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Pacific Continental reports 19% gain

Pacific Continental Corp. reported $3.7 million earnings in the second quarter, a 19% gain over last year.

LaCrosse Footwear president leaves

LaCrosse Footwear president Robert Sasaki left the company "for personal reasons."

Dialsmith develops marketing tech

Beaverton-based Dialsmith makes a small device called a perception analyzer that helps in marketing research in 45 countries.

Nike renews Tiger Woods endorsement

Nike, one of the few sponsors that stuck by Tiger Woods through his adultery scandal, renewed an endorsement deal with the golfer.

Rudy Crew racked up colossal travel expenses

Oregon's ex chief education officer, Rudy Crew, billed the state for thousands of dollars in personal travel expenses. He took more than nine weeks of paid time off during his year on the job, including six weeks of paid vacation along with sick time, holidays and personal time. Crew was the second-highest paid state employee with a salary of $280,000.

PeaceHealth plans major cuts

PeaceHealth is facing a major budget gap and needs to save $30 million in the next two months, on top of the $100 million in savings it already identified. Lane County's largest health care provider is suspending hiring immediately and reviewing vacant positions to see if they can be cut.

Oregon's middle-class families are struggling

Many middle-class families in Oregon are struggling, the newly updated Family Budget Calculator for 2013 shows. A two-parent, two-child family in Salem needs $63,978 annually to achieve basic economic security. Yet a family of four earning $23,550 is considered to be at the federal poverty threshold.