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CITY GOVERNMENT November 30
City of Salem moves toward tax and fee increases to address budget woes
Budget officials say the city of Salem could have a $6 million shortfall in coming years. A task force's recommendations will go before Salem City Council in January.
HEALTH CARE November 30
Thousands of Salem residents could see insurance cuts at Salem Hospital
People covered by Regence would pay substantially more for care at Salem Hospital starting in July if a contract dispute isn't resolved.
COLUMN November 30
COLUMN: First days at Salem Reporter a learning experience
Being back in my home state and competing against bylines I’ve read for years on some of the state’s biggest news has been thrilling.
STATE GOVERNMENT November 29
Gov. Brown looks to financially back Oregon’s fight against Trump
Oregon Gov. Kate Brown wants to continue being a combatant to the Trump Administration. After suing his administration 14 times, Brown is asking to set aside $2 million to continue fighting the president in court.
LOCAL GOVERNMENT November 29
Polk County interviewing new commissioner candidates ahead of Wheeler's sudden retirement
A policy change in the Public Employees Retirement System is causing Commissioner Jennifer Wheeler to retire two years early. The county interviewed five potential replacements Wednesday.
CLIMATE CHANGE November 29
Federal climate change report says more wildfires, droughts and extreme weather in store for Oregon
Climate change is already impacting nearly every aspect of life in Oregon, from respiratory health to the state's agriculture and fisheries, according to a federal report released this week.
STATE GOVERNMENT November 28
Oregon leaders react to Gov. Brown’s ambitious budget
Gov. Kate Brown released her purposed budget for the next two years Wednesday morning. She characterized it as ambitious, but said there is support among lawmakers and constituents for her desired investments things like education and housing. Here is how Oregon leaders responded.
OREGON STATE GOVERNMENT November 28
Ahead for Oregon schools: longer year, smaller classes
In a bid to drive up student performance, Gov. Kate Brown is asking for an extra $2 billion to change the state's education system from preschool to community college.
STATE GOVERNMENT November 28
Brown wants 'ambitious' Oregon budget to be the bedrock of her legacy
On Wednesday, Gov. Kate Brown announced a budget including billions in new investments in education, housing and the economy, meant to lead Oregon for the next two decades.
OREGON STATE GOVERNMENT November 28
Oregon school kids big winners in governor's proposed budget
Gov. Kate Brown announced Wednesday she will seek a nearly 25 percent increase in state funding for education, from preschool to community colleges, in an ambitious effort to improve school performance. The governor also said she wants to beef up the Oregon State Police, change how the state manages energy issues, and make more housing affordable and available.
LOCAL GOVERNMENT November 27
Residents fear Salem Public Library's new policy could purge books
Salem Public Library's new policy lays out plans to keep an updated collection, but residents worry it could lead to more books discarded.
STATE GOVERNMENT November 27
Grants Pass Rep. Carl Wilson chosen as House minority leader
Carl Wilson believes the Republican caucus of 22 representatives will be “under a tremendous amount of stress” as it faces a much larger Democratic caucus.
LOCAL GOVERNMENT November 27
Third bridge's fate delayed again
Councilors spurned a motion Monday night that would have renewed the push for the Salem River Crossing. They voted instead for a work session in January.
BUSINESS November 27
Editor of Salem Reporter featured in NPR report on local journalism
NPR's "Morning Edition" included a long report about the journalistic success of the tiny Malheur Enterprise, a weekly published in Vale. Les Zaitz, editor of Salem Reporter, is also editor and publisher of the Vale newspaper.
LOCAL BUSINESS November 26
OLCC moves to stop sales for controversial California winemaker
The state agency has proposed revoking Copper Cane's ability to sell and ship wines in Oregon.
LOCAL PEOPLE November 26
Following their son's suicide, the McManns of Salem look to help others through his legacy
Ben McMann, Sprague High School freshman and football player, killed himself in September. His parents, a fire chief and former sheriff's deputy, hope being honest about his death can help prevent others.
LOCAL SCHOOLS November 26
Salem-Keizer school officials want citizen opinion about boundary changes affecting thousands
Under the new plan, students would be more evenly spread across the district’s high schools, alleviating overcrowding at McKay by adding students to North, South and Sprague.

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