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I-5 closed near Salem as police reconstruct crash

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) -- Police are investigating a multiple vehicle crash on I-5 in North Salem Saturday morning. The Oregon Department of Transportation said all southbound lanes were closed near the Portland Road interchange. Police are investigating and reconstructing the crash.


Grand jury indicts off-duty Salem officer on meth, theft charges

PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) – A grand jury has indicted an off-duty Salem police officer and another man in connection with two Portland burglaries. The indictment says Seth Thayres is facing charges of unlawful possession of meth and theft. Those same papers say James Cardenas is charged with aggravated th


Significant Snow Possible for Our Area

The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Watch starting Sunday evening for our area. Significant snow is possible for Sunday night and Monday morning’s commute.


Oregon State Police: Five teens involved in fatal crash

GALES CREEK - The Oregon State Police (OSP) have said that Saturday morning's fatal crash involved five teenagers. According to OSP, a black 2012 Kia Soul was travelling eastbound on Highway 6 near mile post 42, close to the Gales Creek Shell station, when it drifted off the highway, striking a larg


Oregon AG to sue over Trump family planning 'gag rule'

SALEM, Ore. - Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum announced she will be filing a lawsuit against the Trump Administration for a new rule issued Friday by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services on the Title X family planning program.


Man gets prison time for dealing meth, cockfighting

SALEM, Ore. (AP) -- A Salem man has been sentenced to more than six years in prison for dealing methamphetamine and abusing hundreds of roosters by training them for cockfights.


Oregon parole board requests bill to eliminate sex offender reclassification deadline

SALEM, Ore. — A local mom and alleged sexual assault survivors blasted a bill Friday that would get rid of the state's deadline for reclassifying sex offenders. "It's important to do it in a timely manner because it's in the interest of public safety and this is what people wanted," Christine VanOrd


Magnitude 3.0 earthquake hits east of Newport

PORTLAND, Ore. — A small earthquake was recorded about 25 miles east of Newport late Friday morning. The magnitude 3.0 quake struck at 11:04 a.m. about 25 miles east of Newport and 40 miles west of Salem, according to the Pacific Northwest Seismic Network. The depth of the earthquake was 27 miles.


Oregon on track to be 1st state with mandated rent controls

SALEM, Ore. (AP) -- Oregon is on track to becoming the first state to impose mandatory rent controls, with a tenant protection measure moving through the Legislature. Numerous residents have testified for the legislation, describing anxiety and hardship as rents rise. Some rents have gone up by almo


Snowstorm threatens to bring disruptions to Portland, Oregon, early next week

While the weekend is expected to end with rain in Portland, Oregon, the stage is set for a snowstorm to start the new week and disrupt travelers and residents. While a bit of accumulating snow may graze Seattle, the brunt of the impending snowstorm for the Interstate-5 corridor may focus around the


Flurries spotted on Willamette Valley floor

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) -- Some snow flurries have been spotted reaching the floor of the Willamette Valley, but the National Weather Service said the flurries will stay north of Salem and won't accumulate.


West Salem shooting range: A possible solution?

A measure proposed by Oregon Senate President Peter Courtney would open the possibility of suing city and county jurisdictions when bullets stray from private property and injure others.


Linn group makes its best pitch in Salem for an intermodal facility

SALEM — After three hours of testimony Thursday afternoon before the Oregon Transportation Commission, a proposal to build an intermodal transloading facility near Millersburg appeared to hold an advantage over a similar project proposed near Brooks.


Roseburg High School principal shares Measure 98 success stories with lawmakers

As part of an effort to seek expanded funding under Measure 98, Roseburg High School Principal Jill Weber traveled to Salem on Monday to tell lawmakers about the school's efforts to prepare students for college and careers.


Warriors Defeat Owls in CCC Semifinals

SALEM, Ore. – No. 3 seeded and No. 20 ranked Oregon Tech met No. 2 seeded Corban University on the court on Friday night, with the outcome a tossup. Both teams entered with a 23-8 record and a split regular-season series. The game was close until the end, when the Warriors outscored Tech 27-12 sendi


Heavy snow predicted for Oregon highways

BEND, Oregon — Weather forecasters are predicting tougher than normal driving conditions across central and northern Oregon highways between now and Tuesday, February 26. Central Oregon is currently predicted to receive the greater snowfall, but Interstate 84 through the Columbia Gorge is also expec


2 Oregon lawmakers demoted for rude behavior

SALEM, Ore. (AP) - Two Oregon lawmakers have been demoted following complaints of disrespectful and rude behavior. Rep. Mitch Greenlick on Thursday was removed as chairman of the House Committee on Health Care. The Portland Democrat has also been booted off the House Conduct Committee.


Report: Trump wall to sap $222 mil. from OR, WA drug interdiction, military construction

SALEM, Ore. — A new report says President Donald Trump's plan to fund a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border could cost Oregon and Washington around $222 million in Defense Department funding for military construction and anti-drug trafficking efforts.


AGENDA: Salem-Keizer School Board to consider St. Edward land sale, apartment tax exemption

Members of the Salem-Keizer School board during a meeting. (Rachel Alexander/Salem Reporter) The Salem-Keizer School Board will consider putting the finishing touches on a land sale agreement with St. Edward Catholic Church at a Tuesday meeting.


Rain. Snow. Flooding? A wet weekend on tap for Western Oregon

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. - There is a very wet weekend in store across Oregon. Rain showers pick up Friday night across the Valley with snow showers building over the Passes. A Winter Weather Advisory in effect until 4 a.m. for Willamette & Santiam Passes for 3-8" of new snow Friday evening into Saturday.