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Side Notes 4/13-4/20 

Bend 2030 Invites Community to "Envision OSU – Cascades"

Bend 2030 is holding four workshops in April at local pubs and restaurants to give the community a chance to help shape the new campus of Oregon State University – Cascades. A report will be shared with OSU-Cascades following the workshops later this spring, with community feedback to be considered by the architectural design team.

"We're partnering with OSU-Cascades to present these interactive visioning workshops because everyone in our community has a stake in the development of this campus," said Bend 2030 Executive Director Erin Foote Marlowe.

The workshops, which will each be located in a different area of town, are a chance to provide input about the university's long-range development plan. Attendees will get to see preliminary campus models and plans, and are invited to comment, ask questions and offer insights to make the campus the best it can be.

Senators Call for NBA to Move 2017 All-Star Game out of North Carolina

WASHINGTON, D.C. – On Tuesday, April 12, Oregon's Sen. Jeff Merkley and Senators Mark Kirk (R-IL), Patrick Leahy (D-VT), Cory Booker (D-NJ), Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), and Patty Murray (D-WA) wrote to NBA Commissioner Adam Silver calling for a new location for the 2017 NBA All-Star game away from Charlotte, North Carolina.

The Senators' request for a new location follows North Carolina's passage of anti-LGBT legislation making it legal for businesses, government contractors, hotels and other institutions to discriminate against LGBT individuals.

"We cannot condone nor stand idly by as North Carolina moves to legalize and institutionalize discrimination against the LGBT community. Nor should the NBA allow its premier annual event to be hosted in such a state. Doing so, we believe, would be inconsistent with the NBA's history and values. Therefore, we echo the words of NBA Hall of Famer Charles Barkley and call on the NBA to move the All-Star game from Charlotte," the senators wrote.

The HB2 anti-LGBT legislation also prevents local governments from passing ordinances that give LGBT residents or visitors non-discrimination protections.

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