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Bill would increase cigarette tax by $1 in Oregon

Oregon is considering raising cigarette taxes by $1 a pack.

Kitzhaber signs CRC bill

Gov. John Kitzhaber signed a bill authorizing $450 million in bonds to pay for Oregon's share of the Columbia River Crossing.

Accelerated restoration plan could help timber industry

The U.S. Forest Service is working on a multiyear program of tree thinning and forest restorations in the Blue Mountains known as "accelerated restoration."

Lawyer says proposed school board PERS changes are legal

Portland attorney William Gary said the Oregon School Boards Association's proposed changes to PERS benefits would be legal.

Business Oregon ordered to release job reports

The Oregon attorney general's office ordered Business Oregon to release annual employment reports tied to the Strategic Investment Program.

Coast Guard needs more info for CRC permit

The U.S. Coast Guard says Columbia River Crossing project managers haven't given enough information for a permit.

Gleaners support tax break for farmers

Senate Bill 430 would allow farmers to claim a tax deduction for donating food to gleaners and hunger-relief groups.