HEALTH Feb. 9
UPDATE: No measles in Marion County, lab finds
A suspected case under monitoring in Salem was not measles.
OREGON LEGISLATURE Feb. 9
Chance at having a home in Oregon could increase with legislative action
Money, relaxed land use rules and speedier work on building permits are all part of the mix as legislators consider ways to address Oregon's housing shortage.
VALLEY WEATHER Feb. 8
String of winter storms aiming at Salem, snow expected over several days
Forecasters say Salem could get several inches of snow in the coming days, likely meaning disruptions across the city.
SALEM GOVERNMENT Feb. 8
Salem council to vote on third bridge Monday, offered two draft letters
City staff are recommending Salem City Council choose between one of two letters. One would keep the Salem River Crossing alive, the other would be its end.
STATE GOVERNMENT Feb. 8
Legislature takes on bullying and suicide in schools
Eighteen senators and representatives have sponsored a plan to direct nearly $2 million per year to address violence and bullying in schools. They call it the “Oregon Safe To Learn Act.”
STATE GOVERNMENT Feb. 7
Lawmakers consider interstate marijuana commerce, banning employers from forcing workers to abstain from legal substances
Lawmakers heard testimony on two bills Thursday that proponents say would finish the process of legalizing marijuana and stifle black market sales of marijuana to other states.
SCHOOL BOARD Feb. 7
Keizer Chamber director Danielle Bethell announces run for school board
With three children in Keizer public schools, Danielle Bethell said she’s more in touch with the realities of the current classroom and wants to advocate for local families and teachers.
SALEM POLICE Feb. 7
Updated: Salem cop arrested in Portland for theft, meth possession
Officer Seth Thayres has been a Salem police officer since 2014 and on administrative leave since October. The Portland Police Bureau arrested him Wednesday and suspect he sold stolen goods from at least one recent burglary.
HOMELESSNESS Feb. 6
As cold snap lingers, warming shelters face volunteer shortage and potential closures
Twenty homeless people were turned away from warming shelters Tuesday night. Organizers say one shelter didn't open due to a volunteer shortage and say they need more help.
SALEM GOVERNMENT Feb. 6
Salem considering buying ARCHES building, bankrolling more services for homeless
Buying The ARCHES Project building with urban renewal dollars would allow the homeless services provider to spend mortgage payments instead on more bathrooms, showers and other services. It's unclear how it could impact a proposed sobering center.
COMMUNITY COLLEGE Feb. 6
College administrators from five states vying to be next Chemeketa president
Chemeketa's next leader will succeed president Julie Huckestein, who retires at the end of the school year.
PHOTOS Feb. 6
Hundreds take to the Capitol to support cap and trade
Movement on cap and trade legislation has been picking up in the legislature, and is expected to pass this year.
SALEM SCHOOLS Feb. 5
Local citizens can soon bid for seat on Salem-Keizer School Board
The job of school board director doesn't require any special training, but it does require time. Citizens can file soon to seek election to the Salem-Keizer board as major school construction gets underway and the Legislature considers a major boost to school funding.
STATE GOVERNMENT Feb. 5
Fight to hike Oregon's tobacco tax resurfaces
For decades, attempts to increase Oregon's tobacco tax have often been unsuccessful. Gov. Kate Brown has introduced a proposal to increase the tax by $2 per pack to help fund Medicaid.
PHOTO GALLERY Feb. 5
PHOTOS: Snow blankets Salem, prompting school closures
About two inches of snow fell on Salem overnight Tuesday, leading to snowball fights and some picturesque views of the Oregon Capitol.
YOUR GOVERNMENT, YOUR BUSINESS Feb. 5
AGENDA: Marion County to consider paying Covanta to process waste
Marion County Commission meets 9 a.m., Wednesday, Feb. 6
YOUR GOVERNMENT, YOUR BUSINESS Feb. 5
AGENDA: Polk County Commission to review legislative priorities
The Polk County Commission meets 9 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 6.
OREGON LEGISLATURE Feb. 5
Oregon voters with no political party could finally get role in primary elections
Oregonians who now have to sit out primary votes for most public offices could get a chance to cast a ballot for nonaffiliated candidates under a change in Oregon law now under consideration at the Oregon Legislature.
SALEM GOVERNMENT Feb. 4
Salem library used flawed data when preparing for controversial book review
City Librarian Sarah Strahl said the miscounted number of printed materials at the library does not affect plans to weed its collections. She said more meaningful data driving the review are checkout rates, numbers of copies and a book's condition.
STATE GOVERNMENT Feb. 4
Secretary of State Dennis Richardson further reduces workload amid cancer battle
Dennis Richardson announced he had brain cancer in June. Since then, his workload has continually declined. Richardson has not said what kind of cancer he has, or what his prognosis is.