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OREGON LEGISLATURE April 6
Should DAs defend record requests? Lawmakers tinker with complicated system
Supporters of a bill want to keep public record requesters out of court; opponents worry it puts district attorneys in a difficult legal spot.
LOCAL BUSINESS April 5
Group pushing for commercial air service at Salem Municipal Airport lands grant
A grant worth up to $500,000 from the Oregon Department of Aviation will help recruit an airliner and eventually market its services, the Salem Area Chamber of Commerce said Friday. The chamber said they plan to have "initial meetings" with airlines later this month.
LOCAL NONPROFITS April 5
Capitol Auto Group employees raise record $200,000 for United Way
United Way of the Mid-Willamette Valley is unusual among its peers. The group tackles its own projects, like opening a shelter for homeless teens, instead of just giving grants to other organizations.
AFFORDABLE HOUSING April 5
Center for Hope and Safety begins project to turn vacant Greyhound station into affordable apartments
Domestic violence is a leading cause of homelessness among women in Salem. The Center for Hope and Safety wants to change that with a new three-story apartment building.
STATE GOVERNMENT April 4
Backed by an ACLU report, bipartisan lawmakers push for district attorneys to publish policy guidelines
The bill would require each district attorney to outline policy on things like charging and plea deals.
STATE POLICE April 4
Former Oregon State trooper accused of stealing thousands from union
A retired Oregon State Police trooper was accused Tuesday of 25 counts of theft, identity theft, aggravated theft and official misconduct from stealing from his union, which is based in Salem. He is set to be arraigned Friday.
OREGON LEGISLATURE April 4
You're one step closer to never having to 'fall back' with clock changes
Voters won't have a say, but state senators by a big margin have approved changing Oregon's clocks to one year-round system. Now, the House considers the idea.
LOCAL SCHOOLS April 4
Two South Salem teams finalists in state workplace safety video competition
From hydrochloric acid spills to unsafe machinery, Salem teens urged their peers to recognize hazards on the job and speak up.
SALEM POLICE April 3
Updated: 2-year-old girl hospitalized with gunshot wound
Salem police say the 2-year-old girl shot Wednesday night remains in critical condition at Doernbecher Children's Hospital.
STATE GOVERNMENT April 3
Clarno takes ceremonial oath of office
Bev Clarno, Oregon's new Secretary of State, is transitioning into the new role. She said she wants to honor the late Dennis Richardson's approach to the job, but it's too early to detail a specific policy agenda.
CITY GOVERNMENT April 3
After summer of algal blooms, Salem enters spring with a plan, investments
Like the cherry blossoms at the Capitol Mall, algae may already be sprouting in the water. Blooms that can produce cyanotoxins could occur by the end of April. City staff say they are ready.
OREGON LEGISLATURE April 3
Governor, AG step up for gun controls in packed Capitol hearings
Hundreds showed up for legislative committee hearings in Salem Tuesday on proposals for gun storage and security and other gun issues.
YOUR GOVERNMENT, YOUR BUSINESS April 2
Marion County to consider contracts for travel promotion, spatial imagery for planning
The Marion County Commission meets 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 2 at the Gates Fire Hall, 140 East Sorbin Street, Gates.
STATE GOVERNMENT April 2
Bridge district bill runs into opposition
An hour-long public hearing at the House Rules Committee heard concerns of the bill impacts on communities and the environment. Several witnesses raised logistical over the bill's structure. Rep. Paul Evans, who sponsored the bill, said he will make some adjustments.
YOUR GOVERNMENT, YOUR BUSINESS April 2
AGENDA: Polk County Commission to consider rights of way, legalization of Black Rock Road
The Polk County Commission meets 9 a.m. Wednesday, April 3.
STATE GOVERNMENT April 1
Secretary of State executive staff asked to resign Monday morning
The move comes the morning after incoming Secretary of State Bev Clarno was sworn in.
COMMUNITY COLLEGE April 1
Jessica Howard is "all in" as Chemeketa's next president
Colleagues say Jessica Howard brought a high-energy dedication to her work building Portland Community College's southeast campus. She's eager to begin leading Chemeketa in July.
SALEM BUSINESS April 1
Taylor named advertising director for Salem Reporter
The locally-owned Salem Reporter has put Bruce Taylor in charge of online advertising sales. Taylor is publisher of the Salem Business Journal.
OREGON LEGISLATURE April 1
Oregon voters may get new chance to clamp down on money flowing to politicians
A 20-year-old Oregon court case has blunted campaign spending reform. Now, legislators think they have a way around the road block to limit how much money candidates can take.

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