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NORTHWEST NEWS

Salinas, Erickson, Win Primaries in New Oregon 6th District

Salinas, who has maintained her lead as more ballots have been counted from Tuesday's primary, would be Oregon’s first Hispanic congresswoman

As Registration Opens Portland Parks Needs Staff for Summer Programs

Indoor and outdoor pools will open with jobs and free training available for swimmers

State Representative Janelle Bynum Calls for Legislative Inquiry into Clackamas County Election Debacle

Bynum says Elections Clerk Sherry Hall must answer questions and deliver a clear plan along with assurances the count will be fair

Here's How Abortion Clinics Are Preparing for Roe to Fall

In March, Oregon lawmakers approved million to pay for abortions and support services such as travel and lodging for in-state or out-of-state patients who travel long distances, and to expand abortion availability.

NEWS BRIEFS

'Twitter Philanthropy' Reveals Chasms in Social Safety Net

The California-based chip maker said Thursday the new “mega lab” will investigate ways to make data centers operate more...

Local Podcast Wins Awards at Home and Abroad

Let’s Talk About Race is a production of Grassroot News NW and KBOO Community Radio. ...

Multnomah County Planning Commission Seeks New Member

Multnomah County’s Land Use Planning Division is looking for a Multnomah County resident to serve as a volunteer member on the...

2 Pleasure Boats Catch Fire on Columbia River

Two pleasure boats caught fire on the Columbia River between Vancouver and Caterpillar Island Sunday afternoon. One boat sank,...

WA Childhood Immunization Rates Decline During Pandemic

Immunization rates have decreased by 13% in 2021 when compared to pre-pandemic level ...

Presumptive case of monkeypox reported in Seattle area

SEATTLE (AP) — A “presumptive” case of monkeypox is being investigated in the Seattle area, local health officials said Monday. Dr. Jeff Duchin, health officer at Public Health – Seattle & King County, said at a news conference Monday afternoon the case was in an adult...

US releases environmental study about new Idaho test reactor

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — U.S. officials have released an environmental study for a proposed nuclear test reactor to be built in eastern Idaho that backers say is needed to revamp the nation’s fading nuclear power industry by developing safer fuel and power plants. The U.S. Department...

OPINION

Costly Auto Repairs Driving Consumers Into a Financial Ditch

Research documents new, growing form of predatory lending ...

Can Federal Lynching Law Help Heal America?

Despite decades of senseless delays, this new law pushes America to finally acknowledge that racism often correlates to a level of violence and terror woven into the very fabric of this country. ...

The Skanner News Endorsements: May Primary 2022

Primary election day is May 17, 2022. Read The Skanner's endorsements for this important election. ...

Men’s Voices Urgently Needed to Defend Reproductive Rights

For decades, men in increasing numbers have followed women’s lead in challenging gender-based violence and promoting gender equality, so why are we stuck when it comes to abortion? ...

AFRICAN AMERICANS IN THE NEWS

Amidst threats, Kadri scores 3 in Avs' 6-3 win over Blues

Nazem Kadri had a powerful response to quiet all the haters. Refusing to buckle in the face of death threats, racial slurs, a booing St. Louis crowd and a few post-whistle hits, the Avalanche forward scored three times — including the game-winner — in a 6-3 victory over the Blues...

Stacey Abrams aims to recapture energy of first campaign

ATLANTA (AP) — For Stacey Abrams, everything is different this time. Unlike her first campaign for Georgia governor in 2018, she enters Tuesday's primary election as the presumptive Democratic nominee, facing no competition. She's not the relatively unknown former state...

Are police consent decrees an asset? Depends on who you ask

ST. LOUIS (AP) — The Minneapolis Police Department will face the intense scrutiny of a federal program after a state investigation spurred by the killing of George Floyd concluded that the city's officers stop and arrest Black people more than white people, use force more often on people of color...

ENTERTAINMENT

Review: 'Either/Or' is Elif Batuman’s sequel to 'The Idiot'

“Either/Or,” by Elif Batuman (Penguin Press) Do you remember what it felt like to be a college sophomore? The Jell-O shots, cookie dough and moments of abject humiliation and terror as you tried, oh so self-importantly, to figure out how to live? Elif Batuman brings...

New this week: Dinosaurs, Def Leppard and 'The Responder'

Here’s a collection curated by The Associated Press’ entertainment journalists of what’s arriving on TV, streaming services and music platforms this week. MOVIES — In the satirical comedy “Emergency,” college seniors Kunle (Donald Elise Watkins) and Sean (RJ...

Review: A fun summer mystery with the ‘Bob’s Burgers’ crew

Fans of “Bob’s Burgers” will find a lot to savor in the long-awaited big screen adaptation of the Fox comedy about the oddball Belcher family. “ The Bob’s Burgers Movie ” feels very much like the quirky show — just on a supersized scale, which is all it needed to be. ...

U.S. & WORLD NEWS

Kemp, Perdue duel could end with Georgia's GOP primary

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia's Republican gubernatorial primary Tuesday could spell an end to the faceoff between...

US births rose last year but still less than before pandemic

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. births bumped up last year, but the number of babies born was still lower than before the...

South Asia's intense heat wave a 'sign of things to come'

NEW DELHI (AP) — The devastating heat wave that has baked India and Pakistan in recent months was made more...

'They ruined everything': Fleeing the devastation in Ukraine

POKROVSK, Ukraine (AP) — Houses on fire. Artillery blasting through thick apartment walls. People hiding in...

'Never have I been so ashamed': Russian envoy criticizes war

DAVOS, Switzerland (AP) — A veteran Russian diplomat to the U.N. Office at Geneva says he handed in his...

After 3 months of war, life in Russia has profoundly changed

When Vladimir Putin announced the invasion of Ukraine, war seemed far away from Russian territory. Yet within days...

By The Skanner News | The Skanner News

State educators reported this week a 14 percent increase in homeless schoolchildren across the state -- total of 18,000 kids are now experiencing homelessness, up from 15,851 last year, and up from 8,143 when the numbers were first reported in 2003-2004.
"These numbers are extremely upsetting, but not surprising, given that Oregon is first in homelessness, second in unemployment, and third in hunger the nation," said Patti Whitney-Wise, executive director of the Oregon Hunger Task Force.
Recent studies indicate children's academic achievement suffers when families are forced to relocate repeatedly during the school year. A new Chalkboard Project report has found that Hispanic students in Oregon must change schools more frequently than their White peers, contributing to an academic achievement gap. Similar trends exist for other communities of color.
"In the thirty years since the federal government switched priorities for housing subsidies away from poor people to homeowners, we've been facing an uphill battle," said Michael Anderson, executive director of the Oregon Opportunity Network. "This economic crisis just exposes fractures in the existing housing delivery system."
In addition to the challenges people face because of broken federal housing system, the foreclosure crisis is putting pressure on the rental housing market.
"As rental home prices continue to rise, we are seeing more and more families at risk of homelessness because they can't afford their home or the cost to move if they are forced to leave," said Ari Rapkin, co- director of the Community Alliance of Tenants. "There just isn't enough housing that is affordable to meet the need of hard working families. Investing in affordable housing opportunities is the best way to prevent children from being homeless."
Under Title X of the No Child Left Behind Act, school districts must conduct annual homeless student counts. The Act is meant to ensure that homeless students have equal access to a free, appropriate public education despite lacking a fixed place of residence or a supervising parent or guardian.
Schools must count as homeless any student who lacks a sturdy permanent home, including those whose families are doubled up with friends or family for economic reasons; families who live in cars, tents, garages or trailers without running water or electricity; families living in motels; and children living in homeless shelters.

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