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Michael Barton died after getting sick in prison. A lawsuit says prison staff ignored his cries for help

Oregon State Penitentiary (Courtesy/Wikimedia Commons) An Oregon State Penitentiary inmate suffering from mental illness was left to die of pneumonia after staff ignored his requests for medical attention, a lawsuit filed against the state Department of Corrections alleges. The lawsuit seeks $15 million and was filed by Stephen Brown, the[Read More…]

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Longtime volunteers probe south Salem’s hidden corners in search of homeless campers

Volunteer Lorrie Walker, left, hands a bagged lunch to James Matthews during Salem’s 2020 homeless count (Rachel Alexander/Salem Reporter) Lorrie Walker trod along an improvised trail near Mill Creek, her rain boots covered in mud. “Good morning!” she called to a large tent covered in tarps. “We’re doing the homeless[Read More…]

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Two Salem-Keizer teachers suspended after allegedly fighting with sex abuse victim in Keizer restaurant

Keizer police arrested a North Salem High School health teacher Friday after she allegedly screamed at a victim of sexual abuse in a Keizer restaurant. Trisha L. Ebbs, 50, was at the Hops N Drops restaurant on Keizer Station Boulevard Jan. 24 when she walked to a booth where a[Read More…]

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Grammy-nominated singer to perform at Willamette University

Theo Bleckmann is performing at Willamette University Wednesday evening. (Courtesy/Willamette University) A Grammy-nominated jazz vocalist is performing at Willamette University Wednesday evening. Theo Bleckmann and pianist-composer Dan Tepfer will perform a mix of dark and political songs from a pre-World War II period as well as sections from their own[Read More…]

How referendums get on the Oregon ballot could change. Here’s why it’s attracting controversy

Secretary of State’s office. (Caleb Wolf/Special to Salem Reporter) Changes to Oregon state administrative rules typically go unnoticed, but they are now the unusual setting for a new political conflict. Our Oregon, a union-backed political group, is alarmed over a proposed change to the state’s election rules it says would[Read More…]

Class size a sticking point as Salem-Keizer task force nears recommendations for spending $35 million

Hallman students gather during the school’s morning assembly. (Fred Joe/Special to Salem Reporter) As the Salem-Keizer School District weighs how to spend millions of dollars in new state money, teachers are pushing to shrink class sizes. That’s put teachers at odds with a volunteer task force that will soon recommend[Read More…]