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Sep 10 2018 thru Sep 16 2018

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CITY GOVERNMENT September 14
Report: Salem's lack of communication during water crisis fueled disarray
An independent report analyzing the city of Salem's reaction to cyanotoxins in the water supply found the city's initial messaging caused chaos, but its work to clean the water was impressive.
CENSUS September 14
Salem grew faster than Portland last year, Census data shows
Salem added almost 2,400 people in 2017, and saw significant growth in black and Pacific Islander populations.
CRIME September 14
Woman breaks free of attacker in Minto Brown Park
Salem Police have arrested a man they believe kidnapped and attempted to rape a women in Minto Brown Park on Thursday night. The women fought him off and ran away.
STATE GOVERNMENT September 13
DHS seeks more than 1,000 new employees to support child welfare in proposed budget
Oregon Department of Human Services is asking for a substantial increase in funds for the next budget cycle, but says it's part of getting staffing up to appropriate levels to protect Oregon's most vulnerable populations.
LOCAL SCHOOLS September 13
Swegle kindergarten students kick off year with dual language classes
Half of the school's kindergarten classes are bilingual, geared toward students who want to speak both English and Spanish.
SCHOOLS September 12
Salem Keizer school board won't take position on immigration ballot measure
The Salem-Keizer School Board Tuesday night renewed a resolution supporting “safe and welcoming schools” but declined to take a public position on a more controversial Oregon ballot measure that would repeal the state’s so-called sanctuary law.
STATE GOVERNMENT September 12
ACLU takes aim at Measure 11 in a plan to cut Oregon's prison population in half
As Oregon's prison population has quintupled over the past four decades, civil rights organizations and political leaders place much of the blame on the state's mandatory minimum sentencing laws.
SCHOOLS September 12
Salem students start school year amid push to improve attendance
Early efforts to get more Salem kids to show up for school are focusing on North Salem High and the schools feeding into it.
BUSINESS September 11
Cherriots, Walmart at odds over potential transit center in south Salem
Hoping to serve the growing neighborhoods, Cherriots is preparing to either buy or seize part of Walmart's parking lot to build the new transit center. The retail giant said it was not kept in the loop.
CITY GOVERNMENT September 11
Salem, cities must disclose arrest records even involving child abuse, appeals court says
The Oregon Court of Appeals overturned an earlier ruling that allowed Salem to withhold arrest records of people charged for abusing minors.
CITY GOVERNMENT September 11
$6 million gone as Salem's third bridge plan idles
Sentiments on the Salem City Council have swung against erecting a third bridge over the Willamette in downtown. That means millions spent on studies and planning may have to be repaid.
PHOTO GALLERY September 11
Celebration, donation launch new career programs for Salem-Keizer students
Students, school officials and business leaders gathered Friday at the Career and Technical Education Center as two new programs open.
DATA September 10
Chronic absenteeism: see how Salem-Keizer schools stack up
The Salem-Keizer School District has one of the highest chronic absenteeism rates in Oregon. Use our custom map and list to see how your child's school compares.
LOCAL SCHOOLS September 10
Career center adds law enforcement, business options for Salem-Keizer students
The next expansion of the Career and Technical Education Center has been launched by the Salem-Keizer School District, giving students hands-on training for jobs while getting the basics of education.
POLITICS September 10
Brown holds cash edge on Buehler as campaigns crank up.
The governor's race in Oregon is becoming something of national interest as Republican Nathan Buehler challenges Democrat Kate Brown. Brown has more money on hand with two months to go to the November vote.
LOCAL SCHOOLS September 10
Salem-Keizer school officials say too many kids missing too much school
The rate of student absenteeism in Salem-Keizer schools is among the highest in the state. Principals and teachers will focus on driving down that number.
STATE GOVERNMENT September 10
Secretary of state remains mum on health details, says he's feeling better
Dennis Richardson, Oregon secretary of state and first in succession to the governorship, has cut back his schedule as he deals with brain cancer. His performance at an August meeting raised fresh questions about his condition.
GOVERNMENT September 10
Local unions say little impact from court ruling on fees
A U.S. Supreme Court decision outlawing certain union fees was expected by some to hurt unions. Oregon unions say the decision is driving membership.
SALEM CITY HALL September 10
Bennett biding his time, but plans to seek investigation into city's water crisis
Mayor Chuck Bennett wants to know what exactly led to the contamination of Salem's drinking water earlier this year. State agencies say factors aren't apparent.

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