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NORTHWEST NEWS

Oregon Appeals Court Affirms Portland Renter Relocation Law

The Court affirmed a Portland ordinance requiring landlords to pay tenants’ relocation fees if their rent is increased by at least 10% or if they’re evicted without cause.

Seattle Urged to See a 'World Without Law Enforcement'

Proposals include removal of 911 dispatch from Seattle Police control, budget cuts of 50%

Oregon DOJ to Hold Listening Sessions on Institutional Racism; Leaders Wary

DOJ will hold 11 virtual listening sessions for underserved Oregonians.

Portland Black Community Frustrated as Violence Mars Protests

Black leaders condemn violence from small group of mostly-white activists as Rose City Justice suspends nightly marches

NEWS BRIEFS

OSU Science Pub Focuses on Influence of Black Lives Matter

The influence of the Black Lives Matter movement will be the focus of a virtual Oregon State University Science Pub on July 13 ...

Capital Rx Establishes Scholarship at Howard University to Support Next Generation of Pharmacists

“Each of us has a role to play in paving a more equitable path for the future of the industry,” said AJ Loiacono, Founder and CEO...

Adams Joins Lawmakers in Move to Repeal Trump’s Birth Control Rule

Without action, SCOTUS decision clears way for Trump Admin rule to take effect ...

Portland Art Museum and Northwest Film Center Announce Artist Fund

The fund will help support artists during COVID crisis and beyond ...

The OHS Museum Reopens Saturday, July 11

The Oregon Historical Society museum will reopen with new hours and new safety protocols ...

School district committee member resigns over racist remarks

WEST LINN, Ore. (AP) — A West Linn school district committee member has resigned after making racist comments during a podcast, the district said Friday.Doris Wehler, who has served on the Long Range Planning Committee for the district since 2001, was asked to resign after her comments on a...

Most of Seattle council pledges to support police defunding

SEATTLE (AP) — A majority of Seattle City Council members say they agree with a proposal by advocates to defund the police department by 50% and reallocate the dollars to other community needs.Council members Lisa Herbold, Dan Strauss and Andrew Lewis added support Thursday to a road map set...

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...

Missouri football program pushes again for racial justice

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Ryan Walters had just arrived at the University of Missouri to coach safeties for the football program when a series of protests related to racial injustice led to the resignations of the system president and the chancellor of its flagship campus.The student-led movement...

OPINION

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 ...

The Language of Vote Suppression

A specific kind of narrative framing is used to justify voter suppression methods and to cover up the racism that motivates their use. ...

Letter to the Community From Eckhart Tolle Foundation

The Eckhart Tolle Foundation is donating more than 250,000 dollars to organizations that are fighting racism ...

Editorial From the Publisher: Vote as Your Life Depends on It

The Republican-controlled Senate won’t pass the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act, no matter how hard Oregon’s senators and others work to push for change. ...

AFRICAN AMERICANS IN THE NEWS

'A slap in the face:' Goya faces boycott over Trump praise

NEW YORK (AP) — The CEO of food company Goya is facing an uproar over his praise for President Donald Trump, with some Latino families purging their pantries of the products and scrambling to find alternatives to the beloved beans, seasoning and other products that have long been fixtures in...

2 arrested, 2 wanted after 11-year-old killed on July Fourth

WASHINGTON (AP) — Two men have been arrested and two others are wanted in connection with the killing of an 11-year-old boy who was shot during a Fourth of July cookout in Washington, police said Friday. The boy, Davon McNeal, was shot in the head during an exchange of gunfire between five...

Protester: Man pulls gun on anniversary of flag’s removal

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Counterprotesters said a passing driver pointed a gun at them Friday and said “All Lives Matter,” as competing groups gathered in front of South Carolina’s capitol building to mark the five-year anniversary of the state's removal of the Confederate...

ENTERTAINMENT

Armie Hammer and Elizabeth Chambers separate after 10 years

Actor Armie Hammer and wife Elizabeth Chambers are splitting up after 10 years of marriage and 13 years together. Both parties posted the same message on their respective instagram accounts Friday, writing that they have decided to “turn the page and move on" from the marriage.The couple...

