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MARION COUNTY JAIL April 26
Marion and Linn counties investigating suicides at each other's jails
With both suicide investigations underway, some question whether the relationship can lead to an evenhanded investigation. Marion County Sheriff Jason Myers said he had the “utmost confidence that investigators… will conduct thorough and impartial investigations.”
STATE GOVERNMENT April 26
Plastic bag, foam take-out container bans pass House
The bills are further evidence that single-use plastics could become a thing of the past in Oregon.
STATE GOVERNMENT April 25
Measure 11 reform bill to bring about the release of Kip Kinkel? Legislative lawyers say no
A bill to reform how juveniles charged with violent crimes are treated has prompted rumors that it would be retroactive, freeing some of the state's most infamous criminals. The bills drafters say that's incorrect.
LOCAL SCHOOLS April 25
Hundreds of families denied school transfers following Salem-Keizer boundary shifts
Nearly 700 students across the district asked to transfer to a non-neighborhood school for the 2019-20 school year because of boundary changes, often to move younger siblings with older ones. Most have been denied.
STATE GOVERNMENT April 24
Tension increases as vaccine bill passes another hurdle
The bill to end nonmedical exemptions to vaccines has become one of the most controversial in recent memory, and brought the session's most vocal opposition.
HEALTH April 24
Patients caught in the middle as Regence, Salem Health dispute rate increase
More than 23,000 Salem-area residents who are insured through Regence face potential premium increases if a deal is reached with Salem Health, or paying more out-of-pocket for care at Salem Health if no deal is struck by July.
LOCAL SCHOOLS April 23
Salem-Keizer will shift staff to transportation, special education under proposed $1.19 billion budget
Oregon’s second-largest school district isn’t planning for cuts or facing a budget shortfall, a departure from more austere budget plans announced in Portland and Beaverton this week.
STATE GOVERNMENT April 23
Rosenblum gets early win in first try as lead in a lawsuit against Trump
Rosenblum is suing over a change to Title X would stop health clinics receiving federal funds from discussing abortion and force them to physically partition any abortion services from the rest of the building. The judge said it would worsen reproductive health care throughout the country.
YOUR GOVERNMENT, YOUR BUSINESS April 23
AGENDA: Marion County to consider renewing contract for behavioral health workers
The Marion County Commission meets 9 a.m. Wednesday, April 24
SALEM GOVERNMENT April 23
Salem library review to return to Salem City Council this summer
Salem City Council on Monday directed library staff to continue only removing adult non-fiction titles that are in poor condition, retaining the rest, until at least June. Library staff will start work on a new report in May showing how the staff decide to keep, mend or discard books.
LOCAL SCHOOLS April 23
McKay would get more space for arts, science, career education under new design
Principal Rob Schoepper worked with staff and architects on a design to address needs at Salem-Keizer's most overcrowded high school, adding $6 million to a planned renovation of the campus scheduled to begin next summer.
YOUR GOVERNMENT, YOUR BUSINESS April 23
AGENDA: Polk County to review resolutions, mental health contract
The Polk County Commission meets 9 a.m. Wednesday, April 24.
OREGON LEGISLATURE April 23
Law changes seen as tool to boost affordable housing across Oregon
From farmland to mobile home parks, legislators are looking for ways to preserve and expand affordable housing. Finding millions to do so remains a challenge at the Oregon Legislature.
STATE GOVERNMENT April 22
Youth come out to support cap and trade on Earth Day
Several Oregon youth came to the Capitol on Monday to present Gov. Kate Brown with their petition supporting carbon pricing.
SALEM GOVERNMENT April 22
Days after budget cuts proposed, Salem records fight could cost $120,000
The city of Salem's final bill for fighting release of arrest records is not yet clear, as attorneys continue to argue over the fees and what records to disclose, according to court records.

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