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SALEM GOVERNMENT Jan. 18
Oregon Supreme Court denies Salem appeal to withhold arrest records in sex abuse case
The Oregon Supreme Court denied to hear Salem's case to withhold the arrest records of a man convicted of sexually abusing a child. The denial ends a nearly four-year effort waged at an unknown cost to taxpayers.
STATE GOVERNMENT Jan. 18
State transportation director Garrett to retire after 13 years
Matt Garrett, director of the Oregon Department of Transportation, announced Friday he plans to retire in June. After more than a dozen years he said it was time to "move on and identify a new opportunity."
STATE GOVERNMENT Jan. 18
Outreach and organization can help regular citizens have a voice in the Capitol
Every year lawmakers hunker down in the Capitol and reform Oregon's laws and policies. Here's how you can impact their decisions.
STATE GOVERNMENT Jan. 18
Unions look to take advantage of Democratic leadership and strong economy in 2019
Organized labor likes its chances in the 2019 legislative session, saying the climate is ripe for a pro-worker agenda.
SALEM GOVERNMENT Jan. 18
Salem councilors to outline plans for city's major issues
Homelessness, traffic congestion, budget shortfalls and more will headline the Salem City Council's upcoming policy agenda work session on Wednesday.
COMMUNITY COLLEGE Jan. 17
Chemeketa administration proposes tuition increase to offset state cuts, declining enrollment
College administrators are proposing a $3 increase to tuition and a $6 increase to universal fees per credit. This would bring the cost per credit from the current $105 to $114.
SALEM GOVERNMENT Jan. 16
Salem gathering data for snapshot into future growth
The city of Salem is overhauling its comprehensive plan for the first time since the 1970s and is collecting data to show ways it can grow. On Wednesday, planners revealed what kinds of data will be featured in a report, slated for release in spring.
PHOTO GALLERY Jan. 16
Salem through the eyes of a homeless photographer
We gave disposable cameras to homeless people living around downtown Salem and asked them to document their lives. Anthony McGuire shows us what Christmas looks like on the streets.
YOUR GOVERNMENT, YOUR BUSINESS Jan. 15
AGENDA: Skirmish over solar array to return to Marion County
Marion County Commission meets 9 a.m., Wednesday, Jan. 16
YOUR GOVERNMENT, YOUR BUSINESS Jan. 15
AGENDA: Chemeketa Community College board to discuss tuition increase, vote on service animal policy
The Chemeketa Community College board meets 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 16.
WATCHDOG Jan. 15
For Salem school foundation, a year of turmoil and challenge
An investigation by Salem Reporter established the Salem-Keizer Education Foundation grew rapidly, taking on services to children at a pace that left little room for unexpected expenses, and took on substantial debt to open a new building. The volunteer board is reviewing all programs as it trims expenses.
HOMELESSNESS Jan. 15
Marion Square Park homeless camp evicted, organizations offer aid
A handful of homeless people still at a camp under the Marion Street Bridge left Tuesday morning with help from local aid organizations. Police looked on, and then a dump truck backed in to start hauling away what was left behind.
YOUR GOVERNMENT, YOUR BUSINESS Jan. 15
AGENDA: Polk County Commission to meet in executive session
The Polk County Commission meets 9 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 16
STATE GOVERNMENT Jan. 15
After a decade of delay, Oregon officials finally launching child abuse call center
Auditors and others for years said Oregon's abused children would get faster, better help if the state streamlined hotline calls. A Portland center cranking up now will replace 15 call centers around the state.
SALEM GOVERNMENT Jan. 14
City, police, service providers prepare for homeless eviction Tuesday
An eviction of a homeless camp under the Marion Street Bridge is expected to start around 8 a.m. Tuesday. City officials, police and social service providers offered a rough outline of their plans, and denied rumors of a case of tuberculosis.
STATE GOVERNMENT Jan. 14
Harassment investigation hangs over swearing in of Oregon's 80th legislature
More than a week after the state labor bureau released a report on sexual harassment in the Oregon Capitol, the fallout continues as one longtime aid resigns and two senators weigh in on Senate President Peter Courtney.
OREGON POLITICS Jan. 14
Brown calls on Oregon to be ambitious, speed help for homeless
In her state of the state address, Gov. Kate Brown told legislators in Salem that she thinks it's time for Oregon to use its success to solve major challenges. She spoke after being sworn in with two former governors watching.
YOUR GOVERNMENT, YOUR BUSINESS Jan. 14
Salem-Keizer School Board to hear boundary change plan
The board isn't scheduled to vote on the plan until Feb. 12 and have asked people with comments on the changes to wait until a Jan. 22 board meeting to present them.
LOCAL COLUMN Jan. 14
Salem's student salon teaches customers as well as high schoolers
In high school classes at the Career and Technical Education Center, students tame skills that can net them a professional license as they graduate. My $10 haircut also bought me an education about what's happening at this Salem-Keizer School District campus.

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