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May. 7
LEGISLATIVE UPDATE: House bill seeks to pave way for more electric vehicles
COVID IN OREGON May. 7
Oregon workplace safety agency moves to make Covid regulations permanent
Earlier this week, the Oregon Occupational Safety and Health Administration enacted regulations that’ll continue the masking, social distancing and sanitization requirements that have become common in workplaces. While business groups say the requirements are manageable, they say there should include a sunset date. Labor groups say the pandemic is ongoing, and the regulations have kept workers safe.
SALEM CITY GOVERNMENT May. 7
Budget committee recommends body-worn cameras for Salem police
The Salem Budget Committee on Wednesday recommended that a body-worn and dash camera program be included in the city budget with an amount that still needs to be determined. Salem City Council in June will vote on the program, which is estimated to cost more than half a million dollars in its first year.
SALEM NONPROFITS May. 7
Meals on Wheels looking for distribution hubs in south, west Salem
As more seniors stayed home during the pandemic, Salem's Meals on Wheels program grew from serving about 450 people daily to 750. To sustain a bigger program and ease the work of volunteer drivers, the program's leaders are now looking for more space.
May. 7
UPDATED: Cherriots resumes service at downtown transit center; police clear suspicious package report
ON THE AIR May. 7
ON THE AIR: Reporter Saphara Harrell details new soccer fields, downtown Salem development
Catch up with local news weekday mornings on community radio station KMWV (98.3 FM) with "In Case You Missed It - With Salem Reporter." One of our reporters joins radio station manager Lisa Walz to discuss a story of two of the day.
May. 7
Willamette names new dean for Atkinson Graduate School of Management
AROUND OREGON May. 7
AROUND OREGON: Malheur County could get billion-dollar energy project on Owyhee Reservoir
Executives from a Utah company, rPlus Hydro, recently briefed the Malheur County Court on a proposal to build a pumped storage facility. Matthew Shapiro, chief executive officer of rPlus Hydro, said the project could generate 300 new jobs and generate a significant amount of electricity.
May. 6
Police report: Storage unit fire caused by stolen flare gun
May. 6
LEGISLATIVE UPDATE: Bill making it easier for unemployed workers to return to work passes Legislature
LOCAL HISTORY May. 6
SALEM HISTORY: The "Little Gem" grocery store gets a facelift and new home
A new Salem Reporter feature highlights local history. Historic preservation advocate Hazel Patton chronicles the move and restoration of one of Salem's historic buildings, a Mom and Pop grocery store that once served customers in central Salem.
SALEM CITY GOVERNMENT May. 6
Salem Budget Committee recommends funding for mobile unit to respond to crisis calls
All members of the committee agreed they want a unit, but are still uncertain where funding will come from. On Wednesday, the budget committee unanimously voted to set aside a quarter of the project’s anticipated costs for the first 16 months.
FreeCOVID IN SALEM May. 6
Peoples Church in northeast Salem tied to one of Oregon’s largest Covid outbreaks
The Oregon Health Authority said Wednesday that 74 people had contracted Covid through an outbreak tied to the church after beginning an investigation in April. The church’s lead pastor, Scott Erickson, joined nine other Oregon churches in a 2020 lawsuit unsuccessfully seeking to overturn Gov. Kate Brown’s “Stay Home, Save Lives” order.
May. 6
New lawsuit challenges Oregon's Covid restrictions
AROUND OREGON May. 6
AROUND OREGON: Bringing beavers back to the beaver state
Oregon tribes are reintroducing a species that creates important habitat for First Foods. But the Beaver State’s laws don’t work in the animal’s favor.
SALEM PEOPLE AND PLACES May. 6
A spring garden afternoon supports Willamette Valley Hospice's healing through music
In its first in-person event since the pandemic began, Willamette Valley Hospice invited music therapists to perform for guests at a reservation-only jewelry sale to benefit the program.
COVID IN OREGON May. 5
Salem area reacts with frustration to yo-yo shift in Covid restrictions
Gov. Kate Brown on Tuesday surprised people across the state by announcing that 15 counties, including Marion and Polk, would move from the “extreme” to “high” risk categories of Covid restrictions. Salem area businesses and elected leaders were agitated by the sudden shift in restrictions and the explanation offered by the governor for it.
PUBLIC SAFETY May. 5
Salem Police Employees Union fails in effort to unionize sergeants
The union which represents Salem police officers failed in an effort to add 24 sergeants to its bargaining unit after an April ruling by the state’s employment board which found they were “supervisory” employees under state law. The union president said healthcare was one of the big reasons sergeants wanted to join.
