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Facing reluctant lawmakers, legislation granting tax credits to Oregon’s waste-to-energy facility is uncertain

Covanta Marion, a trash incinerator in Brooks, burns roughly 170,000 tons of garbage every year. (Troy Brynelson/Salem Reporter) Special legislation Marion County says it needs to keep the Brooks waste-incineration facility operating and garbage rates from rising has stalled. House Bill 4049 would have made a waste-to-energy facility eligible for[Read More…]


After losing close friend to suicide, Willamette senior works to get young men to seek help

Willamette University senior Brendan McGonigle wants to encourage more young men to talk about mental health (Rachel Alexander/Salem Reporter) When Brendan McGonigle was a freshman at Willamette University, he lost a childhood friend to suicide. The event spurred McGonigle, now a senior exercise and health science major, to do more[Read More…]

A key bill would give cities a lifeline on homelessness. But one provision has some worried

People camp downtown, along the former home of Nordstrom. (Troy Brynelson/Salem Reporter) Oregon cities struggling with homelessness are expected to be one of the biggest beneficiaries under legislation sponsored by House Speaker Tina Kotek. But not every city official fully supports the idea, some worrying it could limit local governments’[Read More…]

Wanting more input, lawmakers drop legislation concerning threats to churches and schools

Students at memorial fence following the 1998 shooting at Thurston High School in Springfield, Oregon. (Courtesy/Wikimedia Commons) The Oregon Legislature has abandoned a bill that would create the new crime of threatening a school or house of worship. In response to concerns from community organizations, the Legislature will instead convene[Read More…]

Audit: State tourism agency should be more transparent about managers’ pay, strengthen contracting controls

Oregon Caves Cascade, one of Oregon’s many tourist destinations. (Courtesy/Wikimedia Commons) SALEM — The semi-independent Oregon agency overseeing tourism initiatives should be more transparent about managers’ pay and strengthen controls on contracting, Secretary of State Bev Clarno said in an audit report released Thursday. The Oregon Tourism Commission — also[Read More…]