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Merkley Announces Legislation Passed to Ban Export of Crowd Control Munitions to Hong Kong

The U.S. Senate has unanimously passed Senator Merkley's bipartisan legislation, which follows reports that U.S.-made equipment has been used by Hong Kong police to violate the human rights of peaceful protesters

Why the Nation Should Screen All Students for Trauma Like California Does

Surgeon General of California, Dr. Nadine Burke Harris is pushing an unprecedented plan to implement universal screenings for childhood trauma within the state’s schools

Veterans and Consumers Fair Credit Act Introduced

In honor of Veterans Day, Monday, Merkley, Brown, Reed, Van Hollen introduced legislation to extend financial protections for servicemembers to veterans and consumers

Home Base Keeps More Than 400 Families in Their Homes in Seattle

The United Way of King County program aims to reduce homelessness by preventing evictions

NEWS BRIEFS

New Oregon Group Is Tackling Opioid Misuse and Addiction

809 Oregonians died as a result of an opioid-related drug overdose between 2015-2017 ...

Rose Festival Opens Label Art Contest to Entire Community

Cash prize for winning submission that best depicts festival theme: 2020 Rose Vision ...

Smithsonian Magazine Announces the 2019 American Ingenuity Awards Honorees

The Annual American Ingenuity Awards honor individuals who are transforming American culture ...

Noodle Dish at Portland Public Schools One of Best School Meals in US

Food Management, a news organization dedicated to noncommercial food service, has named PPS’s yakisoba noodles the nation’s top...

Clark College names new VP for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Rashida Willard leads college equity work supporting students, faculty and staff ...

2 dead, 1 hurt in Klamath Falls shooting; 1 arrested

KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. (AP) — Police say two men were killed and one was injured in a shooting in Klamath Falls and that a woman has been arrested.The Klamath County District Attorney’s Office says police responded to a shooting at Fairview Park at about 12:45 a.m. Wednesday.Two men were...

New measles case in child who visited Portland airport

VANCOUVER, Wash. (AP) — Officials say an unvaccinated child in southwestern Washington has contracted the measles after travelling internationally.Clark County Public Health officials said Wednesday that the child passed through the Portland International Airport and PeaceHealth Southwest...

College Football Picks: Scoreboard watching for CFP hopefuls

Pac-12 powers No. 6 Oregon and No. 7 Utah are on the road this weekend, trying to continue their march to a mega-meeting with huge playoff ramifications in the conference championship game next month.They should also both be keeping an eye on the Big 12, where No. 8 Oklahoma is looming. And, of...

All-America Watch: Florida’s Pitts one of nation’s top TEs

It was midway through the third quarter last Saturday, and Missouri had just cut Florida’s lead to 13-6, when Gators quarterback Kyle Trask dropped back and saw Kyle Pitts down the right sideline.Trask heaved the ball and Pitts, the big and rangy tight end, grabbed it along with Tigers...

OPINION

Illinois Prison Bans Black History Books

Officials claim the works are ‘racial’ ...

5 Ways Life Would be Better if it Were Always Daylight Saving Time

A Professor from the University of Washington says DST saves lives and energy and prevents crime ...

Importance of Educators of Color for Black and Brown Students

A new report examines the ways that school leaders of color’s experiences and perspectives influence how they build school culture ...

Atatiana Jefferson, Killed by Police Officer in Her Own Home

Atatiana Jefferson, a biology graduate who worked in the pharmaceutical industry and was contemplating becoming a doctor, lived a life of purpose that mattered ...

AFRICAN AMERICANS IN THE NEWS

Democrats spar at debate over health care, how to beat Trump

ATLANTA (AP) — Democratic presidential candidates clashed Wednesday in a debate over the future of health care in America, racial inequality and their ability to build a winning coalition to take on President Donald Trump next year.The faceoff came after hours of testimony in the impeachment...

Survey: About 1 in 4 Europeans hold anti-Semitic beliefs

BERLIN (AP) — About one in four Europeans hold anti-Semitic beliefs, with such attitudes on the rise in eastern countries and mostly steady in the west, according to a survey released Thursday.The poll of 14 European countries, done for the New York-based Anti-Defamation League, found...

The Latest: Biden flubs reference to black female senator

ATLANTA (AP) — The Latest on the Democratic presidential debate (all times local):___11:05 p.m.Joe Biden has incorrectly said during the Democratic presidential debate that he has the support of the “only African American woman ever elected to the Senate.”That drew a response...

ENTERTAINMENT

Susan Choi, Sarah M. Broom win National Book Awards

NEW YORK (AP) — Susan Choi’s novel “Trust Exercise,” in which a high school romance is spun out into a web of memories and perspectives, has won the National Book Award for fiction.Sarah M. Broom’s family memoir “The Yellow House” won in nonfiction...

15 Grammy facts: Michelle Obama in, Bruce Springsteen out

Fifteen things worth noting about Wednesday’s nominations for the 2020 Grammy Awards, from snubbed singers to the comeback kids._______SNUBBING SPRINGSTEENBruce Springsteen’s “Western Stars” didn’t shine bright enough for the Grammy Awards.The rock legend’s...

Apple cancels premiere of ‘The Banker’ over ‘concerns’

NEW YORK (AP) — Apple has canceled the premiere of one of the tech company’s first original films, “The Banker” the day before it was to debut at Los Angeles’ AFI Film Festival.In a statement Wednesday, Apple said that last week it learned of “some...

U.S. & WORLD NEWS

From Lizzo to Lil Nas, new kids on the block rule Grammys

NEW YORK (AP) — Genre-mashing, bold and chart-topping new artists have caught the attention of the...

US schools try to diversify mainly white teaching ranks

WATERBURY, Conn. (AP) — It wasn’t until she became a high school senior that Kayla Ireland had...

Hong Kong protesters, facing arrest, won’t leave university

HONG KONG (AP) — A small but determined group of protesters remained inside a Hong Kong university campus...

Netanyahu challenger fails to form coalition

JERUSALEM (AP) — Benjamin Netanyahu’s chief rival announced Wednesday that he had failed to form a...

Smoke blankets Sydney as wildfires spread across Australia

PERTH, Australia (AP) — Hazardous smoke blanketed Sydney on Thursday as wildfires burned across eastern and...

Esper doesn’t regret delaying drills, despite N. Korea snub

HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper says he does not regret postponing a U.S.-South...

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With the threat of major flooding in the Green River Valley, the Employment Security Department is urging residents who receive unemployment insurance checks by mail to sign up for direct deposit as soon as possible.
According to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, communities downstream of the Green River's weakened Howard Hanson Dam are at increased risk of flooding this winter.
"The rainy season is starting and the flood warnings should be taken seriously," said Employment Security Commissioner Karen Lee. "Direct deposit gives our customers the security of knowing that, no matter where they're staying, they will have access to their benefits."
To sign up for direct deposit, claimants need their bank or credit union account and routing numbers. They can then apply for direct deposit online through the agency's secure Web site at www.esd.wa.gov by typing "direct deposit" in the search box.
Written requests for direct deposit cannot be accepted and will be returned.
It takes up to 14 days for the department to receive verification from a bank or credit union. Employment Security will mail the claimant a paper check until the account information is verified. Once verification is received, Employment Security will transfer benefits electronically to the bank or credit union after the claimant files a weekly claim.
Currently, about 40 percent of unemployment claims are paid via direct deposit, up from about 20 percent a year ago.
Direct deposit is available only with banks or credit unions within the United States, including Alaska and Hawaii. Direct deposit cannot be sent to banks or credit unions in other countries, Guam, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands or American Samoa.

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