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Mar 25 2019 thru Mar 31 2019

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STATE GOVERNMENT March 30
State manager on leave from $110,000 job earlier resisted conclusion in infant's death
State officials aren't explaining why a child welfare manager in the Dallas office of the state Department of Human Services is on paid leave. Records show the manager earlier wanted to "throat punch" another state executive who questioned her decisions following an infant's suffocation.
STATE GOVERNMENT March 29
Bev Clarno picked for Secretary of State
The Redmond Republican and former lawmaker was appointed by Gov. Kate Brown to serve the remainder of Dennis Richardson's term.
STATE GOVERNMENT March 29
Oregon lawmakers go into second half of session with a full plate
Controversial issues have yet to test the limits of large Democratic majorities in the House and Senate
POLK COUNTY March 28
Investigated child welfare workers had sex near juvenile, lawyer says
A tort claim filed last week by a Salem attorney says the child was taken to a Dallas hotel under state supervision. State records show two employees were placed on paid leave eight days later.
NONPROFITS March 28
Union Gospel Mission's extra winter beds go away Monday
The nonprofit's 150-bed Men's Mission adds 48 extra beds from Oct. 1 through March 31. Staff said they have been working in recent weeks to find other places for the men to stay.
STATE GOVERNMENT March 28
Oregon OxyContin lawsuit remains on track amid massive settlement
Oregon is one of several states suing Purdue Pharma for alleged misleading marketing tactics leading to the opioid epidemic.
SCHOOL BOARD March 28
Marty Heyen seeks re-election to school board to represent parents in northeast Salem
Heyen said she'd use a second term to advocate for growing the district’s career and technical education programs, increasing graduation rates and addressing bullying in schools.
OREGON LEGISLATURE March 28
A long-ago execution and a modern apology from Oregon
A state senator surprises Klamath Tribes with move to "regret" the military execution of four Modoc Indians after a long standoff - more than a century ago.
SALEM GOVERNMENT March 27
Construction costs rise another $4 million at Salem police headquarters
The city of Salem will soon hire the project's subcontractors, like plumbers, carpenters and electricians. Rising wages have the city looking for more money and urban renewal dollars are expected to be tapped again.
OREGON LEGISLATURE March 27
West Coast needs to move together on time change, legislators decide
The idea of Oregon moving to daylight saving time and staying there remains alive at the Legislature, but key political hurdles remain.
STATE GOVERNMENT March 26
Public defense services pitches legislature on new, state-run model
The proposed transition would cost about $40 million more per year.
SCHOOL BOARD March 26
Fresh out of high school, Raul Marquez wants to be a Latino voice on Salem-Keizer school board
Last year, Raul Marquez was student body president at McKay High School, served on the United Way board and interned at the state legislature. Now, he wants to represent northeast Salem's students and families.
STATE GOVERNMENT March 26
New BOLI commissioner asks for more funding to protect Oregonians' civil rights
Commissioner Val Hoyle is seeking an extra $1.7 million to fund six new positions in the investigatory agency.
STATE GOVERNMENT March 26
Second version of carbon cap bill gives nod to rural Oregonians, pulls coveted exemptions from industry
Oregon’s cap and trade policy would strictly regulate polluters and transform Oregon’s economy. The proposal’s architects say the new version will be a cleaner, more effective bill.
POLK COUNTY March 25
State investigated workers at Polk County child welfare for child abuse
Records show a supervisor and a paralegal were investigated for first-degree official misconduct, endangering the welfare of a minor and private indecency. This month, the state chose not to prosecute. The workers remain on paid leave.
LOCAL SCHOOLS March 25
Lee Elementary principal Don Hakala resigns
After a decade in Salem schools, Don Hakala is taking medical leave while working one day a week for the district, then resigning at the end of the year, district officials said.
SALEM BUSINESS March 25
New apartments, creative agencies could be sign of downtown Salem's future
Entrepreneurs and developers are paying closer attention to downtown Salem, just as the city is investing more public money into the area. "We're open for business," one city official said.
COMMENTARY March 25
Here's the story behind the story on an Oregon legislative executive
Documents and interviews gathered over weeks were the backbone of the watchdog story published last week concerning the Oregon Legislature's retiring human resources director. This is how the story was developed.

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