Companies Jump In To Help People Amid Shutdown

About 800,000 federal workers are about to miss their first checks in a partial government shutdown that’s now poised to become the longest in U.S. history. Among staff who won’t get paid Friday are law enforcement officers, NASA engineers and office workers across the country. Some large corporations are jumping in to give a financial break to those workers — who are also their customers. Here’s the rundown: Bank fees, loans • Major banks including Bank of America Corp.

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  • New building for Pacific Northwest National Lab campus
    RICHLAND — The federal government’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory will build a new $90 million energy sciences research building on its Richland campus. A contract to design and construct the building has been awarded to a Houston-based team of Harvey Cleary Builders and Kirksey Architecture. The Tri-City Herald says the facility will cover 110,000 to 145,000 square feet. More
  • ‘Scumbag’ comment gets juror removed in Pasco double-murder trial. Judge says it’s not her fault
    PASCO, Wa. — A relative of a Pasco homicide victim, who phoned a juror last week, admitted calling the accused killer a “scumbag” during the brief telephone conversation. The relative was tracked down and interviewed by a defense investigator on Friday after the juror in Hector Orozco Jr.’s double-murder trial told court officials about the phone call. On Tuesday, attorney Daniel Stovern renewed his claim of jury tampering based on the conversation between “Juror No. More
  • New trial starts for 2 charged in homeless camp killing
    SEATTLE — A new trial has started for brothers accused of fatally shooting two people and wounding three others at the Seattle homeless encampment known as the Jungle. The Seattle Times reports James and Jerome Taafulisia are being tried for again on murder and assault charges in connection with the Jan. More
  • Woman sues Home Depot for $1.5M after termination
    BEND, Ore. — A Bend Paralympic athlete is suing Home Depot for $1.5 million, claiming the company did not consider her disability when it fired her in 2017. The Bulletin reports in a complaint filed Tuesday in Deschutes County Circuit Court, Barbara Buchan claims that after suffering a concussion in a fall at work, management fired her for keeping $11 worth of presentation materials in her vehicle overnight. More
  • 1 dead in Burien fire
    BURIEN — A woman was found dead and a second was injured as fire burned an apartment building in Burien. KOMO reports that firefighters arrived at the Forest View Apartments around 6 p.m. Tuesday to find flames burning on at least three floors. About two dozen people from seven affected apartments are receiving assistance from the Red Cross. More
  • Stroopwafels finally find an American audience – here's how
    Once relegated to European specialty stores, the treat has made the jump from elusive obsession to mainstream purchase ... Salted caramel's popularity a decade ago set the stage for a generation of ...
    07/19/2019 - 9:35 am | View Link
  • The People vs. the 'Scooter' companies
    Bird, Lime and Jump are among the defendants ... The way I see it, if you're going to come into our city and make money from our people and you hurt some people then you need to be accountable here," ...
    07/19/2019 - 4:37 am | View Link
  • DEA tracked every opioid pill sold in the US. The data is out—and it’s horrific
    a jump of roughly 50%. In all, the deluge of pills was enough to supply every adult and child in the country with around 36 opioid pills per year. Just a 10-day supply can hook 1 in 5 people into ...
    07/17/2019 - 9:12 am | View Link
  • Lotus Defies Brexit With Production Jump Under New Chinese Owner
    Even with the advance of automation, Lotus sees a long-term market in supplying cars “that people can have fun in,” the CEO said. New technologies will be used to assist the driver in getting the most ...
    07/16/2019 - 11:54 pm | View Link
  • Apple’s rivalry with Spotify escalates as it begins funding exclusive podcasts
    Spotify certainly got the jump on Apple with the launch of its music ... given that Apple and podcasts are closely aligned in many people’s minds — in fact, Apple’s podcast app still ...
    07/16/2019 - 4:22 pm | View Link
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