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Correction: School Meals Expansion story

May. 17, 2019 4:39 PM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — In a story May 16 about school meals programs in Oregon, The Associated Press reported erroneously the number of public school students in Oregon. There are about 580,000 students, not 400,000. A corrected version of the story is below: Oregon OKs largest expansion of federal free lunch...

Flowering cherry trees in Salem saved from chopping block

May. 17, 2019 3:44 PM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — A double row of flowering cherry trees in front of the Oregon State Capitol in Salem will not be chopped down. The Oregonian/OregonLive reports civil engineers determined that the roots of the cherry trees aren't causing leaks in the state-owned Capitol Mall parking garage nearby. A...

Suit: Shilo Inns owes Salem $143K in unpaid taxes, fines

May. 17, 2019 8:15 AM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — The City of Salem is suing Shilo Inns, claiming the company has refused to pay over $143,000 in unpaid room taxes, penalties and interest dating back to the summer of 2018. The Statesman Journal reports the lawsuit was filed in Marion County Circuit Court last week. Court records say...

Man gets 12 years for fatal DUI crash

May. 16, 2019 11:39 AM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — A man has been sentenced to 12 years and six months in prison for hitting and killing a Salem, Oregon, couple while driving drunk. The Statesman Journal reports that about two dozen of the victims' friends and family members filled the courtroom Wednesday during the sentencing of Eduardo...

Rift exposed among Oregon leaders on wolf protections

May. 15, 2019 10:27 PM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Slapping down a stance taken by the director of Oregon's wildlife department, Gov. Kate Brown declared Wednesday that the state and its agencies oppose the federal government's proposal to take the gray wolf off the endangered species list. Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife Director...

Oregon to appeal federal judge order in murder case

May. 15, 2019 7:55 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The Oregon Department of Justice will appeal a federal judge's ruling that ordered the release or a new trial for Frank Gable, convicted of murder for the 1989 stabbing death of Oregon's prison chief Michael Francke. The Oregonian/OregonLive reports the state filed its notice of...

Oregon policewoman survives shooting, suspect arrested

May. 15, 2019 6:32 PM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — A policewoman survived being shot several times at close range by a motorist who was later arrested Wednesday at a nearby apartment in a capture operation assisted by around 100 law enforcement officers. The arrest capped a night of drama in which a working-class neighborhood of Oregon's...

Correction: Oregon-Vaccine Exemptions story

May. 15, 2019 6:20 PM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — In a story May 14 about vaccine legislation in Oregon, The Associated Press reported erroneously that Washington state this year passed a law to end all non-medical exemptions for the measles vaccine. The Washington measure included religious exemptions. A corrected version of the story...

Men accused in Salem shootings ordered held without bail

May. 10, 2019 10:41 AM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — A judge has ordered two suspects accused of killing two Salem men and shooting a woman held without bail. The Statesman Journal reports that during their arraignment Thursday, the mother of one of the victims tearfully asked Judge Jennifer Gardiner to not release the men suspected of...

Willamette Valley cities get money to revitalize

May. 10, 2019 9:06 AM EDT

SALEM, Ore (AP) — Four cities in Oregon's Willamette Valley have received $800,000 in revitalization grants. The Statesman Journal reports that Dallas, Stayton, Turner and Woodburn are receiving a total of $800,000 from Oregon Heritage - $200,000 each in matching grants through Oregon lottery bonds - for...