The state's job growth was third fastest last year.
Elliot Mainzer was named administrator of the Bonneville Power Administration.
The industrial hemp amendment allows colleges, universities and state agriculture departments to grow hemp for research purposes.
The Seattle-based chain plans to add 10 butcher shop locations in Portland.
Oregon Senator Ron Wyden is poised to head the Senate Finance Committee.
The measure allowing public union employees to refuse to pay their dues will appear before the U.S. Supreme Court this month.
Mark Peterson, owner of Gold Rush Nugget Bucket Inc., has sold more than 2,200 gold panning kits in 14 months.