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Dec 17 2018 thru Dec 23 2018

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STATE GOVERNMENT Dec. 21
How much wiggle room will polluters get if Oregon taxes carbon emissions?
With cap and trade legislation a primary topic for the 2019 Legislature, groups on both sides of the issue lobby for what concessions should be made for the largest polluters being forced to change their ways.
OREGON GOVERNMENT Dec. 21
Legislators push to get guns locked up but some worry safety would be compromised
A 2-year-old's death after getting his family's handgun underscores pleas to change Oregon law to require guns get locked away. Oregon legislators are likely to deal with other gun laws in the approaching session.
LOCAL BUSINESS Dec. 21
Tom Hoffert says he will emphasize partnership as Salem chamber's new CEO
Nick Williams, departing CEO of the Salem Area Chamber of Commerce, said he has never seen Salem so divided on community issues. Tom Hoffert, who takes over Jan. 2, said his first priority is building relationships.
STATE GOVERNMENT Dec. 20
As wildfires get larger and more expensive, Gov. Brown looks to a new advisory council
Gov. Kate Brown has proposed a council made up of representatives of Oregon’s tribes, state and federal forest agencies, environmental groups and landowners to study wildfires and how Oregon fights them.
WATCHDOG Dec. 20
Records still off limits to public in case of Salem student bringing gun to school
More than two months after a 10-year-old student took a gun to a Salem elementary school, local government officials continue to keep details about what happened away from the public.
LOCAL BUSINESS Dec. 19
PacTrust to appeal Salem denial of Costco-anchored shopping center
A little more than a week after Salem City Council denied a shopping center along Kuebler Boulevard, the property owners say they will appeal to the state land use board.
STATE GOVERNMENT Dec. 19
Oregon agencies could have saved $1.6 billion through smarter shopping, audit finds
Auditors said old technology and outdated practices largely prevent the state from digging into whether it is spending each dollar of taxpayer money wisely.
WATCHDOG Dec. 19
Salem continues to fight releasing arrest records at unknown cost to taxpayers
Salem officials have spent nearly four years and unknown staff time fighting the release of an arrest record of a man who was convicted of sexually abusing a child. They now want the Supreme Court to overturn a court ruling that said they had to release the information.
STATE GOVERNMENT Dec. 18
Proposed ballot measure would limit use of toll revenue
A proposed ballot measure would restrict Portland-area freeway toll revenue spending to things like building new lanes, rather than spending it on things like public transit. It would also hinder the ability to enact variable pricing, which some say can smooth out traffic during peak hours.
LOCAL SCHOOLS Dec. 17
Growing number of homeless Salem students poses transportation challenges
As housing costs have risen, the number of homeless students in the Salem-Keizer school district has grown 25 percent in five years.
STATE GOVERNMENT Dec. 17
Dennis Richardson withdraws plan to delegate his Land Board position to his deputy
Dennis Richardson has taken back his request to delegate his position on the Land Board after the Attorney General disagreed with him on his authority to do so.
SALEM CHARITY Dec. 17
Salem nonprofits could use your holiday help to help others
With the holidays here, local charities are doing what they can to make the season a bit brighter for Salem's less fortunate. We provide a list to get you started if you want to donate, and we welcome other suggestions
SALEM WEATHER Dec. 17
Power outages possible overnight in Salem as storm hits
The National Weather Service said gusts to 50 mph could hit the Salem area late Monday night into Tuesday, with heavy rain. We provide links to be sure you're ready in case the lights go out.
OREGON GOVERNMENT Dec. 17
Oregon agencies may find more watchdogs keeping an eye on them
For a decade, several large Oregon agencies have operated without internal auditors they were supposed to have. Such auditors catch wasteful spending and inefficient operations. A new state budget could include money for these government watchdogs.

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