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Walmart pulled guns and ammunition from its store shelves as a precautionary measure, following the unrest in Philadelphia this week after police fatally shot a Black man more than a dozen times on Monday.

Both weapons and bullets are still available for purchase in the stores that carry them, but customers will have to specifically request the items as opposed to grabbing them from display shelves.

With less than a week until Election Day, Marisa and Scott take a (virtual) trip to the bordering battleground state of Arizona. First, Arizona Republic editor Wyatt Buchanan joins to talk about the changing politics of the Grand Canyon State and how transplanted Californians are playing a role. Then, former Arizona governor and University of California president Janet Napolitano shares how she won statewide office as a Democrat, how Arizona has become a swing state and her thoughts on Proposition 16, the California ballot measure to end the ban on affirmative action.

The Portland Police Bureau has canceled days off for its officers on Election Day. The Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office is stepping up patrols at ballot drop boxes and election headquarters, and the Oregon State Police said they are available to assist both agencies if needed.

That is according to the leaders of the three agencies, who gathered in Waterfront Park on Thursday for a briefing on election security planning.

“We learned all about the science behind airplanes and catapults and stuff. They had all these different hands-on experiments and projects that we built, and team building activities,” Ahmed Muhammad describes. “I still remember that, and I still remember all those experiments… that was my introduction to science, and I just kept with it ever since.”

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There’s a lot to feel anxious about in the run-up to Election Day on Nov. 3, not least because of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

But you might be feeling particularly concerned about reports of lines around the block in Georgia, militia groups threatening to patrol polling centers and ongoing misinformation being spread about the validity of the election itself.

Contra Costa County election officials have confirmed that ballots deposited into a drop box located at Richmond City Hall on Oct. 12 have gone missing.

Scott Konopasek, Contra Costa’s assistant registrar of voters, said Thursday that county officials do not know why “dozens, max” of ballots that were placed in the drop box at Richmond City Hall cannot be accounted for.

Konopasek said a two-person team from his office collected 84 ballots from that drop box on Oct. 12, a pick-up that happens six days a week.

‘OPB Politics Now:’ Trump’s impact on the Northwest

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Four years ago, then-presidential candidate Donald Trump promised to kick start the timber industry, cut regulations for farmers and give more voice to rural parts of the Northwest.

In this episode of “OPB Politics Now", we look back on the Trump Administration and its impact on Oregon and Washington.

The pandemic metrics that govern when Oregon schools can allow students back into classrooms would be “much less restrictive” and return Bend-La Pine students in grades K-3 quickly under a draft of a state plan seen by Superintendent Lora Nordquist.

Nordquist shared what she knew of the plan with the Bend-La Pine School Board at its Tuesday meeting, but did not have many specific details and said the draft could change. Nordquist learned details about the plan in a virtual meeting Monday with Colt Gill, chief of the Oregon Department of Education.

Cuando Rafael Dzib Canul supo que un nuevo parque en el distrito de la Misión en San Francisco llevaría el nombre de In Chan Kaajal, se quedó sorprendido y alegre. “Es un honor para nosotros. ¿Cómo es que ponen un nombre maya en San Francisco? Ni en mi pueblo ponen así algo en Maya,” dice él.

The return of live music may still be a distant hope, but Jeff Tweedy has found plenty to keep him busy during the pandemic. The leader of Wilco has a new solo album called Love Is the King, on which he's traded his usual bandmates for people he's been quarantining with — his sons Spencer, who's 24, and Sammy, who's 20.

Health officials in Solano County confirmed that a resident has tested positive for both the coronavirus that causes COVID-19 and the flu, underscoring the importance of getting a flu shot. The coinfection represents the county’s first known case of someone contracting both viruses at the same time.

The individual is under 65, has no underlying health conditions, and works in “the broad health care sector,” which Solano County Public Health Officer Dr. Bela Matyas defined as not just hospitals and clinics, but nursing homes and other congregate care settings.

Oregon sets another COVID-19 daily record

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The Oregon Health Authority Thursday reported 575 new confirmed and presumptive cases of coronavirus. That’s the highest number of daily diagnoses since the beginning of the pandemic.

The agency also announced two new coronavirus-related deaths, bringing the state’s death toll to 673.

The health authority said the influx of new cases reflects continued widespread community transmission of the virus, resulting in small clusters and outbreaks throughout the state.

It’s no secret that voters are entering this election on edge. Research shows that the election of Donald Trump in 2016 affected the mental health of Americans more than any political event since 9/11. And that anxiety has only gone up in 2020, with over two-thirds of Americans reporting election-related stress.

So Many Ways to Be Heard

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However you do it, just vote! Know someone who hasn’t voted yet? Have questions about the propositions?

Check out KQED’s California Voter Guide, chock-full of useful information including how you can vote.

This is a crucial election that calls us to weigh in on everything from how our nation will handle a deadly pandemic to affirmative action to, well, the future of democracy itself.

Good thing there are lots of options for voters this time around.

With five days to go until Election Day, Portland Commissioner Jo Ann Hardesty has thrown her support behind mayoral candidate Sarah Iannarone.

It’s unclear how much the endorsement will buoy the campaign of Iannarone, a community activist vying to unseat Mayor Ted Wheeler, with 60% of voter’s ballots already returned in Multnomah County. Regardless, it’s a dramatic repudiation of Wheeler from Hardesty, who had endorsed him during the primary but has disagreed vehemently with him on policing issues since then.

The Trump administration has removed federal protections for gray wolves in most of the United States on Thursday, leaving it to individual states and tribes to decide the fate of the species.

