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Green Zebra lands part of $2.2M funding round

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Friday, May 24, 2013

Portland's planned healthy convenience store chain Green Zebra Grocery has landed $1.1M of its first funding round.

 

I-5 bridge collapse brings attention to Columbia River Crossing

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Friday, May 24, 2013

The Skagit River I-5 bridge collapse highlights the need to invest more in infrastructure, supporters of the Columbia River Crossing project say.

 

U.S. Secretary of the Interior announces 600 jobs

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Friday, May 24, 2013

U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell visited Portland to announce $4.2 million for 22 conservation projects that will provide 600 jobs for young adults.

 

Senate approves Instant Racing at Portland Meadows

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Friday, May 24, 2013

The Oregon Senate approved a bill that allows the Portland Meadows racetrack to add electronic gambling machines.

 

Branding becoming crucial for craft brewers

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Friday, May 24, 2013

With so many new beers and breweries in Oregon, craft brewers are having to find new ways to stand out from the pack.

 

Hobby Lobby to open first Oregon store

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Friday, May 24, 2013

Arts and crafts retailer Hobby Lobby plans to open its first Oregon store in Albany in early 2014.

 

Nike supplies National Women's Soccer League

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Friday, May 24, 2013

Nike quietly supplied uniforms for the National Women's Soccer League.

 
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