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Portland Police to Wear Helmets with 3-Digit Identification

Portland Police Bureau said Friday it will assign each officer a three-digit number which will be displayed on their helmets during events

Kafoury & McDougal File Four “Shopping While Black” Lawsuits

One woman was refused gas on her way to work becase the attendant "doesn't serve Blacks"

New Initiative to Boost Black Students’ Success

Oregon Community Foundation oversees grants, coalition of 20 community organizations to support education equity 

Oregon Historical Society Museum to Open Wednesday, October 14, Following Building Vandalism

The Afro-American Heritage Bicentennial Commemorative Quilt, which was taken Sunday evening has been recovered but sustained damage

NEWS BRIEFS

New Artist Relief Program to Provide $1.25 Million in Relief to Oregon Artists

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THURSDAY: Blumenauer and Ocasio-Cortez to Hold Joint Town Hall

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Multnomah County Chair Deborah Kafoury Announces New Directors for Health Clinics and Public Health

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First days of voting in Oregon brings large numbers

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Ballots for the 2020 election began to be mailed to Oregonians last Wednesday, and so far more than 88,000 people have casted their vote, following suit with the nationwide early voting trends. By comparison, at this time during the 2016 presidential election, 12,591...

SEC postpones 3rd game this week, moving Missouri-Florida

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — The Southeastern Conference postponed next week's game between Missouri and No. 10 Florida on Friday, the third league contest moved this week because of COVID-19 outbreaks.The Gators had at least 21 players and coaches test positive for the coronavirus and dozens...

Week 7: Georgia-Alabama in spotlight; schedule disrupted

The COVID-19 pandemic is packing a punch in college football this week, nowhere harder than in the Southeastern Conference.Alabama coach Nick Saban might not be on the sideline when the No. 2 Crimson Tide hosts No. 3 Georgia on Saturday in perhaps the biggest game of the season. Saban tested...

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The Skanner News National 2020 Election Endorsements

Vote like your life depends on it. Read The Skanner News' endorsements for US President, and more ...

The Skanner News Statewide Election 2020 Endorsements

Read The Skanner News' endorsements for Portland Mayor, Portland City Council, and more ...

Muslim Advocates Denounces Trump’s Racist Attacks on Rep. Ilhan Omar and Refugees

The organization says Trump’s attacks invite violence against Rep. Omar and Minnesota’s Somali community ...

Trump and the Lost Country

Discussing the debate, Robert Koehler refers to an article by psychiatrists describing how power causes brain damage ...

AFRICAN AMERICANS IN THE NEWS

Intel to sell NAND business to SKorean rival for billion

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Kyle Larson reinstated to compete in NASCAR in 2021

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Attny: Iowa saying no to demands only emboldens ex-players

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ENTERTAINMENT

Veteran TV executive Channing Dungey jumps to Warner Bros.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Veteran TV industry executive Channing Dungey was named chairman of the Warner Bros. Television Group after tenures at ABC and Netflix in which she shepherded hit series including “Scandal."Dungey, who at ABC in 2016 became the first African American head of a...

'The West Wing' cast reunites again, this time for a book

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Netflix previews 'Ma Rainey' and Boseman's final performance

NEW YORK (AP) — Netflix on Monday previewed George C. Wolfe's August Wilson adaptation “Ma Rainey's Black Bottom,” showcasing Chadwick Boseman's final performance opposite Viola Davis' powerhouse blues singer.The film, shot last year, was already one of the year's most...

U.S. & WORLD NEWS

Pandemic air travel milestone; 1 million passengers screened

SILVER SPRING, Md. (AP) — The number of passengers screened in a single day for flights in the U.S. topped...

Few fans, masked umps, muted celebrations for World Series

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — A World Series like no other opens Tuesday night with Clayton Kershaw’s Los...

What are the treatment options for COVID-19?

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Greece finalizes plan to build wall on border with Turkey

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Nagorno-Karabakh truce frays amid reports of new shelling

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Canada-China spat heats up over ambassador's alleged threat

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Vote like your life depends on it
By The Skanner News

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Democrats broke a GOP filibuster safely and set the stage for a vote Wednesday on legislation that would restore jobless benefits for millions of people unable to find work.
After the Democratic-controlled Senate voted 60-40 on Tuesday to move ahead on the bill, approval became a formality. The measure would go to the House for a final vote and on to President Barack Obama.
At issue are payments averaging $309 a week for almost 5 million people whose 26 weeks of state benefits have run out. Those people are enrolled in a federally financed program providing up to 73 additional weeks of unemployment benefits.
About half of those currently eligible have had their benefits cut off since funding expired June 2. The jobless benefits are a lifeline to millions of people struggling to find work in what has so far been a largely jobless recovery.
"I can't tell you how relieved we will be when Congress passes this. We have in Pennsylvania about 200,000 people who have lost their unemployment compensation coverage because of their inaction," said Pennsylvania's secretary of labor and industry, Sandi Vito. "Folks need this money for their mortgages, for food, and so our goal is to get them their payments as quickly as possible."
The filibuster-breaking vote came moments after Democrat Carte Goodwin was sworn in to succeed West Virginia Democrat Robert Byrd, who died last month at 92. Goodwin was the crucial 60th senator needed to defeat the Republican filibuster. The Senate gallery was packed with Goodwin supporters, who broke into applause as he cast his "aye" vote.
Republicans say they support the benefits extension. But with the exception of Maine GOP moderates Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins, who voted with Democrats on Tuesday, they insist any benefits be financed by cuts to programs elsewhere in the $3.7 trillion federal budget.
The election-year battle has been amplified by the White House and Democrats, who are emphasizing the plight of the unemployed while arguing that putting money in the pockets of jobless families would also boost economic revival.
Missing no opportunity to seize a political edge, the White House lashed out at Republicans simply for forcing an extra day of debate as required under Senate rules — unless all 100 senators agree to waive them.
"That means 30 more hours of suffering for these hardworking families trying to get by," Gibbs said. In fact, state unemployment agencies are gearing up to restore the benefits now that passage of the measure is assured this week.
Many Republicans have voted in the past for deficit-financed benefits extension — including as recently as March and twice in 2008, during the Bush administration. But now they are casting themselves as standing against out-of-control budget deficits, a stand that's popular with their core conservative supporters and the tea party activists whose support they're courting in hopes of retaking control of Congress.
"We've repeatedly voted for similar bills in the past. And we are ready to support one now," said Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky. "What we do not support — and we make no apologies for — is borrowing tens of billions of dollars to pass this bill at a time when the national debt is spinning completely out of control."
Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., announced a last-ditch — and futile — plan to cut $40 billion in other federal programs to pay for the measure. Because of procedural moves by Democrats, it would take a two-thirds majority vote to pass Coburn's amendment.
The overall measure would reauthorize the extended benefits program through the end of November, providing payments to millions of people who've been out of work for six months or more. Maximum benefits in some states are far higher than the $309 a week nationwide average payment. In Massachusetts, the top benefit is $943 a week; in Mississippi, it is $235.
The extension started in February as one piece of a broader jobs package that also would have restored expired business tax breaks and helped state governments pay their bills.
That broader measure advanced in fits and starts. Then the political climate changed and it collapsed in June despite being cut back considerably.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., pressed ahead with a bare-bones jobless benefits measure — only to fall one vote short because of Byrd's death.
The White House has signaled it may seek another renewal of benefits in November if unemployment remains painfully high.

 


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