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Vaccine mandate sponsor drops bill

Sen. Elizabeth Steiner Hayward casts aside prohibition of nonmedical exemption bill; pursues different policy.

Farmers wary of warm winter

February was 5.5 degrees warmer than average, triggering concerns about damage if plants bud early and then freeze.

Gov. Brown addresses ethics issues that cost Kitzhaber his job

New governor sends ethics and transparency reforms to legislature; commits to predecessor's early-education plan.

Port of Portland director: Terminal 6 will shut down if current operator leaves

Officials believe they cannot replace ICTSI Oregon.

Portland Incubator Experiment plans to leave Wieden+Kennedy building

The ad agency has hosted startup accelerator for more than five years.

Former Gov. Kitzhaber linked to other conflicts of interest

An adviser to the governor netted $400,000 from the state as a side job; emails show Kitzhaber suggested a friendly special prosecutor and sought to prevent Hayes' emails from being released.

Jobless rates low across state

January was a strong month for hiring in Portland and Jackson and Lane counties.