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    Sunday’s newspaper brought the tragic story of Sherry Zetzman, a 43-year-old Albany woman who died from COVID-19 on April 27. Her severe asthma made her particularly vulnerable to the ravages of COVID, which attacks the respiratory system. But her family believes something else made her part…

      Sunday’s newspaper brought the tragic story of Sherry Zetzman, a 43-year-old Albany woman who died from COVID-19 on April 27. Her severe asthma made her particularly vulnerable to the ravages of COVID, which attacks the respiratory system. But her family believes something else made her part…

        More than a year into the COVID-19 pandemic, we’re all more than a little sick of the constraints and disruptions this vile little virus imposes on our lives. Case in point: Rising infection numbers have once again prompted Gov. Kate Brown to move Linn County back into the extreme risk categ…

          The conviction of a Minneapolis officer for murder in the killing of George Floyd brought a sense of relief to millions of people in this country who have learned from painful experience that police are rarely held accountable for killing Black Americans, even in cases, such as this one, whe…

          Officials say a crew member remains missing and two others were rescued from crab boat that sank near southwest Washington’s Willapa Bay. The Coast Guard says a helicopter hoisted the two crew members from a life raft into the helicopter on Sunday evening during rough weather and large waves. Petty Officer Steve Strohmaier with the Coast Guard’s 13th District in Seattle told The Seattle Times that Coast Guard teams were notified of the FV Ethel May sinking by an emergency position-indicating radio beacon that began broadcasting a signal as it went down around 7:30 p.m. Search crews are continuing to look for the missing crew member.

          A Washington state lawmaker who has spent time in prison wants the state to pay incarcerated workers more money for doing their jobs. The Seattle Times reports state Rep. Tarra Simmons, of Bremerton, is sponsoring House Bill 1024, called the “Real Labor, Real Wages Act,” to raise the wages to the state minimum of $15.74 per hour. Simmons, believed to be the first formerly incarcerated person elected to the State Legislature, says when she was incarcerated she worked graveyard shifts for less than 42 cents an hour. If passed, the bill would cost $97.5 million annually. At least one Republican lawmaker opposed the bill and cited the cost.

          The U.S. abortion debate is shifting to funding as states take control of policymaking. Liberal cities and states are funding efforts to provide access to abortion, while Republican-led states are seeking new ways to financially support anti-abortion centers. Just months after Kansas voters affirmed abortion rights in August, the state's Republican-controlled Legislature is considering millions of dollars in state funds for such centers and millions more in income tax credits to their donors. Supporters say the effort to financially support the centers shows the anti-abortion movement is addressing the social and financial needs of women and families. Critics say the efforts fall short of what’s necessary.

          Police in Oregon have arrested a Canadian man who allegedly stole a yacht and had to be rescued by a Coast Guard swimmer. He's wanted in what authorities call a series of “odd” events that involved him leaving a dead fish at the home in the film “The Goonies.” Police on Friday identified the man as 35-year-old Jericho Labonte of Victoria, British Columbia. Police say he was treated at a hospital but released Friday before authorities realized he was wanted in the dead fish incident. Police in Seaside, Oregon, found him at a homeless shelter Friday night and arrested him.

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