News RSS Feed | KOBI-TV NBC5 / KOTI-TV NBC2 http://kobi5.com Tue, 31 Mar 2015 01:22:35 -0700 Joomla! - Open Source Content Management en-gb Texas Sen. Ted Cruz announces presidential bid http://kobi5.com/news/national-world-news/item/texas-sen-ted-cruz-announces-presidential-bid.html http://kobi5.com/news/national-world-news/item/texas-sen-ted-cruz-announces-presidential-bid.html Texas Sen. Ted Cruz announces presidential bid

(NBC NEWS) -- Texas Sen. Ted Cruz is the first in for 2016.

"I'm running for President and I hope to earn your support!" Cruz announced on Twitter early Monday.

The conservative Republican famed for his staunch opposition to the president's signature health care law and his executive actions on immigration will announce the start of his campaign at an address at Liberty University in Virginia later in the day, making him the first presidential candidate to formally announce a White House run.A favorite of Tea Party activists, Cruz is known for his filibuster-like speech to protest the Affordable Care Act as a government shutdown loomed in 2013.

First elected to the Senate in 2012, Cruz previously served as the the solicitor general of Texas.

In a March NBC News/ Wall Street Journal poll, 40 percent of GOP primary voters said they could see themselves supporting Cruz for president, while 38 percent said they could not see themselves backing him.

 

The news of Cruz's run was first reported by the Houston Chronicle late Saturday night.

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Sun, 22 Mar 2015 23:59:19 -0700
Governor signs New Motor Voter bill into law http://kobi5.com/news/item/governor-signs-new-motor-voter-bill-into-law.html http://kobi5.com/news/item/governor-signs-new-motor-voter-bill-into-law.html Governor signs New Motor Voter bill into law

Salem, Ore. -- It's official, Oregon's New Motor Voter bill is now law.

Governor Kate Brown signed it on Monday.  

The New Motor Voter bill removes barriers to voter registration and makes it easier for eligible Oregonians to receive a ballot.

"When someone moves to Oregon, why should they have to fill out multiple forms for multiple agencies? They should be able to complete one form, one time," said Governor Brown.

Now the Department of Transportation can provide the Secretary of State with electronic records.

Governor Brown said the bill will empower more Oregonians to exercise their right to vote. 

Brown worked on the legislation when she served as Secretary of State.

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Mon, 16 Mar 2015 17:24:15 -0700
Speculation over U.S. Attorney for Oregon's leave of absence http://kobi5.com/news/national-world-news/item/speculation-on-us-attorney-for-oregon-s-leave-of-absence.html http://kobi5.com/news/national-world-news/item/speculation-on-us-attorney-for-oregon-s-leave-of-absence.html Speculation over U.S. Attorney for Oregon's leave of absence

Ore. -- (KGW) There’s speculation tonight, March 16th, about why the U.S. Attorney for Oregon has taken a leave of absence.

The U.S. Attorney's Office was able to confirm that Amanda Marshall, the top federal prosecutor in the state is on leave, but wouldn't go into details as to why, but according to the Oregonian, the U.S. Justice Department is investigating a relationship Marshall allegedly had with assistant U.S. Attorney Scott M. Kerin, her subordinate.

Marshall told the Oregonian she's been having health issues for months and quote "can't serve right now."

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Mon, 16 Mar 2015 15:25:11 -0700
No more Andrew Jackson on the $20 bill? http://kobi5.com/news/national-world-news/item/no-more-andrew-jackson-on-the-20-bill.html http://kobi5.com/news/national-world-news/item/no-more-andrew-jackson-on-the-20-bill.html No more Andrew Jackson on the $20 bill?

Ore. --- Every face on American money is a man's, but one group wants that to change.

Women on Twenty’s or W-20 started a campaign to take Andrew Jackson off of the $20 bill and put a woman in his place.

NBC5 news hit the streets of Medford to see what you think of the idea.

Teresa Gaglio, "We have been named after hurricanes and tornadoes, and it’s about time we are named after something that is worth something!"

Michael Ross, "There has been a lot of woman who have done a lot of important things for this country."

Zarith Hammond, "It is just another step for equality."

W-20 has gained President Obama's support for the concept and now they want to public to chime in.

On their website, womenon20s.org, you can vote for one of 15 women including Eleanor Roosevelt, Rosa Parks, and Harriet Tubman.

Sacagawea and Susan B. Anthony have been featured on limited runs of coins.

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Fri, 13 Mar 2015 15:26:11 -0700
Clinton addresses emails http://kobi5.com/news/national-world-news/item/clinton-addresses-emails.html http://kobi5.com/news/national-world-news/item/clinton-addresses-emails.html Clinton addresses emails

(NBC News)  After days of brewing controversy Hillary Clinton is defending her use of private emails as Secretary of State as a matter of convenience, and nothing more.

"Looking back, it would have been better if I simply had used a second email account and carried a separate phone, but at the time, this didn't seem like an issue," Clinton said in a Tuesday afternoon press conference.

The former secretary says the vast majority of her emails were to government employees and archived by government email servers.

"I fully complied with every rule I was governed by," she noted.

Clinton says 55,000 of emails have been handed over to the State Department, which announced they'll be publicly released after they've been reviewed and redacted.

"We said we expect the review to take several months, obviously, that hasn't changed. The release will be placed on a publicly available website," explained State Department spokesperson Jen Psaki.

