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Kitzhaber signs benefit companies bill

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Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Gov. John Kitzhaber signed the "benefit companies" bill that aims to attract socially conscious entrepreneurs to Oregon.

 

Army Corps of Engineers rejects coal reviews

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Wednesday, June 19, 2013

The Army Corps of Engineers won't review all proposed Northwest coal terminals.

 

Lloyd Center cleaning, security staff being laid off

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Wednesday, June 19, 2013

The company that bought Lloyd Center mall in Portland filed a notice that it expects to lay off 49 employees that provide security and cleaning services at Lloyd Center.

 

Weyerhaeuser paying $2.65B for timberlands

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Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Weyerhaeuser Co. will acquire Longview Timber and its 645,000 timberland acres in Oregon and Washington for $2.65 billion.

 

Farmers try to develop disease-resistant hops

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Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Oregon farmers are working to develop disease-resistant hop varieties with a pot-in-pot system.

 

Hillsboro Hops expected to bring business to area

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Tuesday, June 18, 2013

The Hillsboro Hops hope to bring a business boom to Hillsboro.

 

Judge throws out Port jobs ruling

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Tuesday, June 18, 2013

A federal judge threw out the ruling that awarded two Port of Portland jobs to union electricians instead of longshoremen.

 
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