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$1B PERS funds go into private equity

The Oregon Investment Council has slowed its pace of investing in private partnerships, but committed nearly $1 billion from PERS.

Tribe buys Medford cattle ranch

The Umpqua Tribe of Indians is buying a cattle ranch outside Medford as part of an effort to diversify economic development outside of its Canyonville casino.

Jackson County votes against casino

The Jackson County Board of Commissioners voted against a proposed Coquille Indian Tribe casino in Medford.

Oregon Senate says state should regulate farm crops

The Oregon Senate passed a bill that gives the state the power to regulate what seeds can and can't be sown, instead of counties.

Eugene's plastic bag ban begins

Eugene's plastic bag ban went into effect May 1, along with a mandatory 5 cent fee for paper bags.

SolarWorld debt restructure not expected to affect Hillsboro

SolarWorld AG officials think the debt restructuring proposal won't have a direct effect on the company's Hillsboro operations.

Portland mayor releases 2013-14 budget

Portland Mayor Charlie Hales released his 2013-14 budget proposal, cutting 183 staff positions as a partial fix to the city's projected $21.5 million funding gap.