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Lawsuit: Salem subdivision denied bus service to child

Aug. 15, 2018 1:34 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The parents of a child with disabilities have filed a lawsuit against a Republican state senator and a Salem homeowners' board after it prohibited a school bus from providing door-to-door service for the girl. The Oregonian/OregonLive reports Erika Hernandez and Paolo Regalado filed...

Oregon agency fines fire district, company for asbestos

Aug. 14, 2018 1:22 AM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Oregon has issued more than $31,000 in fines to Polk County Fire District No. 1 and a Salem-based construction company for releasing asbestos during a training exercise for firefighters. The Statesman Journal reports the fire district burned a Monmouth home in January for a...

68-year-old inmate found dead in Oregon State Penitentiary

Aug. 10, 2018 12:14 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Authorities say a 68-year-old inmate was found dead in his cell at the Oregon State Penitentiary in Salem. The Oregonian/OregonLive reports an officer discovered that Juan Rivas-Valles was unresponsive Wednesday morning during a routine check. Audrey McPherson, the penitentiary's...

Oregon commission to set fine amount for ex-school director

Aug. 9, 2018 1:25 AM EDT

MEDFORD, Ore. (AP) — The former head of a public charter school in Medford has agreed to a $5,500 fine after the Oregon ethics commission found 22 instances of ethics law violations. The Mail Tribune reports the state commission will set the final fine amount for Joe VonDoloski when it meets Friday in...

Salem council to consider ban on plastic bags

Aug. 8, 2018 3:00 PM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — The Salem City Council will soon decide whether to ban single-use plastic bags. If approved, Oregon's capital city would join the likes of Portland and Corvallis in adopting a ban on plastic grocery bags. Environmental activists argue that plastic bags harm wildlife and the planet....

Starving dog left at Oregon shelter dies from emaciation

Aug. 7, 2018 12:23 PM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — The Marion County Sheriff's Office says it's looking for two men who left a starving Pomeranian at an animal shelter last week. The sheriff's office says surveillance footage from Thursday night shows two men leaving the dog in a crate at the shelter entrance. The dog died the following...

Oregon police chief orders review of use of force at protest

Aug. 5, 2018 11:52 PM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Portland police were accused Sunday of being heavy-handed against people protesting a rally by extreme-right demonstrators, reportedly injuring some counter-protesters and prompting the city's new police chief to order a review of officers' use of force. Police in riot gear tried to keep...

Man sentenced to 6 years in prison for molesting Keizer girl

Aug. 4, 2018 10:16 AM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — A 46-year-old man convicted of sexually abusing a child in Keizer has been sentenced to more than six years in prison. The Statesman Journal reports Lucio Barrera pleaded no contest to first-degree sexual abuse and was sentenced Thursday. Barrera was arrested on sexual abuse and unlawful...

Editorials from around Oregon

Aug. 1, 2018 12:18 PM EDT

Selected editorials from Oregon newspapers: ____ The (Roseburg) News-Review, July 29, on transgender students and bathrooms: It's hard being an adolescent. We all remember the insecurity, the embarrassment of bodies run amok, the struggle for identity, the jockeying for status. Using the bathrooms and locker...

Arrested Oregon deputy accused of stealing shotguns

Aug. 1, 2018 2:00 AM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Police say the Marion County deputy arrested last week is accused of stealing five shotguns from a deceased man's home. The Statesman Journal reports 49-year-old Sean Banks was booked into the Linn County Jail on theft and official misconduct charges. According to charging documents,...