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NORTHWEST NEWS

Oregon Supreme Court Gives Judge Deadline on Virus Ruling

Baker County Circuit Judge Matthew Shirtcliff ruled Gov. Brown's stay-at-home orders are invalid but Supreme Court want explanation

Three-Car Derailment in North Portland Signals Ongoing Safety Concerns

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During Pandemic, Educators and Community Partners Hope to Bridge the Gap for Students of Color

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NEWS BRIEFS

OSF Appoints David Schmitz as Fourth Executive Director

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New Poll Reveals COVID-19's Impacts on African American Communities

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Spike in coronavirus cases in Oregon traced to gatherings

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Judge dismisses lawsuit against pellet grill company

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — A district court judge has dismissed a proposed class action lawsuit against barbecue grill manufacturer Traeger Pellet Grills, deciding the defendants failed to establish the court has jurisdiction.U.S. District Court Judge Bruce Jenkins of Utah dismissed without...

Kansas, Missouri renew Border War with 4-game football set

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Kansas and Missouri are resuming their bitter Border War in football after the former Big 12 rivals agreed to a four-game series in which each school will play two home games beginning in September 2025.The fourth-longest rivalry in college football dates to 1891, but...

OPINION

Ballot Measure 26-210 is Needed Now

Though this measure was referred to the ballot by Metro, it was written by the HereTogether coalition ...

The Skanner News May Primary 2020 Endorsements

Read The Skanner News' midterm election endorsements for Oregon, Multnomah County, Portland, and ballot measures ...

A New Earth Day

Happy Earth Day. If we actually mean it, we will elect representatives who will force the military to clean up their pollution ...

Covid-19 Financial Warning: Consumers and Banks Should Stay Away From Payday Loans

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AFRICAN AMERICANS IN THE NEWS

Atlanta is home to 2 potential contenders for Biden's VP

ATLANTA (AP) — Neither public rivals nor personal friends, Keisha Lance Bottoms and Stacey Abrams spent years climbing parallel ladders at Atlanta City Hall and the Georgia Capitol. They are now Georgia’s most influential African American women. Bottoms, the 50-year-old Atlanta mayor,...

2020 Watch: Differing views on remaking post-virus economy

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ENTERTAINMENT

Kirk 2.0: Capt. Pike of new ‘Star Trek’ a welcome new icon

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Celebrity birthdays for the week of May 31-June 6

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U.S. & WORLD NEWS

VIRUS DIARY: Finding a surprising source of support in an ex

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Lebanon's migrant workers' plight worsens as crises multiply

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AP PHOTOS: Confined Moroccans find new ways to celebrate Eid

CASABLANCA Morocco (AP) — Instead of mass prayers and large family gatherings filled with colorful clothes,...

Asia Today: Philippines trying to ease quarantine congestion

BANGKOK (AP) — As about 24,000 Filipinos who lost their jobs abroad are being transported by land, sea or...

AP PHOTOS: Confined Moroccans find new ways to celebrate Eid

CASABLANCA Morocco (AP) — Instead of mass prayers and large family gatherings filled with colorful clothes,...

Hong Kong leader says security law not a threat to freedoms

HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong's leader said Tuesday that national security legislation proposed by China's...

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The U.S. Senate passed long-delayed legislation in September designed to open up credit to small businesses and award them with other incentives to expand and hire new workers.
Democrats won a 61-38 vote to pass the legislation, joined by two Republicans. The measure would establish a $30 billion government fund to help open up lending for credit-starved small businesses, cut their taxes and boost Small Business Administration loan programs.
The tally gives President Barack Obama and his besieged Democratic allies in Congress a much-sought — but relatively modest — political victory with less than seven weeks to go before Election Day, Nov. 2.
"At a time when small business owners are still struggling to make payroll and they're still holding off hiring, we put together a plan that would give them some tax relief and make it easier for them to take out loans," Obama said Wednesday.
The new loan fund would be available to community banks to encourage lending to small businesses. Supporters say banks should be able to use the fund to leverage up to $300 billion in loans.
The loan fund is opposed, however, by most Republicans, who liken it to the 2008 bailout of the financial system. They warn it would encourage banks to make loans to borrowers who aren't good credit risks.
Democrats say the measure is needed to help small businesses cope with a credit crunch that worsened dramatically after the financial crisis two years ago.
This legislation would also aid lending by lowering Small Business Administration loan program fees and raising loan guarantee and lending limits.
"This small business jobs bill would give small businesses $12 billion in tax cuts. It would increase small business lending. It would help small business owners to get private capital to finance expansion and hire new workers," said Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus, a Democrat. "And all these things would help small businesses to create as many as a half a million jobs."
The measure had been delayed for months and was successfully blocked by Republicans in July. But on Tuesday, Democrats cracked the logjam with the help of two Republicans, Sens. George Voinovich and George LeMieux. That set the stage for Thursday's vote.
After Senate passage, the bill would return to the House, which is likely to approve it for Obama's signature.
The bill is advancing too late to help lower a 9.6 percent nationwide unemployment rate before Election Day. It follows successful efforts this year to provide a temporary payroll tax holiday to companies that hire the jobless, and to extend assistance to the unemployed, cash-starved state governments and local school districts.

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