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CITY GOVERNMENT June 15
City swats down rumors, says water safe to drink
A swirl of social media posts Friday afternoon claimed that Salem's water was unsafe to drink but city officials were withholding that information. The city responded: "False."
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OREGON LEGISLATURE June 15
Drive to limit Oregon campaign money sputters to a stop
With opposition looming in the Senate, supporters say they’ll push for constitutional changes in another session.
LOCAL SCHOOLS June 14
More science classes, less crowded lunches in store for Judson Middle School
Judson students and community members kicked off a $13 million campus renovation starting this week, which will add new classrooms and an expanded cafeteria.
BREAKING NEWS June 14
Salem man dies in southeast Salem house fire
The man was rescued from the home but later died at Salem Health. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.
STATE GOVERNMENT June 14
DOME DIGEST: Immigrants rights, drunk driving and youth suicide
Changes in Oregon law that you probably haven't heard about are headed to the governor's desk and then into the books. We do the homework for you to catch you up on changes that could affect your life.
LOCAL COLLEGES June 14
At Willamette University, ballet helps football players stay flexible and agile
Willamette student and dancer Monya Maleki found ballet helped football players' performance. Now, the team is adding weekly ballet classes to its training schedule in the fall.
SALEM AREA EVENTS June 13
Capitol City Theater is at the nexus of Salem's comedy scene
The city's only comedy club is hoping to bring new, unique forms of comedy to audiences.
PUBLIC SAFETY June 13
Pedestrian killed Tuesday was a state employee
The Wilsonville man killed in a car collision Tuesday was an analyst who dedicated his career to public service.
MARION COUNTY GOVERNMENT June 13
Marion County taps internal candidate Kast as next sheriff
Cmdr. Joe Kast, who first joined the Marion County Sheriff's Office 24 years ago, will replace Sheriff Jason Myers and serve until the 2020 election.
OREGON GOVERNMENT June 13
Consultants step on the pedal to speed up Oregon's fixes for foster kid system
"Surge" hiring and professional recruiting to find foster parents are two steps consultants are prodding along for Oregon's beleaguered foster child system.
STATE GOVERNMENT June 13
A proposed tobacco tax springs to life, though this time it's in a referral to voters
Gov. Kate Brown and legislative leadership are hoping voters approve a $2 per pack tax hike to fund the Oregon Health Plan.
SALEM AREA EVENTS June 12
TO DO: Cuddle a kitten, break out your boogie shoes, go on a bike ride
The recent heat wave hasn't slowed down the plethora of events Salem has to offer this weekend.
MARION COUNTY GOVERNMENT June 12
Marion County commissioners moved to block money for transgender training for professionals, triggering complaint
An upcoming training to help counselors better diagnose gender dysphoria led two Marion County Commissioners to question whether it should be funded locally in the first place.
COMMUNITY COLLEGE June 12
Chemeketa breaks ground on $12 million agriculture complex, with hopes to grow programs
College leaders said the project would modernize outdated classroom space, allow for new agriculture programs and boost enrollment in an area that's showed steady interest even as Chemeketa's student body has declined.
STATE GOVERNMENT June 12
Air horns of protest can’t stall legislative action on climate bill
An environmental plan that will dramatically change industry in Oregon and could drive up gas prices for everyone cleared a key hurdle in Salem Wednesday.
OREGON LEGISLATURE June 12
Oregon Capitol hosting memorial for longtime Sen. Jackie Winters
Services are scheduled to begin at 1 p.m. in Senate chambers to honor the Republican legislator from Salem, who died May 29.
PUBLIC SAFETY June 12
Salem driver may have had 'medical issue' before hitting, killing pedestrian
Police said the driver ran a red light before the fatal crash, which shut down Center Street Northwest for several hours.
HEALTH June 12
Salem nurses win top award at March of Dimes ceremony
Salem Health nurses Kelly Honyak and Kelsie Galusha won "nurse of the year" awards in the nurse educator and women's health categories, respectively.
WEATHER June 12
Another hot day in Salem before weather cools
Wednesday is expected to be another scorcher with the potential to break a record high temperature.
OREGON LEGISLATURE June 12
For Oregon, it's the last straw - plastic, that is
Next year, plastic straws will be an extra you have to request. Legislators have approved restrictions on straws and also plastic bags.
BREAKING NEWS June 11
Pedestrian killed Tuesday in downtown Salem crash
A driver hit a pedestrian walking near Center Street Tuesday afternoon and police said the pedestrian died. This article will updated as more information becomes available.
STATE GOVERNMENT June 11
Thousands of Oregonians soon to be eligible to clear old marijuana convictions
What was once illegal is now legal in Oregon when it comes to marijuana, and legislators are giving people a way to clear old crimes. The Legislature also set up laws to allow the export of marijuana.
SALEM GOVERNMENT June 11
Salem commuters expected to stick with cars, skipping bikes and their own feet
Salem is forecast to grow by 60,000 people and city officials are considering a new analysis that shows most of those will want to drive to move around town. That finding could drive planning for streets and more.
WEATHER June 11
Hot days ahead for Salem Tuesday, Wednesday
Salem may break the heat record for June 12, with temperatures forecasted in the mid-90s.
STATE GOVERNMENT June 11
Late amendments being discussed on cap and trade, as the massive proposal hits turbulence
Last week, five Democratic senators became potential no votes on the policy. Democrats can only let two stray from the fold, and have worked over the past week to quell their concerns.
YOUR GOVERNMENT, YOUR BUSINESS June 10
AGENDA: Salem-Keizer board considers $1.2 billion budget, new assistant superintendent contracts
The Salem-Keizer school board meets 6 p.m. Tuesday, June 11 at the district's Support Services Center, 2575 Commercial Street S.E.
HEALTH June 10
Twenty years in, Salem-Keizer dental program provides screenings, care for thousands of kids
When a Richmond Elementary student with an abscessed tooth nearly died in 2000, school and community leaders came together to find a solution. What started as a shoestring program for emergency dental care has become a district-wide system of screenings, education and help for serious dental problems.
STATE GOVERNMENT June 10
Lawmakers reconsidering suspending licenses for drivers with unpaid tickets
Right now, if you get a ticket you can't afford, your license can be suspended. There is also a fee to get on a payment plan. Some feel the system unfairly targets poor people. A new proposal would change that, though with just three weeks left it's not clear if the legislature will act.
CLASS OF 2019 June 7
2,750 students graduate from Salem-Keizer schools this week
The Class of 2019 include teen parents, licensed cosmetologists, at least one cancer researcher and students attending colleges and universities from Chemeketa to Yale. Here's a roundup of their stories.
STATE GOVERNMENT June 7
DOME DIGEST: Straw ban, revenge porn and DNA testing
Changes in Oregon law that you probably haven't heard about are headed to the governor's desk and then into the books. We do the homework for you to catch you up on changes that could affect your life.
SALEM AREA EVENTS June 7
Willamette Heritage Center showcases Salem's crime-fighting history
A box of memorabilia from Salem resident J.S. Murray's time as Oregon State Penitentiary clerk in the early 1900s forms the backbone of a new CSI-themed exhibit at the center.
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