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SALEM AREA EVENTS August 24
Too hot to handle? A Salem reporter tries her luck at a hot wing contest
I didn’t win, but I can say I’ve tried the world’s hottest pepper at the Oregon State Fair.
SALEM AREA EVENTS August 24
PHOTOS: Opening day of the Oregon State Fair
There was lots of fun to be had at the Oregon State Fair on Friday. Pigs were racing, seals were clapping and hot dogs were sizzling.
LOCAL SCHOOLS August 23
North Salem under construction as students head back to school
A $70 million renovation is well underway at Salem's oldest high school. One big change for the coming year: there are temporarily no gyms on campus.
STATE GOVERNMENT August 23
Senate Democrats back off threat to fine protesting Republicans for walkout
Instead, Democrats will push bills to change the quorum requirements to a simple majority — rather than two-thirds — to stop future walkouts.
SALEM COMMUNITY August 23
Plans for northeast Salem food hub in the works
The space — a former car dealership — would provide small business development help to the dozen or so participants a nonprofit is hoping to bring in. Backers are currently coordinating focus groups to determine the viability of the project.
SALEM COMMUNITY August 22
Salem warming centers work to boost volunteer roster before winter
Last winter, volunteer shortages at times meant Salem churches couldn't open at night to shelter homeless guests. Warming center organizers are trying to get ahead of the need this year with a full-day training on Saturday and shorter shifts for volunteers.
STATE GOVERNMENT August 22
Sen. Mark Hass not running for reelection, interested in secretary of state post
With Hass out of the running, a Washington County commissioner plans run for Democrat-friendly Senate seat.
SALEM AREA EVENTS August 22
Historic photos of the Oregon State Fair
The Oregon State Fair has been around for more than 150 years. These historic photos provide a glimpse into the fair's past.
STATE GOVERNMENT August 22
At an impasse: Why could thousands of Oregon university workers go on strike?
SEIU Local 503, the union representing classified university workers, said its workers could go on strike next month, just as the state’s roughly 64,000 university students will be starting classes.
FEDERAL GOVERNMENT August 22
Oregon’s ag industry ‘caught in the crossfire’ of U.S. trade war with China
Since taking office, President Donald Trump has talked about engaging in a trade war with China. That escalated in July when he imposed new tariffs and China retaliated. With even more tariffs expected to go into effect in December, Oregon exporters are searching for relief.
SALEM AREA EVENTS August 21
Thousands of entrants compete for a blue ribbon at the Oregon State Fair
The fair opens on Friday, but judging is already well underway for the thousands of entrants in this year's competitions for homemade goods.
MARION COUNTY August 21
Marion County sheriff intervenes after witnessing racist act
On Tuesday, a man allegedly walked by a table of Latinos at a coffee shop, spit on one and used a derogatory term. Marion County Sheriff Joe Kast was at a nearby table and called 911.
PEOPLE AND PLACES OF SALEM August 21
Oregon State Fair Foundation celebrates 40th anniversary of Pairings
Oregon State Fair fans came together over the weekend to eat, dance and raise funds for restoration of two of the fairgrounds' oldest structures: the 100-year-old horse stadium and the poultry building.
SALEM AREA EVENTS August 21
CHECK OUT: The Oregon State Fair, abstract watercolor paintings or a roller derby bout
The Oregon State Fair opens this weekend, but if funnel cakes and carnival rides aren’t your thing, you can catch local roller derby or see a new watercolor exhibit.
STATE GOVERNMENT August 21
Designs for executive action to limit greenhouse gas emissions in Oregon have long been in the works, records show
Starting in 2017, Gov. Kate Brown started talking with agency leaders about finding an alternative route to lower Oregon’s carbon footprint.
SALEM AREA EVENTS August 20
Salem comedy fan is bringing the jokes closer to home
After imbibing in the local comedy scene, a Salem man is bringing it to his backyard.
US CENSUS August 20
2020 Census workers begin canvassing in Salem
Before the 2020 Census can happen, the Census Bureau needs to know where people live. From now through mid-October, you'll see workers in Salem knocking on doors to update address lists before the Census goes out next spring.
STATE GOVERNMENT August 19
Oregon to forego federal Title X funds while maintaining services amid battle with Trump administration
By midnight Monday, Oregon will alert the federal government that it will no longer accept funds for reproductive health care for low-income Oregonians. Critics of a recently proposed rule change from the Trump administration say its intent is to limit abortion access.
LOCAL SCHOOLS August 19
With expansion, Waldo Middle School will get rid of portable classrooms and add labs for science
Four Salem-Keizer schools will be under construction as the new school year kicks off. Waldo Middle School is the latest to join the list.
STATE GOVERNMENT August 19
Oregon sues Trump administration to block "public charge" immigrant rules
A move by the federal government to restrict most legal immigration to those who can afford health care, housing and food on their own is sowing worry among Oregon immigrants, even those who will not be impacted by the rule, advocates say.
WATCHDOG August 19
'Snowballing-out-of-control': How the price rose by millions on Salem police headquarters
Today's tight construction market proved costly for the Salem Police Department's new headquarters, people close to the project say. Budget documents obtained by Salem Reporter show how quickly cost projections became outdated. Still, the project is not without some big toys.
BREAKING NEWS August 19
Major industrial fire hits plant in northeast Salem
UPDATED: Firefighters contained the blaze in the area of Northeast Salem Industrial Drive by 8 a.m.

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