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SUICIDE PREVENTION October 13
Sprague, Kalapuya communities make strong showing at suicide prevention march
One week after Sprague High School junior Aaron Brown took his own life, his mother was among thousands of Salem residents who gathered Saturday to remember those lost to suicide.
BREAKING NEWS October 12
Buehler invested in tax credits that became state scandal
Records of the state Energy Department show that Knute Buehler and his wife bought $100,000 in business energy tax credits. In the Legislature, Buehler criticized such credits as a "waste."
LOCAL BUSINESS October 12
Salem Chamber of Commerce leader resigns
Nick Williams, who joined the chamber in 2012, said he is stepping down for "family reasons."
STATE GOVERNMENT October 12
From chickens to guns, local voters in Oregon face measures
While state ballot measures get the campaign money and attention, communities from one end of Oregon to the other have local measures to consider. Voters, for instance, will settle whether chickens can be kept at home in one city.
CITY GOVERNMENT October 12
Salem secures financing for new ozone-based water treatment, plans underway
A utility rate increase approved this week will help the city build a $56 million ozone treatment facility that could be up and running by late 2020
NONPROFITS October 12
South Salem teen leads mobile shower project to serve homeless
South Salem High School senior Claire Adams is spearheading a United Way campaign to build a mobile shower trailer, bringing hygiene to homeless people who often can't bathe.
STATE GOVERNMENT October 12
State forecast shows a significant decline in imprisonment over the next 10 years
New projections show the state's prison population will drop more in the next 10 years than previously thought. Analysts credit criminal justice reform bills.
ARTS October 11
Salem symphony association joins forces with Oregon Symphony
A Salem organization formed 63 years ago to bring classical music concerts to town will now operate as part of the larger Oregon Symphony.
COUNTY GOVERNMENT October 10
Marion County to investigate its culture following sexual harassment and discrimination allegations
A "cultural audit" will look into county departments to see "if there's anything under the radar that shouldn't be," county officials said.
STATE GOVERNMENT October 10
Energy Department puts fixes in place to stunt scandal, audit report says
State auditors say the Oregon Department of Energy has adopted recommendations from state auditors, private auditors, and legislators related to its tax credit operations.
STATE POLITICS October 10
Oregon's third-party candidate not giving up on debate fight
He's a cabinet maker from Brownsville who wants to get big money out of Oregon politics. Patrick Starnes, running for candidate, is pressing complaints that he's been excluded from gubernatorial debates.
LOCAL BUSINESS October 9
Oregon delegates call on feds to investigate Napa Valley winery's pinot noir
A letter released Tuesday asks the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau to investigate if a Napa Valley winery is misusing the names of Oregon's winemaking regions
STATE GOVERNMENT October 9
State wants to step up monitoring of water systems, large and small
The state says it is short handed and can't fully monitor about 900 water systems across Oregon for health hazards. A boost in fees would close the gap, the Oregon Health Authority says.
STATE GOVERNMENT October 9
Major party candidates to participate in final gubernatorial debate, third-party candidate protests exclusion
Gov. Kate Brown and Rep. Knute Buehler will participate in the final debate before voters decide who will be the next governor. Third-party candidate Patrick Starnes is protesting his exclusion from the debate.
CITY GOVERNMENT October 8
For 600 city workers, pay raise will have to wait a couple more weeks
A dispute over a one-page document derailed a planned vote by the Salem City Council to approve a new labor agreement with the city's union.
LOCAL SCHOOLS October 8
1,000 from Sprague community pray together following student's death
At Sprague, the human chain grew, one by one, until it circled the school. They came in honor of junior Aaron Brown, the son of Sprague choir director David Brown, who died by suicide last Thursday.
SCHOOLS October 8
Thousands of Salem-Keizer students would attend different schools under boundary change proposal
The plan, which will take effect next year, would also shift the district’s “feeder system,” which determines the middle and high schools each elementary school sends its graduates to.

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