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first_imgTry time: Sofiane Guitoune scores a try for France, but should it be worth six points? We want to know what you think about this. Do you think this will stop teams milking penalties or drop-goals and trying to claim more tries, or do you think this is a waste of time? Take the poll below and leave a comment too… Are you in favour of rugby adopting the six-point try? (Poll Closed) No  52.02%      Yes  47.98%      Create Your Own Poll   Are you in favour of rugby adopting the six-point try? At the moment the Welsh Premiership are trialling a new points system where a try is worth six points and all kicks – from drop-goals to penalties and conversions – are worth just two points.The experiment, which has been sanctioned by World Rugby, is being conducted throughout the 2015-16 Principality Premiership and the WRU U18 Wednesday League seasons in Wales. And at the start of September, Pontypridd’s Alex Webber scored the game’s first six-point try. The hope is that the trial will reveal whether an increase in the points-value for a try and a decrease in the points-value of penalties and drop-goals will encourage more running rugby. The current points system has only been in place since 1992, when a try moved from a value of four points to five and now the powers that be are considering the merits of upping the value of a try again. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALSlast_img read more

first_imgHome / Daily Dose / Rising Tides of Economic Hardship COVID-19 is causing more financial hardship for many homeowners than the Great Recession, according to mortgage and servicing experts. The April unemployment rate hit 14.7%, the highest figure since the 1930s, during the depths of the Great Depression. Even after that figure was reported, U.S. Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin said in an interview that the figure could get worse before it gets better, and that the actual unemployment rate—factoring in people who have quit looking for work and the underemployed—could be as high as 25%.In addition, more than 3.5 million mortgage borrowers had asked for forbearance as of late April, according to the Mortgage Bankers Association. The volume of borrowers seeking forbearance or other financial assistance far surpasses the demands of the Great Recession. A recent DS News webinar entitled “Forbearance Agreements: Impact and Best Practices,” sponsored by Treliant, explored all aspects of recently implemented forbearance plans from a mortgage servicer perspective, including processes, meeting regulatory requirements without challenges, and preparing for the upcoming modification wave at the end of the period. With that event as a launching-off point, DS News now brings you an expended look at this topic, featuring insights from companies such as Bayview Loan Servicing, BSI Financial Services, Flagstar Bank, RoundPoint Mortgage Servicing, ServiceMac, and more.“Customers are mostly seeking payment relief, which was available from the start with a forbearance plan,” said David Hughes, SVP of Contact Center for RoundPoint Mortgage Servicing Corporation, one of the nation’s largest, fully integrated nonbank mortgage servicing companies. “Many customers would like to see a deferral program where their mortgage term is extended by the number of months they are unable to pay. The GSEs were already in the process of developing a deferral program when the pandemic hit and are now working to fit the needs of those impacted by COVID-19.”However, Hughes added that the program won’t work quite as some customers have sought, as the forborne payments won’t result in an extension of the remaining term, but rather a non-interest-bearing balance due when the loan pays in full.“This could in the future introduce a hardship to customers intending to pay off their mortgage on an amortized schedule,” Hughes added.COMPLIANCE CONCERNSA record number of borrowers are requesting forbearance or modifications on their mortgages, presenting numerous challenges for the mortgage servicing industry when it comes to compliance, operations, and finances.Servicers need to proactively notify and educate borrowers of any compliance or modification options and offers made, as well as any offers accepted, ongoing communications as incidents evolve, and any temporary, subsequent, and final resolutions— record-keeping that can be cumbersome at the best of times. With the surge in volume, it’s even more critical to have automation in place, said Jane Mason, CEO of Clarifire.While physical letters have been essential documentation for years, the sheer volume of communications means that servicers need to be open to other forms of communication, said John Dunnery, Bayview Loan Servicing’s VP of Government Loan Servicing.