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Marion County outlines upcoming review of workplace culture

The doors outside the Senator Hearing Room, where the Marion County Board of Commissioners hold weekly meetings. Marion County revealed Wednesday details of an upcoming review of its workplace culture. (Troy Brynelson/Salem Reporter) A review of Marion County’s workplace culture, stemming in part from recent accusations of sexual harassment within[Read More…]

Oregon Senate president tags Boquist with cease and desist for hostile conduct

SALEM — Senate President Peter Courtney has directed a Republican state senator to “cease and desist” intimidating communications with other senators and legislative employees. Courtney made the demand to state Sen. Brian Boquist, R-Dallas, in a Nov. 15 letter obtained by the Oregon Capital Bureau that cited “hostile, intimidating and[Read More…]

UPDATED: Oregon board says those found criminally insane rarely commit new crimes. The numbers say otherwise.

CORRECTION: A review of this story after publication identified factual errors and flaws in data analysis. To learn about the errors, please see this POST. Editor’s Note: This story updates a Nov. 14 report by ProPublica and the Malheur Enterprise that was based on data provided by Oregon’s Psychiatric Security[Read More…]

Salem-Keizer School Board gives Superintendent Christy Perry three more years

Salem-Keizer Superintendent Christy Perry (Moriah Ratner/Special to Salem Reporter) With one dissenting vote, the Salem-Keizer School Board on Tuesday approved a three-year contract extension for Superintendent Christy Perry. Perry, who has been superintendent since 2016, will earn $239,126 this year and $248,691 for the 2019-20 school year, with a 4[Read More…]

Auditors hope opioid findings will light fire under Oregon legislators

SALEM — Oregon is collecting valuable information about opioid prescribers and their patients but state law hamstrings using the system to confront drug abuse, state auditors said Tuesday. Oregon, like all other states, collects information on prescriptions for controlled substances like Oxycodone and Percocet. But Oregon’s program has little teeth,[Read More…]