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Residents of Yemeni port city prepare for an invasion

Jun 5, 2018

News over the weekend that the Trump administration was considering expanding the US role in the Yemen war may have been premature. 

A National Security Council spokesperson on Monday denied reports that the White House was weighing whether to directly assist a possible Saudi-led coalition invasion of Yemen's Red Sea port of Hodeidah. 

Victim Remembers The MAX Attack 1 Year Later

Jun 5, 2018

One year ago, two teenagers say they were subjected to racist hate speech on a now infamous MAX train. Three men came to their defense. Two of them were killed, and one recovered from serious injuries.

Gresham High School student Destinee Mangum said that morning had been cool and calm until the alleged attacker, Jeremy Christian, boarded the train. She and her friend were on their way to the mall after school.

Christian started spewing racist remarks at them immediately, according to Mangum. They moved to the back of the train to get away.

Family Of Quanice Hayes Sues City Of Portland Over Police Shooting

Jun 5, 2018

UPDATE (June 5, 2:46 p.m. PT) — The family of Quanice Hayes filed a lawsuit against the city of Portland on Tuesday.

The lawsuit alleges Portland Police officer Andrew Hearst, who was involved with two other officers in a separate on-duty fatal shooting of a suspect in 2013, used excessive force intentionally and used "unreasonable and unjustifiable" deadly force.

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Controversial Oregon Dairy Still Hangs On

Jun 5, 2018

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We hear from Cameron Whitten about how and why he’s organized an event series called “Reparations Happy Hour.” Whitten is a longtime Portland activist who recently started a nonprofit called Brown Hope.

 

In a rare year when both of Minnesota's U.S. Senate seats are on the ballot, one incumbent faces a relatively unknown opponent while the other faces challengers inside her own DFL Party and an aggressive Republican challenger.

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When Neriza Caspe said goodbye to her four children in the Philippines 18 years ago, she didn't know how long she'd be gone — just that she wanted to work abroad to better provide for them, and escape her abusive husband.

What SCOTUS' Wedding Cake Ruling Means For Northwest

Jun 4, 2018

The U.S. Supreme Court issued a narrowly focused ruling Monday that favored Masterpiece Cakes, a Colorado bakery, which refused to make a wedding cake for a gay couple.

While the court's 7-2 decision skirted the main legal arguments the case presented, the court's ruling sets the stage for two similar cases in the Pacific Northwest: one involving a Washington florist and another with a bakery owner in Oregon.

On Oregon’s highest court, female justices outnumber men five to two. But never in its history has the court had a woman serve as chief justice. 

Until now. 

In a unanimous vote announced Monday, the court's seven justices have elected longtime Justice Martha Lee Walters to take the reins. 

Walters, 67, has been on the Supreme Court since 2006. Before that, she was a lead attorney in one of Oregon’s first all-women law firms, based in Eugene.  

The state of Oregon announced Monday it has settled a long-running property tax fight with Comcast. The cable giant agreed to pay $155 million in back taxes in counties where it operates.

The settlement will also produce higher property tax payments from Comcast in the future, although the dollar figure of that wasn’t immediately clear.

Breaking into the hyper-competitive K-pop music industry is notoriously brutal. But what if you’re a foreigner — and gay?

Meet Marshall Bang, better known to audiences as MRSHLL. He’s a Korean American singer from Orange County, California, who's trying to conquer South Korea’s music scene with his rich, chocolatey voice, and at the same time upend its culturally conservative mores. 

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UPDATE (June 2, 1:13 p.m. PT) — After about four days under a drinking water advisory for Salem's vulnerable populations, the city has declared water safe for all residents.

The decision to lift the advisory was based on water samples taken on Wednesday and Thursday. The city says the results confirm that toxin levels are below health advisory levels and that water is now safe to drink.

Amtrak Service Suspended Between Portland And Seattle

Jun 2, 2018

Amtrak Cascades and Coast Starlight services are suspended between Portland and Seattle until Sunday evening due to a landslide north of Olympia. And it's not the first time — or the second, or third.

BNSF Railway, which owns the tracks, has placed a 48-hour moratorium in the area until 10 p.m. Sunday.

Three Amtrak Cascades train lines are canceled.

Amtrak says its looking into substitute transportation services between Kelso, Washington, and Seattle.

Rail operations north of Seattle and south of Portland remain unaffected.

