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SALEM REFUGEES January 24
Marion County says yes to continuing refugee resettlement
After talking with Salem and Keizer leaders, Marion County commissioners said the federal government can continue resettling refugees here. The decision may be moot after a federal judge ruled local jurisdictions don't have the authority to block resettlement.
SALEM COMMUNITY January 24
What started as a way to keep Woodburn farmworkers informed has become a voice of the local Latino population
Radio Poder aims to inform and entertain Latino residents through daily radio programming that spans a 75-mile radius. The station is a continuation of a prior radio station with a smaller reach and a different license.
OREGON POLITICS January 24
Oregon Republicans and Democrats at odds over intent of legislative short session
Proponents say the short session is necessary to fix budget and respond to issues in a timely manner. Critics believe it’s morphed into something different than what was pitched to voters in 2010.
Oregon Legislature January 24
Bill would add penalties for wearing a mask while rioting
The legislation is being introduced in response to the “alarming increase of violent riots in Oregon."
PUBLIC SAFETY January 23
Woodburn man dies after Tuesday night shooting
The Marion County Sheriff’s Office said no arrests have been made. The shooting left one man dead and two others injured.
STATE GOVERNMENT January 23
Oregon public records council shores up support for independence
Members say amendments drafted by League of Oregon Cities’ lobbyist could ‘torpedo’ proposals.
SALEM NONPROFITS January 23
Local nonprofits stock the shelves with Amazon and Walmart leftovers
Surplus or damaged merchandise that would otherwise head to a landfill gets a new life through a United Way-led effort to connect Salem-area nonprofits, churches and schools with items they need.
OREGON POLITICS January 23
Petitioners promoting measure to limit self-checkout get nod from Oregon Supreme Court
A labor-backed measure to cap self-checkout stands to two per store is a step closer to going to voters.
LOCAL SCHOOLS January 23
Meet the former NFL linebacker closing gaps for Salem-Keizer's black students
Dwight Roberson came to Oregon to play football for the Beavers. Now, he's a mentor Salem-Keizer leaders credit with significantly boosting the graduation rate for the district's black students.
PUBLIC SAFETY January 23
Marion County fire district to ask taxpayers for higher levy, worth $6.7 million
With its existing levy expiring in June, Marion County Fire District No. 1 will ask voters in May for more funding. Fire officials say volunteers are dwindling as calls rise.
LOCAL SCHOOLS January 23
Salem-Keizer graduation rate hits high of 79%
Salem-Keizer leaders say strategies to get more students walking across the graduation stage are paying off. Students with disabilities, and black and Pacific Islander students all graduated in record numbers in 2019.
SALEM CITY GOVERNMENT January 22
Why Salem leaders, weeks into a search for homeless shelters, walked away from new beds
Salem City Council had a plan teed up to bring 37 shelter beds to the city. But it sank Tuesday night due to a combination of frustrated neighbors and new insights from a homeless expert.
SALEM AREA EVENTS January 22
Talk explores how the traumatization of homeless people influences their brain
Stephen Goins of Northwest Human Services said homeless residents are reduced to basic survival instincts and “literally see life in tunnel vision.”
PUBLIC SAFETY January 22
Three men shot in east Salem Tuesday night, one still in critical condition, sheriff's office says
Deputies arrived to Northeast Snoopy Lane and Linus Court to find one man in a car with a gunshot wound. Two others later showed up to Salem Hospital with gunshot wounds.
OREGON LEGISLATURE January 22
From guns to wildfires, legislators heading to Salem soon to push changes
Some of Oregon's most daunting problems may get legislative fixes during month-long legislative session coming in February. Carbon policy likely to again heat up Capitol politics.
SALEM CITY GOVERNMENT January 21
Salem declares state of emergency on homelessness, but scraps shelter plan
Salem City Council backed away Tuesday night from a plan to turn Pringle Community Hall into an emergency shelter. Councilors also want to explore temporarily repealing parts of the camping ban.
STATE GOVERNMENT January 21
Public records council focuses on plan to ensure independence
League of Oregon Cities’ amendments could curtail some of the council’s and public records advocates’ authority to seek legislation.
SALEM COMMUNITY January 21
Behind the jousting and teasing on Reel Film Snobs is a true love of movies
Reel Film Snobs has been airing since the “Spider-Man” starring Tobey Maguire hit the screen in 2002. Each week they review a handful of movies.
YOUR GOVERNMENT, YOUR BUSINESS January 21
AGENDA: Marion County to discuss second mobile crisis unit for mental health
Marion County's crisis unit made 700 contacts with people in 2015, an annual high, according to Ann-Marie Bandfield, the county’s health program manager. She said this year with the added team they expect to make over 1,000 contacts.
SALEM NONPROFITS January 21
Kaiser doctors take over Salem Free Clinic for day of service
For thousands of people without health insurance, Salem Free Clinic is a lifeline. Kaiser Permanente staff kept it running Monday and Tuesday with a dozen volunteer dentists, doctors and nurses.
SALEM CITY GOVERNMENT January 21
State of the City 2020: What local leaders think
The annual State of the City Address is a traditional platform for the mayor to talk about city successes, failures and new ideas. Salem Reporter asked a handful of local players for their version.
Cherriots January 21
AGENDA: Salem Area Mass Transit District to determine what to watch during legislative session
The district, commonly known as Cherriots, will consider a legislative agenda that includes transportation funding, carbon reduction, electric vehicles, ridesharing and more.
Prisons January 21
New initiative seeks to help connect incarcerated parents with their kids
Launched by a nonprofit and the Oregon Department of Corrections, the initiative seeks to improve visitation areas and provide community support for parents and kids.
OREGON GOVERNMENT January 21
Oregon 1 of 5 states to get new legal help for journalists; Salem Reporter participating
Newsrooms in Oregon will soon receive free legal help through the Local Legal Initiative fund, the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press announced today. The fund will place lawyers in five states to defend newsrooms against legal threats and to help journalists access public records. Salem Reporter is part of the effort.
SALEM AREA EVENTS January 20
Documentary provides glimpse into mental health crisis
Tuesday’s screening of “Bedlam” at Salem’s Historic Grand will be followed by a panel of local experts on mental health services.
SALEM EVENTS January 20
Salem takes to the streets to remember Martin Luther King Jr.
Pastors, educators and at least one three-generation family walked three miles along Lancaster for the annual civil rights march.
SALEM PEOPLE AND PLACES January 20
Willamette Valley Vineyards founder tells of history in keynote at Agri-Business dinner
The big gathering in Salem honors the area's agriculture industry and Saturday's event saw a full house. FFA students took part, addressing the crowd about the future of agriculture.
SALEM AREA EVENTS January 20
PHOTOS: Englewood Park tree planting
A group of volunteers got to work Monday, digging holes and planting native trees and shrubs in the northeast Salem park.
Agenda January 20
AGENDA: Governor's task force on outdoor recreation to hold final meeting in Salem
Inclusion and economic development has been part of the task force's work as it prepares to make its final report.
SALEM EVENTS January 20
Get connected with jobs, housing and healthcare at Salem's annual MLK Day celebration
To honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s legacy, this year's Salem celebration aims to help people access the opportunities he fought for African-Americans to have.

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