Authorities search for 'Glee' star believed to have drowned

Authorities planned Friday to renew the search for “Glee” star Naya Rivera, who is believed to have drowned in a Southern California lake while boating with her 4-year-old son.Rivera, 33, disappeared after renting the pontoon boat for three hours Wednesday afternoon and taking it out...

How The Chicks dropped the word 'Dixie' from their name

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — When The Chicks decided to drop the word “Dixie” from the band's name, it was the culmination of years of internal discussions and attempts to distance itself from negative connotations with the word. The 13-time Grammy-winning trio made the switch last...

U.S. & WORLD NEWS

Singer says lawsuit over Lady A name is 'white privilege'

Singer Anita White, who was sued by a country group over the use of the name Lady A, says the group is using their...

Church singing ban strikes sour note with California pastor

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Crossroads Community Church Senior Pastor Jim Clark wants to keep his 1,500...

Lawyer: Over 150 Minneapolis officers seeking disability

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — More than 150 Minneapolis police officers are filing work-related disability claims...

Cyprus: US military training won't harm Russia, China ties

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Cyprus’ government said Friday that a U.S. decision to provide education and...

Brazil LGBTQ group hides from virus in Copacabana building

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — In a courtyard a few blocks from Rio de Janeiro’s Copacabana beach, a dozen...

Hundreds try to storm Serbian parliament as protests heat up

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Hundreds of demonstrators tried to storm Serbia's parliament on Friday, clashing...

McMenamins
By Brian Stimson of The Skanner News

For many unemployed people, the recession is about to get worse. Funds that the Oregon Legislature set aside for emergency unemployment benefits are now gone. So if you're one of the 3,000 people receiving Oregon Emergency Benefits, except your final check this week. Lawmakers had set aside $19 million during a 2010 special session to get unemployed workers through the typically difficult summer months.

In 2010 alone, more than 14,000 people have exhausted every unemployment insurance benefit available. For workers who lose their job through no fault of their own now, there will be 26 weeks of regular unemployment and 20 weeks of extended benefits available to them.
All this at a time that the Bureau of Labor Statistics say employment has remained largely static since February 2009 at about 10.6 percent.
For a visual graph of the unemployment problem in Oregon, visit http://www.qualityinfo.org/olmisj/OlmisZine
Throughout various sectors of Oregon's economy, jobs were hard to come by. Government added 6,800 jobs in May, but a majority of these are expected to be seasonal. Other sectors, including transportation, warehousing, financial activities and education dropped jobs or stayed flat. Blue collar sector jobs in manufacturing and construction added 700 and 1,700, respectively. Despite gains, the number of jobs is still far below the beginning of the recession.

Government Shutdowns
Both Oregon and Washington state governments have been forced to trim their own budgets. Many agency staff have been forced to take multiple furlough days or close the agency entirely for a term.
Washington state recently passed legislation to "reduce government spending for employees" and subsequently will be forced to close for 10 days this year or submit an "alternate compensation reduction plan" that must be approved by the Office of Financial Management.
Oregon's attempts to force staff furloughs have, in some cases, been met with cost increases. An Oregonian report in March found that overtime at 24-hour agencies such as hospitals and prisons logged more overtime hours because of the reduction in staff.

Congress Stalls
"As the government's stimulus winds down and as long as the labor market remains weak, an acceleration in the economy is probably not in the cards," said David Huether, chief economist at the National Association of Manufacturers. "If I were a betting man, I'd bet the economy won't double dip into recession, but it will grow at a much slower pace."
Still, conditions did improve in most of the nation in May. Just under 40 percent of counties were deemed economically stressed in May, compared with 42 percent in April. Job gains in manufacturing, farming and hotels and restaurants helped some of the counties where stress declined the most, according to the AP's analysis.
According to researchers at the Oregon Center for Public Policy, if Congress fails to extend certain provisions of the Recovery Act, including unemployment benefits, health coverage assistance, and Medicaid, even more jobs could be lost
"Without more federal aid, state budget cuts nationwide could cost the economy 900,000 jobs in the public and private sectors," according to OCPP researchers.
Already, congressional Republicans have used filibusters to block the extension of unemployment insurance benefits beyond 6 months, saying that extending the benefits would discourage people from seeking work and add to the deficit.
From Staff and AP wire reports.


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