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SALEM IN NEED: As pandemic hangs on, Salem nonprofit confronts domestic violence cases affecting local families.

Playgrounds around Salem are off limits because of the pandemic, meaning children are more housebound than normal. Local nonprofits are struggling to keep up with the need to help while fundraising is limited. (Salem Reporter/file) Salem’s Center for Hope and Safety serves victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking, and[Read More…]

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Willamette University plans for in-person fall classes, with pay cuts for faculty and staff

The Willamette University campus in Salem (Courtesy/Willamette University) Willamette University faculty are planning to teach students in-person come fall, but university leaders say much is still uncertain as they look to cut about 10% of the university’s budget for the coming academic year. Willamette’s Board of Trustees will meet Saturday[Read More…]

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WATCHDOG: In Marion County, high concentrations of coronavirus blamed on inequality of care

A sign directs patients at Salud Medical Center in Woodburn on Wednesday, April 29. (Amanda Loman/Salem Reporter) The employees of the farmworkers union in Woodburn got a jolt during their weekly meeting in early April, conducted as usual over Zoom. An organizer shared the grim news that Héctor, a farm[Read More…]