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Buehler invested in tax credits that became state scandal

State Rep. Knute Buehler (File/Portland Tribune) SALEM —Knute Buehler stumped on the floor of the Oregon House of Representatives to decry the state’s controversial business energy tax incentives. Buehler, then a state representative and now the Republican nominee for governor, left out one fact in his speech. He and his[Read More…]

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From chickens to guns, local voters in Oregon face measures

SALEM — While statewide attention is focused on controversial ballot measures, many Oregon voters face local decisions on issues that go above and beyond core public services. A total of 104 city and county measures are on ballots across the state Nov. 6. They range from whether the Astoria School[Read More…]

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South Salem teen leads mobile shower project to serve homeless

Claire Adams, a senior at South Salem High School, is leading a United Way project to create a mobile shower trailer. (Rachel Alexander/Salem Reporter) When Ron Hays became CEO of Salem’s United Way, he wanted to do things differently.  In many communities, United Way chiefly grants funds to other non-profit organizations.[Read More…]

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Salem symphony association joins forces with Oregon Symphony

The Oregon Symphony, with conductor Carlos Kalmar, center, stands following a performance in Salem at Willamette University’s Smith Auditorium on March 18, 2016. (Courtesy/Oregon Symphony) A Salem organization formed 63 years ago to bring classical music concerts to Salem is joining forces with a much larger group: the Oregon Symphony.[Read More…]

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Marion County to investigate its culture following sexual harassment and discrimination allegations

Marion County Courthouse (Salem Reporter file) Marion County plans to hire an independent auditor to investigate the county’s culture following allegations of sexual harassment and discrimination by a public works employee. County spokeswoman Jolene Kelley said Wednesday the county will conduct a “cultural audit.” Details are scant, but Kelley said[Read More…]