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EPA backs away from biomass regulations

thelatestThe U.S. Environmental Protection Agency today announced it will defer for three years any greenhouse gas permitting requirements for biomass, potentially boosting the industry that Oregon advocates say can create thousands of jobs, provide a renewable fuel source for the state, and propel thinning projects in national forests.

State certifies industrial properties

thelatestState economic development officials have certified three large industrial properties in an attempt to brighten the jobs outlook in Prineville, The Dalles and Ontario.

Military boosts solar power business

thelatestA military authorization law signed by President Obama on Friday could boost Oregon's solar industry. That's because a provision buried deep within the document requires the Department of Defense to buy American solar panels.

State bans telemarketer

thelatestAttorney General John Kroger has banned a major national telemarketing firm from operating in Oregon. Sadly, the agreement has no impact whatsoever on the annoying fundraisers who stalk pedestrians in downtown Portland.

Umpqua cruises into Hawthorne

thelatestUmpqua Bank opened its newest location today on SE Hawthorne Boulevard, a branch styled as a folksy hangout to further the bank's goal of embedding in Portland neighborhoods. This is the first of five "stores" that Umpqua plans to build through 2011, an expansion by 25% within the metro area for Oregon's dominant regional bank.

Nike on track for a $20 billion year

thelatestNike's fiscal second-quarter earnings increased 22%, exceeding analyst expectations of Oregon's largest company.

Timbers rev up for debut

thelatestThe Portland Timbers expect to surpass 10,000 season tickets sold by the end of the year in advance of their inaugural season as a Major League Soccer franchise.

SolarWorld reaches 1,000 jobs

thelatestSolarWorld's five-year expansion has ended on target, with the company's addition of its 1,000th worker in Hillsboro.

Leaders pull no punches at summit

thelatestFiscal calamity or a decade of budget austerity loom for Oregon as the recession leaves thousands of Oregonians jobless and the demand for government money outpaces its ability to pay for services, business and political leaders agreed on Monday.