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State unemployment rate steady at 8.4 percent

Oregon's unemployment rate in January was 8.4%, as the private sector added 5,000 jobs but the public sector cut 800.

Jobless benefits dropping

Weekly unemployment benefits will drop 10.7% starting March 31, the Oregon Employment Department says.

Democrats, Republicans propose major PERS cuts

Democrats proposed $445 million in PERS cuts, while Republicans proposed more than $1.5 billion in cuts.

Eastern Oregon geothermal plant running

Oregon's first industrial-scale geothermal plant is up and running in Eastern Oregon.

Investigator accuses longshore official of pouring sand in gears

An investigator for the Vancouver, Wash. United Grain terminal accuses a longshore union official of pouring sand into a gearbox as sabotage.

Oregon Senate OKs bridge bonds

The Oregon Senate approved $450 million in bonds to help pay for the proposed Columbia River Crossing.

GlobeSherpa raises $1.3M

Portland startup GlobeSherpa raised $1.3 million to help finance a national rollout of its technology that sells transit tickets via smartphones.