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BREAKING NEWS May 24
KARISSA FRETWELL: Gaston man arrested for murder and kidnapping; pair still missing
BREAKING: Michael J. Wolfe of Gaston was arrested and charged with aggravated murder in connection with the disappearance of Karissa Fretwell and her 3-year-old son, Salem police announced Friday evening.
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Oregon Legislature May 24
DOME DIGEST: Hazing, cemeteries and payday loans
In a new feature from the news team at the Oregon Capital Bureau, we present a digest of new laws passed by the Oregon Legislature that aren't making big headlines but will affect Oregonians in many ways.
STATE GOVERNMENT May 24
Students push back on political leaders after gun control bill dies in a political negotiation
A sweeping gun law reform bill was killed so Democrats could pass an education package.
PUBLIC SAFETY May 23
Police seeking Gaston man for questioning in Salem mom's disappearance
Police are seeking a Gaston man wanted by police for questioning in the disappearance of a Salem woman and their 3-year-old son. He is the father of the child. Police have been searching his property since Sunday but there was no word on the fate of Karissa Fretwell and her son William
BREAKING NEWS May 23
Yamhill County man sought in connection with Salem woman's disappearance
Police announced Thursday afternoon they are seeking to question Michael J. Wolfe, 52, of Gaston. The announcement comes following police searches in Gaston and outside Hopewell
STATE GOVERNMENT May 23
Questions arise over cap and trade's impact on the State Highway Fund
An analysis released this week found the fund, which pays for road and other transportation projects, could be cut in half over the next 30 years, in part due to cap and trade.
MISSING FAMILY May 23
Search continues for missing Salem mother and child
The Yamhill County Sheriff's Office said Thursday that the search for the missing Salem woman and her son has sent them to rural Yamhill County, but with no results.
HOMELESSNESS May 22
Business appeals Union Gospel Mission's shelter once more
Union Gospel Mission modified its permit to include two new properties, opening up another window for appeals. One appeal came in and will go before a hearings officer in June.
LOCAL SCHOOLS May 22
Englewood student pushes Salem-Keizer for healthier, tastier school lunch
Fourth-grader Aliza Stapleton says the lunches served in her school cafeteria don't line up with what she's been taught in health class, so she took her concerns to school board and budget committee members.
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.
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.
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
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