Coronavirus

Washington state employment agency processed fake claims

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — A news station in Washington state has obtained records that show fraudulent unemployment claims were filed last year in the stolen identities of 59 state Employment Security Department employees. The department spotted fraud after it had…

Ag industry wants farmerworkers prioritized for vaccinations

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — The agriculture industry is asking Washington state Gov. Jay Inslee to move migrant farmworkers and food factory workers closer to the front of the line for the coronavirus vaccine because they perform work that cannot be…

Oregon governor: ‘No federal reserve’ of virus vaccine doses

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Oregon Gov. Kate Brown says the state’s efforts to increase COVID-19 vaccinations have been thrown in disarray because of “deception on a national scale” by the Trump administration. Via Twitter on Friday morning the Democrat said…

IRS: Don't mistake your stimulus payment for junk mail

Officials are warning Americans not to mistake their new economic stimulus payments for junk mail. The IRS says about 8 million people will receive their payments in debit cards mailed to their homes. That is on top of others who…

Biden to put $2,000 stimulus payments back in play

A $2,000 stimulus check is expected to be included in a $2 trillion Covid relief plan that President-elect Joe Biden is set to unveil Thursday evening. An economic package passed by Congress in December provided for fresh $600 stimulus payments…