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SALEM CITY GOVERNMENT December 21
Kaser won’t seek second term on Salem City Council
Councilor Kaser called her time both demanding and rewarding, but said she looks forward to focusing on her career and her family. She endorsed Virginia Stapleton in the upcoming election.
SALEM PEOPLE December 21
From schools to Star Wars, meet the Salem educators who spend weekends as Chewbacca
Brothers Tom and Josh Beckett have spent thousands of hours and dollars crafting some of the most accurate Wookie costumes in the world, and learned a few things about yak fur along the way.
HUMAN SERVICES December 20
With a $3.5 million consulting job done, state officials turn to fixing the troubled foster care system
Gov. Kate Brown brought on the consulting firm to overhaul the Department of Human Service's child welfare program after a highly publicized controversy over officials’ practice of sending foster kids to residential facilities in other states with little oversight.
COURTS December 20
Judge drops charges against man arrested last year for alleged attack in Minto-Brown Island Park
In what a prosecutor describes as an unusual case, David Belluno is unfit to stand trial but doesn’t fit the state’s civil commitment law.
SALEM AREA EVENTS December 20
PHOTOS: Magic at the Mill
Twinkling lights, dancing and hot cocoa filled the grounds of the Willamette Heritage Center during the annual winter lights festival.
HOMELESSNESS December 20
Courtney calls for state funding to build shelters in Salem
The Senate leader told Salem Reporter he'll seek at least $3 million in response to a dearth of shelters in the city. "It's clear we are woefully in need. Woefully," he said. Lawmakers convene in February.
SALEM NONPROFITS December 19
Six middle schools lose after school programs as Salem-Keizer Education Foundation cuts costs
The nonprofit, which serves local kids through mentoring, youth sports and other programs, may also sell its newly remodeled building in an effort to fix ongoing cash flow problems.
PUBLIC SAFETY December 19
Crime Stoppers offers cash for tips in fatal Pine Street Pub shooting
Four months after the shooting, the Salem Police Department and Crime Stoppers are asking the public to come forward with information on the shooter.
PUBLIC SAFETY December 19
Train collides with car in downtown Salem, leaves two with minor injuries
An Amtrak train collided with a gray sedan Thursday morning when the driver made a wrong turn on a one-way street, police said
PUBLIC SAFETY December 19
Brooks woman dies after rear-ending truck on Highway 99
The 81-year-old woman was driving on Highway 99 East when she hit a F-350 waiting to turn.
SCHOOL BOARD December 19
School board members moved to tears after conversations about equity, racism in Salem-Keizer
“If we were to reach equity, there’s a lot of healing that needs to be done. A lot of mutual trust that needs to be rebuilt,” said board member Satya Chandragiri after an unconventional meeting focused on one-on-one talks with local educators.
IMMIGRATION December 19
In Tijuana, thousands of families stuck in 'Kafkaesque' U.S. asylum process
Willamette University law professor Warren Binford has spent her career defending children's rights. After a recent week-long trip to speak to migrant families in Tijuana, she said the U.S. continues to violate the rights of children seeking asylum.
HOMELESSNESS December 18
Residents of downtown homeless camp reflect, consider where to go after city clean-up
Two days after a citywide ban on public camping started, city employees started clearing camps around The ARCHES Project on Wednesday morning. Hear from some of the campers directly.
SALEM AREA EVENTS December 18
EVENTS: Jingle bell walk or pub crawl downtown or light up the water near Riverfront Park
It's the last weekend to do your holiday shopping, and there are lots of festive activities downtown.
SALEM AREA EVENTS December 18
Joining cities across the country, hundreds gather at Oregon State Capitol to support impeaching Trump
The demonstration was held the night before a House vote on impeachment.
Courts December 18
A small nonprofit is trying to help lawyers become more scientifically literate — and keep innocent people out of prison.
The Forensic Justice Project recently made headlines by overturning a manslaughter conviction based on incomplete scientific evidence. It’s poised to expand its work.
OREGON GOVERNMENT December 18
State Hospital puts up 'no vacancy' sign for civil commitments
The Oregon State Hospital to focus on defendants needing care to be fit for criminal trial. The temporary halt to other admissions is expected to ripple through the state.
Elections December 17
Selma Pierce takes another run at House seat held by Paul Evans
Describing herself as a "community advocate," Pierce calls for a different approach.
SALEM COMMUNITY December 17
Local rock favorite Wild Ire heads to California for the world’s largest music trade show
Having gained a local following, the band will perform next before a trade show expected to attract over 100,000 people.
HOMELESSNESS December 17
Big downtown homeless camp in downtown Salem faces dismantling
With a public camping ban now in effect, Salem police expect to start evicting camps that had taken root along downtown streets. Here’s a refresher on the last five months that brought about the new law.
HEALTH CARE December 16
Oregon Health Plan enrollment deadline extended after website glitch
People who still need to purchase health care through state’s Medicaid program have until midnight Dec. 17 to log on and sign up.
HOMELESSNESS December 16
Salem needs ‘navigation center’ for homeless, state-backed report said
Navigation centers are permanent, low-barrier shelters that allow people to bring their spouses, pets and possessions. The report suggested the state help pay for one in Salem.

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