“The GSEs and HUD have mentioned other means of communication than by phone or letter—that’s a first,” Dunnery said. “They’re trying to push out there the need to contact customers in the way they normally get contacted, which is not through the phone anymore and not with the letter that normally gets trashed even before it’s opened. So, the opportunity for us to develop other ways of communication and how to leverage that communication in order to get out the message to customers is something new and hopefully something that most services have learned since the 2008 crisis—how to leverage that and implement that in their systems.”Even servicers who have been much more conservative with their communication practices have had to shift to “meet consumers with where they are at in 2020,” using electronic communications when necessary, said Courtney Thompson, SVP, Default Mortgage Servicing, for Flagstar Bank. “There are many layers of risk infrastructure that we have to get through to get some of those [electronic] mechanisms approved and to control it appropriately.”So, while technology helps cast a wide net for initial communications, follow-up call campaigns can provide consumers with more specific help, Thompson said.Technology also helps because the jump in volume means that not all callers can get through in a timely manner. The call volumes, along with the rate of call abandonment (the consumer hanging up, often due to long wait times) has increased significantly in the industry during the pandemic, although ServiceMac said they have not experienced these issues impacting their customers.“We increased staffing and have strong vendor support to ensure our service levels remain above the industry standard of 80% or more of the calls answered in 30 seconds or less and our abandonment rate remains below 2%,” said Sharon Zuniga, SVP, Default Operations, ServiceMac. Another compliance concern is agents who go off script on calls or in a text, Zuniga said.Electronic communications can provide customers with some information so that they do not have to wait on the phone or keep calling back. However, regulators are closely monitoring forbearance and related Information provided through websites and IVR recordings, Zuniga cautioned. “It’s important that you monitor your websites to ensure the accuracy of the content as this is a source of risk concern going forward in our industry,” she added.Dunnery said that Bayview helps ensure compliance by recording each call, then searching for specific keywords. The quality assurance team reviews the calls with the COVID-19-related keywords to ensure consistency, which is the hardest part of the messaging.“Agents normally will stick to a story, but that story can vary, depending on the type of call, the type of borrower on the call, and the questions that are coming. Trying to maintain consistency has been difficult,” Dunnery explained. “We use daily feedback from the quality control calls for our team huddles to ensure that the message is consistent.”Even with the shift to digital communications for many customer interactions and the ongoing importance of phone calls, physical letters are still essential elements of documenting changes in customer payment obligations.“We do a significant amount of quality control on the letters that go out to the customer,” Dunnery said. “At last count, we were up to eight letters that could be mailed to the customer on top of all other letters they would get as they rolled delinquent, part of the normal delinquency servicing.”Dunnery admitted that this can occasionally lead to confusion for customers, as some letters are a result of COVID-19 responses and others are more typical delinquency/forbearance letters.“We are documenting each of the changes we are making to policies and procedures that are necessary to implement the responses that we are putting forward so that we create a paper trail for later,” Dunnery said.Based on what happened during the Great Recession, regulators will likely be examining closely any changes to policies and procedures, Dunnery added.“We want to make sure that the paper trail is adequate and maybe over communicated so that there are no issues in the future.”A BOON FOR SUBSERVICINGWhile the pandemic and subsequent job losses are hitting mortgagees, mortgage holders, and servicers hard, it has meant a booming business for subservicers, said Bob Caruso, President and CEO of ServiceMac. He told DS News that business had grown 10% since the pandemic first hit, with some servicers straining to handle the surge in volume brought by current demand.“We want to make sure that customers who are asking for forbearance or for modification don’t have any service-level issues,” Caruso said. So the interactive voice response (IVR) tree is simplified, asking customers to choose from only two options so that they can quickly advance to pandemic- or non-pandemic-related servicing.Self-service can be helpful, but only to a point, according to Caruso, so SeviceMac directs callers to live agents to help make the payment/ resolution decision that is best for them.“We want to make sure that the customer fully understands the different options,” Caruso explained. “We want to make sure that they know what forbearance looks like.”THE STAFFING TWO-STEPHowever, the business boom, combined with the social distancing measures that most companies are following, provides a challenge for companies looking to hire additional staff, Caruso said.He said that ServiceMac uses LinkedIn and other resources to advertise for openings. In the past, applicants would be interviewed in one of the company’s offices, enabling executives to see nonverbal cues as well as verbal responses to questions. It’s not the same with a video interview, Caruso said. “It’s very different hiring people who you have never physically met.”Some industry companies have approached staffing issues by moving to an “all-hands-on-deck” philosophy for managing the onslaught of communications demanded by the COVID-19 pandemic.In addition to the sheer volume of calls, the call handling time for calls has doubled from about six minutes to nearly 13 minutes as consumers—many who had never been in a forbearance situation before—seek information on payment options, Thompson said.