The Eugene City Council's decision to ban plastic bags received a mixed reception from local consumers.
Unemployment fell almost one full percentage point to 8.5% in Lane County as several sectors added jobs.
The Eugene City Council approved a ban on thin plastic bags from all the city's retailers.
Toyota Industries acquired Fairview-based forklift attachment manufacturer Cascade Corporation for $759 million.
Portland-area home prices have rebounded 4.8% in the last year, the biggest year-over-year gain since April 2007.
Portland startup Chirpify expanded its service of enabling financial transactions from Twitter to Instagram.
Portland ranks third for clean technology leadership among U.S. metro areas.