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Oregon Extends COVID Workplace Mask Rule Indefinitely

State officials say the rule, which garnered thousands of public comments, will be in place until it is “no longer necessary to address the effects of the pandemic in the workplace.”

As Reparations Hit Roadblock, Oregon Lawmakers Look to U.S. Congress and Cities

Sen. Frederick pushed for eligible Black Oregonians to receive a lifetime annuity as remedy for slavery, systemic racism.

Landmark Gun Safety Bill Clears Final Vote

The Oregon Senate repassed Senate Bill 554 – approving modifications made in the House to add storage and safety requirements among the bill’s components.

Shooting Highlights Lack of Body Cams Among Portland Police

Two police officers raised their weapons while sheltering behind a tree in a Portland park. They yelled at a homeless man to put up his hands. Moments later, two shots rang out.


Street Gallery: Crossing the Redline

Street Gallery, invites the public to an intergenerational art exhibit: “Crossing the Redline” ...

Unemployment Fix Passes Oregon Senate, Helps Get More Oregonians Back to Work

Many Oregon employers believe this policy will help support their rapidly changing workforce needs, COVID-19 regulations, and worker...

Concrete Wall Around Seattle Police Precinct Comes Down

The city decided to take the wall down after hearing from the community ...

Peloton Recalls Treadmills, Halts Sales, After a Child Dies

Peloton is recalling about 125,000 of its treadmills less than a month after denying they were dangerous and saying it would not pull...

Free Online Classes Promote Sustainable Living

Clark County’s Master Composter Recycler program is offering a series of free sustainable living webinars this spring. ...

Southern resident orca pod in best condition in decade

SEATTLE (AP) — She was a mother who happened to be an orca, whose plight resonated around the world as she clung to her dead calf, refusing to let it go. Mother orca Tahlequah, J35, brought front and center the extinction crisis threatening the southern resident killer whales...

Man sentenced to 20 years for shooting man to death

BOISE, Idaho. (AP) — A Fruitland, Idaho man was sentenced to 20 years in prison on Friday in the shooting death of a man in Ontario, Oregon. According to court documents, Jaime Anthony Escobedo fatally shot 38-year-old Larry Fuentes, Jr. of Portland, Oregon in a restaurant...


OP-ED: The Supreme Court Can Protect Black Lives by Ending Qualified Immunity

The three officers responsible for the murder of Breonna Taylor are not the first to walk free after killing an unarmed Black person, and unfortunately, especially if things continue as they are, they will not be the last. ...

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Trade Arron Rodgers

Give Aaron Rodgers a break, Green Bay. Just like Bart Starr & Brett Favre, Aaron Rodgers has been a Hall of Fame quarterback for the Packers for 16 years. ...

Editorial From the Publisher - Council: Police Reform Needed Now

Through years of ceaseless protest, activists have tried to hold Portland Police to account. ...

After the Verdicts

Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum shares her thoughts after the verdicts ...


Massachusetts mom wants outside review of Black teen's death

HOPKINTON, Mass. (AP) — Family members and activists are demanding answers in the death of a Black teen whose body was found near her home in a Boston suburb last month. Authorities said they have not determined how 16-year-old Mikayla Miller died. Her body was found on April...

With civil rights charges, Justice Dept. signals priorities

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department is sending a strong message about its priorities these days. In just over the past two weeks, it has opened investigations of police in Louisville, Kentucky, and Minneapolis. Federal prosecutors have charged four former Minneapolis...

Election officials face fines, charges in GOP voting laws

In 2020, election officials tried to make voting easier and safer amid a global pandemic. Next time, they might get fined or face criminal charges. Republicans are creating a new slate of punishments for the county officials who run elections, arguing they overstepped their...


In the shadow of COVID-19, a toll on entertainment workers

NEW YORK (AP) — Like so many, the pandemic upended life for actor and dancer Rena Riffel. The Los Angeles-based performer needed help with rent, utilities and counselling when jobs suddenly dried up. “Being an artist, we are already very fragile with our finances," she...

David Oyelowo fulfills new directing passion in 'Water Man'

LOS ANGELES (AP) — While starring in films like “Selma” and “Lee Daniels' The Butler,” actor David Oyelowo discovered a new passion: directing. Oyelowo was inspired to step behind-the-camera after learning different nuances of the craft from respected directors like...

Review: Jason Statham, Guy Ritchie reunite and have a blast

Jason Statham says very, very little in his new film. The English actor must have only need to memorize about three pages of dialogue. But, as always, he's very expressive with his hands. And the guns in them. “You ain’t much for talking, are you, Mary Poppins?” he is...


South Africa's royal scandal: New Zulu king's claim disputed

CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) — A new Zulu king was named in South Africa amid scenes of chaos after members of...

Tawny Kitaen, star of '80s rock music videos, dies at 59

NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. (AP) — Tawny Kitaen, the sultry red-haired actress who appeared in rock music videos...

With civil rights charges, Justice Dept. signals priorities

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department is sending a strong message about its priorities these days. ...

Unsure vaccine waiver will help, some leaders urge exports

GENEVA (AP) — European leaders voiced increasing skepticism Friday that a U.S. proposal to lift patent...

WHO panel OKs emergency use of China's Sinopharm vaccine

GENEVA (AP) — The World Health Organization gave emergency use authorization Friday to a COVID-19 vaccine...

UK to ease holiday travel ban yet keeps most quarantines

LONDON (AP) — Britain announced a “first tentative step” Friday toward resuming international travel, saying...

By The Skanner News

Some 65,000 ballots are in the mail to active registered voters in three districts on Wednesday for the upcoming special election April 27.
In King County, elections are conducted by mail and ballots are sent to registered voters 20 days before each election in which they are eligible to vote.
"Voter turnout seems to have improved with our new vote by mail system," said Sherril Huff, King County Elections' director. "We exceeded our predicted returns in the February special election and hope to see that trend continue."
Beginning this week, voters should watch their mailbox for both a ballot and voters' pamphlet. Ballots should be read from front to back and top to bottom and must be postmarked by April 27 or returned by 8 p.m. on Election Day.
Voters can confirm that they are participating in the special election, create a customized voters pamphlet, track their ballot, and access elections information at the King County Elections Web site at www.kingcounty.gov/elections.
To ensure that voters with disabilities are able to cast a private and independent ballot, three accessible voting centers are available for the election.
In-person accessible voting begins Wednesday, April 7, at King County Elections' office, 9010 East Marginal Way S, Tukwila, weekdays, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
The Seattle and Bellevue locations will open on April 26 and 27. Check the voters' pamphlet or Elections website for more information.
For more information on the April 27 special election, visit http://www.kingcounty.gov/elections/elections/201002.aspx or call 206-296-VOTE (8683).

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