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NEWS BRIEFS

Komen Begins Data Collection to Address Breast Cancer Disparities

In anticipation of forming an initiative to address breast cancer disparities, Komen partners with independent contractors ...

American Underground Announces Call for Applications

Black startup founders have until August 6 to apply to Google For Entrepreneurs Exchange program ...

Experience the Culture at the Second Annual Pan African Festival of Oregon

Event will take place from 12 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. August 11 ...

Oregon Humane Society Photo Contest Now Open

Submissions for annual pet photo contest open until August 15 ...

Feds seizing Oregon mega-dairy citing owner's behavior

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — The U.S. Department of Justice is taking over an embattled Oregon mega-dairy, citing the owner's continued drug use, gambling, out-of-control spending and pending criminal charges.The Statesman Journal reports Lost Valley Farm, located near Boardman, supplies milk to the...

Washington deputy fired because of Proud Boys apparel

VANCOUVER, Wash. (AP) — The Clark County Sheriff's Office has fired a deputy who was photographed wearing apparel affiliated with the Proud Boys, a far-right group known for white nationalist rhetoric.The Columbian newspaper reports Deputy Erin Willey was let go Tuesday after an internal...

WTO to investigate restrictions on US wine to Canada

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Some good news for Washington's wine industry.The World Trade Organization on Friday agreed to investigate the U.S. Trade Representative's complaint over Canada's retail wine sale restrictions.U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell, D-Wash., says regulations in Canada currently ban...

Washington deputy fired because of Proud Boys apparel

VANCOUVER, Wash. (AP) — The Clark County Sheriff's Office has fired a deputy who was photographed wearing apparel affiliated with the Proud Boys, a far-right group known for white nationalist rhetoric.The Columbian newspaper reports Deputy Erin Willey was let go Tuesday after an internal...

OPINION

Roland Martin: Pleading Our Own Cause

Julianne Malveaux says many of us talk a good game, but we don't sustain Black-owned media enough to help it thrive ...

Newsprint Tariffs Another Assault on the Black Press

The NNPA opposes the Trump tariffs on newsprint and demands an end to the disastrous trade policies that are hurting our businesses and communities ...

A Letter from America’s Children

American children struggling with poverty, violence and homelessness, deserve media coverage, too ...

Rep. Maxine Waters Takes Strong Stand for Fair Housing

Congresswoman Maxine Waters recently stepped up to file legislation designed to cure many of regressive ills pushed by Secretary Carson ...

AFRICAN AMERICANS IN THE NEWS

Republicans pick Charlotte to host 2020 convention

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Move over, Las Vegas. The Republican Party will host its 2020 presidential nominating convention in Charlotte, North Carolina.The Republican National Committee finalized its convention site on Friday, picking an East Coast swing state over Las Vegas, the only other...

Smithsonian gallery explores diversity in US lynchings

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery acknowledges that people of color have long been missing in the works it exhibits.Now the museum is tackling the issue in an unusual way.The Portrait Gallery is currently showing about 20 works by Los Angeles-based artist Ken...

5 guilty of traffic violations during rally-related protest

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — Five people who were arrested in June while protesting a 20-day jail sentence for a black man using a makeshift flamethrower during a violent white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, last year have been found guilty of committing traffic violations.A...

ENTERTAINMENT

Pop artist Robert Indiana's cause of death 'undetermined'

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The state medical examiner was unable to determine the cause of pop artist Robert Indiana's death, but the death was not deemed suspicious, a spokesman said on Friday.Indiana's death likely was cardiac-related, but the official cause and manner of death are both listed...

With singer Mary Gauthier, military veterans find a voice

NEW YORK (AP) — There's a date on Josh Geartz's calendar that the former U.S. Army sergeant has been looking forward to for quite some time.Aug. 10 will mark Geartz's fourth retreat with the nonprofit SongwritingWith:Soldiers — his first session there in 2015 saved his life....

A lifelong friendship fuels the chemistry of 'Blindspotting'

NEW YORK (AP) — Daveed Diggs was busy. Too busy. The actor was doing eight shows a week as Jefferson/ Lafayette in the Broadway sensation "Hamilton," and wasn't answering his emails.So there was only one thing his writing partner and creative soulmate, Rafael Casal, could do: Move across the...

U.S. & WORLD NEWS

Bayer to stop sales of birth control device tied to injuries

WASHINGTON (AP) — The maker of a permanent contraceptive implant subject to thousands of injury reports...

Ohio killer spared after extent of childhood abuse revealed

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio Gov. John Kasich on Friday spared a condemned killer whose sentence was...

Parents wait by the phone hoping immigrant kids will call

NEW YORK (AP) — An immigrant father from Guatemala dotes over his despondent teenage daughter during a...

German police: 9 injured in bus attack, suspect arrested

BERLIN (AP) — A man apparently armed with a knife attacked passengers on a crowded bus Friday in the...

Thailand seeks control over movies about cave ordeal

BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand's military government wants to control how movies portray the ordeal of the young...

Israeli east Jerusalem plan gets cool Palestinian reception

JERUSALEM (AP) — A landmark half-billion-dollar Israeli plan to develop Palestinian areas of east Jerusalem...

By The Skanner News

Washington state says it has saved or created more than 30,000 jobs since the Recovery Act was signed into law by the president in February, according to preliminary data released today by the state Office of Financial Management.
"Since early this year, states have been putting residents to work to rebuild their communities and their lives," Gregoire said. "More than 30,000 Washingtonians have jobs, thanks to this landmark legislation. These individuals are able to buy groceries from local businesses and put food on the table for their families, a key to getting our sluggish economy moving again."
Gregoire says in addition to providing relief through immediate reductions in payroll taxes, one-time payments to Social Security recipients and emergency unemployment compensation, the Recovery Act also has provided funding for projects that create or retain jobs. For example, Washington state agencies are estimated to receive $4.2 billion in federal grants. So far, state agencies have been awarded $2 billion, with $565 million already put to use for repaving roads, upgrading wastewater treatment systems and hiring law enforcement officers, among other areas.
Another nearly $2 billion has come into the state to clean up the Hanford Nuclear Reservation, which has generated an additional 2,900 jobs as of Sept. 30, 2009.
These preliminary figures are based on data that will be released by the federal government Oct. 30 on www.recovery.gov . Providing this information is part of the unprecedented transparency and accountability requirements included in the Recovery Act.

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