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PHOTO GALLERY November 22
PHOTOS: Schirle students get into Thanksgiving spirit with Turkey Trot
The south Salem elementary school's annual Turkey Trot marks the end of a schoolwide food drive. This year, students brought in a record-breaking 1,649 pounds for Marion Polk Food Share.
BREAKING NEWS November 22
Former head of Oregon sheriffs association pleads guilty to theft
John Bishop, former executive director of the Oregon State Sheriffs' Association, pleaded guilty to first-degree theft in connection with money taken from the association. He entered his plea Friday in Marion County Circuit Court.
STATE GOVERNMENT November 22
Twenty-one arrested after hours-long sit-in of Gov. Kate Brown’s office
Protesters unhappy with Brown’s refusal to stand with them in opposition of 230-mile pipeline planned for Southern Oregon.
LOCAL SCHOOLS November 22
Salem-Keizer hits seven-year high in number of homeless students
Local schools are doing a better job counting students without housing and getting them help, but a lack of affordable housing and few options for homeless teens continue to pose problems, district officials said.
STATE GOVERNMENT November 21
Protesters stage sit-in at Gov. Brown's office against proposed southern Oregon pipeline
A group of more than 100 people vowed to stay until Brown voiced her opposition for the Jordan Cove project. The liquefied natural gas pipeline would extend more than 200 miles from Malin to Coos Bay.
SALEM COMMUNITY November 21
Major League Baseball could cut the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes loose under new proposal
The team, which arrived in the area in 1997, could see its flow of players stopped after the next minor league season.
STATE GOVERNMENT November 21
Lawsuit emerges over state workers in Dallas alleged to have had sex in front of foster child
The state Department of Human Services, two workers and their manager, and the agency director were sued in federal court this week for $7 million over treatment of the child.
OREGON GOVERNMENT November 21
Jordan Cove opponents occupy Gov. Brown's office, vowing to stay
The protesters say they refuse to leave until Brown announces her opposition to proposed pipeline in southern Oregon that has been in the works for years.
SALEM ORGANIZATIONS November 21
Years of planning for new YMCA take shape as downtown Salem building demolished
As the YMCA comes down in the next few weeks, staff at the neighboring IKE Box want people to know they're open and staying put.
ENVIRONMENT November 20
Water pollution lands Salem developer $33,012 fine
Mountain West Investment Corp. of Salem has been fined by state regulators for pollution on a Monmouth project. The company said it intends to pay the fine.
OREGON GOVERNMENT November 20
Incomes up, but Oregon job growth slowing, state economists report
Oregonians are being helped by a tight job market with higher incomes, state economists reported Wednesday. The poverty gap among races is narrowing too, the report said.
SALEM AREA EVENTS November 20
CHECK OUT: Holiday shopping, choral concert or a comedy show about gender
Whether you're into quantum physics, creative holiday gifts or the arts, we've got something for you to do this weekend besides looking up turkey recipes.
Legislature November 20
Proposal to limit money in Oregon politics unveiled
An Oregon legislative committee considered the outlines of campaign finance reform legislation, revealing possible faultines.
STATE GOVERNMENT November 20
With months until primary, Oregon's Secretary of State race getting crowded
Four Democrats are running in the only statewide race on the 2020 ballot. No Republican has yet declared.
OREGON GOVERNMENT November 19
In Capitol appearance, former Oregon congressman recounts political history, laments state of politics
AuCoin plugs his book in Salem, telling tales of politics and the time a female fighter chased him out of a boxing ring for his sexist remarks.
LOCAL GOVERNMENT November 19
Polk County leaders press for more preschool as a crime prevention move
Before reading to youngsters, law enforcement leaders from Polk County made the case for creating more preschool slots. They are patient, aiming for legislative action in 2021.
Elections November 18
Why does a diverse group of Oregon’s political interests want to take redistricting out of the legislature’s hands?
Broad spectrum of groups rally around initiative proposing to reform Oregon’s redistricting process to protect against ‘bi-partisan gerrymandering’
SALEM PEOPLE AND PLACES November 18
Salvation Army urges supporters to "Be the Light" at fundraising lunch
Last year, Salem's Salvation Army provided 46,000 meals, 22,000 nights of shelter, and 400 families with emergency financial assistance.
COMMENTARY November 18
COMMENTARY: Digging into high-profile Salem story takes patience, care
Saphara Harrell, the breaking news reporter for Salem Reporter, responded to the fatal shooting in September inside a Goodwill story in Salem. She kept after the story to learn details seldom shared publicly - and here's how she did that work.
OREGON GOVERNMENT November 18
State audit: Veterinary board must improve monitoring of drug security
Background checks, more stringent inspections and participation in drug monitoring program should be implemented, audit finds.

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