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Apr 8 2019 thru Apr 14 2019

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OREGON LEGISLATURE Apr. 13
Oregon workers could get more leave, and paid, under proposed legislation
A new leave proposal would create a kind of savings account for workers to draw on to be paid while on leave. Businesses would contribute as well, a new cost that troubles some owners.
HOMELESSNESS Apr. 12
Salem Housing Authority to open 35-unit, "housing first" complex by fall
Redwood Crossings will give tenants, who make at most $13,700 a year, in-house access to social services, laundry and a community kitchen.
SALEM ARTS Apr. 12
“Music for people who are into music”: 105.5 The Moon brings quirky sound to Salem airwaves
With charismatic DJs, clever introductions and no ads, The Moon is the brainchild of Sean Mulrooney, who's spent the past year running the Salem owned-and-operated station.
OREGON LEGISLATURE Apr. 12
Governor want to tap state funds to spare Oregon schools from retirement costs
With the bill for public employee retirements going up, Oregon school districts worry they will have to cut education to cover the cost. Gov. Kate Brown is proposing a way to have the state step in to pay some of that bill.
STATE GOVERNMENT Apr. 11
Billion-dollar business tax proposed for Oregon but small firms exempted
The proposal will tax businesses just under one-half of 1% of their gross receipts over $1 million while cutting Oregonians' income tax rates by one-quarter of a percent for all but the top bracket. Sales of groceries, gasoline and diesel would not be taxed under the proposal.
MARION COUNTY GOVERNMENT Apr. 11
Marion County cultural audit underway
Marion County leaders announced the audit in early October in the wake of public accusations of sexual harassment within county ranks. The firm Clarity Scientific will survey, interview and hold focus groups with county workers and finish the audit by the end of summer.
BREAKING THE SILENCE Apr. 11
At Youth ERA, Salem teens find peers to talk about mental health, suicide
Youth ERA takes a proactive approach to youth suicide prevention, giving young people a positive space to build friendships and connect with young adult staff who can help them with depression, thoughts of suicide and other challenges.
STATE GOVERNMENT Apr. 11
Nicotine taxing bills face opposition from vaping and tobacco retailers
The package of five bills received public testimony this week, with medical professionals speaking in favor of the tax increases and business owners condemning them.
STATE GOVERNMENT Apr. 10
From state to local: how government puts lobbyists to work
Special interest groups aren't the only ones spending to sway Oregon lawmakers. Government bodies, from large state agencies to small cities or associations, also spend big money in the Capitol.
LOCAL LIBRARIES Apr. 10
Forgot to renew your books? Salem-area libraries will now do it for you
As of April 8, Salem Public Library will automatically renew checked out items that are eligible. The change applies to nearly every library within the Chemeketa regional system, which includes libraries in Salem, Dallas, Woodburn and Chemeketa Community College.
STATE GOVERNMENT Apr. 9
Popular vote bill passes Senate, but not before discussion was derailed by Linthicum
Amid talk about voter disenfranchisement, the Klamath Falls Republican said the three-fifths compromise was actually intended to limit the power of slave states.
SALEM GOVERNMENT Apr. 9
Salem Housing Authority administrator on medical leave
Salem Housing Authority Administrator Andy Wilch has been on leave since Feb. 13 due to undisclosed medical issues. The housing authority has also been moved under the Urban Development Department.
YOUR GOVERNMENT, YOUR BUSINESS Apr. 9
AGENDA: Marion County Commissioners to consider two new appointments, lease amendment
The Marion County Board of Commissioners meets 9 a.m. Wednesday, April 10 at Courthouse Square, 555 Court St. N.E., Salem
STATE GOVERNMENT Apr. 9
Nike lobbyist and PPS official who disputed state audit now aids Secretary of State Clarno
Julia Brim-Edwards could face conflicts of interest in new volunteer advisory role.
YOUR GOVERNMENT, YOUR BUSINESS Apr. 9
AGENDA: Salem-Keizer School Board considers buying county park to expand Auburn Elementary
The Salem-Keizer School Board meets 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 9 at the district's Support Services Center, 2575 Commercial Street SE.
WEATHER Apr. 9
Salem gets a break from rain Tuesday, but more coming
The Willamette River continues to rise but the National Weather Service forecasts that it will peak below flood stage in Salem.
MARION COUNTY JAIL Apr. 8
Police: Salem man dead from apparent suicide at Marion County Jail
Deputies performed CPR before taking the inmate to Salem Hospital. The death comes as both suicide and inmate deaths have become focal points statewide.
OREGON GOVERNMENT Apr. 8
Business group takes aim at PERS benefits, with Kulongoski's help
A business-backed group wants to put a measure before voters next year that would adjust how public employees get their retirement benefits. The move wouldn't touch current retirees -- and wouldn't solve a $26 billion shortfall.
WEATHER Apr. 8
Rising waters close three Salem parks
Wallace Marine Park, Minto-Brown Island Park and West Salem Park will close Monday as water rises due to ongoing rainfall. Sandbag stations will be set up.
HOMELESSNESS Apr. 8
Report: Region spent $100 million last year on services tied to homelessness
An upcoming update on the Mid-Willamette Valley Homeless Initiative included a catalog of money spent on programs that impact the region's homeless -- everything from housing assistance or specific behavioral health initiatives. Local leaders say the report will help spend the money better.
SPECIAL REPORT: Breaking the Silence Apr. 8
BREAKING THE SILENCE: Improvements sought in suicide prevention in Oregon schools
Adi's Act, named for a Portland teen who died by suicide, would require school districts to have prevention plans. Legislators are considering other laws focusing on prevention and services.

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