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Gov. Kitzhaber aims to reform Oregon's workforce system

Gov. John Kitzhaber has issued an executive order to reboot the state's workforce system.

African-Americans, Latinos more optimistic about economic future

African-Americans and Latinos are more likely than whites to believe they can improve their own standard of living, a new analysis shows.

Paint recycling program expands

The Oregon Legislature passed a bill that removed a sunset on the state's pioneering paint recycling program.

Oregon legislators hope for timber harvest deal

Oregon legislators are optimistic that they can reach a deal on western Oregon timber harvests, after a federal forest bill cleared a major congressional hurdle this week.

Gov. Kitzhaber wants better way to pay for schools

Gov. John Kitzhaber says Oregon's income tax system is "a crazy way" to pay for schools.

Hillsboro spa abruptly closes

Forever Young Laser Medical Spa shut down abruptly this week, leaving tens of thousands of customers out thousands of dollars each.

Employment claims fall to 5 1/2 year low

The number of Americans applying for unemployment benefits fell last week to the lowest amount since January 2008.