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Tax increase has no effect on smokers' habits

Smokers throughout the Mid-Willamette Valley barely noticed the increased tobacco tax, which went into effect January 1.

Oregon congressman battles for GMO labeling

Rep. Peter DeFazio is pushing legislation to require mandatory nationwide labeling of food containing genetically modified organisms but the Grocery Manufacturers Association is fighting back.

Labor union attempts to block downtown construction

Local 49 of the Service Employees International Union seeks to block construction of the Park Avenue West Tower for the second time.

Port withdraws annexation proposal

The Port of Portland formally withdrew its consent to annex the West Hayden Island property to the City of Portland.

Cover Oregon enrolled fewer than projected

The state health insurance exchange signed up approximately 20,000 individuals for private coverage, far fewer than anticipated.

Toll revenue will finance bridge construction

Sponsors of the $2.8 billion Columbia River Crossing project say Oregon will generate enough toll revenue to finance the freeway project.

Oregon gas prices ranked 19th nationwide

The state's gas prices are the 19th most expensive in the nation.