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NORTHWEST NEWS

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.

Spike in Coronavirus Cases in Oregon Traced to Gatherings

Most of Deschutes County’s new cases can be traced to social gatherings with extended family, like barbecues and celebrations.

NEWS BRIEFS

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 thousands — of cases that are being scrutinized after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in April that nonunanimous jury verdicts are...

Fruit plant CEO: Company could have done more amid outbreak

VANCOUVER, Wash. (AP) — The CEO of a Vancouver, Washington, fruit processor connected to 85 coronavirus cases says his company could have done more to protect employees. Firestone Pacific Foods CEO Josh Hinerfeld said Wednesday the company began implementing new safety policies and educating...

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

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

AFRICAN AMERICANS IN THE NEWS

US: Transgender sports inclusion violates others' rights

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut's policy allowing transgender girls to compete as girls in high school sports violates the civil rights of athletes who have always identified as female, the U.S. Education Department has determined in a decision that could force the state to change course...

Violent protests rock Minneapolis for 2nd straight night

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Violent protests over the death of a black man in police custody rocked a Minneapolis neighborhood for a second straight night as angry crowds looted stores, set fires and left a path of damage that stretched for miles. The mayor asked the governor to activate the National...

ASCAP to honor songwriters, publishers with virtual awards

NEW YORK (AP) — The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers is going virtual with its annual awards shows this summer because of the coronavirus pandemic. The performing rights organization announced Thursday that it will hold three-day virtual events — that will stream...

ENTERTAINMENT

Sitcom casts to do virtual reading for Asian Heritage Month

The casts of “Fresh Off the Boat” and “Kim's Convenience” are partnering for one night for charity. In honor of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, the ensembles of both TV comedies will do live online table reads of their respective pilot episodes on Saturday,...

ASCAP to honor songwriters, publishers with virtual awards

NEW YORK (AP) — The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers is going virtual with its annual awards shows this summer because of the coronavirus pandemic. The performing rights organization announced Thursday that it will hold three-day virtual events — that will stream...

New 'Hunger Games' book sells more than 500,000 copies

NEW YORK (AP) — A decade after the “Hunger Games” series had apparently ended, readers were clearly ready for more.Suzanne Collins' “The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes” sold more 500,000 copies last week, even as many of the country's bookstores were closed or...

U.S. & WORLD NEWS

Top spellers prepare to crown national champion, from home

Like dozens of other veteran spellers in their final year of eligibility, Anson Cook had big plans for this year's...

When could a COVID-19 vaccine be ready?

When could a COVID-19 vaccine be ready? Top health officials say the end of this year would be a best case...

Man charged in Mennonite woman's death grew up in the faith

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — In a forest clearing outside Flagstaff, Arizona, Sasha Krause was found cold and...

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...

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By The Skanner News

Don't forget to vote in Tuesday's King County primary.
Voters can return their ballots in either of two ways: via the US Postal Service, postmarked on or before Aug. 18, or at a designated drop boxes up until 8 p.m. on Aug. 18.
Visit www.kingcounty.gov/elections for more information on the upcoming election.
In addition, Elections offices will be open on Saturday to assist voters.
"Even voters who have forgotten to update their addresses or lost their ballots still have an opportunity to vote," said Sherril Huff, director of elections. "It is not too late to be part of this election."
To accommodate voters, King County Elections will have Saturday office hours, Aug. 15, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Voters who have not yet received their ballot can come to have a new ballot issued to them.
King County also has options for voters with disabilities. Three accessible voting centers are available for voters who may need assistance casting their ballot. The hours and locations are as follows:

Renton, King County Elections, 919 SW Grady Way
Friday, Aug. 14: 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Saturday, Aug. 15: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Monday, Aug. 17: 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Tuesday, Aug. 18: 7 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Bellevue City Hall 450 110th Avenue NE, Bellevue
Seattle, Union Station 401 S. Jackson St, Seattle
Friday, Aug. 14: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Saturday, Aug. 15: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Monday, Aug. 17: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Tuesday, Aug. 18: 7 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Each center is operated by trained staff and has equipment designed to make voting accessible and private for everyone. The touch screen accessible voting unit features lap paddles and sip-and-puff devices, an audio option, and large and high contrast font to aid voters.

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