PUBLIC SAFETY Jan. 31
Three cops 'disgraceful,' 'irresponsible' in face of colleague's life-threatening injuries at police academy
A scathing report by the Marion County District Attorney's Office finds "serious concerns" about the credibility of three police officers involved in an after-hours training academy accident. A fourth officer was hospitalized for a week for what doctors said were injuries from being body slammed.
Oregon Legislature Jan. 31
Why a bill intended to avoid a legally messy election season has one campaign finance advocate worried
As Oregon gets closer reforming its campaign finance system, Rep. Dan Rayfield has introduced a bill to avoid unintended consequences. But critic Dan Meek called it an "anti-reform bill."
OREGON GOVERNMENT Jan. 31
Lack of access to dental care causing oral health epidemic in Oregon
Lawmakers will take up two proposals in February that would expand access and lower costs for dental care for children, rural residents and low-income families.
SALEM ARTS Jan. 31
Local museums, theaters and festivals will get a boost with Oregon Arts Commission grants
Nearly $60,000 will help groups including Pentacle Theatre and Salem Multicultural Institute bring the arts to Salem.
OREGON STATE GOVERNMENT Jan. 31
PERS reforms stall in face of complexity, mounting costs
The effort to cut pension costs and allow workers on their own to beef up retirement savings is taxing a state system that has seen reform after reform.
SALEM BUSINESS Jan. 31
Salem Health builds financial muscle, anticipating future growth
The Salem health care operation dominates the mid-Willamette Valley's medical scene, building profits and investing $50 million a year in equipment.
STATE GOVERNMENT Jan. 31
Developers try for a third time to build the state's only private casino
A pair of Lake Oswego developers have filed a pair of ballot measures that would allow a casino east of Portland. They have pursued the idea for years, and now want to change Oregon's constitution to let them move forward.
Oregon Legislature Jan. 30
Here is the legislation lawmakers from Marion and Polk counties have sponsored
Legislators from Marion and Polk counties have introduced bills for the 2020 session concerning mask-wearing rioters, a plant from southeast Asia, helping laid-off agricultural workers and uncompensated college athletes, as well as technical fixes to laws sought by constituents.
SALEM GOVERNMENT Jan. 30
In temporary home, Salem Public Library to reaffirm “all are welcome”
The city is trying to address concerns it would spurn the LGBT community after it announced the library would move into a church-owned building last summer.
HEALTH Jan. 30
Oregon wants your help gathering better radon risk data
Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer deaths in the U.S. But many rural areas around Salem have little data on radon levels in the home.
SALEM EVENTS Jan. 30
Grab a book, then head to an open mic night, discussion or movie screening for Salem Reads
A month of events centered around young adult novel "Piecing Me Together" kicks off next week. There's still time to grab a copy from the library and take part.
LOCAL SCHOOLS Jan. 30
Whiteaker 8th grader wins national poetry contest commemorating Kent State massacre
Rachael Lang's poem, "Consequences," was selected from 600 entries focused on peace and conflict transformation.
Courts Jan. 29
Michael Barton died after getting sick in prison. A lawsuit says prison staff ignored his cries for help
The lawyer representing Barton's family said that the lawsuit could reveal bigger problems.
HOMELESSNESS Jan. 29
Longtime volunteers probe south Salem's hidden corners in search of homeless campers
Wednesday was Salem's annual count of homeless people without shelter. We tagged along with a south Salem crew surveying people in parks and parking lots.
HOMELESSNESS Jan. 29
Downtown cleanups costing Salem tens of thousands
The city scheduled another cleanup Thursday to throw away garbage and pressure wash sidewalks where homeless campers have been sleeping for more than a month.
PUBLIC SAFETY Jan. 29
Two Salem-Keizer teachers suspended after allegedly fighting with sex abuse victim in Keizer restaurant
Keizer police arrested Trisha Ebbs, a North Salem High School health teacher, after she allegedly approached a woman in a restaurant and began yelling and swearing at her.
Oregon Legislature Jan. 29
Businesses voice support for cap and trade in west coast states
Signatories include Nike, Microsoft, Uber.
SALEM AREA EVENTS Jan. 28
Grammy-nominated singer to perform at Willamette University
Theo Bleckmann and pianist Dan Tepfer will perform a mix of music from German composers to contemporary bands on Wednesday, Jan. 29.
STATE GOVERNMENT Jan. 28
How referendums get on the Oregon ballot could change. Here's why it's attracting controversy
A proposed change to an administrative rule seeks to make the referendum process more accessible by allowing earlier signature-gathering. But one group says that'll help special interests.
LOCAL SCHOOLS Jan. 28
Class size a sticking point as Salem-Keizer task force nears recommendations for spending $35 million
Teachers pushing for Oregon's $2 billion education investment said they wanted smaller class sizes. Salem-Keizer's emerging plan focuses more on extracurriculars, staff training and student mental health.
COMMENTARY Jan. 28
EDITOR'S NOTE: Serving up even more news and now we wonder about podcasts
At Salem Reporter, the staff listens closely to the community's thoughts and requests about local news coverage. So, what do you think about a local podcast?
SALEM CITY GOVERNMENT Jan. 28
Salem no closer to solution for homeless campers downtown
Unable to find a low-barrier temporary shelter, the Salem City Council on Monday again floated the idea of allowing public camping in certain parts of town.
SALEM CITY GOVERNMENT Jan. 27
City clears way for land owners to host car campers
Salem is taking one more step to provide shelter for homeless residents, now allowing nonprofit, public or commercial entities to host car campers. Property owners have to meet city requirements before they can allow those living in their vehicles to stay overnight.
SCHOOL BOARD Jan. 27
AGENDA: Salem-Keizer board will tackle school lunch, student behavior in work session
The school board meets Tuesday night to, among other things, hear Salem-Keizer's annual report on how it's following Oregon rules for public school districts.
STATE GOVERNMENT Jan. 27
AGENDA: Committee to get update in Salem on smoke management plan
The Oregon Smoke Management Plan seeks to allow burning while keeping smoke out of sensitive areas. On Thursday, a volunteer committee will hear how that's going.
LOCAL SCHOOLS Jan. 27
Sprague High School tagged with swastikas, racist and homophobic graffiti
Salem police are investigating a possible hate crime after school security workers found graffiti on multiple Sprague High School buildings early Monday.
MARION COUNTY GOVERNMENT Jan. 27
AGENDA: Solid Waste Management Advisory Council to discuss upcoming legislative session
The council meets Tuesday, Jan. 28 at 5:30 p.m., 555 Court St. N.E.
HOMELESSNESS Jan. 27
Volunteers needed for Salem's 2020 homeless person count
A more accurate count of homeless people in and around Salem can mean more federal money to help people get housing. This year, volunteers can record data on their phones rather than with pen and paper.
SALEM AREA EVENTS Jan. 27
In favor of an Oregon fur ban, animal right activists rallied at the Capitol
A group of animal rights activists came to the Oregon State Capitol on Sunday to express their support for banning the sale of new furs statewide
SALEM PEOPLE AND PLACES Jan. 27
Salem's Eisenhut recounts overseas medical service, dealing with epidemics and politics
The Marion-Polk County Medical Society honored Dr. Debbie Eisenhut at its recent winter event. The group is celebrating its 150th anniversary, the oldest medical society west of the Mississippi.