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Washington eviction moratorium extended until Aug. 1

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Washington Gov. Jay Inslee on Tuesday extended the state’s eviction moratorium through Aug. 1, saying the intent of his order was to prevent an increase in homelessness during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. The Seattle Times reports…

Oregon governor resists using National Guard in active role

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Oregon Gov. Kate Brown said Monday she won’t send National Guard troops to actively help quell violent protests in Portland over the killing of George Floyd because they aren’t needed and that “is exactly what President…

Inslee slams Trump, Seattle George Floyd protests continue

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Washington Gov. Jay Inslee said Monday that while the damage from weekend protests that turned violent must be condemned and those responsible prosecuted, “we will not allow that to obscure the justice of the underlying protest.”…

Gov. Brown fires director of Employment Department over delays

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Governor Kate Brown has fired the head of the Oregon Employment Department after long delays in delivering benefits to people who have lost jobs during the coronavirus outbreak. Brown said Sunday she had asked for and…

US heads into a new week shaken by violence and pandemic

WASHINGTON (AP) — With cities wounded by days of violent unrest, America headed into a new week with neighborhoods in shambles, urban streets on lockdown and shaken confidence about when leaders would find the answers to control the mayhem amid…

George Floyd protesters set Minneapolis police station on fire

MINNEAPOLIS — Cheering protesters broke into a Minneapolis police precinct station on Thursday after the department abandoned it, setting it ablaze and igniting fireworks as three days of violent protests spread to cities across the U.S over the death of…

New virus rules for farms, nursing homes in Washington state

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Employers must provide agricultural workers with face masks, more hand-washing stations and more frequently disinfect work surfaces under new coronavirus rules established Thursday by Washington Gov. Jay Inslee. Also Thursday, Secretary of Health John Wiesman signed…

Human remains inside car recovered from Willamette River

MILWAUKIE, Ore. (AP) — A car with human remains inside has been pulled from the Willamette River in Milwaukie, authorities say. A video crew from a Bend-based outfit called Adventures with Purpose was filming the vehicle recovery on Tuesday at…

2 more churches sue Brown over virus gathering restrictions

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Two additional churches are suing Oregon Gov. Kate Brown, saying her social gathering restrictions because of the coronavirus pandemic violate their constitutional right to the freedom of religion and assembly. The Edgewater Christian Fellowship in Grants…

Woman shot in head after exchanging gunfire with trooper in WA

CHEHALIS, Wash. (AP) — A woman was shot in the head late Tuesday night after exchanging gunfire with a Washington State Trooper along I-5 near Chehalis. KOMO-TV reports a Washington State Trooper stopped along Interstate 5 at mp 70 to…

Two men drank cleaning products to fight virus, officials say

ATLANTA (AP) — Two Georgia men were hospitalized after drinking cleaning products hoping to prevent a coronavirus infection. Georgia Poison Control Director Gaylord Lopez told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution the men in Atlanta, who had a history of mental health issues,…

Police find 17 Canada geese sick, dead in Oregon wildlife refuge

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Authorities are seeking information from the public about 17 Canada geese found sickened or dead Friday in a wildlife refuge. Oregon State Police Fish and Wildlife troopers responded to the Baskett Slough Wildlife Refuge and found…

Federal social distancing guidelines to expire

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump says the federal government will not be extending its social distancing guidelines when they expire Thursday at the end of the month. Trump told reporters in the Oval Office that the coronavirus guidelines will…