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OREGON STATE GOVERNMENT November 16
Oregon secretary of state privately shares dire medical news with leaders
Dennis Richardson, Oregon secretary of state, alerted key state leaders that he is battling an aggressive form of cancer, according to two sources. His staff maintains he is vowing to continue in office.
OREGON STATE GOVERNMENT November 16
Oregon governor stops bid to raise alcohol taxes
The Oregon Health Authority wanted to boost the cost of beer and wine, in part to push down consumption and in part to raise millions. Gov. Kate Brown on Friday said nothing doing.
CITY GOVERNMENT November 16
City commission derailed over potential conflicts of interest
The Community Services and Housing Commission, which helps the city judge a number of projects to get federal grant dollars, is in flux following a recent report from the Department of Housing and Urban Development. Four commissioners have resigned.
LOCAL SCHOOLS November 16
A day in the life of a Salem-Keizer school bus driver
Alan Booth gets up at 4 a.m. and handles loose teeth, narrow roads and surprise deer to get dozens of students to school on time.
LOCAL SCHOOLS November 15
Salem-Keizer recruiting bus drivers
Salem-Keizer's 260 bus drivers cover 20,000 miles and use 3,000 gallons of fuel every day to bring thousands of kids to school.
OREGON STATE GOVERNMENT November 15
Economists say you're sending an extra $1 billion into Oregon's treasury
With a strong economy and federal tax cuts, Oregonians and businesses are sending more money than ever to the state. Most will get returned to taxpayers later, but Oregon officials have millions in extra money to use.
COMMUNITY COLLEGES November 15
After eight years of decline, enrollment at Chemeketa Community College starting to stabilize
Across Oregon, community college enrollment spiked during the Great Recession and has been declining since, putting strain on budgets. But Chemeketa's fall enrollment is down just one percent from last year, giving college leaders hope that the future will be more stable.
HEALTH CARE November 15
More than 1,000 Oregonians’ information stolen in data breach
Attackers hacked into a tool used by insurance agents and brokers to sign people up for coverage. They had access to personal data on more than 1,000 Oregonians.
LOCAL GOVERNMENT November 14
Council raises garbage hauling rates
Salem City Council on Tuesday also dismissed a proposed stipend for councilors and the mayor, opted to hear the case of a shopping center in South Salem and agreed to help with a grant to lure commercial service back to Salem Municipal Airport.
STATE GOVERNMENT November 14
Potent forces lining up in Oregon to support river ferries to relieve I-5 congestion
By 2022, passengers could settle onto a ferry for a 40-minute ride across the Columbia, skipping jammed freeways. The Oregon Transportation Commission gets a briefing on the proposal Friday.
SPECIAL REPORT: A SICK SYSTEM November 14
Oregon board says those found criminally insane rarely commit new crimes. The numbers say otherwise.
SPECIAL REPORT: The Psychiatric Security Review Board questioned how many people it discharged from state custody returned to crime. But it did not share its findings or change policies even as former clients killed or raped.
SPECIAL REPORT: A SICK SYSTEM November 14
What Oregon officials knew about the new crimes of people found criminally insane — and when they knew it
Members of the Psychiatric Security Review Board have said it is not their duty to track what happens to people they set free. But in private, board members and staff pushed to study recidivism and found high rates among people the board frees.
SPECIAL REPORT: A SICK SYSTEM November 14
How journalists analyzed the outcomes of those freed by Oregon's Psychiatric Security Review Board
The Malheur Enterprise and ProPublica calculated outcomes by reviewing public records collected from the board, courts and state agencies. The analysis is among a handful of recidivism studies of insanity defendants, experts said.
LOCAL SCHOOLS November 13
Salem-Keizer board approves eminent domain to take St. Edward church land
Over objections from a parishoner and a handful of community members, the Salem-Keizer School Board said the district can move forward with acquiring St. Edward Catholic Church land for a planned expansion of McNary High School.
LOCAL MEDIA November 13
Community radio hosts fired following interview with absent mayor
A dysfunctional relationship between Salem radio station KMUZ and a pair of hosts came to a head after a no-show interview.
STATE GOVERNMENT November 13
State participation in Census leads to the discovery of new addresses, new funding and perhaps a new congressional representative
The state found 81,600 addresses the Census didn't have, giving Oregon an estimated 163,200 new residents.

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