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$3.3 million boost approved for Salem police station budget

Jul. 15, 2019 10:42 AM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Salem city councilors have approved an additional $3.3 million to fund the city's new police headquarters, the second additional funding request since voters approved $61.8 million in bonds for the project in 2017. The Statesman Journal reports that construction on the three-story...

Salem considers ordinance to limit homeless sidewalk camping

Jul. 13, 2019 8:46 AM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — The City of Salem is reconsidering an ordinance to restrict sleeping or lying on city sidewalks from dawn to dusk, two years after city councilors rejected a similar proposal amid public outcry. The Statesman Journal reports the ordinance would also restrict the homeless' ability to set...

Teen sentenced to 6 years for robbery attempt

Jul. 11, 2019 11:30 AM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — A 17-year-old was sentenced to six years in a youth facility for firing a gun at a car during a robbery attempt. Two teens were inside, but not injured. The Statesman Journal reports that Stefone Querns, of Salem, Oegon, was charged as an adult and sentenced by Judge Tracy Prall...

Editorials from around Oregon

Jul. 10, 2019 3:30 PM EDT

Selected editorials from Oregon newspapers: ___ Corvallis Gazette-Times, July 9, on nonunanimous jury verdicts: Even busy legislative sessions like the one that wrapped up last week leave a long list of unfinished business. One of the surprises in the closing days of the 2019 session was its failure to refer to...

Police staffing increased in presence of Oregon senator

Jul. 8, 2019 5:26 PM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — A Republican lawmaker who threatened the Senate president and Oregon State Police on the eve of a revolt by GOP senators over a climate-change bill must give notice before coming to the Capitol, where state troopers will beef up their presence, a Senate committee decided Monday. The...

The Latest: Steps taken amid Oregon lawmakers' threats

Jul. 8, 2019 3:43 PM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — The Latest on a hearing by the Oregon state Senate over a lawmaker's comments made during a Republican revolt over climate legislation (all times local): 12:30 p.m. A special committee of the Oregon state Senate decided unanimously on Monday that a Republican senator who threatened the...

Oregon's 12th Republican Senator sworn in

Jun. 28, 2019 7:34 PM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Rep. Denyc Boles has relinquished her House seat to become Oregon's 12th Republican state senator. Boles attended a swearing-in ceremony Friday incCentral Oregon. She was appointed by local county commissioners to replace former Sen. Jackie Winters. Winters died of cancer last month and...

Truckers, loggers circle Oregon Capitol amid climate fight

Jun. 27, 2019 5:53 PM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — A parade of trucks and tractors circled the Oregon Capitol on Thursday in support of Republican lawmakers who have walked out to block emissions-lowering climate legislation in a political crisis that stretched into an eighth day. All 11 Republican senators were once again missing from...

Oregon prison inmate convicted of child sex abuse dies

Jun. 27, 2019 8:30 AM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Officials say a 60-year-old Oregon State Penitentiary inmate sentenced to 130 years for sex abuse crimes died last week. The Oregonian/OregonLive reports Michael Epperson died at Salem Hospital Friday after entering the Salem prison in April. Epperson is the 10th inmate housed at the...

Boles selected to replace Winters in state Senate

Jun. 26, 2019 10:30 AM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — A replacement for the late state Sen. Jackie Winters has been selected. The Oregonain/OregonLive reports that commissioners in Marion and Polk Counties on Tuesday unanimously voted to appoint Denyc Boles, a Salem Republican serving her first elected term in the Oregon House, to the empty...