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Oregon's health insurance hikes better than most states

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Thursday, March 28, 2013

Oregon will see below-average insurance claim hikes when 2017 health reforms kick in, a new study says.

 

Rail-to-trail project gets $1.4M

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Wednesday, March 27, 2013

A small coalition in Yamhill County and Washington County won $1.4 million for a new trail between McMinnville and Scoggins Valley Road.

 

Wave buoy may be delayed again

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Wednesday, March 27, 2013

A potential wave energy park off the coast of Reedsport may be delayed beyond 2013, partly due to financial troubles.

 

Oregon green energy law opponents seek major change

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Wednesday, March 27, 2013

A group called the Oregonians for Renewable Power wants to change the 2007 law that requires big utilities to generate 25% of their electricity from green sources by 2025.

 

McKenzie Bridge timber sale on hold

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Wednesday, March 27, 2013

A federal judge ruled that the U.S. Forest Service can't go forward with a controversial logging project near McKenzie Bridge.

 

Portland Thorns wearing Nike Swoosh

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Wednesday, March 27, 2013

The Portland Thorns, the new National Women's Soccer League team, were spotted wearing Nike Swooshes during their first practices.

 

Portland housing on the rebound

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Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Portland home values are on the rebound, with the average selling price of $287,700.

 
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