has not heard anything this morning regarding the search efforts for their daughter and have confidence in the investigators and searchers that hopefully later today the whereabouts of Yashanee will no longer be a mystery and we will have the closure we have wanted the past 3 1/2 months.
"We have appreciated all of the ongoing support from all of the media, investigators, and the district attorney's office during these very difficult months of searching for Yashanee."


Watch The Skanner News Video as friends and family transform their grief to express Yashanee's exuberant love of life as they dance to a song written specially for Yashanee.

PHOTOS FROM TOP: Three views of Yashanee Vaughn from the flyer her family issued after she disappeared, courtesy of family; a memorial placed near the police precinct at Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and NE Killingsworth Street; Shaquita Louis soon after her daughter disappeared; Friends and Family attended a candlelight vigil for Yashanee (Julie Keefe photo); a tee-shirt tribute to Yashanee, also known as Bonnie B (Julie Keefe photo)

The Skanner Foundation's 38th Annual MLK Breakfast