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NORTHWEST NEWS

Portland, Oregon, Remains Largely Peaceful, Curfew Lifted

Portland will not impose a curfew on Tuesday night for the first time in four days

Inslee Orders Statewide Guard Activation Following Unrest

Inslee had previously authorized 400 troops for Seattle and 200 troops for Bellevue.

Mayor Ted Wheeler Asks Governor to Call Up National Guard

Portland police chief said, “It has been a long, difficult and emotional several days in Portland and across the country and we understand why.”

Governor Brown Announces $30 Million Investment to Protect Agricultural Workers

The funds are intended to secure Oregon's food supply chain and support agricultural workers during the COVID-19 health crisis

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...

The Latest: Britain's Johnson: Floyd's death 'inexcusable'

The Latest on the May 25 death in Minneapolis of George Floyd, a handcuffed black man who pleaded for air as a white police officer pressed a knee on his neck:TOP OF THE HOUR:— Thousands gathered peacefully in St. Paul, Minn.— Pope says world cannot turn “a blind eye to...

Portland, Oregon, remains largely peaceful, curfew lifted

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Protests in Portland, Oregon, were largely peaceful on Tuesday night as thousands of people held a massive rally downtown, but several hundred people broke away at the end of the event, prompting police to use flash-bang grenades and tear gas to break up the...

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

Mayor Ted Wheeler: Portland and the Path Forward

Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler invites Portlanders, as public servants, to join him "in insisting that we never return to business as usual." ...

Local Business Leaders Share Messages of Hope

President, CEO of SAIF says each of us must move forward in "our understanding of the problem, in holding ourselves accountable for our own attitudes and biases, and in coming together, not apart." ...

Time to Stop Messing Around and Strike at the Root of Police Violence

Thomas Knapp says the root of police violence is the creation of "police forces" as state institutions separate from the populace and dedicated to suppressing that populace on command ...

A Letter to George Floyd: (Posthumous)

As Black mothers, so often we say, our Black boys across this nation belong to all of us. ...

AFRICAN AMERICANS IN THE NEWS

Thousands gather in London to protest racial injustice

LONDON (AP) — Thousands of protesters gathered in London’s Hyde Park on Wednesday to demonstrate against police violence and racial injustice following the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis, which has set off days of unrest in the United States.Chanting “Black Lives...

Nation's streets calmest in days, protests largely peaceful

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Protests were largely peaceful and the nation's streets were calmer than they have been in days since the killing of George Floyd set off sometimes violent demonstrations over police brutality and injustice against African Americans. Earlier curfews and efforts by...

The Latest: Britain's Johnson: Floyd's death 'inexcusable'

The Latest on the May 25 death in Minneapolis of George Floyd, a handcuffed black man who pleaded for air as a white police officer pressed a knee on his neck:TOP OF THE HOUR:— Thousands gathered peacefully in St. Paul, Minn.— Pope says world cannot turn “a blind eye to...

ENTERTAINMENT

Trump as thug or hero? Depends on what network you watch

NEW YORK (AP) — It was a split screen for the ages on MSNBC Monday: on the left side, President Donald Trump talking about restoring law and order. On the right, a tear-gassed young woman vomiting in a Washington street.For a nation rubbed raw following a traumatic weekend, cable television...

Books on race and criminal justice top bestseller lists

NEW YORK (AP) — As nationwide protests against racism and police violence continue, readers are seeking out books old and new on race and criminal justice. Robin Diangelo's “White Fragility," Michelle Alexander's "The New Jim Crow" and Bryan Stevenson's “Just Mercy” were...

'Just Mercy,' drama of racial injustice, to be free in June

NEW YORK (AP) — The 2019 film “Just Mercy,” which chronicles courtroom struggles against racial injustice and mass incarceration, will be made free on digital platforms throughout June in the wake of George Floyd's death, Warner Bros. said Tuesday. In the film, Michael B....

U.S. & WORLD NEWS

Thousands gather in London to protest racial injustice

LONDON (AP) — Thousands of protesters gathered in London’s Hyde Park on Wednesday to demonstrate...

'Eyes are on you:' Minneapolis neighbors band to stand guard

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The two men stepped from the shadows as the car turned off an upscale shopping street...

'Dangerous': Around world, police chokeholds scrutinized

LE PECQ, France (AP) — Three days after George Floyd died with a Minneapolis police officer choking off his...

AP PHOTOS: Croissants and hand gel as Paris cafes reawaken

PARIS (AP) — There are bottles of sanitizer gel in place of the salt and pepper pots, and glaring 1-meter...

The Latest: Cameras at Brussels Airport will check for fever

The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic. COVID-19 causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people. For some,...

Scientist admits Sweden could have battled virus better

STOCKHOLM (AP) — Sweden's chief epidemiologist showed contrition Wednesday as criticism mounted over the...

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By 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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