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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
SALEM 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.
SALEM 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
SALEM 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.
LOCAL 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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