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Starbucks, Home of the $4 Latte, is Moving Into Poor Areas

Starbucks plans to open or remodel 85 stores by 2025 in rural and urban communities across the U.S. The effort will bring to 100 the number of "community stores" Starbucks has opened since it announced the program in 2015

Native American Curriculum Rolls Out in Oregon Classrooms

The state developed the curriculum, as required by Senate Bill 13, with the input of Native leaders for 18 months, but is still behind. A soft roll-out begins this month

Community Surprised at Police Chief’s Departure, Concerned by Quick Replacement

Deputy Chief Jami Resch immediately named as successor.

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Annual “Salute to Greatness” Luncheon Celebrating Students, Community & Civic Leaders

Keynote Speaker: Ms. Rukaiyah Adams, Chair of Oregon Investment Council & Chief Investment Officer at Meyer Memorial Trust....

Grant High School Students to Read Their Own Work at Broadway Books

Local author and writing instructor Joanna Rose will lead thegroup of young writers at the event to be held on Wednesday, January 22 ...

AG Rosenblum Announces $4 Million Settlement with CenturyLink

Since 2014, Oregon DOJ has received more than 1,200 consumer complaints about CenturyLink ...

Black Guest at Downtown Portland Hotel Sues Over ‘No Party’ Promise

Felicia Gonzales claims the front desk clerk at the Residence Inn told her that all guests had to sign the policy, but she watched...

National Urban League Warns Trump Administration: Don't Weaken Community Reinvestment Act to Allow Racial Discrimination in Lending

Proposed changes to the Community Reinvestment Act could further limit access to the American Dream ...

Woman dies, firefighter hurt in Klamath Falls house fire

KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. (AP) — Authorities say a woman died in a house fire in Klamath Falls. Klamath County Fire District 1 officials say the blaze with a possible person inside was reported early Thursday by people passing by. Authorities say bystanders tried to get inside but were...

Storms cut power in Washington state mountain towns for days

SKYKOMISH, Wash. (AP) — Rural mountain communities outside Seattle that have been without power for days and cut off from the outside world by a series of winter storms saw some relief as convoys brought in food and other supplies.The storms have dumped several feet of unusual snow on parts...

New Missouri coach Eli Drinkwitz predicts success

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Eli Drinkwitz was saying all the right things after being introduced as the new football coach at Missouri, laying out his vision for the once-proud program with unwavering confidence and bold proclamations.Then the former Appalachian State coach made a minor...

LSU's Burrow, Auburn's Brown named AP SEC players of year

LSU quarterback Joe Burrow is a unanimous selection as the offensive player of the year on The Associated Press All-Southeastern Conference football team.The top-ranked Tigers also have the SEC’s coach of the year in Ed Orgeron and the newcomer of the year in freshman cornerback Derek...

OPINION

Looking to 2020 — Put Your Vote to WORK!

Ronald Reagan, who turned his back on organized labor and started America’s middle-class into a tailspin, has recently been voted by this administration’s NLRB into the Labor Hall of Fame ...

How Putting Purpose Into Your New Year’s Resolutions Can Bring Meaning and Results

Only 4% of people report following through on all of the resolutions they personally set ...

I Was Just Thinking… Mama in the Classroom

I wrote my first column in 1988 for a local newspaper about a beloved Dallas guidance counselor and teacher that most students called “Mama” ...

How Being 'Tough on Crime' Became a Political Liability

In one of the most stunning shifts in American politics in recent memory, a wave of elected prosecutors have bucked a decadeslong tough-on-crime approach adopted by both major parties ...

AFRICAN AMERICANS IN THE NEWS

Germany: Ugly anti-Semitic remnant at center of court battle

WITTENBERG, Germany (AP) — High on the wall of a German church where Martin Luther once preached, an ugly remnant of centuries of anti-Semitism is now at the center of a court battle.The so-called “Judensau,” or “Jew pig,” sculpture on the Town Church in...

Trump campaign tries robust outreach to expand his appeal

WASHINGTON (AP) — Selfies on a “Women for Trump” bus tour through Iowa. Volunteer training at a “Black Voices for Trump” organizing session in Philadelphia. A vice presidential headliner at a "Latinos for Trump” event in Florida.President Donald Trump's...

Organizers appeal ban on arms at upcoming Virginia gun rally

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A gun-rights group has filed an emergency appeal of a judge's ruling upholding the Virginia governor's ban on firearms at a pro-gun rally that's expected to draw thousands of gun activists to the state Capitol on Monday.The Virginia Citizens Defense League and Gun Owners...

ENTERTAINMENT

For Gloria Gaynor, God is key to her survival in life, music

NEW YORK (AP) — Gloria Gaynor sees the hand of God in every aspect of her life, particularly when it comes to the tune that may be the most famous disco song every created.Gaynor recalls when she first was presented with “I Will Survive,” it was intended to be the B-side of...

Cicely Tyson savors life, new OWN series at 95

PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — Cicely Tyson doesn’t quibble with those who marvel at her long life and career, now in its eighth decade. The acclaimed actress said she doesn't take her staying power for granted.“You know how old I am,” a smiling Tyson, 95, told a TV critics...

'Better Call Saul' gets renewed for 6th and final season

PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — “Better Call Saul” has been renewed for a sixth and final season consisting of 13 episodes that will air in 2021.The upcoming fifth season debuts Feb. 23-24 on AMC. The “Breaking Bad” prequel starring Bob Odenkirk will air 10 episodes this...

U.S. & WORLD NEWS

Eminem drops surprise album, advocates changes to gun laws

Rapper Eminem once again dropped a surprise album, releasing “Music to Be Murdered By” on Friday...

Germany: Ugly anti-Semitic remnant at center of court battle

WITTENBERG, Germany (AP) — High on the wall of a German church where Martin Luther once preached, an ugly...

Royal rift: UK monarchy will look smaller when dust settles

LONDON (AP) — Prince Charles, the future king, has long been seen as a potential modernizer who wants a...

Libya's rival military commander seeks support in Greece

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — The commander of forces fighting the U.N.-supported government in Libya visited...

Ukrainian prime minister submits resignation after tapes

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukraine's prime minister submitted his resignation Friday, days after he was caught on...

Guatemala officials disperse migrants, but some keep trying

CHIQUIMULA, Guatemala (AP) — United States officials are crediting tough measures taken over the past year...

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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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