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BUSINESS October 5
Salem shops say flavored vape ban could put them out of business
“How are we going to compete? I just don't understand that cigarettes kill half a million people every year, why aren't people talking about taking that off the market?” said Brian Roof, manager of Elite Vape Station on Center Street.
ANIMALS October 4
Dogs rescued from Texas flooding need new homes in Salem
Looking for a new furry friend? Willamette Humane Society took in ten dogs displaced by flooding in Texas - and you can meet them this weekend.
SALEM CITY COUNCIL October 4
Eight so far vie to replace Sally Cook on Salem City Council
Someone new will help craft Salem's policies for the next year. Many applicants listed homelessness, city planning as disaster preparedness the biggest issues the city faces.
SALEM SCHOOLS October 4
With unexpected millions flowing, Salem-Keizer school officials add more building projects
Seven local schools will see bigger projects than planned after Salem-Keizer officials decided to spend another $34 million received from bond sales. District leaders say the spending won't increase property taxes.
HEALTH October 4
After 2 deaths, Oregon governor bans sale of flavored vaping products
While the ban is in effect, Gov. Kate Brown has asked state agencies to come up with plans for consumer warnings about vaping, ingredient testing and better illness reporting.
SALEM COMMUNITY October 4
Senior residents' pups to get fenced area thanks to nonprofit
Residents at Providence Place didn't have a fenced area to let their dogs off leash. Fences for Fido offered their help.
PUBLIC SAFETY October 3
No charges for Dallas officer who shot and killed man at West Salem Goodwill
A Polk County grand jury determined that Dallas police officer Darren Buchholz acted in self-defense when he shot and killed Scott Gabriel Spangler in the West Salem Goodwill last month.
SALEM COMMUNITY October 3
Hops Alley among winners in downtown Salem alleyway naming
Eight downtown alleys have been named for Willamette Valley crops and pieces of Salem history.
SALEM COMMUNITY October 3
Capital Park church steps up to shelter Salem homeless in winter
Advocates hope adding a fourth church with space for 50 to Salem's warming center network will mean fewer homeless people turned away. But it also increases the need for local volunteers.
OREGON GOVERNMENT October 2
For former Oregon Legislature exec, it was 8 months at home, $96,000 in pay
Under a contract, the Legislature's former human resources director left the Capitol to work remotely on assignments. The Legislature's top administrator said Lore Christopher fulfilled her contract to justify her stay-at-home salary.
MARION COUNTY GOVERNMENT October 2
Marion County leaders sidestep complaint over transgender discrimination
Fellow directors of the Behavioral Care Network say not only is the complaint not being heard, but other orders of business are suffering, as well.
SALEM AREA EVENTS October 2
CHECK OUT: A corn maze, haunted house or half marathon
It's October, which means spooky home decor, pumpkin carving and of course, haunted houses.
TEEN SUICIDE October 2
These Salem teens want a seat at the table on suicide prevention
From the local school board to the Oregon legislature, discussions about how to prevent teen suicide often include only adults. Eric Martz, a South Salem senior, is rallying classmates across Salem-Keizer to change that.
OREGON GOVERNMENT October 2
Council carves out greater independence for Oregon's records advocate
Oregon's state public records advocate would no longer be under the control of the governor under reforms recommended by the state Public Records Advisory Council. The council reacted to efforts by Gov. Kate Brown to directly manage the state official charged with helping the public get to government records.
SALEM AREA EVENTS October 1
Audience members can sing along when Queen musical hits Salem Wednesday
We Will Rock You tells the tale of young people in search of music in a futuristic society that controls it.
SALEM CITY GOVERNMENT October 1
Salem considers hopping aboard e-scooter trend
Bird, Gotcha, Lime, Spin and Zagster have all approached Salem about launching e-scooter service in the city, according to city staff.
SALEM PEOPLE AND PLACES October 1
Salem's Gerry Frank offers key to long life: Eat chocolate
Salem's civic and business leaders packed a bus for a ride to Gerry Frank's birthday party, celebrating an Oregon icon on his 96th birthday.
PUBLIC SAFETY September 30
State police identify man who died in custody Saturday
Oregon State Police said Allen James Pitts got into a fight with Salem Police before he died at Salem Health. The two arresting officers were placed on paid leave.
PUBLIC SAFETY September 30
16-year-old driver killed in rollover crash Saturday
A gold 1996 Chevrolet Blazer traveling north on Highway 14, near Forest Ridge Road, drove off the road for unknown reasons and rolled, police said Monday.
SALEM PEOPLE AND PLACES September 30
Crowd gathers at governor's home to support Oregon Capitol projects
Longtime Capitol hands gather in Salem to hear updates on projects that touch on Oregon history.

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