STATE GOVERNMENT December 18
Proposed ballot measure would limit use of toll revenue
A proposed ballot measure would restrict Portland-area freeway toll revenue spending to things like building new lanes, rather than spending it on things like public transit. It would also hinder the ability to enact variable pricing, which some say can smooth out traffic during peak hours.
STATE GOVERNMENT December 17
Dennis Richardson withdraws plan to delegate his Land Board position to his deputy
Dennis Richardson has taken back his request to delegate his position on the Land Board after the Attorney General disagreed with him on his authority to do so.
SALEM CHARITY December 17
Salem nonprofits could use your holiday help to help others
With the holidays here, local charities are doing what they can to make the season a bit brighter for Salem's less fortunate. We provide a list to get you started if you want to donate, and we welcome other suggestions
SALEM WEATHER December 17
Power outages possible overnight in Salem as storm hits
The National Weather Service said gusts to 50 mph could hit the Salem area late Monday night into Tuesday, with heavy rain. We provide links to be sure you're ready in case the lights go out.
OREGON GOVERNMENT December 17
Oregon agencies may find more watchdogs keeping an eye on them
For a decade, several large Oregon agencies have operated without internal auditors they were supposed to have. Such auditors catch wasteful spending and inefficient operations. A new state budget could include money for these government watchdogs.
LOCAL WEATHER December 16
Hey, Salem, prepare for blustery, wet weather Monday into Tuesday
UPDATED: The National Weather Service is tracking two storms headed for Oregon, one expected to land Sunday night and a more potent one on Monday night. Here's the latest forecast information.
OREGON POLITICS December 15
Senator's anonymous delivery under doors triggers Capitol worries
The Oregon Legislature's chief lawyer has warned state Sen. Brian Boquist, a Republican from Dallas, that his recent conduct borders on workplace harassment.
OREGON GOVERNMENT December 15
Change in Oregon's DNA law could free wrongly convicted defendants, legislators told
A restriction in Oregon law makes it challenging for those convicted of murder to win approval for new DNA testing of evidence. Advocates want that changed to clear a path to innocence.
CITY GOVERNMENT December 14
Salem library review paused following outcry from residents
Salem Public Library paused its new review of items following concerns it could needlessly purge books. The Library Advisory Board is slated to talk about the policy at its next meeting Jan. 9. The meeting is open to the public.
COLUMN December 14
COLUMN: Have a minute for a cup of coffee?
Reporters rely on many tools to perform their jobs. Troy Brynelson of Salem Reporter counts coffee as one of his most important in learning about Salem.
OREGON GOVERNMENT December 14
Oregon education reforms could cost $3 billion, legislators told
Legislators map ambitious plan to improve Oregon schools, but shortage of trained employees looms.
STATE GOVERNMENT December 13
Secretary of State Dennis Richardson releases video updating the public on his cancer
In his latest video update, Secretary of State Dennis Richardson said his brain cancer is impacting his ability to communicate, but MRIs show the tumor isn't growing and he is optimistic.
YOUR HEALTH December 13
After More Than Year-Long Search, Medicaid Director Returns
Oregon has chosen a familiar face to lead the state's Medicaid program as it heads towards the next phase, with a focus on mental health, value-based payments that reward outcomes instead of performing procedures and social determinants of health like housing.
COUNTY GOVERNMENT December 13
Marion County outlines upcoming review of workplace culture
A cultural audit, stemming in part from recent sexual harassment claims, could start in March. Documents released Wednesday show the county wants an investigator to conduct focus groups.
LOCAL BUSINESS December 13
Salem chamber names former employee Tom Hoffert new CEO
Hoffert, the chamber's former public affairs director and now an executive at a Mexican food manufacturer and distributor, will take over the business group starting Jan. 2.