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Sep 9 2019 thru Sep 15 2019

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STATE GOVERNMENT September 14
Oregon's public records council calls for independent advocate
Moves are a first step to clearing up gray areas in 2017 law creating the public records advocate.
SALEM EVENTS September 13
Urban Art Fest brings color, culture and resistance through art
If you're a fan of towering graffiti art, low-riders, good music or breakdancing, you won't want to miss this weekend's Urban Art Fest in Salem.
HIGHER EDUCATION September 13
More college options coming to downtown Salem with WOU expansion
Need to finish a bachelor's degree or get a master's to move ahead at work? Western Oregon University is opening a campus in Salem tailored to working adults, soon to be located in the Vick building downtown.
SALEM CITY GOVERNMENT September 13
With death of her husband, Councilor Sally Cook says she will step down
The sudden death of her husband Jason Cook put an inordinate burden on the first-term councilor, she said.
BREAKING NEWS September 12
UPDATED: Police arrest armed felon near Four Corners
Robert Dailey has pending criminal charges in Marion County and is under post-prison supervision after a 2017 conviction for unlawful firearm possession and possession of methamphetamine.
LOCAL SCHOOLS September 11
August push at McKay means more graduates for Class of 2019
In early August, eight McKay High School students showed up in the school library to finish the last few credits toward their diplomas. All eight were successful.
STATE GOVERNMENT September 11
Supreme Court ruling on unanimous jury verdicts could throw decades of Oregon convictions into question
Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum is urging the court to rule split decisions are constitutional, saying overturning existing laws would throw the state’s court system into chaos.
SALEM AREA EVENTS September 11
CHECK OUT: a triathlon, dog walk or wildfire talk
Strut your mutt or get on your bikes and ride this weekend.
SALEM CITY GOVERNMENT September 11
Hoping for affordable apartments, Salem eyes new twist on urban renewal
Salem officials are already discussing offering the incentive to the Oregon State Hospital North Campus, where Mountain West Investment Corp. hopes to build a 246-unit apartment.
OREGON GOVERNMENT September 11
Oregon reaches inside to find next leader of ODOT
The head of Oregon's Highway Division replaces Matt Garrett, who stepped down in June as director of the Oregon Department of Transportation. The agency is one of the state's largest.
SALEM WEATHER September 10
Flood warning in effect after thunderstorm Tuesday afternoon
The worst of the rain seems to be over, but poor drainage may lead to some scattered flooding in low-lying areas.
LOCAL SCHOOLS September 10
Public schools aren't discriminating by doing business with churches opposed to same-sex relationships, state says
Salem-Keizer schools sometimes hold meetings in buildings owned by Salem Alliance Church. An employee complained because of church doctrine against LGBTQ relationships, but a state ruling this week said the church's beliefs aren't the district's responsibility.
SALEM PEOPLE AND PLACES September 10
At The Pentacle, locals shed day roles for stage life in new play
A stripper, a dancing pole and a park also have a place in The Pentacle Theatre's latest live production.
YOUR GOVERNMENT, YOUR BUSINESS September 9
AGENDA: Salem-Keizer board meets Tuesday
School board members will consider several proclamations, and an agreement allowing Superintendent Christy Perry to be part of an effort to create a regional continuum of care for homeless services.
LOCAL ART September 9
Peace mosaic advocates outline plan for move to Riverfront Carousel
After more than a year of work from local advocates, Salem’s Peace Mosaic mural will be removed and preserved during demolition of the YMCA this fall. If all goes according to plan, it will eventually have a new home in Riverfront Park.
STATE GOVERNMENT September 9
Oregon’s first public records advocate quits
Ginger McCall, hired a year ago to improve transparency, claims pressure from governor’s office led to her resignation.
LOCAL BUSINESS September 9
Businesses in Marion, Polk counties to get $14.5 million from SAIF
The payments are part of $160 million in dividends across the state.

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