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  1. 'The conversation about the minimum wage needs to be thoughtful'Read the original story w/Photo

    13 hrs ago | KVAL-TV Eugene

    SALEM, Ore. Just moments after being sworn in for the fourth time as Oregon's governor a few weeks ago, Democrat John Kitzhaber stood before a packed House Chamber filled with both senators and representatives of both political parties and declared: "Disparity is the enemy of community; it separates us; it divides us; it reflects inequality; a lack of fairness; and it means someone is being left behind; that someone is being excluded from the community."


  2. Driver dies when car rear-ends semi in Salem; truck's driver soughtRead the original story w/Photo

    Tuesday | KVAL-TV Eugene

    A driver died early Tuesday morning after rear-ending a semi-truck on Interstate 5, and State Troopers are asking for your help finding the truck's driver for more information. Officials said the crash happened just before 1 a.m. Tuesday on I-5 just north of Mission Street in Salem.


  3. Sheriff's office offers 48-hour amnesty for return of stolen dogRead the original story w/Photo

    Saturday Jan 10 | KVAL-TV Eugene

    The Marion County sheriff's office is offering a 48-hour amnesty in hopes of solving the case of a missing chocolate labrador. Sgt. Chris Baldridge says the dog named Brewer disappeared Thursday night from his owner's fenced yard near Marion, Oregon, south of Salem.


  4. Teen who died at Chemawa Indian School identifiedRead the original story w/Photo

    Dec 15, 2014 | KVAL-TV Eugene

    An 18-year-old student at the Chemawa Indian School in Salem collapsed in her room early Sunday morning, and medical personnel were unable to be resuscitate her. Chemawa is a Native American boarding school that contracts with the Marion County Sheriff's Office when they need law enforcement response.


  5. Salem PD: Photos of officer sleeping in car 'will be investigated'Read the original story w/Photo

    Dec 8, 2014 | KVAL-TV Eugene

    SALEM, Ore. Salem Police officials plan on investigating photos shared on Facebook that show of one of the department's officers who appears to be sleeping in a patrol car.


  6. Lead detective on NW killing spree accused of forging documentsRead the original story w/Photo

    Dec 3, 2014 | KVAL-TV Eugene

    An Oregon State Police detective who investigated a 2011 Northwest killing spree by a pair of white supremacists is expected to plead guilty to charges of forgery and official misconduct related to the case, a prosecutor said Wednesday. Detective David Steele will enter the plea Friday at his arraignment in Salem and be sentenced, Marion County deputy district attorney Paige Clarkson announced in a statement.


  7. Music teacher arrested after sending lewd texts to minorRead the original story w/Photo

    Dec 1, 2014 | KVAL-TV Eugene

    Hallstead is accused of texting and trying to lure a minor for sex. The Marion County Sheriff's Office is serving search warrants related to this case and the investigation is continuing.


  8. Police: 3 shootings in Salem, 2 men taken to the hospitalRead the original story w/Photo

    Nov 26, 2014 | KVAL-TV Eugene

    Two men were taken to the hospital with gunshot wounds Tuesday night, and investigators are working to find out if three separate shootings are connected. Officials said the first man was shot at around 8:30 p.m. Tuesday on Evergreen Avenue near the Oregon State Fairgrounds.


  9. Miss Teen Oregon '09 busted for possession in drug house caseRead the original story w/Photo

    Nov 21, 2014 | KVAL-TV Eugene

    KEIZER, Ore. The former Miss Teen Oregon-World winner was busted for drug possession Wednesday as detectives followed a lead in a possible drug house, Keizer police officials said.


  10. Willamette Univ. football player charged with murdering Salem manRead the original story w/Photo

    Nov 13, 2014 | KVAL-TV Eugene

    SALEM, Ore. Police arrested a Willamette University football player for murder after a 66-year-old man was found dead early Wednesday morning near the intersection of Winter and D Streets in Salem, Salem Police officials said.


  11. 2 killed in head-on crash near SalemRead the original story w/Photo

    Nov 6, 2014 | KVAL-TV Eugene

    Two people are dead after a head-on crash causing one car to catch on fire early this morning near Salem. The two cars were near Lebrun Rd. on French Prairie Rd. when the accident happened and one car began to emit flames.


  12. Police: Wanted sex offender flees officers - and his underpantsRead the original story w/Photo

    Oct 29, 2014 | KVAL-TV Eugene

    Salem police say a man they tried to arrest at a house Tuesday was wearing nothing but underwear. The man fled out the back door.


  13. FBI: Suspect robbed 6 Northwest banks in matter of daysRead the original story w/Photo

    Oct 24, 2014 | KVAL-TV Eugene

    The robber who hit banks in Eugene and Cottage Grove this month is suspected of robbing at least a half dozen banks in the Northwest in recent weeks. The FBI and local police agenices suspect the same man - 41-year-old Anthony James Martinis - robbed banks in Salem, Eugene and Cottage Grove, Oregon; as well as in Yakima, Longview and Lacey, Wash.


  14. New poll could point to trouble for Kitzhaber's re-election bidRead the original story w/Photo

    Oct 22, 2014 | KVAL-TV Eugene

    This July 18, 2014 file photo shows Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber speaking in Salem, Ore. PORTLAND, Ore.


  15. Wells Fargo offers $5K reward for suspect in Salem, Cottage Grove heistsRead the original story w/Photo

    Oct 21, 2014 | KVAL-TV Eugene

    The FBI is looking for a man suspected of robbing three banks in Western Oregon on Thursday, October 16 and Friday, October 17. EUGENE, Ore. - He robbed two of their banks.


  16. Salem teacher on paid leave after ripping girl's shirt off caught on videoRead the original story w/Photo

    Oct 20, 2014 | KVAL-TV Eugene

    In video posted on the "Bully This" group's Facebook page, a teacher's confrontation with one student is already underway. You can see Sara Rue heading for the classroom door.


  17. FBI seeks robber who hit three Western Oregon banks in two daysRead the original story w/Photo

    Oct 17, 2014 | KVAL-TV Eugene

    Officials said the man's robbery spree started at around 10:10 a.m. Thursday at the Wells Fargo bank branch in a Safeway store in Salem. He then hit the Umpqua Bank branch on Valley River Drive in Eugene later in the day, the Federal Bureau of Investigation said.


  18. FBI: Robber hit banks in Salem and Eugene before, after lunchRead the original story w/Photo

    Oct 16, 2014 | KVAL-TV Eugene

    A man robbed a bank in Salem late Thursday morning - then robbed another 60 miles to the south in Eugene a few hours later. The FBI, the Marion County Sheriff's Office and the Eugene Police Department want the public's help in identifying and locating the man believed responsible for the two robberies.


  19. Rapist and murderer Conrad Engweiler released 16 years earlyRead the original story w/Photo

    Oct 16, 2014 | KVAL-TV Eugene

    SALEM, Ore. Conrad Engweiler, convicted of the 1990 aggravated murder and rape of 15-year-old Erin Reynolds, was released from prison 16 years ahead of schedule on Thursday.


  20. Oregon Equal Rights Amendment: Necessary or merely symbolic?Read the original story w/Photo

    Oct 12, 2014 | KVAL-TV Eugene

    In this March 19, 2013, file photo, Leanne Littrell DiLorenzo, founder of, and chief petitioner for Oregon's Measure 89, discusses her proposal to add the equal-rights amendment to the Oregon constitution as Reps. Julie Parrish, R-West Linn, and Wally Hicks, R-Grants Pass, listen during a news conference at the state Capitol in Salem, Ore.


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