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COVID IN OREGON November 20
Restaurant association takes legal action to block state's two-week freeze
The Oregon Restaurant and Lodging Association on Friday, Nov. 20, filed a complaint in Portland U.S. District Court arguing that Gov. Kate Brown's new ordering limiting restaurants and bars to delivery or takeout is unconstitutional. The group is asking for a temporary restraining order.
COVID IN SALEM November 20
Local health officials say there is little evidence Salem restaurants and bars are helping spread Covid
Marion County reports less than 1% of its Covid cases can be traced to restaurants or bars, casting doubt on why they must stop serving diners. State officials, however, say they are certain that the establishments are part of the rapid spread of the virus in Oregon, and point to a growing number of cases that can't be traced at all.
SALEM AREA EVENTS November 20
Salem teens keep SnoBall alive in its 67th year with virtual high school dance
Evyn Baker, a West Salem High School junior, said students on the planning committee wanted to preserve something normal in 2020 and give local teens a chance to dress up, socialize and win prizes.
PUBLIC SAFETY November 20
After illustrious career with Salem police, Jerry Moore puts away his badge
Jerry Moore has served as Salem’s police chief for 15 years and more than 40 with the Salem Police Department. Salem Reporter interviewed the chief ahead of his last day on Nov. 30.
VOTE 2020 November 19
After weeks of waiting, Deb Patterson wins race for Senate District 10
Patterson, a Democrat, narrowly prevailed over Sen. Denyc Boles, R-Salem, in one of the state's most competitive and expensive races. The outcome means that Democrats will keep their expansive majority in the Senate.
FreeCOVID IN SALEM November 18
Pandemic 101: how to get a Covid test, where to find Salem-specific data and other common questions
We know, everyone is sick of the pandemic. But with so much information flying around, Salem Reporter thought it would be helpful to compile some coronavirus basics in one place.
PUBLIC SAFETY November 18
AGENDA: As city prepares for a close look at police practices, six key questions emerge
A citizen committee overseeing an upcoming audit of the Salem Police Department on Thursday will review six key questions that will guide the examination of policing in the city. The group is expected to provide a report to the Salem City Council in mid-December.
SALEM GOVERNMENT November 18
Marion County has spent more than $1 million on a hotel for Covid respite. Most of its rooms have sat empty
The county reserved the entire Super 8 in Woodburn for Covid patients with nowhere to isolate. It's also been used for wildfire evacuees. As the county faces a surge in Covid cases only two patients occupy the 81-room building.
COVID IN OREGON November 18
State order restricting businesses, limiting gatherings goes into effect
In response to a steep increase in new Covid cases, Gov. Kate Brown enacted a "freeze" that limits restaurants to takeout, closes gyms and other facilities while also prohibiting large private gatherings. While the new restrictions aren't as stringent as March's stay-home order, they are expected to take a toll on already struggling businesses.
LOCAL SCHOOLS November 18
Language barriers, unfamiliar technology add to challenge of online school for Pacific Islander families
Salem-Keizer schools have more than 300 students who speak Marshallese as a first language, but there's just one Marshallese-speaking outreach worker for the district. With school online, educators are using home visits to bridge gaps and connect with families.
COVID IN OREGON November 17
Companies agree to pay up after facing complaints of price gouging
Two convenience store chains will pay thousands after complaints filed with the state Attorney General alleged they increased the prices of masks more than was legally allowed. The attorney general also announced agreements with others over pandemic-related claims and refunds.
SALEM CITY GOVERNMENT November 17
AGENDA: Salem Climate Action Plan task force holds first workshop Wednesday
The 40-member group will begin discussing a vision for how the city will reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
LOCAL SCHOOLS November 17
Salem-Keizer schools roll back in-person instruction, stop youth sports as Oregon shuts down
Superintendent Christy Perry said soaring local Covid case counts and concerns from the teachers union prompted her to scale back the in-person help about 4,000 local students received last week. Salem-Keizer had been offering more in-person instruction than most other large Oregon districts.
PUBLIC SAFETY November 16
Grand jury finds Salem officer justified in fatally shooting Salem man
Marion County District Attorney Paige Clarkson released the details of the Oct. 29 shooting Monday, describing an officer firing 27 rounds after being grazed by a bullet.
SALEM BUSINESS November 16
BUSINESS ROUNDUP: New Covid regulations, empty box retailer for sale, Santiam Canyon rebuilding update, get stimulated and safety training en Español
State's new pandemic safety rules are in effect. JCPenney’s Salem location is for sale. How's rebuilding Santiam Canyon going? Stimulus checks are still available. Worker safety agency offers new Spanish training.
COVID IN OREGON November 16
With new Covid rules imminent, Oregon restaurants say a wave of permanent closures is coming
Gov. Brown's "freeze" goes into effect Wednesday, Nov. 18 will limit restaurants to take-out only. Without financial aid, hundreds of Oregon restaurants say they'll go bust.
COVID IN SALEM November 16
"We look after each other" - Salem Health's Dr. Doug Eliason talks masks, Thanksgiving plans as Covid cases grow
Family doctors like Doug Eliason see the majority of Covid patients who have mild illnesses and don't need medical care to feel better. We asked him about how his clinic has changed during the pandemic and why he urges patients to follow health precautions even if they're low-risk for serious illness.
SALEM CITY GOVERNMENT November 16
AGENDA: Salem City Council to discuss short-term goals for the city
The Salem City Council is meeting for a work session Monday evening to discuss its goals for the next three or more years and reflect on progress made so far this year.

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