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HEALTH March 1
Health officials monitoring measles exposure sites in Salem
An out-of-state traveler contagious with measles visited multiple locations in Salem from Feb. 18 to 22, local health officials said Friday.
SPECIAL REPORT: LOBBY POWER March 1
Lawmakers come and go, but the lobby remains a powerful constant in Oregon
For every lawmaker in Oregon, there are about 12 lobbyists, working to influence votes on behalf of their clients. Records show spending on lobbying has only grown as special interest works to increase its power in the Capitol.
COMMENTARY March 1
ON THE BEAT: Questions reporters ask themselves
Reporters are trained to ask others questions, but they turn that skill on themselves sometimes. Troy Brynelson of Salem Reporter shares how that practice helps him serve readers.
STATE GOVERNMENT February 28
Hundreds turn out for heated, emotional testimony on vaccination bill
The bill would remove religious and philosophical exemptions for children attending public and private schools.
HOMELESSNESS February 28
Yellow bracelets and blue mats: an evening at a Salem warming center
When temperatures in Salem fall below freezing, dozens of people with nowhere else to sleep flock to First Presbyterian Church to drink coffee, share stories and spend a night out of the cold.
COMMUNITY COLLEGES February 28
Chemeketa board ups tuition amid enrollment slump, imperiled state funding
Students in "high cost" classes at Chemeketa would face an additional fee next school year, though the amount, and the classes affected, has yet to be determined.
STATE GOVERNMENT February 28
Gov. Brown signs nation's first statewide rent control bill
The bill will cap annual rent hikes at 7 percent.
HOMELESSNESS February 28
PHOTO GALLERY: On a freezing Salem night, volunteers help shelter dozens at First Presbyterian Church
The church basement serves as the largest of three Salem warming shelters, providing a place for about 90 people without shelter to go for the night when it's too cold to be outside.
SALEM GOVERNMENT February 28
Salem management faces claims of ignoring discrimination, harassment
Since December, the city of Salem has been at the center of five discrimination or harassment claims. City officials say they are "committed to preventing discrimination and harassment in the workplace."
STATE GOVERNMENT February 27
Friends, colleagues praise Richardson's integrity, drive
Secretary of state remembered as someone 'deeply committed to public service'
HOMELESSNESS February 27
Salem warming centers short on volunteers to shelter people from snow
At least 10 homeless people seeking shelter from the snow were turned away from Salem warming shelters Tuesday night due to a lack of volunteers.
BREAKING NEWS February 27
Dennis Richardson, Oregon secretary of state, dies
Two years after taking office, Oregon Secretary of State Dennis Richardson has died, his office announced. He has been fighting brain cancer for months.
YOUR GOVERNMENT, YOUR BUSINESS February 26
AGENDA: Chemeketa board to consider tuition increase
The Chemeketa Community College Board of Education meets 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 27 at Chemeketa Community College's Salem campus.
STATE GOVERNMENT February 26
Oregon passes sweeping rent control bill
Legislators crafted the bill to protect tenants from steep rent increases and prevent large-scale evictions that have displaced Oregonians, especially in the Portland area. The Senate passed the bill two weeks ago 17-11.
YOUR GOVERNMENT, YOUR BUSINESS February 26
AGENDA: Marion County Commission to consider bolstering contract for services for released prisoners
The Marion County Commission meets 9 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 27.
YOUR GOVERNMENT, YOUR BUSINESS February 26
AGENDA: Polk County Commission to take testimony on ordinance tweak
The Polk County Commission meets 9 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 27.
YOUR GOVERNMENT, YOUR BUSINESS February 26
AGENDA: Cherriots to decide on lowering fare for youth riders
Salem Area Mass Transit District Board of Directors meets 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 28.
SALEM GOVERNMENT February 26
Salem updates construction fees to add parks, help transportation
Salem builders will pay about $2,000 more to the city to build a new, single-family home. That money is used for parks, roads and other infrastructure.
STATE GOVERNMENT February 25
Attorney general, legislators look to protect student loan borrowers from predatory lenders
Student loan debt has ballooned, and now makes up a collective $1.5 trillion. Lenders and loan servicers have been known to be misleading or dishonest in attempts to collect more money from those in debt. A legislative proposal looks to defend borrowers from such practices.
LOCAL NONPROFITS February 25
Center for Hope and Safety building pet shelter for people fleeing domestic violence
Many domestic violence survivors won't leave an abuser unless they can bring their pets with them. To help them, a Salem nonprofit is adding animal housing to its shelter for humans.
STATE GOVERNMENT February 25
Vaccine bills prove controversial amid measles outbreak
Last week, testimony on a vaccine bill got support from witnesses as being informative, but rebuke from doctors saying it would mislead the public. Legislation has been introduced that would remove non medical exemptions for school children otherwise required to be vaccinated.
BREAKING NEWS February 25
Winter storm warning remains in place for Salem
Several major highways, including Interstate 5 south of Cottage Grove, remained closed early Monday as a long-running winter storm continues to pound Oregon. Forecasters expect several inches of snow in Salem by this afternoon.

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