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Oregon's Top Courts Begin Reversing Nonunanimous Convictions

These are the first of hundreds — and perhaps thousands — of cases that are being scrutinized

Washington Issues New Guidelines for Religious Services

Gov. Inslee announced Wednesday that churches, mosques and synagogues can resume in-person services, with those in counties in the second stage of the reopening plan. King County, which includes Seattle, is among the 15 counties still in Phase 1.

Multnomah County Weighs Impact to Communities of Color in Decision to Re-Open

Multnomah County will submit its application to enter Phase 1 of reopening on June 5, with the goal to reopen June 12.

Huge Washington Unemployment Fraud Warning to Other States

Officials hint that hundreds of millions of dollars have been paid out in fake unemployment claims.


Oregon Health Authority Investigating COVID-19 Increase at Unnamed Business

Oregon reports 71 new confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases today, no new deaths ...

Some Columbia River Gorge Trails, Parks Reopen Today

Crowded sites including most waterfall viewing areas, campgrounds, and visitor’s centers will stay closed because of the coronavirus...

Over 60 Percent of U.S. Households Have Responded to 2020 Census

Washington is one of the 6 states with the highest self-response rates and both Seattle and Portland are one of the top 8 cities with...

Federal Court Rules Florida Law That Undermined Voting Rights Restoration Is Unconstitutional

The law required people with past convictions to pay all outstanding legal fees, costs, fines, and restitution before regaining their...

Oregon's top courts begin reversing nonunanimous convictions

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Oregon's top two courts on Thursday began reversing convictions by nonunanimous juries, the first of hundreds — and perhaps ultimately thousands — of cases that will be scrutinized after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in April that nonunanimous jury verdicts...

Judge considering challenge to Inslee emergency virus orders

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — A judge in central Washington state is considering whether Gov. Jay Inslee's emergency stay-at-home orders issued in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic are constitutional or should be lifted.The orders were issued two months ago and resulted in the closure of...

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...


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

When living costs exceed available financial resources, tough times lead to tough decisions ...


Trump escalates war on Twitter, social media protections

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump escalated his war on social media companies Thursday, signing an executive order challenging the liability protections that have served as a bedrock for unfettered speech on the internet.Still, the move appears to be more about politics than...

Minneapolis braces for more violence over death in custody

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A wounded Minneapolis braced for more violence Thursday, a day after rioting over the death of a handcuffed black man in police custody reduced parts of one neighborhood to a smoking shambles, with burned buildings, looted stores and angry graffiti demanding justice.The...

Officer will keep job despite racist email about virus masks

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — An Oklahoma police officer will keep his job after being disciplined for responding to an email about department-issued coronavirus protective masks by sending racist images of people with white bags over their faces carrying torches, reminiscent of the Ku Klux Klan...


New novel coming in 2021 from author of 'The Revenant'

NEW YORK (AP) — The author of “The Revenant,” the historical novel adapted into the Oscar-winning movie starring Leonardo DiCaprio, will be publishing his first new work of fiction in nearly 20 years. Henry Holt and Company announced Thursday that Michael Punke's...

Winfrey, Pitt part of Grammys special for essential workers

NEW YORK (AP) — The Grammys is putting together an event featuring Brad Pitt, Oprah Winfrey, Herbie Hancock and Harry Connick, Jr. to honor essential workers across America.The Recording Academy, which puts on the Grammy Awards annually, announced Thursday that the two-hour special,...

In a NY state of mind, Guetta readies virus relief concert

NEW YORK (AP) — When hundreds of artists started singing from their living rooms when the coronavirus pandemic hit, Grammy-winning DJ-producer David Guetta still wanted to perform in front of a live audience.So the hitmaker set up shop in front of a 205-foot pool at the Icon Brickell in...


Boston Marathon canceled for 1st time in 124-year history

BOSTON (AP) — Organizers canceled the Boston Marathon on Thursday for the first time in its history, bowing...

US: Transgender sports inclusion violates others' rights

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut's policy allowing transgender girls to compete as girls in high school...

Buzz kill: Pot shops reopen, but some fear another shutdown

BOSTON (AP) — Marijuana shops in many states have enjoyed brisk business during the coronavirus pandemic....

Germany confronts Russian ambassador over cyberattack

BERLIN (AP) — Germany said Thursday it is seeking EU sanctions against a Russian man over his alleged role...

Hungary to commemorate victims of Danube boat catastrophe

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Commemorations will be held Friday on the anniversary of the Danube River tragedy...

French way of life to resume with restaurants reopening

PARIS (AP) — The French way of life is set to largely resume next week, with most virus-related...

The Skanner News

This release was just sent out by the Portland Public Schools. District spokesman Matt Shelby says it does not cover the schools which were closed or the central office staff who already received pink slips, including the community engagement staff dedicated to working with immigrant and refugee families.

More details as they are made available.

Tentative Agreement Restores School Cuts, Maintains Full School Year

The Mayor's Office, the Portland Association of Teachers, and Portland Public Schools have reached a tentative agreement that would restore school staffing cuts and maintain a full school year for PPS students.

Full details of the agreement will not be formally released until ratification of the tentative agreement by members of the Portland Association of Teachers.

"As we strive for a more prosperous economy and community, we recognize that a key to that success is education," Portland Mayor Sam Adams said. "Our recently adopted Portland Plan calls for partnerships such as the one we're announcing today, as we work together to make sure that all youth have the necessary support and opportunities to thrive."

The outline of the City's contribution will included in the Mayor's Proposed Budget, released later today. The Mayor's proposed budget is subject to approval by the Portland City Council.

Portland Public Schools Superintendent Carole Smith said, "I deeply appreciate the collaborative commitment of the Mayor, the City Council and the Portland Association of Teachers to safeguard our students from this funding shortfall. We all recognize the shared sacrifices of our hardworking staff. This is a one year solution which underscores our need to work together to find a long-term answer that delivers adequate and permanent funding for our schools."

Portland Association of Teachers President Gwen Sullivan said, "Our students, parents, and teachers know and understand what these devastating cuts mean in their schools.  Our Mayor also recognizes the adverse effects that these cuts would have on our whole city.  It is vital for every student to have a full school year.  Year after year cutting programs and instructional staff has had a harmful impact on our kids' future.   If we truly want our kids to reach their full potential, we need to invest in them.  Now is the time to join together on their behalf for stable and adequate funding."

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