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Veterans Day: Honoring Those Who Serve and Continue to Serve

On this Veterans Day, the staff at The Skanner News honors all who have served and continue to serve in our nation's armed forces

FBI Reports Cybercrimes are Rising Because of Sophisticated Scams

Oregon man offers warning after he was scammed into giving away his family's life savings to criminals

Worker Who Yelled Racist Slurs at Black Customer Gets Jail

Audio and video showed a disturbing scene, said Deputy District Attorney Nicole Hermann

PSU’s Black Studies Department Marks 50 Years

Despite budgetary concerns, the department remains one of the strongest and longest-lasting of its kind in the country

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Noose Found at Oregon Health & Science University

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DEQ Extends Air Quality Advisory Due to Stagnation

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Forest Service Waives Fees in Honor of Veterans Day

The USDA Forest Service will waive fees at day-use recreation sites in Oregon and Washington on Monday, Nov. 11 in honor of Veterans...

Two Local Nonprofits Announced as Grant Recipients for Portland-Area Programs

Financial Beginnings Oregon and Portland Parks Foundation will receive a total of 0,000 plus leadership resources through Bank of...

State Seeks Volunteers to Rank Investments in Washington’s Outdoors

The Washington State Recreation and Conservation Office is recruiting 50 volunteers to evaluate grant proposals for parks, boating...

Portland, Oregon, paramedics learn self-defense amid attacks

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Trisha Preston was transporting a patient in a mental health crisis in the back of her ambulance when suddenly the woman undid her seatbelt, jumped off the gurney and began attacking the veteran paramedic, punching her and pulling her hair. By the time Preston's partner...

Sage grouse court order trims energy lease auction in Nevada

RENO, Nev. (AP) — U.S. land managers have withdrawn more than 500 square miles (1,295 sq. kilometers) of public land from a swath of eastern Nevada where oil and gas drilling leases are set to go to auction.The move came after a judge blocked a Trump administration attempt to curtail...

Junkyard Dawgs: No. 5 Georgia's stellar D a team effort

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — Kirby Smart has coached some stellar defenses.This might be one of his best.Never mind the lack of star power."They've got some of those same traits as the good defenses I've been able to be around," the Georgia coach said Monday. "But this group probably doesn't have that...

No. 6 Georgia rides tough defense to 27-0 win over Missouri

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — Georgia's defense didn't settle for just beating Missouri.The Bulldogs added to their growing collection of shutouts with a late goal-line stand.Jake Fromm threw two touchdown passes to George Pickens and No. 6 Georgia posted its third shutout, dominating a Missouri...

OPINION

5 Ways Life Would be Better if it Were Always Daylight Saving Time

A Professor from the University of Washington says DST saves lives and energy and prevents crime ...

Importance of Educators of Color for Black and Brown Students

A new report examines the ways that school leaders of color’s experiences and perspectives influence how they build school culture ...

Atatiana Jefferson, Killed by Police Officer in Her Own Home

Atatiana Jefferson, a biology graduate who worked in the pharmaceutical industry and was contemplating becoming a doctor, lived a life of purpose that mattered ...

“Hell No!” That Is My Message to Those Who Would Divide Us 

Upon release from the South African jail, Nelson Mandela told UAW Local 600 members “It is you who have made the United States of America a superpower, a leader of the world" ...

AFRICAN AMERICANS IN THE NEWS

Junkyard Dawgs: No. 5 Georgia's stellar D a team effort

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — Kirby Smart has coached some stellar defenses.This might be one of his best.Never mind the lack of star power."They've got some of those same traits as the good defenses I've been able to be around," the Georgia coach said Monday. "But this group probably doesn't have that...

No. 6 Georgia rides tough defense to 27-0 win over Missouri

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Missouri, No. 6 Georgia bring strong defenses into key game

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — When Southeastern Conference coaches gather and Georgia's Kirby Smart wants to talk defense, he looks for Missouri's Barry Odom.Smart sees Odom as a like-minded coach. Both were defensive coordinators before being hired to take over programs at their alma maters.One more...

ENTERTAINMENT

War epic 'Midway' bests 'Doctor Sleep' at the box office

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Reflections on writing about the lives of Beckett, Beauvoir

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Trump impeachment inquiry heads to live TV coverage

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U.S. & WORLD NEWS

Mets' Alonso, Astros' Álvarez named Rookies of the Year

NEW YORK (AP) — Young sluggers known for their prodigious power, Pete Alonso and Yordan Álvarez...

Utah death-row inmate featured in best-selling book dies

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Burger King brings a plant-based Whopper to Europe

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Mets' Alonso, Astros' Álvarez named Rookies of the Year

NEW YORK (AP) — Young sluggers known for their prodigious power, Pete Alonso and Yordan Álvarez...

Utah death-row inmate featured in best-selling book dies

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A Utah death-row inmate who killed his brother's wife and her toddler because of his...

Burger King brings a plant-based Whopper to Europe

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Lisa Loving of The Skanner News

Lost paperwork, telephone stalling, holding property in foreclosure even though you're making the repayments – Rep. Tina Kotek says she has heard it all from her constituents trying to deal with home foreclosure after a job loss.
Tonight she's bringing U.S. Rep. Earl Blumenauer to hear your stories too, and hold a brainstorming session on how to stop it.
The event is 6 - 8 pm at the St. Johns Community Center, 8427 N. Central St. in Portland.
Kotek notes that federal funding is already in the pipeline to help homeowners who have lost their jobs during the recession, but that no decision has been made so far about exactly how to use it — another thing residents can weigh in on.
"I have been hearing a lot from constituents about the challenges they're been having, facing foreclosure and their inability to get help either through the loan modifications or other help," she said.
Kotek says foreclosure programs exist on the local, state and national levels, and it's time to gauge their effectiveness.
"Congressman Blumenauer is going to join me for the town hall and it will be our way of not only sharing what resources are out there so people can find out about new resources and existing resources, but also to hear from them what is their story what are their challenges, what are they facing, how can we be more helpful," she said.
Kotek, who lives in the Kenton neighborhood, says there are almost 200 foreclosed homes in her zip code alone.
"I know that families area struggling, I know it's particularly hit African American households and Latino households very, very hard because of predatory loan products that were part of the market for the last five years," Kotek said
Of the roughly $100 million coming into the state as part of the recently-passed unemployment assistance from the federal government, Kotek says a portion will be used for foreclosure assistance.
She anticipates a new program will be set up this fall, looking at helping with loan modifications for people falling behind because they've lost their job.
"What we're hearing is if you have no income, it's very difficult to get your loans modified," she said. "We're trying to figure out how to help people who don't have any income right now at home -- that's the big problem right now in Oregon, the housing market finally catches up with the nation in terms of home prices are dropping, but people also don't have any income, and that's a very difficult situation to be in."
She said the state may be looking next year at new laws on how banks treat consumers in foreclosure.
"We're trying to insure greater transparency in the foreclosure process, the types of things that banks have to disclose to people, but we're still having problems," Kotek said. "Lot of people not getting the response they need from the banks, and we're trying to figure that out.
"Because that's what I hear from my constituents: I do everything right, they lose my paperwork, I send it again, they lose it again, they keep holding me in foreclosure even though I'm making payments -- so trying to find out why the process isn't working for people I think is really important right now."
Kotek said another critical issue is to bring people together who are going through the foreclosure process.
"The most important thing is to hear their stories, to let us know what they're dealing with, because what I hear is they're ashamed to come forward and talk about it because they think they're alone and not anybody else is facing this," Kotek said.
"The message is a lot of people are facing this and we need to get everyone's collective wisdom together and to figure out how to deal with it."

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