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Aug 12 2019 thru Aug 18 2019

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STATE GOVERNMENT August 16
Independent Party of Oregon faces major/minor test next week
Oregon’s third-largest political party expected to go back to minor status — for now.
PUBLIC SAFETY August 16
Monthly crime, fire service reports for Salem area now available
In a new service to the Salem community, Salem Reporter will compile and publish monthly data from the Salem Police Department, Marion County Sheriff's Office, Salem Fire Department and Marion County Fire District 1.
COMMENTARY August 16
How Salem Reporter took a deep look at your local school board
Dozens of phone calls. More than 30 pages of notes. Reporter Rachel Alexander takes you behind the scenes on Salem Reporter's latest in-depth coverage of your local schools.
SALEM SPORTS August 16
Excitement builds as Sprague Little League's World Series debut nears
UPDATED The hometown team will face off against Elmora Youth Little League from Elizabeth, New Jersey, on Friday at 4 p.m. PT and support has poured in from across the community.
MARION COUNTY GOVERNMENT August 15
Marion County, Covanta continue seeking 'renewable' status amid threats to close plant
After a bill failed in the 2019 session to qualify Covanta's Brooks plant as a renewable energy source, the company is setting sights on the 2020 session. Covanta and Marion County are in talks to extend their contract before their contract deadline.
LOCAL SCHOOLS August 15
Math takes center stage at Salem-Keizer summer program to boost student achievement
Teachers got a chance to work with a new Salem-Keizer math curriculum in elementary summer school programs and get feedback they'll take into the school year. The program is for students from local schools with a high poverty rate, intended to help close achievement gaps.
SALEM AREA EVENTS August 14
CHECK OUT: A naked swim, scavenger hunt or tiny homes
Spend the remaining days of this hot girl summer skinny dipping, attending a christian concert or looking at some small living spaces.
SALEM BUSINESS August 14
Costco-anchored shopping center sent back to Salem City Council
The State Land Use Board of Appeals on Wednesday said it will send the Costco-anchored shopping center back for consideration by Salem City Council. This story will be updated.
SALEM CITY GOVERNMENT August 14
Former Salem Housing Authority staffer slams "very toxic" environment in resignation
A city official declined to comment on the letter that made several claims about unrelenting stress within the agency. Instead, the official said they are focused on adding more affordable housing to the area and recruiting landlords to its homeless rental assistance program.
STATE GOVERNMENT August 14
First-ever public records survey shows mixed bag for Oregon government transparency practices
The survey, which will become an annual polling, found a wide variety in how government bodies follow public records law. Two of the three Salem-area bodies polled did not respond.
LOCAL SCHOOLS August 14
Sprague names Chad Barkes new principal
An assistant principal and athletic director who got his start in special education nearly two decades ago will lead the Olympians into the 2019-20 school year.
STATE GOVERNMENT August 14
Gov. Brown backs off veto after Newport community and officials go to bat for dam project
After a comprehensive effort, Gov. Kate Brown sided with the city in giving $4 million to start planning a retrofit of two dams.
YOUR GOVERNMENT, YOUR BUSINESS August 13
AGENDA: Polk County to review multi-jurisdictional agreement for health services
The Polk County Commission meets 9 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 13.
YOUR GOVERNMENT, YOUR BUSINESS August 13
AGENDA: Marion County to consider renewing funding for mobile crisis services
The Marion County Commission meets 9 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 14, at the Senator Hearing Room in Courthouse Square, 555 Court St. N.E.
LOCAL SCHOOLS August 13
"Whatever it takes": McKay staff push seniors toward August graduation
McKay Principal Rob Schoepper isn't above showing up at a student's house and dragging her out of bed to get her to the school library. He's got a team of staff working to help nine more students become part of the Class of 2019 before an Aug. 30 state deadline.
HEALTH CARE August 13
Emails hacked at regional mental health administrator
A phishing scam compromised emails at the Mid-Valley Behavioral Care Network, officials said. People whose personal information may have been impacted has already been notified, they said.
PUBLIC SAFETY August 12
Salem Police Chief reacts to community concern over street violence
Law enforcement officials haven't said that the shootings are gang-related, but in a statement Monday evening Salem Police Chief Jerry Moore said it doesn't change the investigation if they are.
STATE GOVERNMENT August 12
DHS pays out $1.1 million settlement in Keizer child death
The Department of Human Services has not admitted any fault in the 2017 death of a Keizer boy, but last week agreed to a settlement after it was alleged the department failed to act accordingly on information that the child could be in danger.
SALEM SCHOOLS August 12
School board members try to pull together in face of major issues for Salem-Keizer schools
Can seven very different Salem-Keizer School Board members bridge their differences to find common goals this year? The ability of Salem's $1 billion-a-year school system to boost student performance depends on it. Salem Reporter takes an in-depth look at the people on the board and the challenges ahead serving 40,000 students.
PUBLIC SAFETY August 12
Man stabbed in northeast Salem
The 21-year-old was taken to Salem Health with non-life threatening injuries.

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