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NORTHWEST NEWS

Arrest Made in Stolen Yacht Rescue, 'Goonies' Fish Incident

Oregon police called it a series of “really odd” events along the Pacific Northwest coast spanning 48 hours that concluded Friday night with the arrest of a Canadian man.

Portland Cop Fired for Leaking False Allegations Against City Commissioner Reinstated

Mayor Ted Wheeler fired Brian Hunzeker after he leaked a false complaint saying city Commissioner Jo Ann Hardesty had been involved in a hit-and-run crash.

Hundreds of Portland City Workers on Strike for Better Pay

Workers represented by the union Laborers’ Local 483 have been without a contract since June. Negotiations over a new four-year deal broke down in December

Washington State Gov. Inslee Tests Positive for COVID-19

He plans to continue working. Trudi Inslee, the first spouse, has tested negative.

NEWS BRIEFS

Allen Temple C.M.E. Church Announces Annual Unsung Heroes & Heroines Award Luncheon

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Bonamici Invites Portland Community College President to 2023 State of the Union

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The Seattle Public Library's Homework Help Program Expands to Eight Locations and Increases Hours

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County Seeks Community Needs Survey Responses From Residents

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Proposed bill would pay incarcerated workers minimum wage

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US states take control of abortion debate with funding focus

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Jones scores 18, Southern Illinois tops Missouri State 73-53

CARBONDALE, Ill. (AP) — Lance Jones' 18 points helped Southern Illinois defeat Missouri State 73-53 on Sunday. Jones also added four steals for the Salukis (18-7, 10-4 Missouri Valley Conference). Troy D'Amico shot 5 of 6 from the field and 4 for 4 from the line to add 15 points....

DeVries and Drake earn 85-82 2OT win over Valparaiso

VALPARAISO, Ind. (AP) — Tucker DeVries scored a career-high 32 points and grabbed 11 rebounds and Drake beat Valparaiso 85-82 in double overtime on Saturday night. Roman Penn scored 16 points and added 12 rebounds and six assists for the Bulldogs (19-6, 10-4 Missouri Valley...

OPINION

Updates That May Affect Your Tax Season

The IRS released a statement that taxpayers should brace themselves for small tax refunds due to no economic impact payments ...

Unaffordable Rental Costs Now Plague 44 Million People in Every State Economic Inequality Places Most Risk of Eviction on Blacks and the Poor

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The Beating and Murder of Mr. Tyre Nichols, A Black Man

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AFRICAN AMERICANS IN THE NEWS

Missouri governor denies clemency for man facing execution

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SC Republicans to appeal redistricting case to Supreme Court

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A federal appeals court has denied South Carolina Republicans' motion for a stay in the ongoing challenge over the state's congressional district map. Leading GOP lawmakers will now take their case to the U.S. Supreme Court in attempt to avoid redrawing the map...

What to Watch: New political vibes this State of the Union

WASHINGTON (AP) — Look for new faces and fresh political dynamics as President Joe Biden delivers this year's State of the Union address, coupled with attention to some old problems brought back into painful focus by recent events. The president on Tuesday night will stand before a...

ENTERTAINMENT

List of Grammy winners in top categories

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Winners Sunday in the top categories at the 65th Grammy Awards: — Album of the year: “Harry’s House,” Harry Styles — Record of the year: “About Damn Time,” Lizzo — Song of the year (songwriter’s award): “Just Like...

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — Viola Davis has achieved EGOT status. The actor won a Grammy Award Sunday for best audio book, narration, and storytelling recording for her memoir “Finding Me.” “I just EGOT!” she shouted from the stage as she accepted the trophy, using the...

Grammys 2023 live updates: Latest news from red carpet, show

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Follow along for real-time, on-the-carpet and behind-the-scenes updates on the 2023 Grammy Awards from The Associated Press. Live updates — any times Pacific — are brought to you by AP journalists at the show in Los Angeles and around the country. ___ ...

U.S. & WORLD NEWS

China accuses US of indiscriminate use of force over balloon

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Beyoncé emerges as Grammys queen; Styles wins album honor

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ChatGPT bot channels history to pen State of Union speech

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White House: Improved surveillance caught Chinese balloon

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Atlanta, GA (WGCL) -- The American Civil Liberties Union has announced it will offer legal help to the Ku Klux Klan, which is trying to join Georgia's highway cleanup program.

ACLU of Georgia Executive Director Debbie Seagraves told CBS Atlanta News that she understands her group's decision to assist the Klan is controversial.

"Do I find it somewhat troublesome to hear the KKK message?" said Seagraves. "Yes I do. But the government cannot make a judgment based on someone's viewpoint that they don't agree with."

The KKK applied to the "Adopt-A-Highway" program, hoping to clean up along part of Route 515 in Union County. Those taking part in the program get a sign along the roadway with their group's name on it.

State officials denied the Klan's application.

The Georgia Department of Transportation said a KKK sign along the highway would distract drivers. It also said promoting an organization with a history of inciting social unrest was a "grave concern."

"To protect the First Amendment means that we protect it for all people, not just those we like," said Seagraves.

Some Georgia residents said they do not agree with the KKK's message but feel a lawsuit is a waste of taxpayers' money.

"They have to weigh the benefits versus how much it's going to cost them," said Sara Trickie. "And do they fight everybody that generally we find repulsive or just the select few?"

Seagraves said the ACLU is beginning to work on its strategy for representing the group but believes the KKK has a strong case.

"The position of so many courts through the years is that the government does not get to decide in the marketplace of ideas whose ideas are worth more," said Seagraves.

The governor supported GDOT's denial of the Klan's application, but his office refused to comment on the ACLU's involvement.

The attorney general's staff also refused to comment until the state is officially served with a lawsuit.

MLK Breakfast 2023

Photos from The Skanner Foundation's 37th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Breakfast.