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Oregon unemployment rate below national average

Although the jobless rate slipped below the U.S. average for the first time since 1996, long term unemployment stays high.

Lawmakers hear arguments in favor of carbon pricing

A group of economists write a letter urging support for a carbon cap-and-dividend program.

Sales of homes up, inventory down, in Portland

HOUSING ROUNDUP: Portland homes for sale hit nine-year low; Multnomah County officials commit to building 500 affordable housing units in desirable neighborhoods; inclusionary housing bill passes House.

State biologists suggest removing wolves from endangered list

Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission will be told there is enough data to justify their removal from the list.

Gun background-check bill passes Senate

A measure regulating the proliferation of firearms is expected to move quickly through the House.

Fight over minimum wage dominates discussion in Salem

The Oregon Legislature is considering 14 bills altering minimum wage regulations.

Gov. Brown urges support for transportation package

TRANSPORTATION ROUNDUP: Governor urges Oregon Legislature to answer call for improved infrastructure; Portland postpones final Uber vote; bill calls for more interstate cable barriers.