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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.

NEWS BRIEFS

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. ...

Burgerville Introduces a New Plant Based Ice Cream Sandwich

The Pacific Northwest chain is also offering free strawberry shakes to moms on Mother's Day ...

WA Democratic lawmakers decry pause of Pierce County

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Washington Gov. Jay Inslee is receiving criticism from lawmakers in his own party over his shifting economic reopening plan, with a group of Pierce County Democrats threatening the possibility of a special legislative session following the governor’s recent implementation...

Teen faces federal charge over police union building fire

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A 19-year-old woman accused of setting the Portland police union building on fire faces a federal arson charge. Alma Yessenia Raven-Guido made her first appearance on the one-count indictment in U.S. District Court in Portland Thursday, The...

OPINION

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 ...

AFRICAN AMERICANS IN THE NEWS

Asian American health workers fight virus and racist attacks

NEW YORK (AP) — Medical student Natty Jumreornvong has a vaccine and protective gear to shield her from the coronavirus. But she couldn't avoid exposure to the anti-Asian bigotry that pulsed to the surface after the pathogen was first identified in China. Psychiatry patients...

With ambassador picks, Biden faces donor vs. diversity test

President Joe Biden is facing a fresh challenge to his oft-repeated commitment to diversity in his administration: assembling a diplomatic corps that gives a nod to key political allies and donors while staying true to a campaign pledge to appoint ambassadors who look like America. ...

Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms not seeking reelection

ATLANTA (AP) — Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms announced Thursday she will not seek a second term, an election-year surprise that marks a sharp turnabout for the city’s second Black woman executive who months ago was among those President Joe Biden considered for his running mate. ...

ENTERTAINMENT

Review: A Black teen on trial in Netflix drama ‘Monster’

“ Monster,” a courtroom drama starring Kelvin Harrison Jr., Jeffrey Wright, Jennifer Hudson and Jennifer Ehle that's premiering Friday on Netflix isn’t actually new at all. Yes, it’s adapted from an acclaimed book by the trailblazing author Walter Dean Myers about a...

Josh Duggar released as he awaits trial on child pornography

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) — Former reality TV star Josh Duggar was released from an Arkansas jail Thursday as he awaits trial on federal charges that he possessed and downloaded child pornography. Duggar, 33, did not speak to reporters as he walked out of the Washington County...

Getting up Close with Glenn and Ted Nash, new duo in jazz

NEW YORK (AP) — Glenn Close recently made music-related headlines for her playful performance of “Da Butt” at the Academy Awards, but the revered actor has some real music news: she’s releasing an album with Grammy-winning jazz saxophonist-composer Ted Nash on Friday. ...

U.S. & WORLD NEWS

Personal ties: Harris' family in India where COVID rages

WASHINGTON (AP) — G. Balachandran turned 80 this spring — a milestone of a birthday in India, where he lives....

Argentine clinics struggle despite COVID-19 crisis

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — As COVID-19 deaths climb to new peaks in Argentina, the intensive care unit at...

Florida gov signs GOP voting law critics call 'un-American'

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis signed a wide-ranging list of new voting restrictions into...

UK's Conservative Party strikes early blow in elections

LONDON (AP) — Britain's governing Conservative Party has won a special election in the north of England town of...

Family upset that 2 Americans got Italy's harshest sentence

ROME (AP) — The family of one of two Americans, both convicted of a fatal stabbing during a scuffle with an...

Super Thursday: Britons vote in a bumper crop of elections

LONDON (AP) — Millions of British voters were casting ballots Thursday in local and regional elections, and the...

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The Better Business Bureau, in Alaska, Oregon and Western Washington, says fraudsters are targeting our nations heroes – military members and veterans – with several types of scams. Here's what you need to know:

Military Loans: Beware of flashy offers promising "up to 40 percent of your monthly take home pay," "guaranteed loans," "instant approval," "no credit check," "all ranks approved," often come with sky-high interest rates and hidden fees designed to bilk borrowers out of cash and damage financial security.

Housing: Look out for ads promising military discounts and too-good-to-be-true incentives use stolen photos of legitimate rental properties to bait renters out of security deposits via money transfer schemes.

Cars: Be suspicious if you see low-priced vehicles posted on classified ad websites tout discounts for military personnel, or claim to be from soldiers who need to sell fast because they've been deployed. Schemers convince buyers to wire money; however, vehicle data is stolen.

Remember: If a deal sounds too good to be true, it probably is.


Advice from the Better Business Bureau
Protect Your Finances: Never wire transfer money to strangers.
Check out the companies and charities: You can research companies at www.bbb.org for free BBB Reliability Reports or Charity Review Reports.
Defend Your Computers: Avoid visiting unfamiliar sites or opening e-mails from unknown senders. Install a firewall and updated anti-virus software.
Safeguard Your Identity: Actively deployed military personnel can place an "active duty alert" on their credit reports to help minimize the risk of identity theft. With this alert, the Fair Credit Reporting Act requires creditors and businesses to verify identities before issuing or granting credit.

In addition, the Federal Trade Commission offers advice to help military families deter, detect and defend from identity theft.
Report any Scams: File complaints with Better Business Bureau at www.bbb.org, with the FTC at www.ftccomplaintassistant.gov, or with the Internet Crime Complaint Center at www.ic3.gov.

Educate Yourself: BBB Foundation offers Military Line to help military members, veterans and their families make educated financial decisions and defend themselves against common scams: www.akorww.bbb.org/military.
 

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