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Millions Of Americans Skip Payments As Tidal Wave Of Defaults And Evictions Looms

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Hardship programs appear to be helping many people pause payments and survive the economic shutdown so far. But not everybody is getting the help and advocates see big potential trouble ahead.

From Jobs To Homeownership, Protests Put Spotlight On Racial Economic Divide

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Police brutality has sparked days of civil unrest. But the sparks have landed in a tinderbox built over decades of economic inequality, now exacerbated by the coronavirus pandemic.

31 Oregon Counties Could Enter Reopening Phase 2 As Soon As Friday

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State officials have said the first 31 Oregon counties to move into Phase 1 are eligible for the next milestone —  Phase 2 — as soon as Friday, June 5. 

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Facials Gone Virtual: She Teaches People Self-Care, A Hot Commodity During Pandemic

Like many people whose jobs involve personal interaction, Nicole Burke Stephenson had to get creative to keep making money while social distancing.

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Tourist Towns Face A Make-Or-Break Summer Amid Coronavirus Pandemic

When the pandemic hit, Cannon Beach, Oregon, closed its beaches and shut down hundreds of hotels and vacation rentals overnight. Now, with summer looming and restrictions lifting, the choices it faces are emblematic of those confronting thousands of other small, tourist-dependent towns nationwide.

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Tourist Lodgings Reopening Along Oregon And Washington Shores

Hotels and vacation rentals in coastal Oregon and Washington are ready to welcome back visitors after a roughly two month shutdown of tourist lodgings.

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As Oregon State Parks Slowly Reopen, Layoffs Are Inevitable

The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department will eliminate 47 positions by June 30 due to the economic challenges of COVID-19.

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'Barely Holding It Together': Stresses Of An Early Child Care Center That Stayed Open

A center in Spokane, Wash., has been operating at one-third capacity under pandemic guidelines. Co-owner Luc Jasmin III says it's been tough to turn away parents, many of whom are essential workers.

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Minneapolis Ranks Near The Bottom For Racial Equality

The problem goes deeper than police misconduct.

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Domestic Abuse Can Escalate In Pandemic And Continue Even If You Get Away

Loosened quarantine restrictions have given some people an opportunity to flee violence at home, but cyberstalking and high unemployment have also made it harder to completely escape after moving out.

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Target Says It Will Temporarily Close Stores In Several States As Protests Continue

The move comes after several Target stores were ransacked and damaged during protests.

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Oregon Gov. Kate Brown Fires State Employment Director After COVID Failures

Problems within the state agency have left tens of thousands of newly unemployed Oregonians waiting weeks and months for benefits in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic.

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Amazon Is Offering To Keep 125,000 Workers It Hired For The Pandemic

Amazon has hired 175,000 temporary workers to deal with spike in online shopping during the pandemic. Now it's offering most of them permanent jobs.