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BREAKING NEWS February 28
Oregon reports a likely first case of coronavirus - a worker at a Lake Oswego school
Oregon health officials Friday evening said a Washington County resident is hospitalized and in isolation after testing positive for coronavirus. The individual, not identified, may have exposed students and staff at a Lake Oswego elementary school, which is closing.
OREGON LEGISLATURE February 28
Legislature's top lawyer says missing Republicans likely aren't immune from subpoenas to return
Republicans in the Oregon House have insisted they can't be forced to return to the Capitol to help the Legislature finish its work. The Legislature's top lawyer said Friday that's not so, but what happens next remains unclear.
HEALTH CARE February 28
As confirmed cases of the coronavirus hit the U.S., Marion County says it’s ready
Recent cases in northern California and Washington have prompted local public health agencies to set practices in place if the virus emerges in Oregon.
LOCAL SCHOOLS February 28
At Chapman Hill Elementary, young archers learn the ropes
Archery programs are growing in popularity across Oregon as a way to engage students who might not gravitate toward traditional sports. This west Salem elementary school is the latest to sign on.
PUBLIC SAFETY February 28
Body found in Willamette River, sheriff’s office says
A boater found a partially decomposed body near the Buena Vista Ferry Thursday, the Marion County Sheriff’s Office said. Deputies said they don't know how long the man had been there.
OREGON LEGISLATURE February 28
House Democrats try legal force to drag Republicans back to Capitol
As a boycott disrupts Oregon legislative action, another day goes by on Thursday with no floor action in the House or Senate. State representatives from the Republican party now may find themselves face-to-face with a process server.
State politics February 27
State Senator Shemia Fagan enters race for Oregon Secretary of State
Four Democrats and one Republican vying to become state’s chief elections officer.
Courts February 27
Brothers involved in brutal 1990s killing will have their sentence reconsidered
A recent U.S. Supreme Court decision allows a second look for prisoners serving life sentences for crimes they committed as minors.
COMMUNITY COLLEGE February 27
Chemeketa board unanimously raises tuition for fifth year in a row
The $11 per credit increase, approved Wednesday night, is intended to offset years of falling enrollment and rising employee costs.
SALEM AREA EVENTS February 27
West Salem stages post-apocalyptic interpretation of Shakespeare's "Macbeth"
The show, which sits the audience onstage for a more intimate, emotionally-driven performance, opens Thursday, Feb. 27 at West Salem High School.
SALEM PEOPLE AND PLACES February 27
Corban University raises money for student scholarships at annual event
The college held its yearly lunch at the Salem Convention Center Monday, Feb. 24. Many students said the scholarships helped get them through school.
Oregon legislature February 26
As Republican walkout enters day 3, both sides dig in their heels
Legislative leaders have expressed little appetite for further compromise. But there are hints a deal is in the works.
SALEM COMMUNITY February 26
After a $3.2 million restoration, Salem’s Pringle Creek eases fish passage
The city started clearing old concrete pilings from a former paper mill out of the waterway last summer, making it easier for fish to swim upstream.
LOCAL SCHOOLS February 26
Over objections from teachers, Salem-Keizer board approves $35 million spending plan
Several parents, students and community leaders said they're excited to see Salem-Keizer schools prioritizing the needs of students of color. But teachers overwhelmingly spoke against the plan for its spending on curriculum and administrative positions.
SALEM CITY GOVERNMENT February 26
Salem councilor tries to find middle ground in sit-lie but some service providers are dubious
Councilor Cara Kaser swayed nearly every councilor to vote for a new city ban affecting the homeless – but only with expanded local services.
OREGON LEGISLATURE February 25
Oregon waits as game of political poker plays out at the Capitol
With House Republicans joining their Senate colleagues in boycotting legislative work, the Legislature is missing needed bodies to vote. Killing a climate change proposal is their objective and Democrats insist they won't bow.
COMMUNITY COLLEGE February 25
Chemeketa board considers $11 per credit tuition increase to balance budget next year
The college's Board of Education will vote Wednesday on the increase, which would raise the cost of attending Chemeketa by about $500 per year for a full-time student.
SALEM PEOPLE AND PLACES February 25
Art Association's event raises money for field trips, school programs
They went back to the "Roaring Twenties" for their attire but those attending Salem Art Association's party bid on modern art to raise money.
OREGON LEGISLATURE February 25
Political climate change hits Capitol as House Republicans abandon daily session
The Oregon House convened with one Republican representative on the floor Tuesday morning - not enough to make a quorum. The test of wills over climate change legislation is disrupting the Senate as well.
TRAFFIC February 25
Liberty, Division streets close March 2 for Salem Police Station construction
Expect more downtown traffic over the next few months as construction crews work to add sidewalks, on-street parking and other features around the new Salem Police headquarters.
SALEM CITY GOVERNMENT February 24
Salem City Council moves forward with sit-lie - with some conditions
The vote on the controversial ordinance, which would ban sitting or lying on sidewalks during the day, followed hours of public testimony from downtown business owners, property managers, homeless people and advocates. Councilor Cara Kaser said she hoped her motion struck a balance between the two sides.
OREGON LEGISLATURE February 24
Finger pointing was prime product at Legislature Monday as Senate Republicans bolt
Senate Republicans jammed a stick in the legislative machinery Monday, bringing the Senate to a halt. They insist voters should have the final say on climate change legislation and put major legislation in peril to make their point.
LOCAL SCHOOLS February 24
School board to vote on final $35 million spending plan for Salem-Keizer
Tuesday's school board meeting will likely be packed as the Salem-Keizer board votes on a sweeping plan designed to close achievement gaps using new state money expected in the fall.
OREGON LEGISLATURE February 24
Oregon Senate Republicans walk out
Republicans in the Senate boycotted a floor session Monday morning, putting a stop to the Senate before it could consider a controversial greenhouse gas emissions legislation that has been a political lightning rod.
LOCAL SCHOOLS February 24
South Salem students can now earn college business credits through Oregon Tech partnership
South Salem High School boasts the largest DECA chapter in Oregon, sending dozens of students to compete at state and national events every year. Now, those students can earn a full quarter of college credit for their business, marketing and economics classes.
SALEM COMMUNITY February 24
Marion County challenges garbage burner's bad environmental rap
Addressing the room at Salem City Club Friday, Marion County Public Works Director Brian Nicholas touted the benefits of burning garbage over sending trash to a landfill. Marion County currently does both.
SALEM PEOPLE AND PLACES February 24
Salem's Bud Pierce cited for service to American Cancer Society
The Oregon unit of the American Cancer Society presented Bud Pierce an award for his work on cancer matters. Salem citizens gathered recently for an event to learn the society's latest efforts.

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