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Good morning, Portland! Today is another beautiful, cloudy, cold-as-shit day in the PNW, so grab a hot bevvy before you tuck into this news.
In local news:
• Despite ending its school resource officer program in 2020, Portland Public Schools now has a contract with the Portland Police Bureau to provide security at school sporting events. Cops at school events returned this school year following a series of shootings nearby multiple high schools. So far, PPS has spent $18,837 on police support.
• When Mayor Wheeler reshuffled which commissioners were responsible for which city bureaus earlier this year, climate activists were hopeful when Commissioner Carmen Rubio took over the Bureau of Development Services—the bureau overseeing Zenith Energy's oil operations in Portland. However, despite Rubio's focus on "climate, climate, climate," she has all but announced that she will not reconsider Portland's deal with Zenith to transition its crude oil operations to renewable fuels in five years.
• Mayors… they’re just like us!
Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler's regularly scheduled meeting w/ Gov. Tina Kotek and MultCo Chair Jessica Vega Pederson will be postponed this week.— Shane D. Kavanaugh (@shanedkavanaugh) January 31, 2023
The mayor was selected to serve on a two-day jury trial. https://t.co/ryOUnrwkGA
• By the way, those long, green, bendy TriMet buses are back in action after being pulled from the streets due to a mechanical issue two months ago. The buses have a higher capacity and the ability to board riders at three doors simultaneously, allowing for quicker stops.
• As Oregon struggles to combat overdose deaths, State Representative Maxine Dexter is looking to make overdose-reversing drugs like Narcan and Naloxone more widely available in Oregon through a package of legislative bills. Dexter’s bills would loosen restrictions on who can distribute naloxone kits, allowing firefighters, police officers, and other first responders to carry and distribute kits to people they interact with, as well as permitting buildings open to the public—like bars and libraries—to have naloxone kits on hand.
What's up, trash pandas? 🦝 It's time to dig through this week's gossipy garbage with THE TRASH REPORT from @ElinorJoneser. This week: A Pamela Anderson/Julian Assange hook-up, runaway Republicans, and soooo many delicious Rick Astley references! 😍https://t.co/HRjcSQ2ava— Portland Mercury 🗞 (@portlandmercury) January 30, 2023
In national news:
• President Biden plans to end the national emergencies for addressing COVID-19 on May 11, paving the way to treat the virus as an endemic instead of a pandemic. Ending the emergency declarations could also trigger an increase in COVID vaccine prices, with Pfizer saying it will charge up to $130 per dose. Free at-home tests provided by the government will also end, and hospitals will no longer get extra payments for treating COVID patients.
• A seventh Memphis police officer has been disciplined for their role in the death of Tyre Nichols, who was beaten by police and died in the hospital three days later. Five officers were fired and charged with murder, a sixth was “relived of duty,” and a seventh was suspended. Additionally, two EMTs and a fire department lieutenant were fired following an internal investigation into their involvement in Nichols’ death.
Artificial intelligence has predicted that the world will likely breach the internationally agreed-upon climate change threshold in about a decade, according to a new study that’s more pessimistic than previous modeling. https://t.co/UfC6FZb8mk— The Associated Press (@AP) January 30, 2023
• New York Representative George Santos has voluntarily recused himself from serving on committees following weeks of backlash after a revelation that he lied about his past work experience, education, and more during his campaign. During a closed-door meeting Tuesday morning, Santos said his presence has become a distraction. Santos was previously assigned seats on the House Small Business and Science committees.
• Here’s a baby otter for your troubles:
Good morning pic.twitter.com/8fTteGwEpL— Oregon Zoo (@OregonZoo) January 30, 2023