Oregon's Shiny New Industry: Synthetic Diamonds

Jun 2, 2018

The Portland area will soon be able to add diamond manufacturing to its list of local specialties. Gemstone industry giant De Beers announced a plan to begin manufacturing synthetic diamond jewelry, and that it would to open a 60,000 square foot factory in Gresham by 2020.

Salem’s four-day algae nightmare might be ending soon.

In a special meeting of the Salem City Council on Friday afternoon, city officials revealed that the most recent test results for the city’s drinking water showed levels of cyanotoxins were below thresholds that create health concerns.

Lewis & Clark law professor Jim Oleske analyzes today’s 7-2 U.S. Supreme Court ruling in favor of a Colorado baker who refused to make a wedding cake for a gay couple. Business owners and same sex couples have had similar legal battles in Oregon and Washington.

Two years ago, Vanessa Roanhorse was in Taos, New Mexico, with her husband, and they walked by the Kit Carson museum.

"My husband was like 'who's Kit Carson?'” says Roanhorse. “I'm looking at him thinking, ‘how do you not know who Kit Carson is?'”

Although Carson is a significant part of US history, people outside of the Southwest generally have no idea who he was. He was a frontiersman, famous as a tracker and wilderness guide and for shaping New Mexico.

Outdoor Companies Move Beyond Gear And Gorp

Jun 1, 2018

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We get opinions and analysis of some of the big stories this week from Kalpana Krishnamurthy, Kerry Tymchuk and Christopher McKnight Nichols.

    

At a café near Williams College in the Berkshires, in western Massachusetts, students crammed for final exams. Sitting in the back, junior Tyler Tsay, an American studies major, had something else on his mind as well.

“It's very necessary to have an Asian American studies program, if only to complete the American Studies program that already exists on campus,” Tsay said.

Germany's Jewish population is small, somewhere around 200,000. Yet in German schoolyards, the word “Jew” is heard regularly, and not in a good way.

“'Jew' is an insult here,” says Berlin resident Gemma Michalski. “If you want to insult somebody, whether they're Jewish or not, it doesn't matter, but it's the thing you throw at them: 'Ah he's a real Jew,' or 'You're a Jew.' That's a sort of go-to insult.”

Leaders across Oregon have taken great pains in recent years to acknowledge the state’s racist past and dismantle tools of institutional racism in real estate. But the history lingers — maybe even in the documents of your home.

Racially restrictive covenants came to prominence in the 1920s. As neighborhoods were created in cities across the country, housing developers wanted to keep their communities exclusive by keeping out certain ethnic and religious groups.

Tess Carter stood face-to-face with Michael Alexander, the university's interim vice president for global diversity and inclusion, and told him what it's like to be a victim of rape on the PSU campus.

"It's been five, six months, and my rapist is still walking around," said Carter.

More than a dozen Portland State University students stood behind her, fitting themselves into the eighth floor elevator lobby of the university's Market Center Building with intentions to deliver 1,300 signatures to the PSU's Title IX coordinator, Julie Caron.

The north Minneapolis nonprofit is embarking on a major expansion of its offerings, which it hopes will allow its students to move from designing products to building them, too.

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Pa’lante, meaning “onwards” or “forward,” was the title of a newspaper published by the Young Lords, a Puerto Rican leftist group advocating for social change in the '70s. Now the newspaper and Pedro Pietri’s poem, "Puerto Rican Obituary," are leading inspirations for a new song by the band Hurray for the Riff Raff — and also for a new music video that captures life in post-storm Puerto Rico.

Donald Trump's lawyer Michael Cohen is facing legal peril, including an FBI raid of his home and office — and involvement in a civil lawsuit with adult film star Stormy Daniels.

But in the past, it was Cohen who sought to put legal pressure on others to solve problems for his boss.

For the first time, audio recordings of Cohen's legal threats, from a 2015 Daily Beast interview, are being published.

UPDATE (May 31, 2:00 p.m. PT) — Gov. Kate Brown is declaring an emergency and mobilizing Oregon National Guard soldiers in response to an ongoing water quality situation in and around Salem.

Brown's office said Thursday the troops would bring large portable water tanks — known as water buffaloes — to the Salem area to ease a shortage of bottled water. On Tuesday evening, the city of Salem announced officials had detected low levels of cyanotoxins in the city's drinking water supply.

In 1942, there were 44 people living on Attu Island, nearly all Alaska Natives. They were taken as captives to Japan, where half of them died. And after the war, the federal government forbade them from returning.

But in August, a group of 11 descendants finally visited their ancestral home for the first time.

Related: Seventy-five years after the Battle of Attu, veterans reflect on the cost of reclaiming US soil

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