STATE GOVERNMENT October 19
Labor commissioner files motion asking to hold legislative leadership in contempt of court
On Wednesday, Commissioner Brad Avakian escalated a legal battle over workplace harassment in the Capitol by asking a judge to hold lawmakers in contempt of court and fine them $1,000 per day until they comply with his subpoenas.
STATE GOVERNMENT October 18
Measure 104: Will it force bipartisanship or create gridlock?
Measure 104 would require a supermajority in the legislature to increase fees, as is required for tax increases. Supporters say Democrats construct what would otherwise be a tax increase as a fee increase to get around the supermajority requirement. Opponents say if passed, Measure 104 would be used to gum up the legislative process.
BREAKING NEWS October 17
Buehler lands $2 million from Knight, Republican governors group in surge of fund raising.
As the Oregon governor's race remains tight, Nike owner Phil Knight wrote a $1 million check to Knute Buehler, the Republican candidate for governor. The Bend legislator also landed another $1 million from the national association representing the country's Republican governors.
COUNTY GOVERNMENT October 17
Bonds and increasing property values raise local property taxes
A strong housing market - which saw a 10 percent increase in property values throughout Salem in the past year - is the primary driver of a property tax increase.
STATE GOVERNMENT October 17
Audit finds Oregon pension system vulnerable to attacks, natural disasters
Oregonians’ personal information could be at risk if the state's public pension agency doesn’t do more to protect its systems from attacks, state auditors say.
STATE GOVERNMENT October 16
National political analyst: Oregon’s governor race a ‘tossup’
National politics website Cook Political Report weighed in on the governor's race, saying Gov. Kate Brown appears to be at a tie with Rep. Knute Buehler.
STUDENTS October 16
After lemonade stand success, Salem elementary student continues push to help homeless
Abel Najera-Banuelos has always wanted to help people, and that desire only grew after he learned his mother spent years on the streets.
STATE POLITICS October 15
Analysts say the close Oregon governor's race to be settled in Washington, Clackamas counties
The race to be Oregon's next governor has cost millions. Candidates have traveled the state to sway voters. But analysts say communities on the outskirts of Portland will likely be the deciders.
CRIME October 15
$1,200 in concessions stolen from McKay Boosters
Volunteers believe the thief stole drinks to redeem bottles for cash refund.
LOCAL GOVERNMENT October 15
Marion County department manager accused of harassment no longer employed
Union officials and the county worker who accused the manager say he was fired, but expect investigation into the culture continue.
BREAKING NEWS October 13
8 officers hurt in inmate assault at Ontario state prison
The state Department of Corrections said eight employees were hospitalized for mostly minor injuries after one of them was assaulted by an inmate Saturday at Snake River Correctional Institution. The prison was put on lockdown as the Oregon State Police investigated.
SUICIDE PREVENTION October 13
Sprague, Kalapuya communities make strong showing at suicide prevention march
One week after Sprague High School junior Aaron Brown took his own life, his mother was among thousands of Salem residents who gathered Saturday to remember those lost to suicide.
BREAKING NEWS October 12
Buehler invested in tax credits that became state scandal
Records of the state Energy Department show that Knute Buehler and his wife bought $100,000 in business energy tax credits. In the Legislature, Buehler criticized such credits as a "waste."
LOCAL BUSINESS October 12
Salem Chamber of Commerce leader resigns
Nick Williams, who joined the chamber in 2012, said he is stepping down for "family reasons."
STATE GOVERNMENT October 12
From chickens to guns, local voters in Oregon face measures
While state ballot measures get the campaign money and attention, communities from one end of Oregon to the other have local measures to consider. Voters, for instance, will settle whether chickens can be kept at home in one city.