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PORTLAND, Ore., Jan. 26, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- Catholic Charities of Oregon, the official domestic relief agency of the Catholic Church in Western Oregon, has engaged Natalie Wood as its incoming executive director. Appointed with the approval of Archbishop Alexander Sample, Wood was selected by the board of directors following an intentional and thorough vetting process. Her hire was instigated by current executive director Deacon Rick Birkel's decision to retire in July 2022. Wood will join Catholic Charities on April 18 and closely collaborate with Deacon Birkel until his retirement, effective July 1.

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In a press conference last week that lasted nearly two hours, President Joe Biden expressed frustration with efforts by the opposition party to thwart the more ambitious aspects of his policy agenda.

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PORTLAND, Ore., Jan. 25, 2022 /PRNewswire/ --  The national organization Friends of the Children announced today the forthcoming establishment of a Phoenix, Ariz. chapter, a local, independent 501(c)3 that will serve children and families in the region who face multiple systemic obstacles. This newest chapter in the Friends of the Children national network signifies a bold success for the organization, which made a commitment in 2019 to scale from 18 to 25 locations by 2025.

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A failure to plan, the saying goes, is planning to fail. And over the past 30 years, this maxim has played out in the nation’s approach to climate-related disasters, particularly flooding. In 2021 alone, flooding has taken lives and destroyed homes and businesses from Tennessee and New Jersey to Washington state and Arkansas. The year was not an outlier: In each of the past five years, floods caused an average of $9 billion in damage and economic losses across the country.

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An Albany man who once was a registered nurse practiced nursing without a license in 2020 and 2021 and because of that, was denied when he tried to reactivate his license, according to the Oregon State Board of Nursing.