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Bet on it: Lottery says it will deliver its $1.324 billion

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Sunday, March 01, 2009
LotteryButton.jpgDespite what the state predicts, the Oregon Lottery still plans to provide the budgeted $1.324 billion to support state schools, parks and natural resources, job creation, and gambling treatment programs.
 

Cities delay fees to boost building

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Sunday, March 01, 2009
In an attempt to boost residential building, the Springfield City Council in January approved a new program that authorizes it to defer all planning, building and systems development fees for builders until final occupancy permits are secure.
 

Oregon unions gain members, face uncertain future growth

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Sunday, March 01, 2009
In late January, the Bureau of Labor Statistics released national data that showed unions, despite the economy, grew for the second year in a row in 2008.
 

Continued job loss runs through all industries

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Sunday, March 01, 2009
pinkslip.jpgThe almost daily announcements of job cuts are coming from all directions and it seems almost no industries are immune.
 

Huge patent backlog saps research and startup energy

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Sunday, March 01, 2009
The staggering 770,000 patent backlog at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office is sapping the energy behind research development and startups in Oregon.
 

Hood River economy holds steady

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Sunday, March 01, 2009
hoodriver.jpgThe recent closings of five Hood River businesses, including the historic Columbia Gorge Hotel, has created concern about the town's overall economy.
 

102 years later, still shucking along

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Sunday, March 01, 2009
oysterphoto.jpgLouis C. Wachsmuth opened his first oyster at age 5. Twenty-five years later, in 1907, the boy from Oysterville, Wash., moved to Portland and with business partner L. Roland Mills opened a seafood store that would prove resilient enough to survive the Great Depression, multiple recessions, both World Wars and a volatile restaurant scene.
 
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