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Wells Fargo expanding mortgage branch in Portland

Wells Fargo is hiring 90 underwriters in Portland because of an uptick in demand for home loans.

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.