OREGON LEGISLATURE May 31
DOME DIGEST: Holocaust education, ranch tourism, olive oil production among bills passed this week
Here's a look at legislative proposals heading to Gov. Kate Brown for her signature.
CLASS OF 2019 May 31
Aspiring engineer Beatriz Perez graduating from Teen Parent Program
Beatriz Perez dropped out of high school after having her son Aiden at 15. When she came back, she discovered a love of robotics and technology which she's pursued through Salem-Keizer's drone program.
STATE GOVERNMENT May 31
Gov. Brown proposes new plan to withhold kicker money
About a third of the kicker would be diverted to pay down PERS and help with rural homelessness. Only high wage earners would see their kicker dipped into.
COUNTY GOVERNMENT May 30
Marion County sheriff's deputy arrested for alleged witness tampering
An investigation into her behavior has been underway since December.
STATE GOVERNMENT May 30
PERS reform passes after Speaker whips last-minute votes
After an initial vote, Speaker Tina Kotek was two votes shy of passing her bill. But some late politicking got the job done.
LOCAL BUSINESS May 30
Downtown Salem businesses flock to publicly funded grants for security fences, cameras
A new city of Salem grant wades into the sometimes-contentious relationship between downtown businesses and the area’s growing homeless population. Five businesses have already received $98,000 for fences, cameras and lights.
OREGON GOVERNMENT May 30
New state librarian finding her way through stacks, Oregon government
Oregon has had a state librarian for more than a century. Now, Jennifer Patterson is latest to step into the role in Salem as modernization looms.
CLASS OF 2019 May 30
After nearly dropping out, West Salem grad earns full ride to WOU
Eddie Perez has always been smart, but by high school he was bored in class and regularly skipped. Some tough love from his immigrant parents got him back on track to graduate, earn a barber license and study nursing.
STATE GOVERNMENT May 29
Sen. Jackie Winters dies amid lung cancer battle
Winters has been absent from the Capitol for more than a month.
SALEM GOVERNMENT May 29
Union Gospel Mission, micro-apartments eyed for $750,000 city grants
Helping build downtown apartments and add services for homeless would meet city goals, city officials say.
CLASS OF 2019 May 29
South Salem grad will spend summer studying cancer drug delivery before heading to Yale
High school senior Megha Joshi is heading into her third summer working in an OHSU lab alongside graduate students and professors.
YOUR GOVERNMENT, YOUR BUSINESS May 28
AGENDA: Polk County Commission to approve contracts
The Polk County Commission meets 9 a.m. Wednesday, May 29.
BREAKING NEWS May 28
KARISSA FRETWELL: Cell records trace Gaston man to Salem on night mother, son disappeared
Days before he was arrested in Portland, Michael Wolfe, of Gaston, told detectives he hadn’t seen Karissa Fretwell or their son William in a month, and he hadn’t been to Salem in a year. Detectives used cell phone records and security footage to arrest him for murder.
BREAKING NEWS May 28
KARISSA FRETWELL: Cell records show Fretwell, Wolfe phones both in Gaston area
A three-page affidavit filed in Yamhill County Court on Tuesday show family members went to Karissa Fretwell's Salem apartment on May 17, finding the door unlocked, the television on and several necessities left behind.
CLASS OF 2019 May 28
Blanchet grad heading to selective Florence Academy of Art hopes to make career of oil painting
Sam Hoskins has been passionate about art for as long as he can remember. This fall, the Blanchet Catholic School senior will head to Florence, Italy to continue his studies.
OREGON LEGISLATURE May 28
Adi's Act goes into the books, focusing on preventing youth deaths
'High risk' students in Oregon expected to get more attention under legislation approved and heading for the governor's signature.
BREAKING NEWS May 27
UPDATE: Friends plan Monday evening vigil for Karissa Fretwell and her son, still missing
UPDATE: Sandwich deliveries led to relationship and a child, friends say. The father worried that the affair would ruin his marriage, they say. A vigil for Karissa Fretwell and her son Billy is scheduled for 6 p.m. Monday at Maud Williamson State Recreation Site.
CLASS OF 2019 May 27
McKay senior graduating on time despite starting senior year with half the credits needed
KJ Kovac missed nearly a year of high school after both his parents died of heart attacks. This fall, he took 11 classes to get back on track and is now heading to college at Chemeketa.