“There was a real cathartic exercise that needed to occur with the consumer on the phone,” she explained.Flagstar redeployed members from its Bankruptcy and Disclosure teams who had contact center training, as well as implementing special training to handle forbearance calls.“It was an exciting and challenging group effort to make sure that we gave consumers as much access to us as humanly possible,” Thompson said.KEEPING IN TOUCH“One of the immediate challenges facing our customers is misinformation,” Hughes told DS News. “Some customers obtain an understanding of possible relief options that don’t exist and are understandably upset with the options that do exist.”Hughes added, “At the outset of the crisis, RoundPoint developed and posted on our COVID-19 landing page, an online tool allowing impacted customers to quickly and easily set up a forbearance plan themselves. The online experience is detailed in explaining how the program works, the options that currently exist to address the forborne payments when the plan term ends, and the reality that other programs may become available in the interim. Our customer service associates have been trained to help our customers understand the same information. Both the online and the on-phone experience ends with an assurance that we will touch base with them regularly throughout the forbearance plan to check in on them and to provide any updates we may have.”ServiceMac’s Zuniga recommended using websites to provide information, particularly considering the volume of communication. However, even the best website information can leave the customer confused because there are several different options, and each borrower’s situation is different.“We still feel one of the best ways is to talk with our customer and educate them on what a forbearance is and what it isn’t,” Zuniga said. “There’s a lot of information out there. Our job isn’t to tell the customer what to do, but to listen to the customer about what they are going through, assisting them, helping them with their questions about the forbearance or the CARES Act and then helping them make what is the best decision for them.”ServiceMac also shifted part of its call monitoring team to focus on forbearance-related calls to adjust scripting in order to better aid borrowers.THE ROAD AHEADThe COVID-19 pandemic’s effects on the economy, the American homeowner, and the mortgage servicing industry are likely to be studied and reexamined for several years after the crisis passes.“We’re trying to understand where things will stand post-COVID,” said Allen Price, SVP at BSI Financial Services. “Some borrowers will get their jobs back; others will go back at reduced hours.”Still others will find themselves looking for new jobs, or on extended unemployment. With so many unknowns regarding the pandemic, the economy, and the job market playing out over the next several months, Price said BSI is closely monitoring its portfolio for forbearances, defaults, and delinquencies.Caruso also observed that many financial institutions jettisoned their servicing businesses following the last economic downturn. Will that trend reoccur? Only time will tell.In the meantime, servicers and subservicers need to follow best practices now in compliance, communication, and operations to ensure that they minimize any impact to their businesses until payments and defaults return to more normal levels.Mason speculates that it will take at least a year to stabilize the market. Regulators will carefully review what servicers and subservicers did during the height of the crisis, so it will be critical to have the right documentation for the right deferral plans.Though there are some similarities to the sharp rise in delinquencies during the Great Recession, there are also enough differences that it’s hard to have a handle on how things will look post-pandemic, Price said.Caruso added that, since there are so many unknowns, the GSEs should consider allowing borrowers to have multiple modifications. That would help those who could get jobs back as the economy reopens but could be out of work again if the pandemic gets worse, leading to future shutdowns. June 23, 2020 1,832 Views Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago  Print This Post Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Phil Britt started covering mortgages and other financial services matters for a suburban Chicago newspaper in the mid-1980s before joining Savings Institutions magazine in 1992. When the publication moved its offices to Washington, D.C., in 1993, he started his own editorial services room and continued to cover mortgages, other financial services subjects, and technology for a variety of websites and publications. 