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LOCAL NONPROFITS May 3
As Willamette Heritage Center curator, Kylie Pine finds treasures in local history
Kylie Pine grew up in south Salem and developed an interest in local history after hearing her great-grandmother's stories of sneaking out during the Roaring Twenties and living through the Great Depression. Now, she's recognized as one of the top local curators in Oregon.
LOCAL BUSINESS May 3
Effort to return commercial flights to Salem provides update, asks for more money
Business owners in Salem who hope to bring commercial flights back to the city say they raised $608,000 of their $1 million goal, and gave an update on efforts to woo an airliner.
OREGON LEGISLATURE May 3
For an elite Capitol audience, she reads - and reads and reads and reads
As a tactic, House Republicans are insisting that the entire text of legislation up for a vote be read aloud. There isn't much drama in reading changes to Oregon Revised Statutes, but an official reader gives the task her best effort.
HOUSING May 2
Salem staff reveal proposed code changes to spur multifamily construction
Bringing more triplexes, quadplexes and other smaller-scale multifamily projects could help Salem's housing shortage. Proposed changes to city code aim to make building them easier.
COMMUNITY COLLEGE May 2
Art Witkowski, Diane Watson face off in Chemeketa board race
It's been six years since a Chemeketa board race has had more than one candidate. Meet two Keizer residents and experienced educators who want a job overseeing one of Salem's largest employers.
HEALTH May 2
Oregon insurer sues Salem company over revenue losses, Medicare overcharges
Atrio Health Plans accuses Performance Health Technology in Salem of providing faulty patient data analysis and says that Optima, a Roseburg company, sold it defective software. The suit claims that as a result, Atrio lost nearly $29 million and, at the same time, overcharged the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services nearly $31 million.
SCHOOL BOARD May 2
In nonpartisan Salem-Keizer school board races, interest groups spend thousands
Groups including Oregon Right to Life and Progressive Salem have contributed to candidates for the May 21 election, when voters will decide on three school board seats.
OREGON LEGISLATURE May 2
City Club hosts inside look at Oregon Legislature from reporters
Salem Reporter's Aubrey Wieber, assigned to cover state government, will be part of a panel of reporters that will give an early read on the Oregon Legislature. The event on Friday is hosted by the Salem City Club
STATE GOVERNMENT May 1
Student Success Act passes House on party-line vote
The education reform and tax package, adding $1 billion per year in school funding, now goes to the Senate.
WATCHDOG May 1
Governor already named one foster child commission, but now pushes another as Oregon crisis mounts
A state commission meant to overhaul Oregon's foster care system didn't convene until a year after it was created. Then, it accomplished so little that its own members turned critical.
STATE GOVERNMENT April 30
Business community fractures over support of business tax
On Monday night, Oregon Business & Industry surprised lawmakers and stakeholders by moving from opposing a business tax plan to bolster education funding to being neutral. Here's how Speaker Tina Kotek got that to happen.
SALEM GOVERNMENT April 30
Salem Urban Renewal Agency acquires downtown land, Saffron Supply Co. property
As Union Gospel Mission works to raise funds to build a new, three-story facility, Salem's Urban Renewal Agency has acquired parcels downtown in the hopes of someday seeing a mixed-use project built.
STATE GOVERNMENT April 30
Democrats' tax proposals gaining steam
Under the proposals, lawmakers would tax businesses and tobacco to fund education and health care.
LOCAL SCHOOLS April 30
Mental health counselors first priority if Salem-Keizer gets extra schools funding
The education package Oregon legislators are considering would give Salem-Keizer schools about $34 million per year: nearly enough to hire one counselor and four teachers for every school in the district.
LEGISLATURE April 30
$2 billion education package moves forward in Oregon Legislature
A $1 billion-per-year tax plan to boost education cleared a major procedural hurdle in the Capitol Monday — and got a big political boost in the process.
STATE GOVERNMENT April 29
Federal judge sides with Oregon in imposing national injunction against Trump administration rule change
The proposed change would limit which reproductive health care clinics could receive federal funds through Title X
LOCAL SCHOOLS April 29
Salem-Keizer schools will let out early May 8 for statewide teacher walkout
Superintendent Christy Perry said the district's proximity to the capitol allowed them to keep school open for most of the day while allowing staff to attend the rally. Other districts in Oregon are closing all day.
YOUR GOVERNMENT, YOUR BUSINESS April 29
AGENDA: Salem-Keizer board and budget committee dive in to $1.19 billion in proposed spending
The Salem-Keizer school board and budget committee meet 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 30 at the district's Support Services Center, 2575 Commercial Street S.E.

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