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Oregon Appeals Court Affirms Portland Renter Relocation Law

The Court affirmed a Portland ordinance requiring landlords to pay tenants’ relocation fees if their rent is increased by at least 10% or if they’re evicted without cause.

Seattle Urged to See a 'World Without Law Enforcement'

Proposals include removal of 911 dispatch from Seattle Police control, budget cuts of 50%

Oregon DOJ to Hold Listening Sessions on Institutional Racism; Leaders Wary

DOJ will hold 11 virtual listening sessions for underserved Oregonians.

Portland Black Community Frustrated as Violence Mars Protests

Black leaders condemn violence from small group of mostly-white activists as Rose City Justice suspends nightly marches

NEWS BRIEFS

OSU Science Pub Focuses on Influence of Black Lives Matter

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Capital Rx Establishes Scholarship at Howard University to Support Next Generation of Pharmacists

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Adams Joins Lawmakers in Move to Repeal Trump’s Birth Control Rule

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Portland Art Museum and Northwest Film Center Announce Artist Fund

The fund will help support artists during COVID crisis and beyond ...

The OHS Museum Reopens Saturday, July 11

The Oregon Historical Society museum will reopen with new hours and new safety protocols ...

Oregon reports 332 new coronavirus cases, 3 deaths

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The number of new coronavirus cases in Oregon rose on Sunday to 332, the Oregon Health Authority said.Meanwhile, two more people with COVID-19 died, bringing the state's death toll to 234, the agency said. The latest deaths were an 86-year-old woman in Malheur County...

Police: Federal officers use tear gas on Portland protesters

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Federal law enforcement officers used tear gas and crowd control munitions on people protesting near Portland's federal courthouse during a protest that started Saturday night, Portland police said.Federal officers at the Mark O. Hatfield U.S. Courthouse asked for help...

Iowa defensive back Jack Koerner hurt in jet ski accident

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Iowa defensive back Jack Koerner sustained serious injuries when he and a passenger on a jet ski collided with a boat on the Lake of the Ozarks in Missouri.According to a police report, Koerner and Cole Coffin were hurt at about 6:30 p.m. Friday when their watercraft...

Missouri football program pushes again for racial justice

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Ryan Walters had just arrived at the University of Missouri to coach safeties for the football program when a series of protests related to racial injustice led to the resignations of the system president and the chancellor of its flagship campus.The student-led movement...

OPINION

Recent Protests Show Need For More Government Collective Bargaining Transparency

Since taxpayers are ultimately responsible for funding government union contract agreements, they should be allowed to monitor the negotiation process ...

The Language of Vote Suppression

A specific kind of narrative framing is used to justify voter suppression methods and to cover up the racism that motivates their use. ...

Letter to the Community From Eckhart Tolle Foundation

The Eckhart Tolle Foundation is donating more than 250,000 dollars to organizations that are fighting racism ...

Editorial From the Publisher: Vote as Your Life Depends on It

The Republican-controlled Senate won’t pass the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act, no matter how hard Oregon’s senators and others work to push for change. ...

AFRICAN AMERICANS IN THE NEWS

Trump, Biden try to outdo each other on tough talk on China

WASHINGTON (AP) — China has fast become a top election issue as President Donald Trump and Democrat Joe Biden engage in a verbal brawl over who's better at playing the tough guy against Beijing.The Trump campaign put out ads showing Biden toasting China's Xi Jinping, even though Trump did...

Boy, 12, arrested after Palace player Zaha gets racist posts

LONDON (AP) — A 12-year-old boy was arrested by police after Crystal Palace player Wilfried Zaha highlighted racist abuse he received ahead of Sunday's Premier League match at Aston Villa.The racist messages and images referenced the Ivory Coast international being Black and showed the Ku...

F1 star Hamilton raises right fist in fight against racism

SPIELBERG, Austria (AP) — Standing on the podium to celebrate his latest win, Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton raised a clenched right fist and then delivered a message to his fellow drivers not to slow down in the fight against racism.It's 52 years since American sprinters Tommie...

ENTERTAINMENT

Armie Hammer and Elizabeth Chambers separate after 10 years

Actor Armie Hammer and wife Elizabeth Chambers are splitting up after 10 years of marriage and 13 years together. Both parties posted the same message on their respective instagram accounts Friday, writing that they have decided to “turn the page and move on" from the marriage.The couple...

How The Chicks dropped the word 'Dixie' from their name

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — When The Chicks decided to drop the word “Dixie” from the band's name, it was the culmination of years of internal discussions and attempts to distance itself from negative connotations with the word. The 13-time Grammy-winning trio made the switch last...