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first_img Court strikes statute dealing with pretrial release Says the legislature encroached on its exclusive procedural rulemaking authority Mark D. Killian Managing Editor The Supreme Court has declared unconstitutional a statute dealing with nonmonetary pretrial release as an impermissible intrusion on the court’s exclusive procedural rulemaking ability and has temporarily readopted two Rules of Criminal Procedure that the statute amended back in 2000.However, because the court now says a “vacuum” exists as to when judges may consider some defendants for nonmonetary pretrial release, it is republishing the two rules (3.131 and 3.132) in this News for comments concerning whether they should be amended to reflect the legislature’s intent as demonstrated by the now unconstitutional statute (§907.041(4)(b)). (See notice, page 29)“The court is particularly concerned that it be fully informed as to the policy concerns of the Florida Legislature before it takes any final action on these rules,” the court said in a June 30 opinion. “For that reason, the court expressly invites the legislature to file comments particularly addressing the policy concerns that the legislature was attempting to address by enacting section 907.041(4)(b).”At issue is the court’s finding in State v. Raymond, No. SC03-1263 (Fla. June 30, 2005), that §907.041(4)(b) is purely procedural and therefore an unconstitutional violation of the separation of powers clause of the Florida Constitution.The case involves Marti Cassandra Raymond, who was arrested and charged with misdemeanor battery that involved domestic violence. Raymond was brought before the Dade County court for her first appearance and was found to qualify for nonmonetary release to pretrial services (PTS) because she had no prior offenses. Despite making a finding that Raymond qualified, the court said it could not grant nonmonetary pretrial release, citing §907.041(4)(b). It provides in pertinent part: “No person charged with a dangerous crime shall be granted nonmonetary pretrial release at a first appearance hearing. . . . ” Misdemeanor domestic violence is classified as a dangerous crime and because Raymond was charged with committing a dangerous crime, even though she was otherwise eligible for nonmonetary pretrial release at her first appearance, the court was required to set a bond.Raymond could not afford to post the $1,500 bond and remained in jail through the weekend, until the second scheduled appearance the following Monday. During that time, Raymond filed a motion seeking nonmonetary pretrial release, alleging that §907.041(4)(b) was unconstitutional because it created a procedural rule that regulated the timing of her eligibility for release to PTS. The county court denied Raymond’s motion but asked the appellate division of the 11th Judicial Circuit if the statute impermissibly intrudes upon the Supreme Court’s rulemaking authority. The 11th Circuit’s appellate division found that it did and the Third DCA agreed. The state appealed, arguing that the statute is substantive in nature for several reasons.The state argued that the amendment alters the presumption from favoring nonmonetary release to a presumption against nonmonetary release when the defendant is charged with a dangerous crime. That presumption is found in the following statutory provision:“(3) Release on nonmonetary conditions.—“(a) It is the intent of the legislature to create a presumption in favor of release on nonmonetary conditions for any person who is granted pretrial release unless such person is charged with a dangerous crime as defined in subsection (4). Such person shall be released on monetary conditions if it is determined that such monetary conditions are necessary to assure the presence of the person at trial or at other proceedings, to protect the community from risk of physical harm to persons, to assure the presence of the accused at trial, or to assure the integrity of the judicial process.”“We do not agree that a change in the presumption in §907.041(3)(a) means that a change to §907.041(4)(b) is substantive,” Justice Peggy Quince, wrote for the 5-2 majority. “The change in presumption does not affect the defendant’s eligibility for nonmonetary pretrial release. Any defendant who was eligible for nonmonetary pretrial release is still eligible for nonmonetary pretrial release. The statutory provision granting this right was fixed in a portion of the statute that is not at issue here. Because the right to nonmonetary pretrial release is not itself at issue — any person entitled to PTS nonmonetary release before the amendment is still entitled to it after the amendment — this is not a substantive provision. The provision at issue here merely affects the timing of the release on nonmonetary conditions.”The court also rejected the state’s claim that the amendment concerns itself with the period of time that a defendant accused of a violent crime must be held before nonmonetary release, thus making it substantive and not purely procedural. The court found the section does not set forth a specific period of time that a defendant must be detained before a judicial hearing.“In fact, even the state agrees that the trial court could have called Raymond’s case for a second hearing immediately following her initial appearance,” Quince said.In 2000, the court said, the legislature amended §907.041, and repealed Florida Rules of Criminal Procedure 3.131 and 3.132, relating to pretrial release and pretrial detention, to the extent the act and the session law is inconsistent with rules 3.131 and 3.132 on whether certain defendants will be considered for nonmonetary pretrial release at the first appearance hearing. The rules require the judge to determine and impose the conditions of pretrial release at the first appearance hearing for all defendants, but the session law prohibits such consideration for certain defendants by specifying that “[n]o person charged with a dangerous crime shall be granted nonmonetary pretrial release at a first appearance hearing.”