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Louisville police officers in riot gear during a May 2020 protest in honor of Beronna Taylor, a woman slain by Louisville cops.
Louisville police officers in riot gear during a May 2020 protest in honor of Beronna Taylor, a woman slain by Louisville cops. Brett Carlsen / Stringer

Good morning, Portland. The day's morning gray is expected to burn off by this afternoon—expect sunshine and the high 60s by 4pm. Now, for the news:

- VP Harris announced the White House will be sending $300 million to Central America to address food insecurity in Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador. The White House will also be helping finance migrant resource centers in Guatemala to assist people who need help migrating to or seeking asylum in the US.

- In President Biden's first joint address to Congress Wednesday night, he's expected to pitch a new plan to pay for billions of dollars of childcare, education and paid family leave by raising taxes on the wealthiest Americans. Dubbed the American Families Plan, the proposal suggests levying taxes on those who make more than $1 million annually (which, according to the White House represents about 500,000 households).

- US Attorney General Merrick Garland announced a federal civil rights investigation into Louisville's police department to determine whether its officers have a "pattern and practice" of using unreasonable force against people on basis of race. The news comes a week after Garland announced a similar probe into the Minneapolis Police Department. If the phrasing sounds familiar, it's probably because Portland police were the target of a similar investigation in 2011—and have been going through the motions of a settlement agreement with the feds ever since.

- I demand an explanation, OMSI:

- The city of DC will pay $1.6 million to settle two lawsuits accusing DC police of unlawfully detaining more than 200 protesters in mass arrests the day of Donald Trump’s presidential inauguration on January 20, 2017—aka "J20."

- The 2020 US Census numbers are in, and it illustrates a population shifting from the Northeast to the South and West. This shift is reflected in changing Congressional Districts based on state population. Here's which states will be losing and gaining districts in 2022 elections.

- Spoiler alert: Oregon is one of the states gaining a new congressional district to reflect its growing population! According to Census data, Oregon's population increased more than 10 percent over the past decade. With an April 2020 population of 4,237,256, Oregon will now be home to six members of Congress. But, where will the new district be located? That answer's still being ironed out by the state legislature.

- A 62-year-old Hillsboro man has been arrested by the feds for his involvement in the January 6 attack on the US Capitol. Reed Knox Christensen is the fourth Oregonian to be charged in connection with the attempted insurrection.

- A group of interfaith clergy members in Portland have some words for Mayor Wheeler:

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- Just in time for Spring weather: The Portland Bureau of Transportation landed a $47,600 grant from Travel Oregon to continue blocking off certain streets from car traffic to create pedestrian plazas and outdoor dining areas.

- Our food correspondent Suzette Smith shares her strongly-held bagel opinions and tips for picking up a tasty bagel to go from Spielman Bagels.