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STATE GOVERNMENT January 18
Unions look to take advantage of Democratic leadership and strong economy in 2019
Organized labor likes its chances in the 2019 legislative session, saying the climate is ripe for a pro-worker agenda.
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SALEM GOVERNMENT January 18
Oregon Supreme Court denies Salem appeal to withhold arrest records in sex abuse case
The Oregon Supreme Court denied to hear Salem's case to withhold the arrest records of a man convicted of sexually abusing a child. The denial ends a nearly four-year effort waged at an unknown cost to taxpayers.
STATE GOVERNMENT January 18
State transportation director Garrett to retire after 13 years
Matt Garrett, director of the Oregon Department of Transportation, announced Friday he plans to retire in June. After more than a dozen years he said it was time to "move an identify a new opportunity."
STATE GOVERNMENT January 18
Outreach and organization can help regular citizens have a voice in the Capitol
Every year lawmakers hunker down in the Capitol and reform Oregon's laws and policies. Here's how you can impact their decisions.
SALEM GOVERNMENT January 18
Salem councilors to outline plans for city's major issues
Homelessness, traffic congestion, budget shortfalls and more will headline the Salem City Council's upcoming policy agenda work session on Wednesday.
COMMUNITY COLLEGE January 17
Chemeketa administration proposes tuition increase to offset state cuts, declining enrollment
College administrators are proposing a $3 increase to tuition and a $6 increase to universal fees per credit. This would bring the cost per credit from the current $105 to $114.
SALEM GOVERNMENT January 16
Salem gathering data for snapshot into future growth
The city of Salem is overhauling its comprehensive plan for the first time since the 1970s and is collecting data to show ways it can grow. On Wednesday, planners revealed what kinds of data will be featured in a report, slated for release in spring.
PHOTO GALLERY January 16
Salem through the eyes of a homeless photographer
We gave disposable cameras to homeless people living around downtown Salem and asked them to document their lives. Anthony McGuire shows us what Christmas looks like on the streets.
YOUR GOVERNMENT, YOUR BUSINESS January 15
AGENDA: Skirmish over solar array to return to Marion County
Marion County Commission meets 9 a.m., Wednesday, Jan. 16
YOUR GOVERNMENT, YOUR BUSINESS January 15
AGENDA: Chemeketa Community College board to discuss tuition increase, vote on service animal policy
The Chemeketa Community College board meets 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 16.
WATCHDOG January 15
For Salem school foundation, a year of turmoil and challenge
An investigation by Salem Reporter established the Salem-Keizer Education Foundation grew rapidly, taking on services to children at a pace that left little room for unexpected expenses, and took on substantial debt to open a new building. The volunteer board is reviewing all programs as it trims expenses.
HOMELESSNESS January 15
Marion Square Park homeless camp evicted, organizations offer aid
A handful of homeless people still at a camp under the Marion Street Bridge left Tuesday morning with help from local aid organizations. Police looked on, and then a dump truck backed in to start hauling away what was left behind.
YOUR GOVERNMENT, YOUR BUSINESS January 15
AGENDA: Polk County Commission to meet in executive session
The Polk County Commission meets 9 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 16
STATE GOVERNMENT January 15
After a decade of delay, Oregon officials finally launching child abuse call center
Auditors and others for years said Oregon's abused children would get faster, better help if the state streamlined hotline calls. A Portland center cranking up now will replace 15 call centers around the state.
SALEM GOVERNMENT January 14
City, police, service providers prepare for homeless eviction Tuesday
An eviction of a homeless camp under the Marion Street Bridge is expected to start around 8 a.m. Tuesday. City officials, police and social service providers offered a rough outline of their plans, and denied rumors of a case of tuberculosis.
STATE GOVERNMENT January 14
Harassment investigation hangs over swearing in of Oregon's 80th legislature
More than a week after the state labor bureau released a report on sexual harassment in the Oregon Capitol, the fallout continues as one longtime aid resigns and two senators weigh in on Senate President Peter Courtney.
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