“Thus, those portions of the rules which require the trial judge to determine and impose the conditions of pretrial release for persons charged with a dangerous crime at the first appearance, including nonmonetary conditions, have been repealed by the legislature,” the court said.Although the legislature may repeal a court procedural rule, it cannot create a new procedural rule by statute.“In this case, the legislature repealed a portion of two procedural rules; however, by enacting §907.041(4)(b), which is a rule of procedure affecting the timing of a defendant’s eligibility for pretrial release to PTS, it also imposed a new procedural rule, essentially rewriting the Rules of Criminal Procedure. This the legislature may not do.”Therefore, the court temporarily readopted rules 3.131 and 3.132 in their entirety and is calling for comments concerning whether they should be amended to reflect the legislature’s intent as demonstrated in §907.041.“We are particularly concerned that we be fully informed as to the policy concerns of the Florida Legislature before we take any final action on these rules,” Quince said. “For that reason, we expressly invite the legislature to file comments particularly addressing the policy concerns that the legislature was attempting to address by enacting §907.041(4)(b).”Chief Justice Barbara Pariente and Justices Charles Wells, Harry Lee Anstead and Raoul Cantero concurred. Justices Fred Lewis and Kenneth Bell dissented. August 1, 2005 Managing Editor Regular News Court strikes statute dealing with pretrial releaselast_img read more

first_imgBut even though teams understand what’s coming for them, the full arsenal is something to behold: Durant started rolling early, running into jumpers off screens, beating the defense in transition for dunks, twisting to his left for fallaway mid-range shots. He also was fouled, visiting the line for 15 total free throws (he hit 14).What made him even more lethal were the 3-pointers: Durant hit four of them in the first half, in a 12 for 17 start from the field overall for 38 points before intermission. It’s the second-most points anyone has ever scored in one half a playoff game – lending credence to Kerr’s lofty claim that Durant authored “one of the great performances I’ve ever seen in my life.”Durant was less definitive, saying he felt he could have made a few more shots.“I just keep on humming no matter what,” he said. “I just play my game through it all.”Related Articles There was no way to stop Durant on Friday night, as he cruised to 50 points in a series-clinching 129-110 victory – the kind of win most expected Golden State to have against the outgunned Clippers throughout the series.But on the heels of upstart victories in Game 2 and Game 5 in Oakland, the Warriors realized almost nothing would come easily in a surprisingly tough six-game series. Capping one of his best series for Golden State with a new career playoff high, Durant proved to be the trump card.Lou Williams ruminated: “We tried everything.” When Durant’s at his best, there is no answer.“He’s the ultimate weapon, because there’s no defense for Kevin,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said. “No matter what anybody does, he can get a good shot. And he knew we needed him badly.”There are few secrets when it comes to Durant. There might not be a comparable player in NBA history with his 7-foot height, his 7-foot-5 wingspan, his guard-like handle and his feathery touch. As the Clippers attempted to counter his mobility with smaller defenders like Beverley, he simply found ways to shoot over the competition. What the Clippers are saying the day after Luka Doncic’s game-winner tied series, 2-2 Clippers hope they can play to their capabilities, quell Mavericks’ momentum For Lakers’ LeBron James, Jacob Blake’s shooting is bigger issue than a big Game 4 victory Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img LOS ANGELES — At a certain point, Patrick Beverley was out of answers.He turned the question around: How would you have tried to guard Kevin Durant better?“We didn’t say, ‘Man, c’mon, give us 50 tonight.’ Course not,” Beverley said. “He’s a hell of a player. The shots he took, he made some tough shots. If you were the coach what would you tell us to do?”The Clippers point guard let his question hang in the room, packed with more than five dozen media members. There was only silence. Kerr said the Clippers pushed the Warriors to play their best by the end of the series, and Durant was no exception. After a quiet Game 2 in a 31-point meltdown that allowed a Clippers comeback, Durant came out the next game and scored 38. For the last four games of the series, Durant averaged 41.5 points per game, taking more shots and carrying the load offensively for one of the most talented teams in NBA history.Once the series was over, several of the Clippers felt free to express their awe of Durant’s mastery on the offensive end – Lou Williams, himself a scoring wizard, said he was amazed by Durant’s Game 3 performance in the wake of withering criticism.“Even the game that he came out, and was like, ‘I’m Kevin Durant. Y’all know who I am,’ ” Williams said. “That’s a bold statement to make when you’re about to see some guys that’s extremely competitive. And he came out that game, and he said, ‘I can really shoot over these guys.’ And he did it. So it wasn’t lack of effort on our part. He’s an all-world professional, and he proved himself.”Next question. Clippers vs. Mavericks Game 5 playoff updates from NBA beat reporters Kristaps Porzingis ruled out as Clippers, Mavericks set for Game 5; Follow for game updates last_img read more

