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STATE GOVERNMENT May 22
Sen. Jackie Winters working to recover from lung cancer treatment
Winters, a key member of a small Senate Republican caucus, has been absent from the Capitol for about a month.
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STATE GOVERNMENT May 22
Oregon state trooper awarded nation’s highest police honor
Trooper Nic Cederberg got the Medal of Valor from President Donald Trump on Wednesday after surviving a shootout on Christmas Day in 2016.
SCHOOL BOARD May 21
Heyen, Chandragiri, Bethell win Salem-Keizer board seats; Polk County approves public safety levy
Salem-Keizer schools will have a relatively new school board after elections Tuesday. Five of its 7 directors are serving a first term.
STATE GOVERNMENT May 21
Measure 11 reform, other criminal justice bills move forward
Criminal justice policies are the theme of the week at the Oregon Legislature, including a bill that would reform how juveniles accused of violent crimes are tried and sentenced.
SCHOOL BOARD May 21
Average Salem-Keizer school board campaign tops $25,000
With more than $30,000 in in-kind support from United Food and Commercial Workers, board director Chuck Lee has run the most expensive campaign in the district. But across three races, high spending has been the norm, even as fewer than 15% of voters have turned in ballots.
WATCHDOG May 21
State legislator's private company poised to get another $180,000 from Malheur County
Officials in Malheur County last year approved an extra $6,000 a month in payments to Greg Smith's private company. Records show the person hired with that extra public money has been working on another Smith project in the Willamette Valley.
YOUR GOVERNMENT, YOUR BUSINESS May 21
AGENDA: Polk County Commission has a light week
The Polk County Commission meets 9 a.m. Wednesday, May 22
OREGON POLITICS May 21
Foundation drives to limit worker dues, challenging Oregon public unions
Oregon's home health care workers are caught in a political battle between powerful public employee unions and a foundation aiming to limit union strength. Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum is taking up the workers' cause.
EDUCATION May 20
PHOTOS: Gov. Kate Brown signs Student Success Act at Washington Elementary School
Gov. Kate Brown signed ceremonial copies of the $2 billion business tax and education spending package before an audience of hundreds of students, teachers and supporters.
YOUR GOVERNMENT, YOUR BUSINESS May 20
AGENDA: Marion County Commissioners to discuss 2020 Census
The Marion County Commission meets 6 p.m. Wednesday, May 22 at St. Paul Community Hall, 20239 Main St. N.E., St. Paul
LOCAL SCHOOLS May 18
McKay stages rollicking version of 'Clue' as performances continue
Taking the board game to the stage, Royal Scot actors offer audience a good time with an old favorite. Meet some of those responsible.
STATE GOVERNMENT May 17
Lawmakers grapple over extra revenue
Between general and lottery funds, state economists project that Oregon has $24.8 billion to spend over the next two years. That's up about $770 million from the previous forecast.
STATE GOVERNMENT May 17
Cap and trade takes significant step toward reality
A landmark carbon pricing proposal moved out of committee on a party-line vote Friday after months of hearings and amendments.
STATE GOVERNMENT May 17
A fight over information and rights
A proposal to end non-medical exemptions for vaccines, and an unprecedented opposition, make an unlikely mark on the 2019 legislative session.
SALEM GOVERNMENT May 17
Salem councilors favoring new revenue for climate action plan
A majority of councilors appear ready to find money in a tight budget to push ahead on climate work in Salem.
LOCAL SCHOOLS May 17
Keizer civic pride on display at McNary groundbreaking ceremony
Keizer and school district leaders kicked off a $53 million project to renovate the city's high school, which will add more classrooms, space for a construction program and a music recording studio to the campus.
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