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Plastic from poplars

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Wednesday, April 20, 2011
0511_NextOSU professors want to harvest plastics from poplar trees. Success could potentially provide a more sustainable alternative to oil-based plastics.
 

Powerlist: Utilities

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Articles - May 2011
Wednesday, April 20, 2011

This month's Powerlist ranks utilities by annual megawatt-hour or therm sales in Oregon.

 

The decline of the tacky strip mall

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Wednesday, April 20, 2011
0511_StripMall_03The tacky strip retail malls are dying, leaving behind a museum of failure.
 

Waiting for wave energy

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Wednesday, April 20, 2011
0511_WaveEnergy_04Despite years of planning it could be years before the state starts ocean energy permitting. Critics say that puts development at risk.
 

Ron and Lynne Saxton's education passion

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Articles - May 2011
Wednesday, April 20, 2011
0511_SaxtonWhen the governor needed help with education reform, he turned to a powerhouse husband and wife who've been a team since their college days.
 

Businessmen once again invest in custom suits

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Articles - May 2011
Wednesday, April 20, 2011
0511_SuitingUpBusinessmen are once again investing in custom suits.
 

The State We're In: bankruptcies ease

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Articles - May 2011
Wednesday, April 20, 2011
Bankruptcies increased again in 2010 but slower than in 2009.
 
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