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Dan Rayfield likely to be Oregon’s next House speaker

Jan. 17, 2022 11:30 AM EST

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — State Rep. Dan Rayfield is poised to be the next Oregon House Speaker after being officially nominated by Democratic representatives for the post. Oregon Public Broadcasting reports that Rayfield, of Corvallis, prevailed Sunday in a contested race to replace...

Indigenous group to turn ex-booze hotbed into healing center

Jan. 15, 2022 01:02 AM EST

VERMILLION, S.D. (AP) — Thunder Valley Community Development Corporation wants to change the narrative of the small unincorporated border town of Whiteclay, Nebraska. The small town’s four liquor stores left a decades-long scar on the people of the nearby Pine Ridge Indian...

DeFazio endorses Hoyle in 4th District race

Jan. 15, 2022 00:28 AM EST

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Retiring Oregon Democratic U.S. Rep. Peter DeFazio has endorsed Val Hoyle in the race to replace him in the 4th District Congressional seat. DeFazio is stepping down from the position he’s held since 1987. Oregon Public Broadcasting reports that DeFazio pointed...

Lionel Richie to receive Gershwin Prize for pop music

Jan. 13, 2022 08:14 AM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Lionel Richie will be honored all night long for his musical achievements. The Library of Congress said Thursday that Richie will receive the national library's Gershwin Prize for Popular Song. He will be bestowed the prize at an all-star tribute in Washington,...

Officials identify man shot, killed by Vancouver police

Jan. 12, 2022 17:00 PM EST

VANCOUVER, Wash. (AP) — Officials in southwest Washington have identified the man that Vancouver police shot and killed Sunday at a mobile home park after police say he confronted officers with a knife. Oregon Public Broadcasting reports 45-year-old Luis Ku Huitzil died from...

Gov. Kate Brown has $200 million workforce development plan

Jan. 12, 2022 13:35 PM EST

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Oregon Gov. Kate Brown is proposing a a $200 million legislative package to bolster the state’s workforce during the pandemic. Oregon Public Broadcasting reports the program, titled “Future Ready Oregon,” aims to prioritize key populations...

Refugee resettlement in South Dakota declining

Jan. 10, 2022 11:27 AM EST

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — The agency that oversees refugee resettlement in South Dakota says there has been a noticeable decline in the number of people resettling in the state over the last few years. South Dakota welcomed 52 refugees in 2021, compared to 439 in 2016, according the...

Businesses weather pandemic via e-commerce, social media

Jan. 10, 2022 01:07 AM EST

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) — While some South Dakota businesses have struggled during the pandemic, others have seen success by expanding e-commerce, online messaging, and social media services. Every week, quilters from around the world can participate in Fabric Friday, a virtual...

Kristof asks OR high court to overturn residency decision

Jan. 07, 2022 19:00 PM EST

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Former New York Times columnist Nick Kristof filed a petition with the Oregon Supreme Court on Friday, asking justices to quickly overturn Secretary of State Shemia Fagan’s determination he does not meet the state Constitution’s three-year residency requirement to run for...

Courtney, Oregon's longest-serving lawmaker, retiring

Jan. 05, 2022 19:23 PM EST

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Oregon's longest-serving lawmaker and current Senate President, Peter Courtney, confirmed on Wednesday he is retiring. Oregon Public Broadcasting reports that Courtney, a Democrat in his 38th year as a lawmaker, informed colleagues he would not seek...