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Dianne Lugo

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Salem, OR, United States

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Past articles by Dianne:

Revenue forecast: Oregon economists no longer predict recession; kicker grows to $4B

State economists predict Oregon lawmakers will have $500 million more to work with than they previously estimated. → Read More

Meet our Mid-Valley: Learning patience from Salem's local eagle pairs

Retired biology teacher Erica Simon spends her days monitoring and teaching about Salem's eagle pairs. → Read More

Oregon lawmakers may have received rare bourbon. It's unclear if anyone is investigating

Six Oregon Liquor and Cannabis Commission employees were identified in the internal investigation, including executive director Steven Marks. → Read More

Travis Nelson, an Oregon lawmaker who is Black, stopped by state police twice in a week

The Oregon Legislature has been in session for just under a month. Since then, one Black lawmaker has been stopped twice by Oregon State Police. → Read More

Police: Four dead after crash on Hwy 226 in Linn County

Oregon State Police responded to the crash on Highway 226 near Fish Hatchery Drive in Linn County around 7:26 p.m. Monday. → Read More

Gov. Tina Kotek outlines $130M funding package to reduce Oregon homelessness

On her first day as governor, Kotek signed three executive orders aimed at reducing the number of people experiencing homelessness in the state. → Read More

Oregon bill would assist domestic violence survivors, homeless with their pets

Senate Bill 496 would allow homeless and domestic violence shelters to use funding for pet services including food, shelter, supplies and vet care. → Read More

At the Oregon Legislature: Senate Bill 764 would ban shoes made from kangaroo

The bill could impact Nike and some other athletic shoe companies by prohibiting the sale of cleats made of kangaroo leather. → Read More

No charges filed in death of Salem 6-year-old

The Marion County District Attorney's Office is choosing not to proceed with charges in connection with the death of a 6-year-old. → Read More

FBI offering $25K for info on attacks at Oregon reproductive health centers

The FBI is offering a $25,000 reward for help in finding the person or people responsible for arson attacks on reproductive health centers in Oregon. → Read More

Silverton man dies in crash on Hwy 214 between Silverton and Mt. Angel

The crash shut down the highway for four hours on Wednesday. → Read More

Oregon Gov. Tina Kotek signs executive orders aimed at homelessness, declares state of emergency

Kotek signed three executive orders on her first afternoon as Oregon governor, all aimed at reducing the number of people experiencing homelessness. → Read More

Gov. Tina Kotek, Oregon lawmakers sworn into office with promises of change, unity

Tina Kotek has been sworn in as Oregon's 39th governor, and one of the first openly lesbian governors in the nation. → Read More

How to watch Monday's gubernatorial inauguration, legislative swearing-in

Democrat Tina Kotek won a close race against Republican Christine Drazan and Independent candidate Betsy Johnson last November. → Read More

Two arrested for marijuana production in South Salem, Aumsville

Oregon State Police's Northwest Region Marijuana Team have arrested two men for growing illicit marijuana near Aumsville and South Salem. → Read More

Yamhill woman killed, man injured in Friday head-on crash on Hwy 47

A Yamhill woman was killed in a head-on collision on Friday. → Read More

Meet our Mid-Valley: Keizer 97-year-old has delivered Meals on Wheels for 30 years

Every Thursday for the past 30 years, Ralph Dungey has made sure more than a dozen of his neighbors get a hot meal through Meals on Wheels. → Read More

Republican state Sen. Dallas Heard resigns from Legislature

Republican State Sen. Dallas Heard has resigned from the Legislature. He represents District 1, including Roseburg. → Read More

Two dead after single-vehicle crash on Highway 99E

Two people are dead after a crash on Highway 99E on Monday, according to Oregon State Police. → Read More

ARCHES prepares to activate warming shelters as temperatures drop across Oregon

Temperatures are expected to plunge across Oregon, dropping below freezing overnight by Tuesday and staying there for the foreseeable future. → Read More