Must Reads

RAIN selects next group of startups for accelerator

The startup accelerator in Eugene selected nine new companies to participate it its 12-week program.

Pot roundup: Hemp producers submit applications; mapping a cannabis genome

The Department of Agriculture hopes crops can be planted by spring; Portland startup needs more money to finish genome-mapping project.

KFC chooses Wieden+Kennedy to run next ad campaign

The Portland-based ad agency secured the nearly $200M account; Roundhouse hires ex Nike executive.

Novick seeks more than $28M for street fund

The Portland City Council only has $14 million in one-time spending dollars.

Smarsh acquires Houston company

The online archiving company bought Presensoft to bolster its instant messaging services.

Legislative session opens as Democrats push agenda

Bolstered by a widened majority, Dems are pushing voter registration, the clean fuels standard and class-action money measures. An Independent party emerges; Obama's budget reinstates timber payments.

Oregon beer companies react to Super Bowl ads

Pacific Northwest craft breweries rebut Budweiser ad; W+K's commercials draw mixed reactions; racy Carl's Jr. spot misses Beaver State; Nationwide ad misses the mark.