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BUSINESS October 9
BUSINESS ROUNDUP: Canned memories, trade's impact on Oregon, specialty grants and CAT tax
A local fruit canner wants to hear your memories of using its products. A new study shows how trade benefits the state. Oregon Business offers innovation grants. The state offers answers on the Corporate Activity Tax.
PUBLIC SAFETY October 9
Pedestrian killed in apparent hit-and-run in Keizer
Keizer police found a 70-year-old man dead in the street in the 6100 block of Windsor Island Road North Friday afternoon.
WILDFIRES October 9
Wildfire victims face challenges finding housing in tight market
The Santiam Canyon has a rental vacancy rate of less than 1%, which is proving difficult for families who lost homes in the last month’s historic wildfires to find a place to live. While there are programs there to help, it will be difficult for residents to return to the canyon.
OREGON SCHOOLS October 9
State reports show about 28,000 Oregon kids attending school in-person, with 32 student and staff Covid cases
State health officials have pledged to review school reopening metrics in the coming weeks with a goal of getting more Oregon kids into classrooms, though the Salem area remains far from hitting state targets.
VOTE 2020 October 9
VOTE 2020: With ballots about to hit mailboxes, the U.S. Postal Service seeks to reassure Oregon voters
The financial woes of the U.S. Postal Service have sparked concerns that'll impact mail-in voting. At an event in west Salem on Thursday, officials said that voters should expect business as usual.
FreeCORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK October 8
Oregon State Correctional Institution sees Covid outbreak
Fifty-nine inmates and six employees at the medium-security prison tested positive weeks after the facility was evacuated in response to historic wildfires. A criminal justice reform group wants the Legislature to investigate.
VOTE 2020 October 8
VOTE 2020: Al Davidson helped pioneer mail-in voting. But other states' plans to vote by mail this election worry him
While vote-by-mail is now popular in Oregon, Davidson said it took years to implement and to convince the public to embrace a practice that faced initial skepticism. Other states don't have the same time.
FreeHALLOWEEN 2020 October 7
Marion County health department recommends small groups, masks and staying outside to limit Halloween Covid spread
State health authorities want you to skip trick-or-treating this year. But if you're going to do it anyway, here's what our local public health director says is most important to stay healthy.
TRANSPORTATION October 7
Cherriots running nearly all routes following months of reduced service, but fewer than half of riders have returned
Salem’s transit agency is running all its routes but one following months of reduced service and several of its employees testing positive for Covid. The agency said it could take more than a year to recover.
LIFE IN SALEM October 7
At St. Francis Shelter, an Internet upgrade helps bridge the digital divide
The Salem Health Foundation granted the homeless shelter $20,000 to wire the building for Wi-Fi access so dozens of kids could keep attending school and parents could still get therapy and drug treatment virtually. It's the first time they've invested in IT infrastructure as a community health issue.
SALEM COMMUNITY October 6
Mother keeps daughter's memory alive through road cleanups, memorials
When three teens died from a drunk driver last year, Tammy Watt wanted to make sure they weren’t forgotten. She’s organized road cleanups and memorials. In the future, she hopes to create a nonprofit to help other parents navigate the nightmare of losing a child in a crash.
BUSINESS October 6
Additional outdoor seating provided restaurants a lifeline this summer. But the rain is coming
As the summer turns to fall and the rains set in, restaurants will have to again adjust how they do business. It’s not clear what that will look like but it comes just as the restaurant industry is recovering from historic job losses and not all are expected to survive.
FreeCOVID OUTBREAK October 6
Oregon to double Covid testing capacity with influx of tests from federal government
Health officials said they'll be able to more quickly respond to Covid outbreaks in Oregon with the rapid tests, which offer results in 15 minutes, but cautioned false negatives are common and other precautions like mask-wearing remain essential.
OREGON SCHOOLS October 6
Parents, teachers rally at Oregon Capitol for option to return to school in-person
Salem students and teachers who spoke said they're concerned about student mental health with schools remaining closed and said technology problems have added to the stress families face with all-online school.
SALEM BUSINESS October 5
After over a quarter-century, new owner takes over at Salem Art Department
Katy and Jim Vigeland have handed over the keys to the Art Department to Jessica Ramey. While Ramey has her own plans for the business, many of its core features will stay the same.
SALEM CITY GOVERNMENT October 5
Salem sets goals for walkable neighborhoods, zoning changes in long-range planning document
The city completed a draft vision for the next 20 years of Salem’s future and sets broad goals for housing, transportation and greenhouse gas emission reduction. But one local environmental group said the climate goals aren’t aggressive enough and should be done with a target in mind.
OREGON October 5
AROUND OREGON: Farmworker study shows difficulties of avoiding Covid at work
A research team interviewing hundreds of Oregon farmworkers found many reported social distancing on the job is difficult, with crowded living arrangements and language barriers for some posting extra challenges.
VOTE 2020 October 5
Salem-Keizer NAACP spearheads first-ever local candidate forum focused on communities of color
Almost a dozen group representing Latino, Jewish, Sikh and Pacific Islander residents in the Salem area worked with the NAACP to come up with questions for candidates. Forums will be broadcast live in English and Spanish starting Oct. 7.
COMMENTARY October 5
COMMENTARY: State's odd handling of Covid data only adds to public confusion, challenges trust
When state officials recently released a study of the coronavirus in Malheur County, they blanked out lots of numbers. They said they had no choice. But the agency already serves up many of those numbers in other places. Inconsistency is poor public practice.
OREGON PRISONS October 5
Oregon community colleges risk losing 20-year-old contracts for inmate education
The Oregon Department of Corrections has given six community colleges, including Chemeketa, until Oct. 14 to come up with a new plan for educating hundreds of state inmates. ODOC proposed having corrections employees teach the programs instead.

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