first_imgLondon, United Kingdom | AFP | Maurizio Sarri warned his Chelsea stars to improve their mentality after Willian’s sublime strike sealed a hard-fought 2-1 win over struggling Newcastle on Saturday.Sarri’s side took the lead through Pedro’s early goal, but Ciaran Clark snatched a shock equaliser before half-time.With Chelsea fans beginning to lose patience at their team’s latest spluttering home display, Willian lifted the mood in the nick of time with his superb second-half curler.Fourth-placed Chelsea have won five of their last seven league matches and sit six points clear of fifth-placed Arsenal, who lost at West Ham earlier on Saturday.But, while Chelsea remain in control of the race to qualify for the Champions League, this was a far from convincing performance.Labouring to beat third-bottom Newcastle showed how far Chelsea have to go to bridge the gap in class to leaders Liverpool and champions Manchester City.Sarri admitted he was frustrated with the way Chelsea took their foot off the gas after the opening goal.“We started well for 10 minutes but after the goal we thought ‘now it is easy’, but it wasn’t,” Sarri said.“We slept for 25 minutes and then we were in trouble. We were better in the second half but we need to improve the mental reaction.“It is very difficult to understand. We stopped playing and then we had problems.”Sarri also revealed he has told Chelsea’s hierarchy he needs a new midfielder to replace Cesc Fabregas, who joined Monaco on Friday. “Jorginho was in trouble and on the bench there wasn’t a player for that position. I need an option for that position,” he sad.“The club knows very well my opinion. It depends on the club decision. I cannot do anything more.”Another winter of discontent is brewing for Newcastle, wo have won only once in their last nine league games.The Magpies’ 18 points is their lowest tally after 22 matches of a top-flight season since they were relegated in 1988-89.“We have to be better than three teams and if we play like today we can do it,” Benitez said of Newcastle’s relegation battle.Tuesday’s 1-0 defeat against Tottenham in the League Cup semi-final first leg was the latest display of attacking impotence from misfiring Chelsea, who had failed to score in their last two home league games.But it took only nine minutes for the Blues to go in front as Newcastle’s five-man defence was carved open with ease.A fine long pass from Chelsea defender David Luiz caught Clark flat-footed.Pedro timed his run behind Clark perfectly and held off the centre-back’s weak attempt to recover as he lofted a delicate chip over Newcastle keeper Martin Dubravka for his seventh goal of the season.Chelsea dominated possession in the first half-hour, but they switched off at the back as Newcastle almost snatched an equaliser.Share on: WhatsApp Pages: 1 2last_img read more

first_imgA low-pressure system in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean is showing signs of weakening, now with just a 20 percent chance of developing into a subtropical depression within the the next 24 hours, according to the National Hurricane Center.As of 3 p.m. Saturday, the system was moving slowly northward and was located about 400 miles east-southeast of Bermuda. It will likely encounter conditions that will make further development difficult, forecasters said.The next system that forms in the Atlantic would be named Tropical Storm or Hurricane Cristobal. The 2020 hurricane season officially begins June 1, although there have already been two named storms in the Atlantic, Arthur and Bertha. The weekend forecast for South Florida continues to call for partly sunny skies with a 20 to 30 percent chance of scattered showers through Sunday night.High temperatures in the mid- to high-80s are expected, with lows in the upper 70s, according to the weather service.However, the chance of showers and thunderstorms will increase to 50 percent as the week starts, the National Weather Service said.last_img read more

first_imgFacebook5Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Washington State Department of TransportationTravelers should prepare for potential daytime delays on northbound Interstate 5 in Lacey.From 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, October 29-30, the left lane of northbound I-5 approaching milepost 109 will close.The daytime lane closure will allow Washington State Department of Transportation maintenance crews will trim shrubbery away from the shoulder.This type of work must be done during daylight hours for safety reasons.Commuter toolsAdvance information about construction, maintenance and other work on state highways is available at the Thurston County construction and travel updates web page. Real time information is available on the WSDOT app and by following the WSDOT regional Twitter feed.last_img read more