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Some groups waited longer for Oregon unemployment payments

Clunky business processes, antiquated computer systems and staffing shortages led some Oregon residents to wait more than a year before their unemployment insurance claims were resolved during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to an audit published Wednesday. Claims by those who identified as Asian took on average 16 days longer to process than those who did not identify their ethnicity, while Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders took 10 days longer, according to the audit from Secretary of State Shemia Fagan's office. Colin Wood reports.

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USDA's turn to offer the infrastructure broadband cash

Department of Agriculture on Thursday announced $401 million in loans and grants for rural broadband projects. The funding, which officials said will cover 31,000 people across 11 states, is the latest wave of broadband funding to come out of last year’s infrastructure law. The Agriculture Department’s rural broadband programs received $2 billion out of the law's $65 billion in overall funding for high-speed internet, the bulk of which is being administered by the NTIA. Benjamin Freed has more.

The security researcher trying to out ransomware crooks

Over on CyberScoop, AJ Vicens talks to a security researcher, known as pancak3, who's been posting detailed information on people allegedly involved with some of the most prominent cybercrime groups. The researcher's Twitter account was briefly suspended by the social-media network last week, prompting pancak3 to instead post the information on Substack. Yet that effort has now been removed by the newsletter platform. “People don’t really like their real-life identity being posted on the internet, especially criminals,” pancak3 told CyberScoop. Read the story.

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