Salem

Karen Richards

The new Oregon State Hospital in Junction City hosted public tours today (Thursday). Approved by the State Legislature in 2007, the campus is nearly ready to accept patients.

The state-run psychiatric hospital has the capacity to house 174 people. It will offer treatment to adults who are civilly or criminally committed.

Greg Roberts is Superintendent of the Oregon State Hospital. He says philosophies have changed since he started working in mental health in the 1970s. Then, people often remained in the institutions for life:

Salem Hospital

Salem and West Valley Hospitals are limiting visitors to protect patients from the flu virus. Only people needed to give support to and care for patients should visit. And people who are currently, or just slightly ill should not visit. Since December 28th, Salem Hospital has admitted 9 patients who tested positive for the flu, and health care officials are concerned activity will increase. The Oregon Health Authority encourages all residents to get vaccinated even though flu season is underway.

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ODOT

After two fatal crossover crashes on Interstate 5 in the past month, the State of Oregon is expediting a plan to add cable barriers to the unprotected medians.

Oregon State Police

An inmate escaped Saturday afternoon from Mill Creek Correctional Facility in Salem. Oregon State Police are investigating. The woman who drove the inmate away from the facility is Lacy Kay Evans. She is Caucasian, 6' tall, blond hair.

MCCF staff discovered inmate Jerry Teixeira missing at approximately 2:40 p.m., Saturday. Teixeira is a 34-year-old Caucasian male, 190 pounds, with brown hair and green eyes. He was last seen wearing blue jeans and attire with the word Inmate on his clothing.

oregonquarterly.com

The state's economy continues to experience average to above average growth. Desmond O'Boyle reports on the latest economic indicators to come out of the University of Oregon.

Chris Lehman

June 6 is the 70th anniversary of the Allied invasion of western Europe. And this year’s D-Day will be especially meaningful for World War II veterans in Oregon. The state's long-awaited World War II Memorial will open on that day.

When Art Sorenson boarded a ship to Europe…

Art Sorenson: "I knew this was the big one."

The eastern Washington native fought with the 104th Infantry Division across France, Belgium and Germany in the closing months of World War II.

According to census estimates released last week for cities of 50 thousand or more,  Salem has once again nosed out Eugene as the state’s second largest city.  As of July 2013,  Eugene’ s population was about 159 thousand, while Salem topped  160, 000.

Portland remains Oregon’s largest city by a factor of four.  Bend was the clear state leader in percent of population growth last year at two-point-nine.  Eugene, Springfield, Salem and Corvallis all saw small population gains, with none registering as much as one percent.

ODVA

While Memorial Day means no work or school for most people, it's also a time to remember those who have served their country. On Memorial Day, there's a ceremony at the Oregon Department of Veterans' Affairs.

Families and friends will gather at the Oregon Department of Veterans' Affairs in Salem at the Afghan-Iraqi Freedom Memorial. In the annual ceremony, the names of two Oregon soldiers will be added to the wall. The department's Director, Cameron Smith, says they were killed in Afghanistan last year.

The Oregon Legislature must wrap up the current session no later than March 9. To get an update on what the Oregon House and Senate are still working on, KLCC's Angela Kellner spoke with our Salem Correspondent Chris Lehman.

Oregon State Fair

Starting next summer, the Oregon State Fair will be run by a new 11-member council. It's the first step following legislation passed earlier this year to transition the Fair and Exposition Center to a public corporation.

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