With new name and album, The Chicks' voices ring loud again

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Dixie Chicks are no more. Breaking their ties to the South, The Chicks are stepping into a new chapter in their storied career with their first new music in 14 years. The Texas trio of Emily Strayer, Martie Maguire and Natalie Maines have been teasing new music...

U.S. & WORLD NEWS

Trump rips private Texas border wall built by his supporters

HOUSTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Sunday criticized a privately built border wall in South Texas...

As virus rages in US, New York guards against another rise

NEW YORK (AP) — As coronavirus rages out of control in other parts of the U.S., New York is offering an...

The Latest: Houston officials call for return to lockdown

HOUSTON, Texas — Top officials in Houston are calling for the city to lock back down as area hospitals...

South Africa returns to ban on alcohol sales as virus surges

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South African President Cyril Ramaphosa says the country will immediately return to a...

Pope 'deeply pained' over Turkey's move on Hagia Sophia

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis said on Sunday that he is “deeply pained” over the decision...

Kosovo’s Thaci strongly denies committing any war crimes

TIRANA, Albania (AP) — Kosovo’s president said Sunday he was going to The Hague to prove to...

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NEW YORK (CNNMoney) -- You've had months to procrastinate, but now it's crunch time.

Despite delays to the kick-off of tax season, Monday, April 15 at midnight is still the deadline to get your taxes to Uncle Sam.



If you've already filed your taxes, you're one of at least 97 million taxpayers who have submitted returns to the IRS, according to filing statistics as of the first week of April. To celebrate, check out the many Tax Day deals companies are offering -- from free cookies, paper shredding and wine delivery to $10.40 meals named after the 1040 tax form.

The majority, or about 90 percent, of returns submitted so far have been filed electronically, and the average refund is $2,755, about $40 less than the average refund during the same period last year.

And some taxpayers could have even more money coming to them. The IRS announced earlier that it has $917 million in unclaimed 2009 refunds, meaning those who didn't file a tax return for 2009 should do so -- but you better act fast because the window of opportunity also ends Monday.

Some people experienced problems filing with TurboTax on Sunday evening after it was "intermittently unavailable" for roughly an hour. The tax software provider said it is fully functioning again.

It typically takes three weeks or less to receive a refund if you file electronically, and you can check the status of your refund on the IRS website. But you can expect a much longer wait for your refund if you become a victim of identity theft.

"It's unfortunate ... but the IRS has to make sure they have the correct taxpayer and are protecting the correct taxpayer and protecting themselves," said Edward Karl, vice president of taxation at the American Institute of CPAs.

Identity theft is a growing problem for the IRS. If you receive a notice from the IRS that more than one tax return has been filed in your name it's often an indication that this has happened to you.

Your tax season will also be prolonged if you are targeted for an audit. To avoid raising red flags, don't do things like round to the nearest thousand, exaggerate charitable donations or inflate deductions.

Deducting questionable items is also risky. Some of the weirdest deductions tax preparers have seen recently are used underwear, medical bills for pets and bail money to get out of jail after a bar fight. While none of these were given the green light, other strange deductions like air conditioning expenses for a sweating problem, a nose job for a wine bar owner and sex toys for an exotic dancer were considered legit.

If you're simply not ready to file, you can always file an extension using Form 4868, also due Monday.

"If [taxpayers] can't [file] in time, It's much better to do an extension and take a little bit more quiet time after April 15 to get it right," said Karl. "Sometimes people panic a little bit and worry they're going to be subject to more scrutiny, but extensions are normal."

If you owe tax, you still need to pay at least 90 percent of the amount you owe at the time you file an extension. Otherwise, you will face penalties of 0.5 percent of tax owed for each month you're late -- up to 25 percent of the unpaid amount. Filing late (without submitting an extension) will result in a fine of 5 percent of unpaid tax per month, up to a maximum of 25 percent of unpaid taxes.

The filing season officially started Jan. 30 this year, eight days later than planned. And taxpayers claiming education credits had to wait until mid-February to file their taxes, while other forms couldn't be submitted until March 4 as the IRS updated its processing systems.

While the majority of tax filers receive refunds, fewer people expect to get money back this year, according to an American Express survey. The number of people anticipating tax refunds dropped from 64 percent last year to 59 percent this year -- likely a result of an improving economy and higher wages.

For those who do have refunds coming, 37 percent plan to use the extra cash to pay down debt or bills, 28 percent will spend it and 26 percent intend to save it.

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