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Sep 24 2018 thru Sep 30 2018

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HOMELESSNESS Sep. 29
Salem puts roof over chronically homeless, then adds care
Salem's year-old homeless rental assistance program is trying to get some of the city's hardest to house off the streets.
STATE GOVERNMENT Sep. 28
Driverless cars running on empty Oregon regulations - for now
As era of driverless cars approaches in Oregon, legislators plan to plug gap in regulations. Industry is urging speed for such work.
EDUCATION Sep. 28
Students give Oregon legislators tips on fixing schools
Criss-crossing the state, legislators spent the summer listening to students and teachers about how to improve Oregon schools. They have one last trip scheduled before weighing in with their own ideas for reforms.
STATE GOVERNMENT Sep. 27
Buehler, Brown weigh in on Kavanaugh hearing
Gov. Kate Brown and challenger Knute Buehler both call for an FBI investigation into allegations that Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh sexually assaulted several women after a U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee hearing Thursday.
LOCAL SCHOOLS Sep. 27
In a move affecting thousands, Salem-Keizer schools crafting new boundaries
Over the next four months, district staff and volunteers will propose changes that could impact what school your child attends.
CITY GOVERNMENT Sep. 27
New task force to look into Salem's revenues
Salem city staff say personnel costs and benefits are rising. A new, 14-person task force will examine the ways the city makes money.
STATE GOVERNMENT Sep. 27
New Oregon report finds narrowed disparity in drug prosecutions
The conviction rate among Oregon blacks for drug possession has dropped in the past year. State officials say criminal law revisions get the credit.
STATE GOVERNMENT Sep. 26
Oregon prepares to take another run at cap and trade
After falling short of passing legislation to curb greenhouse gas emissions, cap and trade has risen near the top of the agenda for 2019
COLLEGES Sep. 26
Chemeketa begins search for new college president
Chemeketa Community College is kicking off a search for its next president after Julie Huckenstein announced she would retire from the role in June 2019.
SEXUAL ASSAULT Sep. 26
As Kavanaugh faces accuser, Salem prosecutors, victim advocates say understanding of sexual assaults is poor
As national attention focused on sexual assault allegations against U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, police, prosecutors and advocates in Salem say most victims decide against reporting their assaults.
COUNTY GOVERNMENT Sep. 25
Clarkson to become Marion County D.A. Oct. 1, Beglau to retire early
Gov. Kate Brown announced Tuesday she appointed Clarkson to Marion County District Attorney starting Oct. 1, three months earlier than expected.
STATE POLITICS Sep. 25
Poll shows Oregon governor's race essentially tied
The recent poll showed Democrat Kate Brown with a slight lead over Republican Knute Buehler. The polling firm's record in Oregon, though, is uneven.
STATE POLITICS Sep. 25
Opponents claim grocer employees illegally pressing ballot measure support
The legal claims are flying from campaigns supporting or opposing Ballot Measure 103, which would ban state taxes on grocery items. The opponents claim groceries are putting employees to work as campaigners in their stores.
CRIMINAL JUSTICE Sep. 25
Double murder case puts state system for criminally insane in question
In far eastern Oregon, a court proceeding recently turned on whether the defendant in a murder case was fit for trial. Once before, he fooled doctors into thinking he was insane. This is a must-read account by the Malheur Enterprise in partnership with ProPublica.
CITY GOVERNMENT Sep. 24
Congestion task force to recommend 18 ideas to ease downtown traffic
A packet of ideas to cut down traffic, such as adding more guide signs, discouraging parking and extending certain roads, will go before city council in the coming weeks.
STATE GOVERNMENT Sep. 24
Governor, lawmakers stage walkout at Capitol steps, supporting Kavanaugh accusers
On Monday morning, state lawmakers showed their support of the accusers of Brett Kavanaugh, U.S. Supreme Court justice nominee. The nation's capital is embroiled in high political drama as allegations of sexual assault have emerged in recent days.
LOCAL NEWS Sep. 24
Salem Reporter joins 2 news groups to expand state reporting
State government and politics will be the focus of a four-person team formed this week to plug the gap in Oregon coverage. The team will be lead by Les Zaitz, a veteran investigative reporter and editor.

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