May. 5
Salem man arrested on suspicion of arson following storage unit fire
May. 5
LEGISLATIVE UPDATE: House bill aims to increase diversity on publicly traded corporate boards
FreeSALEM PEOPLE AND PLACES May. 5
During a difficult year, Assistance League expands help for Salem students
Volunteers like Jeanette George have helped pick out clothing and assemble kits with basic hygiene items for thousands of students in Salem-Keizer schools this year through their Operation School Bell program.
ON THE AIR May. 5
ON THE AIR: Reporter Jake Thomas discusses new restrictions, economics of government help
Catch up with local news weekday mornings on community radio station KMWV (98.3 FM) with "In Case You Missed It - With Salem Reporter." One of our reporters joins radio station manager Lisa Walz to discuss a story of two of the day.
May. 5
Watch Q&As with Salem-Keizer School Board candidates
Free May. 4
Gov. Brown moves Marion, Polk counties back to "high risk," clearing indoor dining to resume
LOCAL SCHOOLS May. 4
As Salem-Keizer emerges from the pandemic, $1.5 billion budget adds more social workers, alternative education
Each district high school would get a social worker and elementary schools would no longer share speech pathologists under a budget plan released Tuesday by Superintendent Christy Perry.
AROUND OREGON May. 4
AROUND OREGON: Rep. Bentz slams governor over her increased Covid restrictions
After the governor announced that 15 counties would be moving into the category of "extreme risk" for Covid last Friday, U.S. Rep. Cliff Bentz released a statement criticizing the restrictions, which include a shutdown of indoor dining for eight of the 20 counties he represents. Malheur County is still in "moderate risk," with indoor dining allowed.
May. 4
State Rep. Mike Nearman says he has Covid, will fight charges linked to Oregon Capitol riot
COVID IN OREGON May. 4
Oregon civil rights group seeks to expand lawsuit over state’s handling of Covid in prisons
On Monday, lawyers representing people incarcerated in Oregon’s prisons filed a motion in federal court asking a judge to grant an ongoing lawsuit class-action status. Gaining the status could significantly expand the number of people who could seek compensation from the Oregon Department of Corrections for its response to the pandemic.
FreeSALEM COMMUNITY May. 4
After losing everything in Santiam Canyon wildfire, couple returns home thanks to a turn in fortune
Be Bold Street Ministries gave a couple who had been living in hotels for the past seven months an RV and more recently a car that was donated to the Salem nonprofit.
May. 4
Oregon Tech faculty end strike after tentative agreement reached
May. 4
Large fire damages Airport Self Storage facility in Salem
STATE GOVERNMENT May. 4
Oregon legislative aides move forward with first-of-its kind union
If legislative aides vote to form a collective bargaining unit later this month, it will be the country’s first-ever legislative union. Getting to this point required clearing multiple legal hurdles. Supporters say it’ll create a better working environment for staff, which will improve how the Legislature functions.
OREGON POLITICS May. 4
Oregon delegation sees greater access, clout with addition of sixth representative
The latest Census tally gives Oregon a new Congressional district. Oregon's current representatives say that will give the state added clout in decision-making on matters of national and state import, and also offers constituents one more place to get help.
May. 3
Tree in Geer Park planted in remembrance of Covid victims
FreeSALEM COMMUNITY May. 3
Salem leaders say they’re constrained by the Constitution when handling far-right events
A gun rights rally in Riverfront Park Saturday has riled the community as social media reports of intimidation and assault by Proud Boys have circulated. Salem police and city leaders say they need to protect First and Second Amendment rights and no one has pressed charges following Saturday’s event.
May. 3
"Feed the Tuba" campaign launches to benefit wind ensemble, Salem food banks
ON THE AIR May. 3
ICYMI with Salem Reporter: Rachel Alexander gets behind the area's climbing Covid numbers
Catch up with local news weekday mornings on community radio station KMWV (98.3 FM) with "In Case You Missed It - With Salem Reporter." One of our reporters joins radio station manager Lisa Walz to discuss a story of two of the day.
FreeLOCAL SCHOOLS May. 3
As Salem-Keizer schools resume, numbers show how many students have Covid and who’s staying home
In the weeks since Salem-Keizer middle and high schools resumed in-person classes, the district has recorded 26 cases of Covid among more than 18,000 secondary students who are back in school buildings. About 15% of students have remained in all-online classes.
May. 3
Salem-Keizer budget committee begins meeting Tuesday
SALEM SCHOOLS May. 3
With ceremonial toss of dirt, Corban University starts on new sports complex
Corban University, the private university in southeast Salem, is launching construction for a new complex for track and field. Officials gathered recently for a groundbreaking ceremony.

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