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Courts February 27
Brothers involved in brutal 1990s killing will have their sentence reconsidered
A recent U.S. Supreme Court decisions allows a second look for prisoners serving life sentences for crimes they committed as minors.
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State politics February 27
State Senator Shemia Fagan enters race for Oregon Secretary of State
Four Democrats and one Republican vying to become state’s chief elections officer.
COMMUNITY COLLEGE February 27
Chemeketa board unanimously raises tuition for fifth year in a row
The $11 per credit increase, approved Wednesday night, is intended to offset years of falling enrollment and rising employee costs.
SALEM AREA EVENTS February 27
West Salem stages post-apocalyptic interpretation of Shakespeare's "Macbeth"
The show, which sits the audience onstage for a more intimate, emotionally-driven performance, opens Thursday, Feb. 27 at West Salem High School.
SALEM PEOPLE AND PLACES February 27
Corban University raises money for student scholarships at annual event
The college held its yearly lunch at the Salem Convention Center Monday, Feb. 24. Many students said the scholarships helped get them through school.
Oregon legislature February 26
As Republican walkout enters day 3, both sides dig in their heels
Legislative leaders have expressed little appetite for further compromise. But there are hints a deal is in the works.
SALEM COMMUNITY February 26
After a $3.2 million restoration, Salem’s Pringle Creek eases fish passage
The city started clearing old concrete pilings from a former paper mill out of the waterway last summer, making it easier for fish to swim upstream.
LOCAL SCHOOLS February 26
Over objections from teachers, Salem-Keizer board approves $35 million spending plan
Several parents, students and community leaders said they're excited to see Salem-Keizer schools prioritizing the needs of students of color. But teachers overwhelmingly spoke against the plan for its spending on curriculum and administrative positions.
SALEM CITY GOVERNMENT February 26
Salem councilor tries to find middle ground in sit-lie but some service providers are dubious
Councilor Cara Kaser swayed nearly every councilor to vote for a new city ban affecting the homeless – but only with expanded local services.
OREGON LEGISLATURE February 25
Oregon waits as game of political poker plays out at the Capitol
With House Republicans joining their Senate colleagues in boycotting legislative work, the Legislature is missing needed bodies to vote. Killing a climate change proposal is their objective and Democrats insist they won't bow.
COMMUNITY COLLEGE February 25
Chemeketa board considers $11 per credit tuition increase to balance budget next year
The college's Board of Education will vote Wednesday on the increase, which would raise the cost of attending Chemeketa by about $500 per year for a full-time student.
SALEM PEOPLE AND PLACES February 25
Art Association's event raises money for field trips, school programs
They went back to the "Roaring Twenties" for their attire but those attending Salem Art Association's party bid on modern art to raise money.
OREGON LEGISLATURE February 25
Political climate change hits Capitol as House Republicans abandon daily session
The Oregon House convened with one Republican representative on the floor Tuesday morning - not enough to make a quorum. The test of wills over climate change legislation is disrupting the Senate as well.
TRAFFIC February 25
Liberty, Division streets close March 2 for Salem Police Station construction
Expect more downtown traffic over the next few months as construction crews work to add sidewalks, on-street parking and other features around the new Salem Police headquarters.
SALEM CITY GOVERNMENT February 24
Salem City Council moves forward with sit-lie - with some conditions
The vote on the controversial ordinance, which would ban sitting or lying on sidewalks during the day, followed hours of public testimony from downtown business owners, property managers, homeless people and advocates. Councilor Cara Kaser said she hoped her motion struck a balance between the two sides.
OREGON LEGISLATURE February 24
Finger pointing was prime product at Legislature Monday as Senate Republicans bolt
Senate Republicans jammed a stick in the legislative machinery Monday, bringing the Senate to a halt. They insist voters should have the final say on climate change legislation and put major legislation in peril to make their point.
LOCAL SCHOOLS February 24
School board to vote on final $35 million spending plan for Salem-Keizer
Tuesday's school board meeting will likely be packed as the Salem-Keizer board votes on a sweeping plan designed to close achievement gaps using new state money expected in the fall.
OREGON LEGISLATURE February 24
Oregon Senate Republicans walk out
Republicans in the Senate boycotted a floor session Monday morning, putting a stop to the Senate before it could consider a controversial greenhouse gas emissions legislation that has been a political lightning rod.
LOCAL SCHOOLS February 24
South Salem students can now earn college business credits through Oregon Tech partnership
South Salem High School boasts the largest DECA chapter in Oregon, sending dozens of students to compete at state and national events every year. Now, those students can earn a full quarter of college credit for their business, marketing and economics classes.
SALEM COMMUNITY February 24
Marion County challenges garbage burner's bad environmental rap
Addressing the room at Salem City Club Friday, Marion County Public Works Director Brian Nicholas touted the benefits of burning garbage over sending trash to a landfill. Marion County currently does both.
SALEM PEOPLE AND PLACES February 24
Salem's Bud Pierce cited for service to American Cancer Society
The Oregon unit of the American Cancer Society presented Bud Pierce an award for his work on cancer matters. Salem citizens gathered recently for an event to learn the society's latest efforts.
SUNDAY REVIEW February 23
DIGEST: A fast run through Salem news of recent days from Salem Reporter
Here's a quick look at some of the news from Salem and state government in recent days. We know you're busy, and this service gives you a way to be sure you're not missing information about your community.
EDITOR'S NOTE February 23
EDITOR'S NOTE: Readers react to column about Capitol protests, telling us to keep going
One after another, readers sent in emails with their views about how Salem Reporter covered recent protests and generally does its job. The notes show the value of providing local news that can be trusted.
OREGON LEGISLATURE February 21
Legislation introduced to advance deal between timber and environmental interests
Oregon would establish new stream buffers and require better alerts about aerial spraying under legislation needed to ensure forestry deal.
OREGON LEGISLATURE February 21
The Legislature's greenhouse gas reduction bill has been the session's most complex and contentious legislation. Here's what it means
The Oregon Capital Bureau consulted energy and climate policy experts and reviewed state and federal reports and analyses to cut through political claims and focus on what the program would do as proposed and how Oregonians would be affected.
SALEM ENTERTAINMENT February 21
Salem group takes interesting approach to presenting Lincoln's speeches
A former music teacher takes the lead at Salem Philharmonia and its volunteer musicians who will present shows Saturday and Sunday.
Oregon legislature February 21
A bill seeking to crack down on masked rioters draws concerns over free speech and privacy
The legislation is aimed at politically charged protests that’ve turned violent. Critics say it could sweep up peaceful protestors. One said it advances “fascism.”
SALEM CITY GOVERNMENT February 21
Salem mayor pushes for ‘sit-lie’ in the face of increasing uproar over homeless problem downtown
At his State of the City address last week, Mayor Chuck Bennett said there’s no excuse for homeless people to be camping on the city’s sidewalks. If the ban doesn’t pass at Monday’s city council meeting, he said it could go to voters.
OREGON LEGISLATURE February 21
Improvements to helping Oregon’s mentally ill defendants advancing
Legislation to clarify options and process for judges dealing with those found unfit to stand trial passes Senate, moves to the House for final approval.
events February 20
Want to see Oregon by bike? An event at the Capitol will show you how
The Oregon Scenic Bikeways Program, a unique program, will hold a presentation on Monday at the state Capitol.
OREGON HISTORY February 20
As U.S. celebrates 100 years of women voting, Willamette professor chronicles how Oregon suffragists won the ballot
Cindy Richards has spent her career researching women's suffrage in the Northwest, where activists relied more on covert one-on-one outreach than public campaigning. She said the movement's successes have lessons on political engagement still relevant today.
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