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Mar 18 2019 thru Mar 24 2019

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POLICE NEWS Mar. 23
Teen dies in early morning crash in south Salem
The Salem Police Department reports that a 17-year-old died and four other teenagers were injured in a crash early Saturday in south Salem.
OREGON LEGISLATURE Mar. 23
Fill 'er up? Rural lawmakers want to see changes at the pump
Self-service gas pumps could pop up at stations under a compromise wrangled by lawmakers.
MEASLES Mar. 22
Two more measles cases confirmed from Marion County exposure
Two residents from Multnomah and Clackamas counties have been diagnosed with measles, stemming from a Marion County case, Oregon Health Authority said Friday.
STATE GOVERNMENT Mar. 22
Successful phishing scheme was sent to more than 400 workers in two large state agencies
The attack gained access to 2 million emails. The state does not know how many people had their personal information exposed.
SALEM GOVERNMENT Mar. 22
Downtown micro-apartments seek tax break from Salem City Council to tamp rent
Most of the units at the upcoming downtown Salem complex could be 270 square feet in size and cost $850 per month. The average studio in Salem costs $953 per month.
SCHOOL BOARD Mar. 22
Six candidates in the race for three Salem-Keizer School Board spots
A psychiatrist, electrician, university student and the business group executive are among the citizens seeking seats on the Salem-Keizer School Board.
SCHOOL BOARD Mar. 22
Sprague parent and electrician David Salinas seeks school board seat to focus on career education, mentorship
David Salinas grew up in a farm-working family in Jefferson and decided to run for school board after serving on the district's boundary review task force. If elected, he'd be the board's first Latino member.
STATE GOVERNMENT Mar. 22
Oregon Public Defense Services demands reform to "unconstitutional" model
Oregon is the only state contracting out all of its trial-level services. State officials say that system goes against the spirit of justice and tempts lawyers into taking on too many cases in an attempt to make a decent living.
LOCAL SCHOOLS Mar. 21
Groundbreaking at North kicks off $70 million campus renovation to add new classrooms
Salem's oldest high school is the first in the district to undergo renovations as part of a $620 million voter-approved construction package spread over the next five years.
WATCHDOG Mar. 21
Legislature's HR director retires, gets work-at-home deal worth $12,000 a month
A state investigation found that Lore Christopher, the Oregon Legislature director of human resources, didn't fully act on harassment complaints that have embroiled the Capitol and cost taxpayers more than $1 million. An investigation by the Oregon Capital Bureau established she struck a retirement deal last fall, and will be paid for several months to work from home.
STATE GOVERNMENT Mar. 21
BREAKING: DHS data breach exposes health information could impact at least 350,000 people
The breach occurred in early January, though the department did not alert the public until Thursday.
OREGON LEGISLATURE Mar. 21
Plan to pack duplexes, town houses into neighborhoods faces opposition from Oregon cities
One plan to address the need for more homes in Oregon was to allow varied housing in areas usually reserved for single homes. The plan remains alive in the Legislature, but more cities are being excused from participating.
SALEM GOVERNMENT Mar. 20
Salem lawyer threatens lawsuit claiming stormwater, streetlight fees unconstitutional
James Vick, of Glantz Law Group, wrote to Salem on Feb. 26 saying its fees violate the Oregon Constitution. City Manager Steve Powers said recently the fees were thoroughly researched to be within the law.
YOUR GOVERNMENT, YOUR BUSINESS Mar. 20
AGENDA: Chemeketa board to consider contract for new president
The Chemeketa Community College board meets 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 20.
STATE GOVERNMENT Mar. 20
Tobacco tax would limit significant sales from Washingtonians, state economist says
With a much lower tax, Oregon experiences a high number of tobacco sales from out-of-state smokers looking to save on cigarettes.
MEASLES Mar. 19
Second measles case confirmed in unvaccinated Marion County resident
Both cases are in unvaccinated people and are linked to an out-of-state traveler contagious with the disease who traveled to the Salem area in late February.
COMMUNITY COLLEGE Mar. 19
Following tuition increase, Chemeketa looks to layoffs to balance 2019-20 budget
Facing a $5 million budget gap for the coming year, Chemeketa Community College is planning to cut 33 positions, including laying off seven employees.
YOUR GOVERNMENT, YOUR BUSINESS Mar. 19
AGENDA: Polk County Commission to consider community mediation funding
The Polk County Commission meets 9 a.m. Wednesday, March 20.
STATE GOVERNMENT Mar. 19
Oregon winemakers push bills to clamp down on out-of-state competition
New legislation would make it harder for a wine bottle to claim origin from an Oregon wine region, and give the state greater power to punish wineries for mislabeling. The proposals stem from a spat with a Napa Valley winery, but some businesses in southern Oregon also have concerns.
OREGON LEGISLATURE Mar. 19
Oregon may make new move to limit money going to candidates
A potential amendment to the Oregon Constitution would make campaign funding limits the law - long after voters said they wanted to control political cash.

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