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NORTHWEST NEWS

Oregon Health Officer: Spike in Virus Cases Can Be Averted

Modeling shows the state won't see a huge rise in cases as long as stay-at-home orders are heeded

Latest COVID-19 Projections Encouraging With Social Distancing

Latest COVID-19 projections show social distancing can cut coronavirus infections if Oregonians keep current measures in place into May

Five Metro Council Candidates Discuss Equity

District 5 candidates compete for open seat

Inslee: Washington Needs More Coronavirus Test Supplies

The governor suggested the shutdown of most businesses and extreme social distancing would likely have to be extended to fight the disease

NEWS BRIEFS

Cryptosporidium Found in Portland Water

People who are immunocompromised and receive their drinking water from the Bull Run Watershed are advised to ask their doctor about...

Senators Demand Expanded Internet Access for Low-Income Oregonians Throughout COVID-19 Crisis

Wyden, Merkley urge Lifeline internet service providers to expand service to ensure Oregonians can work and learn remotely, access...

U.S. Census Bureau Statement on 2020 Census Call Centers

The phones may be busy at some call centers, but the public can respond to the Census online anytime ...

Oregon Medicaid Program Gains Flexibility to Better Serve Low-income Oregonians During Pandemic

Nearly one in four Oregonians currently receives health coverage through OHP. ...

Washington Elementary School Offers Food-Bearing Container Gardens During Meal Distribution

Large pots with food-bearing plants will be available for families to take home on Wednesday, April 1, from Catlin Elementary in...

Timberline Lodge lays off hundreds amid virus outbreak

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The historic Timberline Lodge has slashed hundreds of jobs because of the coronavirus pandemic.Timberline Lodge told the state in a mandatory Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification that it laid off 471 employees at its lodge and at the adjacent ski area on Mount...

Pet fostering takes off as coronavirus keeps Americans home

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The Simeon family was heading home to Omaha from a Smoky Mountains vacation when Kim Simeon spotted a social media post from the Nebraska Humane Society, pleading with people to consider fostering a pet amid concerns about how the coronavirus would affect operations. A day...

The Latest: 2 Madison Square Garden boxing cards called off

The Latest on the coronavirus outbreak's affect on sports around the globe (all times EDT):10 p.m.Two boxing cards at Madison Square Garden have been called off because of the coronavirus outbreak.A few hours after announcing the fights would proceed without crowds, promoter Bob Arum said Thursday...

Former AD, All-American center Dick Tamburo dies at 90

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Dick Tamburo, an athletic director at three major schools and an All-American center at Michigan State, has died. He was 90.Michigan State announced that Tamburo died Monday.A native of New Kensington, Pennsylvania, Tamburo served as the athletic director at Texas...

OPINION

You're Pretty... For a Dark-Skinned Girl

Cloé Luv, an "unapologetically" dark-skinned Black woman tells her story ...

The ACA Has Never Been More Critical

Today I'm honoring the 10th anniversary of the Affordable Care Act being signed into law. ...

NAACP/Black Community: A Model for Resiliency

As America enters perhaps the most uncertain period in modern history, we will all be tested in new and unpredictable ways. ...

What the Government Can Do Now to Lessen the Impact of COVID-19

Dr. Roger Stark says during this pandemic the administration must give states more flexibility ...

AFRICAN AMERICANS IN THE NEWS

Asian Americans use social media to mobilize against attacks

Kyle Navarro was kneeling down to unlock his bicycle when he noticed an older white man staring at him. Navarro, who is Filipino, tried to ignore him, but that soon became impossible.The man walked by, looked back and called Navarro a racial slur. He “spat in my direction, and kept walking,"...

Hacker posts racial slur on fan chat with black NHL player

NEW YORK (AP) — A hacker posted a racial slur hundreds of times in an online fan video chat Friday with a black New York Rangers prospect.The NHL team scrambled to disable the hacker on the Zoom chat with K’Andre Miller, the 20-year-old former Wisconsin defenseman drafted No. 22...

Chicago's new top cop guided by Dallas tenure, son's death

CHICAGO (AP) — As daunting as the challenges that await him as the new chief of a Chicago Police Department under pressure to implement sweeping court-ordered reforms may seem, they pale compared to what David Brown Sr. had to overcome 10 years ago following an afternoon phone call on...

ENTERTAINMENT

Marvel remakes release calendar; 'Mulan' moves to late July

NEW YORK (AP) — The Walt Disney Co. on Friday overhauled its release schedule by moving the dates of half a dozen Marvel movies, announcing a new one for the live-action adaption of “Mulan” and pushing one movie, “Artemis Fowl,” to Disney Plus, in response to the...

‘Lean On Me,’ ‘Lovely Day’ singer Bill Withers dies at 81

Bill Withers, who wrote and sang a string of soulful songs in the 1970s that have stood the test of time, including “ Lean on Me, ” “Lovely Day” and “Ain’t No Sunshine,” has died from heart complications, his family said in a statement to The...

New phone-only Quibi aims for bite of digital entertainment

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Want to see Chance the Rapper prank Hollywood stars? Catch a new action thriller starring Liam Hemsworth and Christoph Waltz? How about a six-minute edition of “60 Minutes”? There’s an app for that, and more.Quibi — a snappy amalgam of...

U.S. & WORLD NEWS

Those without broadband struggle in a stuck-at-home nation

NEW YORK (AP) — In Sandwich, New Hampshire, a town of 1,200 best known as a setting for the movie...

Contagious singing as Corona Community Chorus unites voices

NEW YORK (AP) — Casper ter Kuile lights a candle in front of his computer screen. And then the music...

African elite who once sought treatment abroad are grounded

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The coronavirus pandemic could narrow one gaping inequality in Africa, where some heads...

Hidden suffering of coronavirus: Stigma, blaming, shaming

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — No one should have known Bella Lamilla’s name. But within hours of her...

Where will the bodies go? Morgues plan as virus grows

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — There are the new dead. And then there are the bodies waiting in overcrowded mortuaries...

Pandemic hurts ability of nations to face natural disasters

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Before New Zealand began its four-week lockdown to fight the coronavirus, a...

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By The Skanner News

Oregon Labor Commissioner Brad Avakian announced today that the state's minimum wage will remain $8.40 next year because of a decline of a decline in the Consumer Price Index.
The move marks the first time Oregon's minimum wage missed its annual increase since Oregon voters enacted Ballot Measure 25 in 2002.
Oregon minimum wage law, codified in ORS 653.025, requires an annual adjustment based on inflation as measured by the CPI, which Avakian says dropped 1.48 percent between August 2008 and August 2009.
The Commissioner of the Bureau of Labor and Industries is charged with adjusting the minimum wage for inflation every September, rounded to the nearest five cents. The law specifically ties Oregon's minimum wage to increases in the CPI, leaving no option for a reduced wage when the CPI declines.
Oregon is one of ten states, with Washington, Vermont, Ohio, Nevada, Montana, Missouri, Florida, Colorado, and Arizona, that annually adjusts the minimum wage based on inflation and the CPI.
A combination of factors, including local economic trends, the structure of state laws and the floor of the federal minimum wage, suggest that few, if any, decreased minimum wage rates will take effect next year.
The CPI, which is published by the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics, is a measure of the average change in prices over time for a fixed "market basket" of goods and services, such as food, shelter, medical care, transportation fares and other goods and services people purchase for day-to-day living.

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