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Oregon's Hood River Valley. Photo: Don & Melinda Crawford/Education Images/Universal Images Group via Getty Images

Oregon's state legislature approved a resolution Monday night to update the lyrics of the state song in order to remove racist language and be more inclusive, per Oregon Live.

Why it matters: "Oregon, My Oregon" was written 101 years ago and the lyrical changes are intended to ensure that the song reflects the "cultural, historical, economic and societal evolution" of the state, according to the resolution.

  • Oregon was founded as a "whites-only" state, with laws passed that were designed to exclude Black people from living in the state. The last of these laws were repealed in 1926 — five years after the song was written.

The big picture: The song's original lyrics spoke of Oregon being "conquered and held by free men; fairest and the best," with new lyrics emphasizing Oregon’s natural grandeur, including "majestic mountains" and "rolling rivers."

  • A line referencing being "blest by the blood of martyrs” has been changed to "blessed by the love of freedom," notes the resolution.
  • Other small changes are also included throughout, per Oregon Live.

Of note: The resolution cites the "ongoing national movement to secure truly equal treatment for peoples of all racial and ethnic backgrounds" as motivation for the change in lyrics.

What's next: The resolution now heads to Gov. Kate Brown's (D) desk to be signed into law.

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The National Transportation Safety Board announced Sunday that it's sent a team to Alabama to help investigate a fiery multi-vehicle crash that killed 10 people, including nine children.

The big picture: Saturday's crash, south of Montgomery, occurred amid a tropical depression that left 13 people dead in Alabama as it triggered flash floods and tornadoes that razed "dozens of homes" in the Southeast over the weekend, per AP. Parts of the Midwest were also badly hit, including Indiana and Chicago, where a tornado struck late Sunday.

Laurel Hubbard to become 1st openly trans athlete to compete at Olympics

New Zealand's Laurel Hubbard at the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games in Australia, when she became the first openly transgender athlete to represent NZ. Photo: Scott Barbour/Getty Images

The New Zealand Olympic Committee has announced that Laurel Hubbard has been selected for the women's weightlifting team for the Tokyo Games — making her the first openly transgender athlete to compete at the event.

The big picture: Hubbard, 43, is part of a five-member Kiwi weightlifting team and will compete in the women's super heavyweight category. Meanwhile, BMX rider Chelsea Wolfe will become the first openly trans athlete to travel to the Olympics with Team USA, when she arrives in Tokyo as a reserve rider.

American Airlines cuts hundreds of flights amid demand surge

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American Airlines announced Sunday that it's cutting some 950 flights from its schedule, including 296 this weekend, to reduce potential pressure on its operations, the Wall Street Journal first reported.

Driving the news: The U.S. vaccine rollout has led to a massive increase in travel bookings. The airline noted in an emailed statement that it's facing an "incredibly quick ramp up of customer demand."