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LOCAL SCHOOLS Oct. 19
Seeking art, science and more, Salem teachers turn to crowdfunding
Teachers are usually expected to buy some supplies for their classrooms out of their own pockets. But many regularly turn to DonorsChoose.org, where private donors have funded over 700 projects in local schools over the past five years.
LOCAL SCHOOLS Oct. 18
Blanchet debuts new turf field, just in time for homecoming
For 25 years, Salem's only Catholic high school has played "home" football games at Willamette and won state track championships without a track. Tonight, students get their first chance to play on a new field.
COUNTY GOVERNMENTS Oct. 18
Before it stalled, several counties couldn't enforce vape ban at tobacco retailers
About a quarter of all of Oregon's tobacco retailers are in counties that say they don't have the ability to enforce the statewide ban on flavored vaping cartridges. Local officials say they don't have the manpower.
PUBLIC SAFETY Oct. 17
Fearing for his life, Dallas police officer fatally shot suspected drug dealer at Goodwill
"At that time the gun was still coming up I could see it coming up and I believed he was gonna kill me and I fired one shot,” the officer told investigators.
VAPING Oct. 17
Oregon Court of Appeals blocks flavored vape ban from taking effect
Updated story: A ban on marijuana vaping products remains in effect.
PUBLIC SAFETY Oct. 17
Man was holding loaded gun when police killed him at Salem Goodwill, records say
Scott Gabriel Spangler was struggling with police, aiming a gun at an officer when he was fatally shot in the face, according to police records.
SALEM COMMUNITY Oct. 17
Salem man injured in Interstate 5 semi truck crash could take months to recover
Rex Hollopeter was burned on more than half of his body and may lose his hand, said his longtime friend.
LOCAL SCHOOLS Oct. 17
More kids coming to school in Salem-Keizer, new state data shows
You can now check "report cards" for your local school, showing state test results, attendance and more. We pulled out a few highlights.
SALEM PEOPLE AND PLACES Oct. 17
Businesswomen celebrated at Deepwood Estates
The keynote speaker talked about Dress for Success, a group that offers job support and professional attire for women seeking financial independence.
OREGON GOVERNMENT Oct. 17
ODOT, TSA warn travelers ‘Real ID’ compliance could cause massive headache
Oregon urges travelers get passports as the state is still months from providing driver's licenses that pass muster at airports.
PUBLIC UNIONS Oct. 16
Oregon teachers union won't fund candidates who voted for public pension reforms
The unions’ reticence to fork over funds and endorse in the wake of the reforms may put dozens of Democrat incumbents, many of whom receive a high share of donations from unions, in a tricky spot.
SALEM AREA EVENTS Oct. 16
CHECK OUT: A pop-up art show, prohibition ball or D.B. Cooper comedy fest
We've got you covered for the evenings you want to settle in with a book or the mornings you want to head outside for a run.
SALEM PEOPLE AND PLACES Oct. 16
Supporters of Salem cats turn out for fundraiser
Cat-themed items - no surprise - populated the auction list at Paws and Purrsonality event in Salem.
OREGON GOVERNMENT Oct. 14
Gov. Kate Brown recall effort fails to gather enough signatures
UPDATE: Two efforts to recall Kate Brown ended in failure Monday, with one organized by the Oregon Republican Party conceding without turning in petitions to the state. A second campaign submitted paperwork to the state claiming 290,000 signatures but elections officials concluded petitioners turned in significantly less than that.
SALEM SCHOOLS Oct. 14
School board members say they're disappointed by Salem's poor test results
We quizzed members of the Salem-Keizer School Board about their reading of recently-released student scores. Five responded and two didn't answer.
SALEM CITY GOVERNMENT Oct. 14
With homelessness an issue, Salem residents "less optimistic" about city's future
Fewer residents believe Salem is moving in the right direction, according to a new survey, but their confidence remains high in police, fire, parks and other city services.
TAXES Oct. 14
Salem property owners to see lowest property tax increase countywide
Rural areas will see the highest increases, while Salem homeowners will pay about 1% more than last year after a school bond expired.

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