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Inslee: Washington Needs More Coronavirus Test Supplies

The governor suggested the shutdown of most businesses and extreme social distancing would likely have to be extended to fight the disease

Trump Approves Major Disaster Declaration for Oregon

Gov. Brown praised the declaration, but says we still have significant requests pending, "first and foremost Oregon's request for more personal protective equipment from the national stockpile"

Vote by May 19: Oregon’s Primary Election Continues as Planned

Oregon’s vote-by-mail system keeps May Primary on schedule

A Black Woman Is Leading The Charge To Create A Vaccine For The Coronavirus

Dr. Kizzmekia Corbett and her team have begun running the first human trials of the vaccine in Seattle

NEWS BRIEFS

Oregon Medicaid Program Gains Flexibility to Better Serve Low-income Oregonians During Pandemic

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Washington Elementary School Offers Food-Bearing Container Gardens During Meal Distribution

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Waterfront Blues Festival Cancelled for 2020

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NAACP Calls COVID-19 Stimulus Package a Necessary Step, but Calls Upon Congress to Do More

The NAACP says in providing future relief, Congress must prioritize people first, not corporations ...

CARES Act Must Prioritize Nation’s Most Vulnerable Communities

The Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law says the new bill puts the interests of corporations above the burdens faced by...

Magnitude 6.5 earthquake strikes in Idaho

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A large earthquake struck north of Boise, Idaho, Tuesday evening, with people across a large area reporting shaking. The U.S. Geological Survey reports the magnitude 6.5 temblor struck just before 5 p.m. It was centered 73 miles (118 kilometers) northeast of Meridian,...

Oregon schools to start distance learning on April 13

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Facing an expected closure through the end of the academic year, schools across Oregon have been told to begin distance learning on April 13. Some schools are already handing out smart tablets and Wi-Fi devices to students.Gov. Kate Brown closed schools through April 28,...

The Latest: 2 Madison Square Garden boxing cards called off

The Latest on the coronavirus outbreak's affect on sports around the globe (all times EDT):10 p.m.Two boxing cards at Madison Square Garden have been called off because of the coronavirus outbreak.A few hours after announcing the fights would proceed without crowds, promoter Bob Arum said Thursday...

Former AD, All-American center Dick Tamburo dies at 90

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Dick Tamburo, an athletic director at three major schools and an All-American center at Michigan State, has died. He was 90.Michigan State announced that Tamburo died Monday.A native of New Kensington, Pennsylvania, Tamburo served as the athletic director at Texas...

OPINION

The ACA Has Never Been More Critical

Today I'm honoring the 10th anniversary of the Affordable Care Act being signed into law. ...

NAACP/Black Community: A Model for Resiliency

As America enters perhaps the most uncertain period in modern history, we will all be tested in new and unpredictable ways. ...

What the Government Can Do Now to Lessen the Impact of COVID-19

Dr. Roger Stark says during this pandemic the administration must give states more flexibility ...

The Homelessness Crisis – We Are Better Than This

Julianne Malveaux says this is not just about homelessness. It is about an economic crisis that has made affordable housing, jobs and economic security difficult to obtain ...

AFRICAN AMERICANS IN THE NEWS

Judge: Man linked to white supremacist group to stay in jail

SILVER SPRING, Md. (AP) — A Maryland man linked by the FBI to a white supremacist group and arrested ahead of a gun rights rally in Virginia must remain in federal custody while he awaits trial, a judge ruled Tuesday.U.S. Magistrate Judge Deborah Boardman refused to set bond for Brian Mark...

Democratic lawmakers call for racial data in virus testing

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Man, 72, dies of injuries 3 months after Hanukkah stabbings

MONSEY, N.Y. (AP) — A man who was among the five people stabbed during a Hanukkah celebration north of New York City has died three months after the attack, according to an Orthodox Jewish organization and community liaison with a local police department.Josef Neumann, 72, died Sunday night,...

ENTERTAINMENT

CNN's Cuomo says he has coronavirus, has shown symptoms

NEW YORK (AP) — CNN's Chris Cuomo has tested positive for the coronavirus but promised Tuesday to stay at work and do his prime-time show from the basement of his home.Cuomo, whose brother New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has logged just as much television airtime lately with daily briefings on...

