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Politics intrude on Oregon-Israel event

thelatestA new Oregon-Israel chamber of commerce that hosted businessmen and politicians last night to discuss potential business ventures was met at the door by pro-Palestine advocates denouncing a so-called "apartheid state."

Obama praises Intel for investing in Oregon

thelatestPresident Obama gave full credit to Intel Friday for investing and manufacturing in the United States as part of an ongoing campaign to improve relations with the business community.

Kitzhaber visits the shipyard to promote ideas for boosting jobs

thelatestGov. John Kitzhaber announced new initiatives designed to boost manufacturing jobs before meeting with executives from several major employers Wednesday.

Facebook backs open source in Corvallis

thelatestOregon State University's Open Source Lab was formed as a nonprofit in 2005, and it receives support from the likes of IBM and Google. The latest tech giant to contribute is Facebook.

Opponents to sue over Monsanto alfalfa crop

thelatestA national food safety group is gearing up to sue the federal government over the controversial practice of planting genetically modified alfalfa seeds. Farmers are following the issue with great interest in Oregon, where alfalfa is a $175 million crop.

Bills target initiatives, campaign finance

thelatestThe house rules committee will hold a hearing next Monday on two bills that seek to improve Oregon's initiative process and provide more transparency to political contributions.

University reform gains momentum

thelatestThe latest stop on the campaign trail for higher education reform happened last night at Portland State University, where education officials repeated many of their same proposals: less state regulation and line item budgets, more university control of tuition. More efficient and independent universities able to save on costs while expanding the reach and quality of education.

24 million pounds of e-waste gets recycled

thelatestDuring the first year of a statewide ban on dumping electronics in the trash, Oregonians recycled more than 24 million pounds of electronics, or about 5 million pounds more than they did in 2009.

Long journey for Oregon Trail game

thelatestThe pioneering computer game Oregon Trail enters its 40th year with a hot iPhone app and a key Facebook launch. A closer look into the game's history offers insight for all those raised in an age of educational computer games. There's also something of a parable for game developers here in the Silicon Forest about a man with a clever idea and brilliant approach, actualized with the help of state support and outside business investment, who eventually took control of his vision and built the most successful educational video game ever.