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May 6 2019 thru May 12 2019

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STATE GOVERNMENT May 10
For Oregon Senate, it's time out as Republicans stay in hiding
The GOP walkout stretched into day four, with no end in sight
SALEM PARKS May 10
After overhauling ravine, Mission Street Parks Conservancy has ambitious plans for Salem parks
A longtime group of volunteer gardeners in Bush's Pasture Park has formed a new nonprofit organization that wants to do more to take care of the park's historic trees, roses and other plants.
OREGON LEGISLATURE May 10
Bill allowing driver's licenses for Oregonians without proof of legal residency slow to move in House
Undocumented immigrants and others who can’t prove they are in the country legally could get a driver’s license under a proposal in the state House. But the legislature is running out of time to act on the bill.
PARKS May 10
Need to cool off this weekend? Salem splash fountains open early
City splash fountains in Riverfront Park and River Road Park will open for the season Saturday due to "unseasonably warm weather."
LOCAL SCHOOLS May 9
West Salem student newspaper class cut for 2019-20 school year
The Titan Spectator is losing a dedicated class period at West Salem High School because of teacher cuts due to reduced enrollment. The paper will be able to continue as an after-school club.
LOCAL POLITICS May 9
Seeking Latino representation, Oregon farmworker union throws muscle into Salem-Keizer school board races
Two years ago, PCUN organizers knocked on doors to try to get Latinos engaged in Salem-Keizer school board races. Now, the group's leaders are taking what they learned and spending thousands to try to elect the district's first Latino board members.
TRANSPORTATION May 9
Cherriots gets four new directors
Say goodbye to campaigns to serve on the Cherriots board.
EDUCATION May 8
Thousands of teachers, educators march on Oregon Capitol to demand funding
One llama, a handful of dogs and about 2,000 educators from Salem, Eugene and the Mid-Willamette Valley shut down traffic in downtown Salem as they urged legislators to approve the Student Success Act.
SALEM POLICE May 8
Ex-Salem cop who fled charges in Oregon arrested in Florida
U.S. Marshals arrested Seth Thayres outside a hotel in Clearwater, Florida on Tuesday. A Salem police officer until February, Thayres last month fled criminal charges in Multnomah County.
CRIME May 7
Two in custody following Monday night fatal shootings
Keonte Caldwell, 23, and Curtis Welch, 26, were taken into custody near Roseburg, the Marion County Sheriff's Office said Tuesday.
LOCAL SCHOOLS May 7
McKay engineering team planning for June trip to MIT
Eleven McKay engineering students and their teacher, Katrina Hull, are working overtime to finish a design for a cup to help people who have trouble swallowing.
EDUCATION May 7
Oregon teachers want to make strong showing Wednesday in midst of legislature's tax battle
Salem schools will let out early Wednesday for a planned 1:30 rally at Riverfront Park, with later action at the Capitol. It's part of a statewide teacher walkout to protest school funding.
STATE GOVERNMENT May 7
Wanted: Republican senators. Notify Oregon Senate if found
Senate Republicans absconded from the Capitol Tuesday to deny Democrats action the Student Success Act, which would impose a new business tax to raise money for schools. The political theatrics took place as teachers plan a major protest Wednesday.
YOUR GOVERNMENT, YOUR BUSINESS May 7
AGENDA: Marion County Commissioners to discuss salary raises for elected officials
The Marion County Commission meets 9 a.m. Wednesday, May 8 at Courthouse Square, 555 Court Street N.E., Salem.
STATE GOVERNMENT May 6
Contentious vaccine bill passes House, heads to Senate
Despite a persistent, vocal opposition, the bill passed easily after lengthy debate.
SCHOOL BOARD May 6
AGENDA: Salem-Keizer budget committee to take input on proposed 2019-20 budget
The Salem-Keizer school board and budget committee meet 6 p.m. Tuesday, May 7 at the district's Support Services Center, 2575 Commercial Street S.E.
YOUR NEWS TEAM May 6
Salem Reporter growing team of local journalists
We're hiring! Salem Reporter is adding a fourth Salem-based reporter to join our crew.
SCHOOL BOARD May 6
Ballots are out for Salem-Keizer school board. Here's who's running.
Need help with your school board ballot? We've got a quick guide to the candidates and our prior coverage.

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