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FEDERAL POLITICS January 4
Walden breaks with Republicans, votes to reopen government
U.S. Rep. Greg Walden, R-Ore., joined six other House Republicans Thursday in voting for a Democratic plan to get a half-dozen federal agencies open. He explained his unusual vote in an interview with Vale's Malheur Enterprise.
STATE GOVERNMENT January 4
Speaker Kotek vows to act following report detailing poor response to sexual abuse, but says report was rushed
House Speaker Tina Kotek said Friday that adjustments will be made following a report that found legislative leadership didn't act swiftly after sexual harassment complaints. But Kotek also said the report was slanted and ignored key witnesses, such as herself.
MARION COUNTY GOVERNMENT January 4
State to investigate claims of sexual discrimination at Marion County
Claims of sexual discrimination at Marion County Public Works that first came to light in October are now officially under investigation by the state Bureau of Labor and Industries. Many details of how the county has handled the claims remain unclear.
YOUR HEALTH January 4
Oregon joins 16 states in appeal to protect Affordable Care Act
Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum said in a press call that she is working hard to protect Oregon residents’ health care and economy, which she said would be devastated if the district court’s ruling stands.
STATE GOVERNMENT January 3
State investigation determines legislative leadership ignored sexual harassment claims
A report released Thursday by the Bureau of Labor and Industries found legislative leadership knew about sexual harassment issues in the Capitol as early as 2011, but failed to act swiftly or effectively.
MARION COUNTY January 2
In Salem, police team up with social workers to offer help instead of jail
Josh Lair is the face of a new Marion County effort to aid some of Salem’s hardest to help residents: people who cycle in and out of jail and the emergency room because they’re homeless, have serious health problems or are addicted to drugs.
LOCAL SCHOOLS January 2
Salem-Keizer seeks eminent domain over St. Edward land to begin McNary construction
The district is going to court to force the Keizer church to sell six acres of bare land after the church rejected a $1.75 million offer.
NEW YEAR December 31
New year in Oregon: Leaders reflect on 2018, talk aspirations for 2019
To start the new year, Salem Reporter asked state and local leaders which events stood out over the past year and what they hope to see in the one ahead.
DIFFERENCE MAKERS December 31
Retired Salem couple fixes up homes for resettled refugees
Jim and Joan Stembridge worked tirelessly over the summer to get a modest three-bedroom home ready for their latest tenants, a family of seven Syrian refugees who had been living in a cramped two-bedroom apartment on the outskirts of Salem.

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