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Jan 21 2019 thru Jan 27 2019

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LOCAL SCHOOLS Jan. 26
McKay stages a multicultural version of Oz, play finishes Saturday
The trip down the yellow brick road involves Russian dance and American disco. The Book of Mormon gets a reading. It's all part of McKay High School's student theater production.
HOMELESSNESS Jan. 25
ARCHES says it needs more volunteers for annual count of region's homeless
The annual point-in-time count helps social service providers connect with homeless, but the data also influences how much money comes from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Coordinators say they need help.
HOMELESSNESS Jan. 25
Besides budget concerns, construction delays added to sobering center woes
Count the proposed sobering center in downtown Salem among the beneficiaries of news that the federal government will go back to work for at least three weeks.
YOUR GOVERNMENT, YOUR BUSINESS Jan. 25
AGENDA: Salem to outline new task force on meals for homeless, talk of new downtown apartment
Salem City Council meets 6:30 p.m., Monday, Jan. 28
HEALTH Jan. 25
Split in Salem health care industry leads to major insurance changes
Willamette Valley Community Health is dropping out of the state's system for providing health care, with change affecting nearly 100,000 local people next year.
STATE GOVERNMENT Jan. 24
Legislature looks to bolster education funding - with strings attached
A new committee report details myriad improvements to the state's education system, but stops short of proposing ways to fund the reform. In 2019, lawmakers will be tasked with prioritizing the wish list and finding new revenue to pay for the final package.
LOCAL SCHOOLS Jan. 24
Student leaders take pride in graduation improvements at North
Seniors at North Salem were largely unaware of an effort to help their classmates graduate on time last year. But, despite some skepticism about new advisory classes, they said the 9 percentage point improvement in the school's graduation rate is something to build on.
DATA Jan. 24
Graduation rates up at every Salem-Keizer high school, mirroring state gains
Salem-Keizer went from 73.3 percent of students graduating in 2017 to 76.6 percent in 2018, meaning an additional 188 students got diplomas.
STATE GOVERNMENT Jan. 24
Repaving to slow I-5 traffic from Salem to Woodburn in summer months
A 90-day project is expected to begin in June. While the paving will mostly be limited to night hours, a significant impact on traffic is expected.
LOCAL SCHOOLS Jan. 24
North, McKay see gains in graduation rates by targeting struggling seniors
North's 2018 graduation rate climbed 9 percentage points over 2017. Staff say it's thanks to an effort to find seniors who are close to graduating but in danger of not finishing their coursework and helping them across the finish line.
STATE GOVERNMENT Jan. 23
Business group analysis finds Oregon state employees contribute less to health care than in neighboring states
Compared to Washington, Idaho, California and Nevada, Oregon state employees get top tier benefits at a low price. Unions criticism the report as pointed because it didn't take into account the total compensation package.
SALEM GOVERNMENT Jan. 23
Mayor appeals for third bridge in annual address, reveals plans for resiliency task force
Mayor Chuck Bennett's annual State of the City Address touched on homelessness, downtown growth, toxic algal blooms and, on multiple occasions, made a plea for the Salem River Crossing.
LOCAL SCHOOLS Jan. 23
St. Edward asks court to dismiss school district's eminent domain case, citing religious freedom
The Keizer church argued condemnation would violate a federal law that prohibits a government from imposing a land use regulation in a way that burdens religious exercise unless there’s a compelling governmental interest and no other way to achieve it.
OREGON LEGISLATURE Jan. 23
Winters sheds leadership role to focus on justice reform in Senate
Using a seat on the powerful Ways and Means Committee, reforming Oregon justice to keep more people out of prison is a key focus as state Sen. Jackie Winters starts a new term representing Salem.
OREGON LEGISLATURE Jan. 22
Opening day at Oregon Legislature is about ceremony, getting acquainted
Freshmen legislators continued learning the ways of their new duties amid song, handshakes, and meetings at Tuesday's start of the 2019 Oregon Legislature.
SALEM GOVERNMENT Jan. 22
Salem looking to boost internet downtown
With downtown growing and an upcoming streetscape redesign to tear into sidewalks, Salem is looking for a consultant to help figure out if the city should install more internet infrastructure.
YOUR GOVERNMENT, YOUR BUSINESS Jan. 22
AGENDA: Cherriots open comment on revised fees, schedule
Salem Area Mass Transit District Board of Directors meets 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan 24.
YOUR GOVERNMENT, YOUR BUSINESS Jan. 22
AGENDA: Marion County to consider new land uses, justice department-funded position
Marion County Commission meets 9 a.m., Wednesday, Jan. 23
BREAKING NEWS Jan. 22
UPDATED: Police remove burglar from Summer Street home after six-hour standoff
A burglar took refuge in a home on Summer Street Tuesday morning, leading to school lock downs.
LOCAL SCHOOLS Jan. 21
School board wants to hear from you about proposed Salem-Keizer boundary changes
The board will meet at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the district's Support Services Center, 2575 Commercial Street SE, to review the final plan and hear comments. A board vote on the plan is scheduled for a Feb. 12 meeting.
PHOTO GALLERY Jan. 21
PHOTOS: Hundreds march to Capitol to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day
Salem residents honored the civil rights leader on Monday, Jan. 21, with colorful signs, song, dance and prayer.
COMMUNITY EVENT Jan. 21
High school students lead Salem reflection on Martin Luther King Jr. Day
With an atmosphere somewhere between a school assembly and black church service, high school students took center stage at Salem's #MLKDay celebration, speaking about the relevance of King’s legacy and the ongoing fight for racial equality.
SALEM GOVERNMENT Jan. 21
Mayor calls on Marion County, Salem Health to help pay for proposed sobering center
The city of Salem, Marion County and Salem Health have pledged about $450,000 combined to fund a sobering center in downtown, but that falls nearly half a million short of the latest budget projections. Mayor Bennett called on the others to pitch in more.
HOMELESSNESS Jan. 21
Taylor's House offers a home for young people with nowhere else to go
With a chore board, beanbag chairs and a large kitchen table for meals, Salem's new shelter for homeless young people wants its residents to feel like a family.

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