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Good morning, Portland! We're not out of the June gloom yet: Today's weather forecast predicts "considerable cloudiness" and a high of 63 degrees. Grab a sweater and get settled in to catch up on this weekend's news:
- All the rain we’ve been experiencing lately has come with some shitty consequences. The heavy downpours caused a casual 8,000 pounds of sewage to overflow into the Willamette River in Milwaukie over the weekend.
- The program meant to distribute energy efficient heat pumps (which provide AC) to low-income Portlanders kicked off last week. Reporter Isabella Garcia explains how the tax-funded program is reaching the most vulnerable residents in preparation for summer heat.
- The tricky thing with green energy—like solar and wind—is that it can only be collected when the weather is cooperating. To make up for those cloudy, non-windy days, Portland General Electric has built a first-of-its-kind facility that captures that green energy power and stores it in batteries for later use. OPB dives into the details.
- More than 30 people affiliated with the white supremacist group Patriot Front were arrested Saturday near a LGBTQ pride festival in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho. The group, armed with shields, smoke bombs, and a detailed game plan, was stopped by law enforcement following a tip that a group of people dressed like “a little army” had filed into a U-Haul truck outside a nearby hotel. The posse was arrested on "conspiracy to riot" charges. (In short, Idaho law enforcement did what Portland police could not the many times violent right-wing groups arrived in Portland looking for a fight.)
- Students marched for stronger gun control laws in downtown Portland Saturday:
About 300 people marched through downtown Portland today for the city's March For Our Lives event, a rally organized by local high school students and planned in concert with similar marches happening Saturday across the U.S.: pic.twitter.com/28kqkyAXaj— Cata Gaitán (@catalinagaitan_) June 11, 2022
- The march was in coordination with other March for Our Lives events across the country. Here's a peek at what those other marches looked like.
- The chances of the US Senate passing gun safety legislation just got a lot better. On Sunday, a bipartisan group of senators announced their support of a bill that would improve mental health resources, tighten school security, take firearms away from people deemed a “significant danger to themselves or others,” and mandate an "enhanced" review process for gun buyers under the age of 21. Importantly, it appears enough GOP senators support the legislation to get it across the finish line and out of filibuster purgatory.
- The January 6 committee hearings continue this week, featuring former Trump campaign manager Bill Stepien, former Fox News political editor Chris Stirewalt, former US Attorney for the Northern District of Georgia BJay Pak, and others.
- The US Supreme Court ruled this morning that Native Americans prosecuted in certain tribal courts can also be prosecuted for the same accusations in federal court, arguing that the violation of laws must be addressed in both jurisdictions.
- I leave you with this "business cat at the bar drinking" AI generated vision board to start your week off right: