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May 13 2019 thru May 19 2019

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LOCAL SCHOOLS May 18
McKay stages rollicking version of 'Clue' as performances continue
Taking the board game to the stage, Royal Scot actors offer audience a good time with an old favorite. Meet some of those responsible.
STATE GOVERNMENT May 17
Lawmakers grapple over extra revenue
Between general and lottery funds, state economists project that Oregon has $24.8 billion to spend over the next two years. That's up about $770 million from the previous forecast.
STATE GOVERNMENT May 17
Cap and trade takes significant step toward reality
A landmark carbon pricing proposal moved out of committee on a party-line vote Friday after months of hearings and amendments.
STATE GOVERNMENT May 17
A fight over information and rights
A proposal to end non-medical exemptions for vaccines, and an unprecedented opposition, make an unlikely mark on the 2019 legislative session.
SALEM GOVERNMENT May 17
Salem councilors favoring new revenue for climate action plan
A majority of councilors appear ready to find money in a tight budget to push ahead on climate work in Salem.
LOCAL SCHOOLS May 17
Keizer civic pride on display at McNary groundbreaking ceremony
Keizer and school district leaders kicked off a $53 million project to renovate the city's high school, which will add more classrooms, space for a construction program and a music recording studio to the campus.
COLUMN May 17
COLUMN: Pursuing the truth, for better or worse
Alexandria Tereshka's story was heartbreaking from the outset. As reporting uncovered more and more wrenching layers, publishing the article only became harder.
CRIME May 17
Sheriff's office looking for stranger who offered child ride home from school
The child could only describe the suspect as a male. The vehicle involved is a black or dark-colored, two-door car with a red sticker on the hood.
LOCAL SCHOOLS May 16
As other Oregon districts face budget cuts, Salem-Keizer will add counseling and behavior staff
Salem-Keizer schools are heading into next year with $7 million more in state funding than expected, giving district leaders a chance to fill some gaps.
OREGON GOVERNMENT May 16
Engineers renew alarm over Oregon's crumbling bridges, water lines and more
Civil engineers evaluated Oregon's infrastructure and didn't like what they saw. In the first report of its kind since 2010, engineers put the state on notice that action is needed now to repair and rebuild.
BREAKING NEWS May 15
State appeals decision in Francke murder, wants Gable held in prison
The Oregon Department of Justice on Wednesday announced its intention to appeal a federal judge's decision that Frank Gable be retried or freed in connection with the 1989 murder of Michael Francke, director of the Oregon Department of Corrections.
LOCAL NONPROFITS May 15
IKE Box leaders outline $1.5 million campaign to move historic building down the street
Directors Tiffany and Mark Bulgin, who run the coffee shop and the youth-serving nonprofit it provides for are hoping for thousands of supporters to pitch in to save a historic building and the community that's grown around it.
OREGON GOVERNMENT May 15
Oregonians will see largest "kicker" tax rebate in state history in 2020
Oregon has collected far more money over the past two years than was expected, paving the way for a record $1.4 billion rebate. An average taxpayer would get about $338 back.
CRIME May 15
Updated: Suspect in police shooting arrested, officer released from hospital
SWAT vehicles and several Salem Police Department cruisers cordoned off sections of Broadway Street Northeast, where officers negotiated the suspect's "peaceful" surrender Wednesday morning.
SPECIAL REPORT May 15
Rebellious and tormented, she was a 'heartbreaking' challenge for Oregon's strained system
Time after time, Alexandria Tereshka turned to public services for help with her mental health and addiction issues. She made one more appointment. She never made it.
BREAKING NEWS May 14
Salem officer shot, gunman eludes police, Highland school closes
UPDATED: Salem police are searching for a suspect who shot at an officer following a traffic stop in the Highland area.
STATE GOVERNMENT May 14
Lawmakers move forward on PERS reform
Under a new proposal from Republicans and Democrats in the Legislature, employees that make $30,000 a year or more could expect to see the benefits they were going to get reduced.
HEALTH May 14
Oregon will see individual health insurance rates rise about 3% in 2020
After several years of double-digit increases, Oregon's individual health market is looking more stable in 2020.
STATE GOVERNMENT May 13
Tough choices, closed door deals result in Senate returning to business
Personal diplomacy over the weekend, out of public view, allowed Democrats and Republicans to end legislative stalemate.
COUNTY GOVERNMENT May 13
Covanta officials say trash incinerator could close if energy certificate bill fails
Marion County and Covanta have worked extensively behind the scenes to see that Senate Bill 451 makes it through the 2019 Legislature. Both have recently hired lobbyists to press the case.
OREGON LEGISLATURE May 13
Done deal - Oregon schools to get millions in new money
In a day of political drama, the Oregon Senate on Monday gathered with its Republican members as the Democratic majority drove the Student Success Act across the finish line. This means more money for schools, more taxes for business, and bruised political feelings in the Capitol.
YOUR GOVERNMENT, YOUR BUSINESS May 13
AGENDA: Salem-Keizer board to consider supplemental budget, Asian Pacific Heritage proclamation
The Salem-Keizer School Board meets 5:15 p.m. Tuesday, May 14 at the district's Support Services Center, 2575 Commercial St. S.E.
STATE GOVERNMENT May 13
Senate Democrats kill vaccine and gun bills to get Republicans back to work
A week-long walkout by Senate Republicans proved fruitful as they got significant concessions from Democrats.

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