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SALEM SPORTS August 10
Sprague Little League team wins regional title, headed to World Series
The major all-star Little League out of the Sprague area took on defending regional champion Idaho on Saturday, winning the game and winning a chance at the World Series title.
SALEM AREA EVENTS August 10
Holocaust survivor to speak at Willamette University
Jona Laks will talk about her experience surviving experimentation at Auschwitz.
STATE GOVERNMENT August 9
Sorrow, frustration for Oregon's Latinx community in wake of El Paso shooting
Latinx advocates, politicians and community members in Oregon have grappled with hard questions and realities since Saturday, when a shooter targeting "Mexicans" killed 22 at a Walmart in south Texas.
PUBLIC SAFETY August 9
Shooting reported Thursday in East Lancaster area
It's the fifth shooting in northeast Salem over the past week. Police haven't said whether the five shootings are connected or gang-related.
SALEM AREA EVENTS August 8
Northeast Salem looks to revamp reputation through festival
The Englewood Forest Festival brings neighbors together in a small park to celebrate art, community and the environment.
SALEM BUSINESS August 8
Salem On Ice won't return after difficult second year
The rink saw a 20 percent decline in skaters "with no clear indication that this trend will change with this coming season." A departure of business partners also played a role.
PUBLIC SAFETY August 8
Firefighters investigate smoke at Salem Health
Patients in Building B were moved to the north side of the building. Investigators pointed to an elevator shaft as the source.
BREAKING NEWS August 7
16-year-old identified as victim of fatal Englewood Park shooting
Salem police named Ishaq Saleem as the person killed in Englewood Park on Sunday. A suspect has yet to be identified.
HEALTH CARE August 7
Salem Hospital plans major expansion with 150 new beds
Hospital leaders say a new seven-story tower on the east side of the current emergency room building will help Salem Hospital meet a growing demand for care as the community ages.
STATE GOVERNMENT August 7
Rep. Mike Nearman to head Oregon Freedom Foundation
The lawmaker from Independence will continue to serve in the House while leading the anti-union foundation’s Oregon operations.
SALEM AREA EVENTS August 7
CHECK OUT: First Wednesday, a museum birthday party or multicultural dances
Start your week by heading to Salem's First Wednesday downtown and finish it off by seeing a concert at the LB Day Amphitheater.
SALEM AREA EVENTS August 7
First Wednesday opens voting on alley names
Visitors to tonight's event will have an opportunity to vote on which downtown alley names they prefer - Wexford, Eckerlen and Hops are some of the names in the running.
STATE GOVERNMENT August 7
New report links Oregon's female prisoners to high levels of trauma throughout their lives
Researchers surveyed inmates at Coffee Creek Correctional Facility and found the abuse they endured played a role in their arrest.
STATE GOVERNMENT August 6
Weekend shootings spur gun control debate in Oregon
Oregon's effort to pass gun control legislation died in a political negotiation this spring. Now, Democrats consider how and when to pick up the fight again.
LOCAL SCHOOLS August 6
Sprague High School principal stepping down
Craig Swanson is taking a job as principal of Lebanon High School, but will stay involved in Sprague as a parent.
PUBLIC SAFETY August 6
Three injured in northeast Salem drive-by shooting
The victims were taken to Salem Health for treatment. Deputies haven't found the suspect.
STATE GOVERNMENT August 5
Rep. Barker will call it quits after 18 years in Oregon House
Marine veteran, former police lieutenant served Aloha district since 2002; he is the second Washington County representative who will retire after 2020 election.
STATE GOVERNMENT August 5
Gov. Brown moves to veto several rural proposals Friday
On Sunday, Gov. Kate Brown announced her veto considerations, which would kill money for dam retrofits, wetland deregulation and funds for urban growth boundary adjustments.
LOCAL NONPROFITS August 5
Salem Elks partner with EasterSeals to help homeless veterans transition to housing
When homeless Salem veterans get housing, they usually don't have cookware or cleaning supplies. Most housing grants can't buy those things, so Salem Elks Lodge #336 is stepping up to fill the gap.
STATE GOVERNMENT August 5
Oregon auditors question state agency rush to spend money as budgets expire
An audit of Oregon state agencies established an apparent hurry by state officials to spend all the money in their budgets so they don't lose it. That may not be getting taxpayers good value, a state audit found.
PUBLIC SAFETY August 5
Salem police investigating gunfire Monday morning after two weekend fatal shootings
It's unusual for Salem to have this much violence in rapid succession, police said, but weekend shootings that left two dead were unrelated.
STATE GOVERNMENT August 5
The rural/urban divide widens as climate and economic policy remain at Oregon’s forefront
While city dwellers have different needs than those of small eastern Oregon towns, experts say the rural/urban debate is more nuanced than most think.
COMMENTARY August 5
So much is happening in Salem, making local reporters more essential than ever
In today's challenged environment, communities need reliable sources of information about what matters most to local people. Across the U.S., towns are finding that dependable news sources can be too easily taken for granted.

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