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State budget forecast to yield kicker

Schools line up for extra funding as state releases optimistic budget forecast.

Ted Wheeler proposes fixes to impending PERS crisis

Oregon treasurer urged lawmakers to pass a bill addressing a potential budget shortfall created by a recent Supreme Court decision.

Housing experts expect a seller's summer in Portland

Busy real estate season expected as the city experiences its most robust housing market since the recession.

Nestle water-trade deal protested by thousands in petition

ENVIRONMENT ROUNDUP: Petition to governor to stop Nestle deal gathers thousands of signatures; regulators asked to shut nuclear plant until crack is fixed.

Nike faces Twitter backlash for police-appreciation promotion

"Law Enforcement Appreciation Day" irks customers.

Portland approves $15 an hour minimum wage for city workers, contractors

The Portland City Council voted in favor of giving 150 contractors and some full-time workers a raise.

Construction starts on undersea cable from Hillsboro to Asia

Microsoft and a Taiwanese business, join telecommunications companies from Asian nations to build the 8,000 mile-long cable.