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I-5 Expansion Loses Support of Albina Vision, City

Gov. Brown says project must have support of local Black community 

Justice Department to Investigate Portland Protest Shooting

Donavan LaBella was standing with both arms in the air holding a large speaker across the street from the courthouse when a federal officer fired a less-lethal round at his head

Seattle Mayor, City Council at Odds Over 50% Police Cut

Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan says the City Council has failed to speak with the police chief or conduct sufficient research

OSU, UO Among 20 Universities Filing Federal Lawsuit in Oregon Over International Student Order

The lawsuit, filed today, seeks to protect the educational status of nearly 3,500 students attending OSU

NEWS BRIEFS

Schultz Family Foundation Appoints Tyra Mariani as New President

The Schultz Family Foundation is founded by former Starbucks CEO and chairman emeritus Howard Schultz and his wife Sheri Schultz ...

Meyer Memorial Trust Announces $25 Million For Justice Oregon For Black Lives

Meyer awards initial grants totaling nearly jumi.3 million. ...

Secretary of State Bev Clarno Announces Extension of Signature Gathering for Initiative Petition 57

IP 57 is seeking to amend the Oregon Constitution to create an independent redistricting commission. ...

NNPA Livestreams With Congresswomen Alexandria Ocasio Cortez and Val Demings

The audience has an opportunity to be an interactive part of the interview ...

Black Women Often Ignored By Social Justice Movements

‘Intersectional invisibility’ may lead to Black women’s exclusion, study finds ...

Over 20 test positive for COVID-19 at memory care home

BEND, Ore. (AP) — More than 20 people have tested positive for COVID-19 at the Mt. Bachelor Memory Care center in Bend, health officials said. After four days of testing staff and residents, contact tracers are working to determine the origin of the infection, according to Deschutes County...

Woman charged with murder in boyfriend's death

LONGVIEW, Wash. (AP) — A southwestern Washington woman is facing a first-degree murder charge in the death her boyfriend. Court documents say she told deputies the two got in a fight after she heard he had used heroin with another woman, The Daily News reported.Prosecutors have charged Tina...

Missouri's Drinkwitz takes side in mask-or-no-mask debate

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Eli Drinkwitz has been the head coach at Missouri for just over seven months. He has yet to lead the Tigers onto the football field, much less win a game, yet his role in the community already has forced him to take some important stands.First, it was supporting his new...

Iowa defensive back Jack Koerner hurt in jet ski accident

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Iowa defensive back Jack Koerner sustained serious injuries when he and a passenger on a jet ski collided with a boat on the Lake of the Ozarks in Missouri.According to a police report, Koerner and Cole Coffin were hurt at about 6:30 p.m. Friday when their watercraft...

OPINION

Heeding the Cries for Justice: Justice Oregon for Black Lives

Meyer trustees call on philanthropy peers and partners in business and industry to support this movement ...

COMMENTARY: Real Table Talk

Chaplain Debbie Walker provides helpful insight for self-preservation, and care tips for your family, your neighbors, and your community circles ...

Commissioner Hardesty Responds To Federal Troop Actions Towards Protesters

This protester is still fighting for their life and I want to be clear: this should never have happened. ...

Recent Protests Show Need For More Government Collective Bargaining Transparency

Since taxpayers are ultimately responsible for funding government union contract agreements, they should be allowed to monitor the negotiation process ...

AFRICAN AMERICANS IN THE NEWS

North Macedonia: Social Democrats score narrow election win

SKOPJE, North Macedonia (AP) — North Macedonia's pro-Western Social Democrats said they were ready Thursday to start complicated power-sharing negotiations after winning a narrow election victory in a poll held up for months by the COVID-19 pandemic.Former Prime Minister Zoran Zaev's Social...

Senate Democrats seek aid for Black Americans in virus bill

WASHINGTON (AP) — As Senate Republicans prepare to roll out their next COVID-19 aid bill, the top Democrat said Thursday that he wants to shift 0 billion from an untapped Treasury Department virus relief program to help Black Americans and other people of color during the pandemic and...

Diversity of LGBTQ characters in film declines, study finds

NEW YORK (AP) — Last year saw record representation of LGBTQ characters in the 118 films released by major studios, according to a new study by GLAAD. But for the third straight year, the racial diversity of LGBTQ characters has waned and transgender characters again went unseen.GLAAD called...

ENTERTAINMENT

Singing the blues, Ellie Goulding turns darkness into light

NEW YORK (AP) — Ellie Goulding’s fourth album is a perfectly crafted artsy pop record full of songs built with epic production and layered vocals. But underneath the beats are gems of lyrics: dark, poetic one-liners with a heaviness that might raise your eyebrow.“I write songs...

Mary Trump book already nearing 1 million sales

NEW YORK (AP) — Mary L. Trump's scathing memoir about her uncle, President Donald Trump, is nearly a million seller on preorders alone. Simon & Schuster announced Thursday that Mary Trump's “Too Much and Never Enough” had sold a company record 950,000 copies in combined...

Nick Cannon apologizes for 'hurtful' anti-Semitic comments

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Nick Cannon apologized late Wednesday for “hurtful and divisive” anti-Semitic comments that led ViacomCBS to cut ties with the TV host and producer.“I extend my deepest and most sincere apologies to my Jewish sisters and brothers for the hurtful and...

U.S. & WORLD NEWS

Stacked chairs a symbol of California reclosing amid virus

LOS ANGELES (AP) — When restaurants and bars began reopening in California after a stay-at-home order,...

Tourists facing restrictions amid fears of new virus spikes

MADRID (AP) — From the palm-fringed beaches of southern India to the bar-lined streets of a Spanish island...

Experts say Twitter breach troubling, undermines trust

HONG KONG (AP) — A breach in Twitter’s security that allowed hackers to break into the accounts of...

Dutch king opens disease exhibition delayed by pandemic

LEIDEN, Netherlands (AP) — A museum in the Dutch city of Leiden finally opened an exhibition on contagious...

North Macedonia: Social Democrats score narrow election win

SKOPJE, North Macedonia (AP) — North Macedonia's pro-Western Social Democrats said they were ready Thursday...

Minorities under attack as PM pushes 'tolerant' Pakistan

PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AP) — It’s been a tough month for religious minorities in Pakistan, and...

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By The Skanner News

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Amid all the music videos and celebrity news, the cute animal shots and comedy routines on YouTube, you'll find some helpful tax tips from the Internal Revenue Service.
The IRS channel on YouTube features dozens of videos informing people about new credits and deductions and other changes in the tax law.
Launching the YouTube channel was ``a natural choice'' for the IRS, said Terry Lemons, the agency's senior spokesman. ``Our approach is to use multiple avenues to get information out to people.''
There are currently 70 to 75 videos.
``Here's a tip from the IRS,'' the videos begin. They cover such issues as the new homebuyer tax credit, the sales and excise tax deduction for new car purchases and use of the withholding calculator to make sure you're not having too much tax withheld as part of the making work pay credit.
The videos feature IRS employees. There are versions in English, Spanish and American Sign Language. Most run about a minute or a minute and a half, although there are some longer how-to videos on topics such as how to track a refund. All refer people to the IRS Web site, www.irs.gov .
Since the channel launched in August, the IRS videos have been viewed about 230,000 times, including 30,000 in the last week. ``These are not going to compete with the dancing babies out there,'' Lemons quipped.
Some viewers are accessing the YouTube videos through the IRS Web site or through the agency's outreach efforts, Lemons said. Others are getting to them through links on third-party sites. While most people don't go to YouTube to access a government video, Lemons said the metrics show that people from across the country are clicking on the IRS channel.

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