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Tue, 10 Mar 2015 15:04:26 -0700
Clinton emails scrutinized http://kobi5.com/news/national-world-news/item/clinton-emails-scrutinized.html http://kobi5.com/news/national-world-news/item/clinton-emails-scrutinized.html Clinton emails scrutinized

(NBC News)  As Hillary Clinton considers entering the 2016 race for president a potential political problem has emerged.

According to the New York Times, the former Secretary of State exclusively used a personal email account to conduct official government business during her time in office.
 
A Clinton spokesman defended the nation's former top diplomat, saying she followed the "letter and spirit of the rules" when engaging with department officials.

A statement reads, in part: "For government business, she emailed them on their department accounts, with every expectation they would be retained."

Some political analysts find it highly unusual.

"There are lots of briefings that you have when you go into the White House about preserving any email you have, making sure it's part of your official account. I think it's something that they're going to have to explain in good measure today," says former White House Press Secretary and current NBC News Political Analyst Robert Gibbs.
 
Clinton is not the first Secretary of State to utilize a personal account.

NBC News has learned Colin Powell used private email when he was in office because the State Department's computer system was famously obsolete.

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Tue, 03 Mar 2015 13:05:19 -0800
Obama vetoes Keystone X-L oil pipeline http://kobi5.com/news/item/obama-vetoes-keystone-x-l-oil-pipeline.html http://kobi5.com/news/item/obama-vetoes-keystone-x-l-oil-pipeline.html

Washington, D.C.-- President Obama exercised his veto power for the first time in five years, rejecting legislation that would have given final approval to the Keystone X-L oil pipeline.

The planned pipeline would transport oil from Canada to the Gulf of Mexico. Republicans aren't believed to have enough votes to override the veto.

Advocates say the pipeline would create jobs, but opponents say there are too many environmental risks. The project has been under review by the state department for years.

A White House official said it is possible that the president could approve the pipeline once that review is finished.

 

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Wed, 25 Feb 2015 08:29:33 -0800
Funding fight continues http://kobi5.com/news/national-world-news/item/funding-fight-continues.html http://kobi5.com/news/national-world-news/item/funding-fight-continues.html Funding fight continues

(NBC News)  The Senate is considering a deal that would pass a Homeland Security funding bill derailed by a separate fight over President Obama's executive orders on immigration.

The possible breakthrough comes four days before 200,000 Transportation Security Administration officers, border guards and Secret Service agents would stop getting paid, but still be required to work.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has backed down and agreed to offer a "clean" funding bill on funding the Department of Homeland Security along with a separate vote to block President Obama's executive orders that would allow millions of undocumented immigrants to stay in the United States. 

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Tue, 24 Feb 2015 15:34:45 -0800
Oregon's new Governor speaks to press http://kobi5.com/news/item/oregon-s-new-governor-speaks-to-press.html http://kobi5.com/news/item/oregon-s-new-governor-speaks-to-press.html Oregon's new Governor speaks to press

Salem, Ore. --- Oregon’s new Governor met with the press for the first time Friday as the state's leader.

Kate Brown was appointed to office on Wednesday, following the resignation of Governor John Kitzhaber amid an alleged scandal involving his fiance.

Brown spoke about resolving the contract dispute crippling major west coast ports. 

“The port situation is a top priority for me, I have no intention of losing the 900 jobs that it would entail for both rural and urban Oregon. I've asked to meet with authorities at the port and the union to discuss options,” says Brown.

The contract dispute between port operators and dock-workers has been going on since May. The standoff reached fever pitch this month when port operators shut down 29 west coast ports for four days.

A deal between the groups could take several weeks, clearing the backlog of cargo currently clogging ports could take an additional two months.

President Barack Obama sent Labor Secretary Tom Perez to California this week to mediate the dispute.

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Fri, 20 Feb 2015 15:15:02 -0800
Controversial comments http://kobi5.com/news/national-world-news/item/controversial-comments.html http://kobi5.com/news/national-world-news/item/controversial-comments.html Controversial comments

N.Y. --- (NBC News) The three-day White House summit on violent extremism is over, but critics are still buzzing about what President Obama said - and did not say.

Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani is trending after questioning President Obama's patriotism.

At a private dinner he told Republican donors "I do not believe that the President loves America." "I find it wrong in every possible way that it can be wrong," said Undersecretary of State Richard Stengel.

Here's how Giuliani explained it. "He's a patriot I'm sure. What I'm saying is in his rhetoric I do hear him criticize America much more often than other American presidents," said former Mayor Giuliani.

For the second day in a row President Obama insisted that fighting terror is not about fighting Islam. "The notion that the west is at war with Islam is an ugly lie," said President Obama.

Critics slammed the president for not calling it "Islamic terror."

But he got high praise from Muslim leaders. "I really want to commend him for making this big step and for calling us his partners," said Muslim Activist,  Hedieh Mirahmadi.

"Just because one has committed a crime doesn't mean a whole community should be condemned," said Muhammed Ashafa from the Interfaith Mediation Center.  

The administration remains focused on preventing radicals from recruiting young Americans.

To do that, the president announced a new virtual exchange program for youth from different countries, and a point-person inside his administration to focus on violent extremism.

Tracie Potts, NBC News.

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Fri, 20 Feb 2015 13:09:49 -0800