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Stacy and Witbeck buys land along MAX line

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Monday, March 04, 2013

Construction firm Stacy and Witbeck that built most of the area's MAX and streetcar routes, bought 3.25 acres along the Portland-to-Milwaukie MAX line for development.

 

Portland to collect art tax

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Monday, March 04, 2013

Portland's new citywide arts tax, approved by voters in November, is being collected by tax day.

 

Multnomah County studies coal train effects

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Monday, March 04, 2013

A review of the possible health effects by proposed coal trains traveling through Multnomah County was released by the county's health department.

 

Federal budget cuts will come slowly in Oregon

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Friday, March 01, 2013

The immediate effect in Oregon of sequester federal budget cuts will be minimal at first.

 

Oregon unemployment claims drop

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Friday, March 01, 2013

Unemployment claims in Oregon are back down to pre-recession levels.

 

SoloPower's promised jobs fall short

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Friday, March 01, 2013

SoloPower pledged to create hundreds of jobs in Oregon two years ago, but they fell short of the 450 publicly projected.

 

Portland Saturday Market returns

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Friday, March 01, 2013

The Portland Saturday Market returns this weekend for its 40th season.

 
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