OREGON STATE POLITICS Nov. 23
Tough state senator gets control over Oregon budget
The legislative Ways and Means Committee holds tremendous authority over the shape of state spending. Now, a veteran legislator with a reputation for sharp questioning will help run the powerful committee.
LOCAL SCHOOLS Nov. 23
Contractors and land sales lining up for $620 million school construction blitz
No dirt has moved yet, but behind the scenes, the Salem-Keizer School District is hiring staff, buying land and lining up its first contractors for major construction projects at 29 district schools.
OREGON STATE GOVERNMENT Nov. 23
Oregon collecting more marijuana tax money than expected
Even as marijuana prices drop, sales surge and Oregon authorities are collecting millions more in taxes.
OREGON BUSINESS Nov. 23
Embattled California winery forced to change labels, but fight persists
Federal regulators are requiring Copper Cane to change labels for two of its brands of pinot noir to remove references to Oregon winemaking regions. But the confrontation is not over.
STATE GOVERNMENT Nov. 21
Freedom Foundation takes its latest shot at Oregon unions
A conservative think tank is following up on a June landmark decision by the U.S. Supreme Court with a lawsuit filed Wednesday in federal court challenging labor contracts between recently opted-out members and their unions.
STATE GOVERNMENT Nov. 21
Paul Evans and Selma Pierce battled it out in one of Oregon’s most contentious races, in a district both parties will continue to fight for
A House race in the Salem area was perhaps the nastiest in the state, with relentless attack ads making accusations of campaign finance violations, sexism and military general order violations.
LOCAL GOVERNMENT Nov. 20
Third bridge to return to city council Monday
With the Salem River Crossing in limbo for more than a year, Councilor Jim Lewis hopes to force the issue Monday with a new motion at Salem City Council.
LOCAL SCHOOLS Nov. 20
Legislative staffer, local accountant added to citizens examining Salem-Keizer budget
Adriana Miranda and Tyson Pruett will be among the citizens with a voice in how the Salem-Keizer School District spends its annual budget of nearly $700 million.
TRANSPORTATION Nov. 20
ODOT will expand use of salt on dangerous winter roads
On the first eleven miles of Interstate 5 north of the California border, the average number of winter crashes dropped from 115 to 54 after the state’s transportation department started using solid salt on a trial basis.
SPECIAL REPORT: SICK SYSTEM Nov. 20
Oregon officials call for changes to law on criminal insanity
The state’s attorney general said the rate of recidivism among defendants found not guilty by reason of insanity is “too high,” and key lawmakers said they plan to rewrite the Oregon’s laws after an analysis by the Malheur Enterprise and ProPublica.
LOCAL GOVERNMENT Nov. 19
Marion County's turn coming to raise garbage rates
Days after Salem City Council raised its collection rates, Marion County announced it may soon do the same.