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Senate fast tracks tech tax package

LEGISLATIVE ROUNDUP: Bill intends to woo companies like Google, Facebook and Apple; lawmakers address antibiotics in livestock; California aims to replicate 'motor voter' law.

Portland tops list of bike-friendly major cities

TRANSPORTATION NEWS: Health website says West Coast better for bikers; Uber appeals fines from Eugene.

Timber payment extension attached to Medicare bill

The two-year extension is included in a bipartisan measure.

Low-carbon fuel standard challenged by manufacturing, energy groups

Out-of-state groups say new law violates constitutional commerce clause.

Study examines 'entrepreneurial DNA' in Seattle, Portland

Founders in Seattle are more emotionally stable, while Portland entrepreneurs are more open.

Oregon schools budget on pace for earliest passage ever

The leaders of both chambers of the Oregon Legislature said Monday the $7.2 billion K-12 schools budget is ready for its next step.

Starbucks using Portland area as testing ground again

A subsidiary of the coffee giant applies for liquor licenses for trio of stores to see how well an expanded presence of their "Evening shops" is received.