Washington lawmakers are preparing to vote on a state budget, just hours after making it available to the public.
In a news release Clatsop County says A familiar face is returning to the Clerk and Elections Office.County Manager Scott Somers announced that Maeve Kennedy Grimes will become County Clerk on Aug. 1.
The County Board of Commissioners adopted the 2013-14 fiscal year Clatsop County budget, after amending the budget to add $7,500 in contributions to local social service agencies. The contributions, which totaled $30,000 in the 2012-13 budget year, were recommended for elimination in the upcoming budget as a cost-saving measure to improve the county's financial health.
"The hottest weather of the season is likely on the way for the Pacific Northwest this coming weekend, and it could get even hotter next week." So says Steve Pierce President, Oregon Chapter of the American Meteorological Society. in a news release pierce says "In fact, the entire western half of the country is about to bake under what could be a near record setting heatwave for some locations in the southwest.
Sunset Empire Transportation District Directors meet Thursday morning to hold a hearing on the proposed fiscal year budget that their Executive Director says focuses on stability for the organization. Jay Flint has had his hands full since replacing disgraced former Executive Director Cindy Howe in 2011.
Two rulings today from the Supreme Court will be celebrated by supporters of gay marriage. First, the court struck down a provision of the federal Defense of Marriage Act, and ruled that legally-married same-sex couples should get the same federal benefits as heterosexual couples. The court also cleared the way for same-sex marriage in California. The justices ruled that opponents of gay marriage didn't have the right to appeal lower court rulings that struck down a ban on same-sex unions.
The federal government may no longer use what's been its most potent tool to stop voting discrimination over the past half century. A divided Supreme Court today declared unconstitutional a provision of the landmark Voting Rights Act -- a provision that determines which states and localities have to get Washington's approval to make changes in election laws.