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No shows, no tours, but Jeff Tweedy has found plenty to keep him busy during the pandemic. Tweedy, frontman for the rock band Wilco, has a new solo album out - it's called "Love Is The King" - on which he has traded his Wilco bandmates for people he's been quarantining with, his sons - Spencer, who's 24, and Sammy, who's 20. He's also been livestreaming their evenings at home. Tune in via Instagram, and you might hear an impromptu family cover of a beloved song.

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Rescue and emergency teams are sorting through the damage wrought by Hurricane Zeta, which made landfall in Louisiana as a very strong Category 2 storm Wednesday afternoon. Zeta brought powerful winds to much of the southeast, where more than 2 million power customers are now without electricity.

The hurricane struck Louisiana's coast with winds of 110 mph, arriving Wednesday afternoon near Cocodrie, in Terrebonne Parish. Its eye then pushed inland over New Orleans and neighboring areas before rushing on to Mississippi and nearby states.

Gray wolves, a species that has long been vilified and admired, will no longer receive federal protections under the Endangered Species Act in the Lower 48 U.S. states, the Trump administration announced Thursday.

President Trump was asked at last week’s debate about his policy separating thousands of migrant families at the border — and how the more than 500 remaining children whose parents can’t be located would ever be reunited with them.

The moment he stepped into Clovis High School, Chali Lee – now a first-year at Clovis Community College – left his Hmong identity outside its doors.

Other students, he said, saw him as just another Asian male, another model minority – someone taking up all the seats at colleges.

Lee knows it’s not that simple.

“Although I am Asian, I carry the term Southeast Asian,” he said. “You have to disaggregate the data and look at the dangers of using umbrella terms — in the Hmong community specifically, not many pursue higher education.”

Two recent "superspreader events" on Long Island, N.Y., show the impact of large gatherings during virus outbreaks — and threaten to undo the months-long efforts to control the spread of the coronavirus in the area.

Suffolk County Executive Steven Bellone announced fines on Wednesday against a country club and a homeowner for hosting events in violation of social-gathering limits.

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No shows, no tours, but Jeff Tweedy has found plenty to keep him busy during the pandemic. Tweedy, frontman for the rock band Wilco, has a new solo album out - it's called "Love Is The King" - on which he has traded his Wilco bandmates for people he's been quarantining with, his sons - Spencer, who's 24, and Sammy, who's 20. He's also been livestreaming their evenings at home. Tune in via Instagram, and you might hear an impromptu family cover of a beloved song.

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MARY LOUISE KELLY, HOST:

No shows, no tours, but Jeff Tweedy has found plenty to keep him busy during the pandemic. Tweedy, frontman for the rock band Wilco, has a new solo album out - it's called "Love Is The King" - on which he has traded his Wilco bandmates for people he's been quarantining with, his sons - Spencer, who's 24, and Sammy, who's 20. He's also been livestreaming their evenings at home. Tune in via Instagram, and you might hear an impromptu family cover of a beloved song.

(SOUNDBITE OF ARCHIVED RECORDING)

MARY LOUISE KELLY, HOST:

No shows, no tours, but Jeff Tweedy has found plenty to keep him busy during the pandemic. Tweedy, frontman for the rock band Wilco, has a new solo album out - it's called "Love Is The King" - on which he has traded his Wilco bandmates for people he's been quarantining with, his sons - Spencer, who's 24, and Sammy, who's 20. He's also been livestreaming their evenings at home. Tune in via Instagram, and you might hear an impromptu family cover of a beloved song.

(SOUNDBITE OF ARCHIVED RECORDING)

MARY LOUISE KELLY, HOST:

No shows, no tours, but Jeff Tweedy has found plenty to keep him busy during the pandemic. Tweedy, frontman for the rock band Wilco, has a new solo album out - it's called "Love Is The King" - on which he has traded his Wilco bandmates for people he's been quarantining with, his sons - Spencer, who's 24, and Sammy, who's 20. He's also been livestreaming their evenings at home. Tune in via Instagram, and you might hear an impromptu family cover of a beloved song.

(SOUNDBITE OF ARCHIVED RECORDING)

MARY LOUISE KELLY, HOST:

No shows, no tours, but Jeff Tweedy has found plenty to keep him busy during the pandemic. Tweedy, frontman for the rock band Wilco, has a new solo album out - it's called "Love Is The King" - on which he has traded his Wilco bandmates for people he's been quarantining with, his sons - Spencer, who's 24, and Sammy, who's 20. He's also been livestreaming their evenings at home. Tune in via Instagram, and you might hear an impromptu family cover of a beloved song.

(SOUNDBITE OF ARCHIVED RECORDING)

MARY LOUISE KELLY, HOST:

No shows, no tours, but Jeff Tweedy has found plenty to keep him busy during the pandemic. Tweedy, frontman for the rock band Wilco, has a new solo album out - it's called "Love Is The King" - on which he has traded his Wilco bandmates for people he's been quarantining with, his sons - Spencer, who's 24, and Sammy, who's 20. He's also been livestreaming their evenings at home. Tune in via Instagram, and you might hear an impromptu family cover of a beloved song.

(SOUNDBITE OF ARCHIVED RECORDING)

MARY LOUISE KELLY, HOST:

No shows, no tours, but Jeff Tweedy has found plenty to keep him busy during the pandemic. Tweedy, frontman for the rock band Wilco, has a new solo album out - it's called "Love Is The King" - on which he has traded his Wilco bandmates for people he's been quarantining with, his sons - Spencer, who's 24, and Sammy, who's 20. He's also been livestreaming their evenings at home. Tune in via Instagram, and you might hear an impromptu family cover of a beloved song.

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