Finances hurting? Watch 'Let's Make a Deal'

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'It is brutal': Hollywood's rank-and-file on the pandemic

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The red carpets are rolled up in storage, the A-listers holed up in mansions, multiplex doors are closed. For now, at least, the coronavirus has shut down much of Hollywood. And for the entertainment industry's many one-gig-at-a-time staff and freelance workers — a...

U.S. & WORLD NEWS

AP FACT CHECK: Trump's misfires on virus death rates, tests

WASHINGTON (AP) — Facing a grim reality of surging coronavirus cases, President Donald Trump is making...

A guide to surviving financially as the bills come due

The coronavirus has dealt a financial blow to millions of Americans and now April's bills are coming due.The good...

Should you wear mask in public if not sick with coronavirus?

WASHINGTON (AP) — If you’re not sick with the new coronavirus, should you wear a mask in public?...

13-year-old shot dead; Kenyan police enforcing curfew blamed

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — The bullet struck the 13-year-old as he stood on the balcony of his family’s...

UN chief says COVID-19 is worst crisis since World War II

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres warned Tuesday that the world faces the most...

Dismantling democracy? Virus used as excuse to quell dissent

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Soldiers patrol the streets with their fingers on machine gun triggers. The army...

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Gene Johnson Associated Press Writer

SEATTLE (AP) -- Paralyzed by a detective's bullet, a man accused of killing a Seattle police officer on Halloween was wheeled into a courtroom on Monday and pleaded not guilty to charges that could bring the death penalty.
Christopher Monfort, 41, was handcuffed and shackled despite his condition, and a lawyer entered the pleas on his behalf as Officer Timothy Brenton's widow and fellow officers looked on. Monfort's defense team surrounded him, sometimes holding a clipboard in front of his face to obscure the view of him from the packed courtroom.
Deputy prosecutor John Castleton summarized most of the five charges against Monfort, but read one verbatim: that of aggravated first-degree murder. Investigators said he drove alongside Brenton's cruiser as it was parked after a traffic stop in Seattle's Leschi neighborhood and opened fire, killing Brenton instantly and grazing the neck of his partner, Brit Sweeney.
Monfort is also charged with arson and attempted murder for the firebombing of several police vehicles in a maintenance yard on Oct. 22 -- the first step in what prosecutors called Monfort's ``one-man war'' against Seattle police.
Detectives located the suspect at his Tukwila apartment Nov. 6 after the complex's manager called police with a tip that Monfort owned a vehicle similar to the one investigators were looking for, an early '80s Datsun. When they approached him, detectives said, he ran, aimed a handgun and pulled the trigger -- to no avail, because he had neglected to load a bullet into the chamber.
Police opened fire, paralyzing him from the waist down. Inside his apartment, they found evidence he was preparing for a last stand: several guns and homemade bombs, one with a fuse placed on the heating element of his kitchen stove, and stacks of automobile tires that could provide shelter from a hail of police bullets.
Ballistics evidence proved one of the guns was used to kill Brenton, and Monfort's DNA was found on one small American flag and an American flag-style bandanna left at the site of the arson and on the ground near Brenton's cruiser.
Monfort was released from Harborview Medical Center last week. He appeared in King County Superior Court in a wheelchair.
After the arraignment, Brenton's widow, Lisa, told reporters that she had felt helpless, afraid and confused since the shooting and had planned to avoid media at Monday's arraignment. But after visiting the memorial to the four Lakewood police officers killed Nov. 29, she was overwhelmed with a sense of strength and support.
``From the family of the one to the families of the four, these deaths are not going to be tolerated,'' she said, breaking down in tears.
Sweeney did not speak after the arraignment.
Monfort's mother, Suzan Monfort, told reporters afterward that the killing was a tragedy for both sides.
King County prosecutor Dan Satterberg has 30 days from Monfort's arraignment to decide whether to seek the death penalty, but such decisions are typically delayed to give defense attorneys more time to prepare.
No clear motive has emerged, but Satterberg has said that Monfort left fliers at the arson discussing police brutality.

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