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Unemployment claims drop

U.S. unemployment claims dropped last week for the first time in five weeks.

Oregon GDP growth second-best among states

Oregon's real gross domestic product grew 4.7% in 2011, the second-best performance among the states.

Kitzhaber releases energy plan draft

Gov. John Kitzhaber released the first draft of his 10-Year Energy Action Plan.

Esco buys its Canadian dealership

Portland-based Esco has acquired full ownership of its Canadian dealership for $10 million.

Intel Foundation donates $2.2M to schools and nonprofits

Intel's corporate foundation gave $2.2 million to 870 Oregon schools and nonprofits.

Portland tries to improve accessibility

Part of the expansive Portland Plan is to make the city more accessible for the elderly.

Jantzen Beach Target closing for four months

Target's Jantzen Beach location in Portland will close for four months as the company moves to a new building across the parking lot, which will feature fresh produce and meat.