Oregon must get better at tracking the unemployment benefits it pays out, the U.S. Department of Labor says. Last year, Oregon managed to get back only $20 million of the $44 million it overpaid in unemployment benefits.
The only homeless shelter in the Eugene-Springfield area, the Eugene Mission, is retooling to deal with an "overwhelming number of homeless people in town," Executive Director Jack Tripp says. The shelter is cutting down on the number of people it lets in and toughening its drug and alcohol rules.
Mission, Oregon startup Cayuse Technologies has grown to 298 employees by outsourcing rurally instead of going to India. For tax purposes, the company is located on the Umatilla Indian Reservation.
Portland General Electric's Boardman coal-fired power plant is down for at least a month after a temperature shock July 1 in a 36-inch steam pipe made the pipe fall out, creating a "thermal water hammer." The company hasn't released cost estimates yet, but the accident comes at a bad time during peak air conditioning season.