STATE GOVERNMENT Oct. 19
Labor commissioner files motion asking to hold legislative leadership in contempt of court
On Wednesday, Commissioner Brad Avakian escalated a legal battle over workplace harassment in the Capitol by asking a judge to hold lawmakers in contempt of court and fine them $1,000 per day until they comply with his subpoenas.
LOCAL BUSINESS Oct. 18
Spurning big cities, tech workers opting for Salem
The tech industry is booming on the West Coast. Salem has added 300 such jobs since 2013, as workers say the city gives comfort away from major metros.
STATE GOVERNMENT Oct. 18
Measure 104: Will it force bipartisanship or create gridlock?
Measure 104 would require a supermajority in the legislature to increase fees, as is required for tax increases. Supporters say Democrats construct what would otherwise be a tax increase as a fee increase to get around the supermajority requirement. Opponents say if passed, Measure 104 would be used to gum up the legislative process.
BREAKING NEWS Oct. 17
Buehler lands $2 million from Knight, Republican governors group in surge of fund raising.
As the Oregon governor's race remains tight, Nike owner Phil Knight wrote a $1 million check to Knute Buehler, the Republican candidate for governor. The Bend legislator also landed another $1 million from the national association representing the country's Republican governors.
COUNTY GOVERNMENT Oct. 17
Bonds and increasing property values raise local property taxes
A strong housing market - which saw a 10 percent increase in property values throughout Salem in the past year - is the primary driver of a property tax increase.
STATE GOVERNMENT Oct. 17
Audit finds Oregon pension system vulnerable to attacks, natural disasters
Oregonians’ personal information could be at risk if the state's public pension agency doesn’t do more to protect its systems from attacks, state auditors say.
STATE GOVERNMENT Oct. 16
National political analyst: Oregon’s governor race a ‘tossup’
National politics website Cook Political Report weighed in on the governor's race, saying Gov. Kate Brown appears to be at a tie with Rep. Knute Buehler.
STUDENTS Oct. 16
After lemonade stand success, Salem elementary student continues push to help homeless
Abel Najera-Banuelos has always wanted to help people, and that desire only grew after he learned his mother spent years on the streets.
STATE POLITICS Oct. 15
Analysts say the close Oregon governor's race to be settled in Washington, Clackamas counties
The race to be Oregon's next governor has cost millions. Candidates have traveled the state to sway voters. But analysts say communities on the outskirts of Portland will likely be the deciders.
CRIME Oct. 15
$1,200 in concessions stolen from McKay Boosters
Volunteers believe the thief stole drinks to redeem bottles for cash refund.
LOCAL GOVERNMENT Oct. 15
Marion County department manager accused of harassment no longer employed
Union officials and the county worker who accused the manager say he was fired, but expect investigation into the culture continue.