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Jun 17 2019 thru Jun 23 2019

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BREAKING NEWS June 21
'Credible threat' cited as Senate cancels Saturday session, advises staff to stay away
Senate President Peter Courtney, acting on advice from the Oregon State Police, urged senators and their employees to stay away from the Capitol on Saturday. A planned rally to support missing Republican senators was scheduled at the building on Saturday.
SALEM AREA EVENTS June 21
PHOTOS: Make Music Day Salem
Musicians played outside at numerous locations around the city during the summer solstice on Friday. Make Music Day originated in France in the 1980’s.
SALEM AREA EVENTS June 21
TO DO: Take in some tunes, see a parade, watch a soccer match
Celebrate the longest day of the year, Friday, with music all around Salem. While you're at it, check out some other ways to round out your weekend.
OREGON LEGISLATURE June 20
State police communicating with missing Oregon senators as Democrats balk at any new deal
Republicans disappear, Democrats dig in, State Police get polite and the next steps for the Oregon Legislature are unclear. Gov. Kate Brown appears in no mood to deal as she did last month to end a similar walkout by Senate Republicans.
SALEM AREA EVENTS June 20
Mill City holds historic bridge photo contest
Winners will be announced during a centennial celebration in September.
SALEM AREA EVENTS June 20
Three Dog Night performs in Salem Friday
The band has been rocking audiences with hits like "One" and "Mama Told Me Not to Come" for nearly five decades.
OREGON LEGISLATURE June 20
That cigarette pack could cost more under House-backed tax plan
Oregon would tax e-cigarettes and boost the cost of other cigarettes under a plan approved by the House. The tax hike has to clear the Senate - and then face voters.
HEALTH CARE June 20
Salem Health, Regence reach contract agreement
Salem Health hospitals, clinics and providers will be in-network for the roughly 23,000 Salem-area people insured through Regence.
OREGON LEGISLATURE June 20
Governor puts Oregon State Police on trail of missing senators
In an escalation not seen in years, state troopers are being tasked with finding missing Republican senators and returning them to the Oregon's Capitol. The senators say, however, that they are out of state and beyond reach.
OREGON LEGISLATURE June 20
Republican senators disappear from Capitol after negotiations over cap-and-trade flop
Political drama took center stage at the Capitol Thursday as Republican senators disappeared. They said they were out of state, beyond the reach of Oregon State Police and a forced return to work. Next steps Thursday weren't immediately clear.
SALEM AREA EVENTS June 20
TO DO: Take in some tunes, see a parade, watch soccer
Celebrate the longest day of the year, Friday, with music all around Salem. While you're at it, check out some other ways to round out your weekend.
STATE GOVERNMENT June 19
With mere days left, Senate Republicans and Democrats are in a standoff over carbon pricing legislation
Republicans are threatening to walkout and deny the Senate a quorum. Gov. Kate Brown says she'll have the police go get them and call a special session to get the legislation passed.
COMMUNITY COLLEGE June 19
PHOTOS: 700 graduate from Chemeketa Community College
The Chemeketa Class of 2019 includes winemakers, veterans, formerly homeless students and dozens who are the first in their family to graduate college.
SALEM GOVERNMENT June 19
Salem Housing Authority head to retire after months on paid leave
Andy Wilch has been on paid leave for undisclosed medical reasons since February. His last day is Sept. 30, the city of Salem said Wednesday.
OREGON PRISONS June 19
Ten books you can't read in Oregon prisons
Wild mushroom foraging guides, a Fight Club graphic novel and a guide to transgender health are among more than 1,600 books banned in Oregon prisons.
MARION COUNTY GOVERNMENT June 19
Retiring Sheriff Myers reflects on changes, challenges to law enforcement
Jason Myers steps down as Marion County Sheriff this month, ending a nearly decade-long tenure that coincided with rising national scrutiny of police and changing practices around addiction and behavioral health.
STATE GOVERNMENT June 19
PHOTOS: Log truck drivers take to Capitol in protest of HB 2020
Truckers gathered en masse to show disapproval of cap and trade legislation, poised to raise fuel prices in a broad effort to curb greenhouse gas emissions. The proposal goes before the Senate on Thursday.
OREGON GOVERNMENT June 19
Nine state employees clicked on email and now 645,000 Oregonians could be vulnerable
The state Department of Human Services disclosed Tuesday that a "phishing" effort in January exposed personal information of more than half a million Oregonians. Now, the state is their credit protector.
SALEM COMMUNITY June 18
Here's where kids can get free summer meals in Salem
From 11:30 to noon all summer, lunch is free for kids 18 and under at about a dozen local schools and community centers.
SALEM AREA EVENTS June 18
Family-friendly event focuses on Salem Public Works' duties
Kids will get to play on heavy equipment and in a bouncy house during the free event.
OREGON PRISONS June 18
Oregon prisons ban dozens of technology and programming books over security concerns
Introductory books on Windows 10, blockchain technology and iOS development are among more than 1,600 titles inmates can't receive in the mail.
OREGON LEGISLATURE June 18
Oregon House passes bill allowing driver's licenses for undocumented immigrants
Without an avenue to get a driver’s license, many undocumented immigrants can’t legally get to work or to doctor’s appointments, Democratic Rep. Teresa Alonso Leon said.
STATE GOVERNMENT June 18
Senate Republicans threaten second walkout
This time, they are considering denying the Senate a quorum to kill a proposed cap and trade program that would be up for a vote Thursday.
SALEM AREA EVENTS June 18
Camp Mighty Oaks helps families deal with loss
A daylong camp next month aims to give families with children the tools to cope with grief after the death of a loved one.
People and Places of Salem June 18
They dug into closets and drawers to find garb for Tie-Dye Dance Party
Salem's Center 50+ hosted a flash back to the 1970s with a tie-dye party with dancing and music from the era.
STATE GOVERNMENT June 17
Cap and trade withstands a lengthy floor debate to pass the House
The massive environmental policy would heavily regulate carbon emissions.
OREGON KIDS June 17
Child poverty falling in Oregon, but educational outcomes still lag
Despite improvements in the past decade, Oregon's low graduation rate puts the state among the bottom 10 nationally for kids' educational wellbeing, according to a new report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation.
SALEM WATER June 17
City says water is still safe to drink
City officials said they felt the need to respond to online rumors of unsafe drinking water after getting numerous comments and messages on social media.
CRIME June 17
KARISSA FRETWELL: Bodies found in area where suspect Michael Wolfe often recreated, district attorney says
Detectives solved some of the remaining mysteries around the disappearance of 25-year-old Karissa Fretwell and her 3-year-old son William by finding their bodies over the weekend. Still, many questions remain.
OREGON LEGISLATURE June 17
Lawmakers try to keep manufactured homes in the neighborhood
Oregon legislation to protect affordable mobile homes and other housing faces uphill struggle for funding and approval.

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