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OREGON STATE GOVERNMENT January 12
Oregon legislative leaders, regulators to meet behind closed doors to settle harassment claims
Days after a state report raked Oregon legislative leaders, a plan emerged to resolve claims of harassment and hostility through negotiation. The Legislature is also embarking on a review of its practices that left workers and legislators feeling ignored and subject to abuse.
SALEM GOVERNMENT January 11
With eviction looming for homeless camp, its residents and city leaders left with questions
The city of Salem's plans to evict a homeless camp under the Marion Street Bridge led to questions about the fate of a program for volunteers to give out free meals. The ARCHES Project said Friday it will offer to host the program. Meanwhile, the camp's residents there wonder where they go next.
STATE GOVERNMENT January 11
Three weeks into shutdown, Oregon state government weathering the storm
The state has yet to see deep impacts from a three-week federal government shutdown, but future funding for welfare programs and some state agencies is uncertain.
STATE GOVERNMENT January 11
Marion County team recognized for efforts to prevent human trafficking
The multi-jurisdictional group, including nongovernment workers, led by four women nominated for their relentless dedication to helping youth who are being exploited.
YOUR GOVERNMENT, YOUR BUSINESS January 11
Salem to talk committees, aid for vulnerable populations and a 111-unit apartment complex
Salem City Council meets 6 p.m., Monday, Jan. 14
STATE GOVERNMENT January 10
Decades later, Courtney again takes aim at DUI threshold
Senate President Peter Courtney has introduced a bill to lower the legal limit from .08 to .05, something only Utah has managed to do.
WATCHDOG January 10
Disgraced former city manager tapped to help lead Marion County Public Works
Despite concerns of sexual discrimination and harassment in its ranks, Marion County hired a man whose dishonesty over an affair cost him his job leading the city of Newberg.
STATE GOVERNMENT January 10
2018 law lacks teeth for overprescribing doctors
A recent law aimed at tracking prescribing habits of Oregon doctors doesn't punish those who either don't participate or ignore letters sent alerting to questionable patterns.
SALEM GOVERNMENT January 10
Salem library to pause review another month following lengthy public hearing
At least 80 people packed a conference room at Salem Public Library on Wednesday night to urge caution with its rigorous review of books and other collection items. A pause on the review that started in December will continue for another month, city officials said.
LOCAL SCHOOLS January 10
To improve teacher diversity, Salem-Keizer focusing on training its own students, classroom aides
The district's 16,000 Latino students rarely see someone who looks like them in front of the classroom. Superintendent Christy Perry has made changing that a priority.
EDUCATION January 9
Salem-Keizer educators cheer legislative proposal to boost education funding
At a meeting with Rep. Teresa Alonso Leon organized by the Salem-Keizer Education Association, teachers, classroom aides and counselors said overcrowded classrooms and high caseloads make it difficult to do their jobs.
SALEM CRIME January 9
Woman who summoned police now charged with murder
Marion County prosecutors say a Salem woman shot and killed her domestic partner Tuesday at a home in southeast Salem. Authorities are releasing few details about the murder.
SALEM GOVERNMENT January 9
Salem to evict homeless camp at Marion Square Park
About 30 people who stay at the camp regularly have been told to leave by the end of the week. Salem police say the hope is to get the people more in touch with services.
COUNTY GOVERNMENT January 9
Marion County Sheriff Jason Myers to retire in June
After voters re-elected him to a third term in November, Sheriff Jason Myers is leaving his post in June to coordinate training and lobby for the Oregon State Sheriffs' Association.
SALEM CRIME January 8
One dead, one hospitalized in Salem shooting
Police found an injured woman Tuesday afternoon when they responded to a police call in southeast Salem, and discovered the body of a man inside the home. He died of a gunshot, police said.
SALEM GOVERNMENT January 8
Fates of downtown trees to be decided by Salem parks board after outcry
After some community backlash, Salem Public Works Director Peter Fernandez said the city won't move to replace rows of trees in downtown with angled parking. Instead, the Salem Parks and Recreation Advisory Board decide their collective fate in February.
YOUR GOVERNMENT, YOUR BUSINESS January 8
Marion County to consider funding homeless liaison another year, accept FEMA grant
Marion County Commission meets 9 a.m., Wednesday, Jan 9.
YOUR GOVERNMENT, YOUR BUSINESS January 7
Polk County to vote on fair board appointee
The Polk County Commission meets 9 a.m., Wednesday, Jan. 9
STATE GOVERNMENT January 7
Photos: A day at MacLaren Youth Correctional Facility
STATE GOVERNMENT January 7
Legislator blasts Avakian for including unsubstantiated rumor in salacious report
When outgoing Bureau of Labor and Industries Commissioner Brad Avakian released a 52-page parting gift alleging years of sexual harassment in the Capitol, it included an allegation against Rep. Diego Hernandez that had been investigated and ruled unsubstantiated. Diego was shocked to find the rumor included, since he believes it was made up to harass him due to his progressive stance on immigration.
STATE GOVERNMENT January 7
Oregon Youth Authority tries to find the balance between safety and child welfare as it transitions from isolation
For the past few years, Oregon Youth Authority has pulled back from isolation use as data shows it's ineffective. But the agency has found shifting the culture in five facilities doesn't happen overnight.

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