11.19.2016

Today’s Buzz features Amsterdam giving up on natural gas, a Trump University settlement, and the World Chess Championships. Enjoy!

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We’re Buzzin’

Will Jeff Sessions Roll Back Civil-Rights Protections? Donald Trump’s pick for attorney general has a record of hostility toward the federal government’s role in curtailing discrimination on the basis of race, sexuality, and immigration status.

New York Attorney General Says Trump Agrees To Trump University Settlement: A $25 million settlement agreement has been reached in the civil fraud lawsuits against President-elect Donald Trump and Trump University, according to New York’s state attorney general. Eric Schneiderman called the settlement “a stunning reversal by Donald Trump and a major victory for the over 6,000 victims of his fraudulent university” in a written statement. The allegations have been a major point of controversy for the President-elect for years.

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Luncheon: Welcome to Oregon Luncheon for Ann Ober  December 7, 2016 12:00 am – 1:00 pm PST

Meetup: Seahawks, Packers, and ELGL December 10, 2016 5:00 pm

Webinar: Public-Private Partnerships Part II CPBB to co-present with leading public-private local government provider SafeBuilt Tuesday, December 13, 2016 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM EST

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What Gwen Ifill Knew About Race in America: “If I weren’t a better person … I swear, I would worry about our lovely nation,” she once told me.

Trump Takes Credit For Saving A U.S. Ford Plant That Wasn’t Planning To Move: President-elect Donald Trump took to Twitter on Thursday night to say Ford Motor Co. executive chairman William Ford Jr. had called to say the company would not move production of the Lincoln MKC from its Louisville Assembly Plant to Mexico.

Trump Names Picks For National Security Adviser, Attorney General, CIA Director: President-elect Donald Trump announced his selections today for three key posts: Michael Flynn for national security adviser, Sen. Jeff Sessions for attorney general and Rep. Mike Pompeo for CIA director.

Why Amsterdam Is Giving Up on Natural Gas: The city plans to wean its homes off domestic natural gas by 2050, starting now.

Ivanka Trump sits in on meeting with Japanese prime minister: President-elect Donald Trump’s daughter Ivanka sat in on his first face-to-face meeting with a foreign leader, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, according to a photo of the impromptu Trump Tower summit released by the Japanese government.

Senators push for expedited FINRA review of Wells Fargo, as scandal fallout continues: A group of senators, including Elizabeth Warren (D-Massachusetts), is pushing federal regulators for an expedited review of Wells Fargo, to find out whether or not it inappropriately terminated employees who did not meet the bank’s goals set under aggressive and illegal sales tactics.

A Confused Magnus Carlsen Escapes With A Draw At The World Chess Championship: “Gonna be a draw,” a grandmaster texted me as the setting sun cast a red tinge on the East River off lower Manhattan. It was around 5 p.m. on Thursday, and my attention was split between the light filtering through the masts of the tall ships at the pier outside the window and the crucial but lumbering game of chess being played by two geniuses on the other side of the hall. Shortly after 6 p.m., a commotion broke the calm.

Local Gov Confidential

Oregon Zoo polar bear Tasul dead at age 31: Tasul, one of two polar bears at the Oregon Zoo and one of the oldest of the ursine creatures in captivity, was euthanized Friday morning due to complications arising from ovarian cancer.

Section 8 tenants flee Seattle’s high rents, compete for housing in smaller cities: On a recent Saturday morning, Elmika James settled into a couch inside the subsidized, three-bedroom apartment she fears she could soon lose and began searching for a new home.

Portland Mayor’s office challenges higher homeless count: On Thursday the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development said the number of homeless people in the Portland-Gresham-Multnomah County area increase 1 percent in 2016. According to the department’s 2016 Annual Homeless Assistance Report, the number jumped to 3,915 homeless people, an increase of 113 since 2015.

Despite Hurricane Matthew, Triangle home sales up in October: While the Triangle was spared from the most serious of Hurricane Matthew’s flooding and destruction that hit eastern North Carolina in October, the market still lost a good three days of selling activity due to the widespread power outages and cleanup that followed.

‘Save the white race’ fliers surface on ASU Tempe campus: Just days after Arizona State University issued a letter attempting to calm concerns about “social tensions” and divisions at the school, fliers referring to “save the white race” have surfaced on the university’s Tempe campus.