07.08.16

Today’s Morning Buzz brings you the latest from Dallas, Texas were 11 police officers were shot during a protest over police shootings, Obama’s reaction to last nights shootings, and hear why Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton says race played a roll in the fatal shooting of Philando Castile.

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5 Dallas Officers Killed at Protest Against Police Shootings  Five Dallas police officers were killed and six others were wounded by snipers Thursday night during a demonstration protesting shootings by officers in Minnesota and Louisiana this week, the authorities said. The police say they believe four people coordinated the attack with rifles, Police Chief David O. Brown said, and positioned themselves in triangulated locations near the end of the route the protesters planned to take. The police had three people in custody and were negotiating in the early-morning hours with a fourth, who was in a garage in downtown Dallas at El Centro, a community college.

Obama: Dallas shootings ‘vicious, calculated, despicable attack on law enforcement’  The shootings in Dallas that killed five law enforcement officers and wounded several others are “a vicious calculated and despicable attack on law enforcement,” President Barack Obama said.

Minn. governor says race played role in fatal police shooting during traffic stop Following a fatal police shooting in a quiet suburb that rapidly rippled across the nation, Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton said in no uncertain terms Thursday that Philando Castile ended up dead at least in part because he was black. Dayton’s remarks came after fatal encounters between police and black men seized the eyes of the nation on consecutive days.

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How a $1.4B DOT plan in Virginia could boost high-speed rail in N.C.  Transportation officials say a project that was recently announced will completely transform travel along the East Coast. Dubbed the Atlantic Gateway project, the mammoth $1.4 billion buildout, detailed Tuesday by Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe, is aimed at improving more than 50 miles of the Interstate 95 corridor, from Fredericksburg to the Pentagon.

Kissimmee cop fighting for job after receiving termination letter  A Kissimmee police officer who had been under investigation since a hit-and-run crash at a Cocoa Beach topless bar last year is fighting for his job.

Mayor releases statement after man found hanging in Piedmont Park  Mayor Kasim Reed says officials will thoroughly investigate the death of a man found early Thursday hanging from a tree in Piedmont Park. A Fulton County Medical Examiner investigator said the death is consistent with a suicide. Officials are awaiting autopsy results to determine the cause of death, reports Atlanta Business Chronicle broadcast partner WXIA-TV. The man’s identity has not been released by police.

Trump May Become The First Republican In 60 Years To Lose White College Graduates  Donald Trump does really well among white voters without a college degree. Indeed, he is on track to carry that group by a wider margin than Mitt Romney did over President Obama four years ago. But there’s another side to that coin: While Trump is outperforming your run-of-the-mill Republican among whites without a college degree, he’s underperforming among white voters with a college degree. In fact, he is on a track to lose white college graduates.

The Police Are Killing People As Often As They Were Before Ferguson  Alton Sterling and Philando Castile: Two black men who were killed by police officers this week, their deaths captured on camera and protested by demonstrators and online activists who say that the men weren’t posing a threat, let alone one that justified deadly force.

What Will Make the Killings Stop?  I began writing this on Wednesday morning. Just hours before, late on Tuesday night another black person passed from life to death to the strange immortalization of a Twitter hashtag.

Washington’s total recreational marijuana sales pass $1 billion  Well, Washington (and tourists and neighbors from border states), you’ve gone and consumed more than a $1 billion worth of marijuana since the legal market began in July 2014.

I-1515, the ‘bathroom initiative,’ fails to make November ballot  Supporters of Initiative 1515 have canceled their Friday appointment to turn in signatures at the office of Secretary of State Kim Wyman, according to a late Thursday statement from spokesman Dave Ammons.

Flint doctor who blew the whistle on lead to get award A doctor hailed as a champion in the Flint water crisis is getting an award from AARP Michigan.

The No Man’s Land Beneath the Border Wall  There’s a small stretch of soil north of the Rio Grande river that’s still part of the United States, but exists below the Mexican border wall.

Is the U.S. Government Properly Funding Science?  Researchers among our readership share their frustrations with securing support through the National Institutes of Health, the agency of the U.S government primarily responsible for biomedical and health-related research.

Toronto Fights Fare Dodging With Friendly Faces  Passengers stream off a red streetcar at Spadina station, one of the worst in Toronto for fare evasion.

Why Bartenders and Firefighters Are Practicing Yoga at Work  Marcia Polas doesn’t care about what goes into a cocktail. When she watches a bartender at his craft, she’s more concerned about crooked shoulders, locked knees, uneven hips, swollen fingers, and creaky joints.

What to Expect From the June Jobs Report  At 8:30 a.m. Eastern, the Labor Department will report its latest figures on hiring and unemployment in June. Here’s what to expect.

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Local Government Confidential

City Council punts on NW Portland minimum parking requirements  The Portland City Council says it is focused on freeing up parking in crowded Northwest Portland, but it put off a decision for now on establishing parking requirements on new apartment buildings.

Budget, social media were major challenges, says departing Elgin city manager Looking back at his 16-plus years working for Elgin, City Manager Sean Stegall recalled the toughest decision he had to make happened in 2012, in the aftermath of the recession.

Prairie Village council struggles with how to proceed on consideration of repealing pit bull ban  The item wasn’t on the agenda, but discussion of whether and how the city might go about repealing its ban on pit bulls dominated much of Monday’s Prairie Village City Council meeting.