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Christmas marketing too early for consumers

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Thursday, November 08, 2012

More than 75% of shoppers think Christmas marketing is coming too early to stores, a new survey shows.

 

Chinese solar panel tariffs final

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Wednesday, November 07, 2012

The U.S. International Trade Commission voted unanimously to finalize SolarWorld's tariffs on Chinese solar panels and cells.

 

Portland terminal operator says longshoremen attempting to monopolize

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Wednesday, November 07, 2012

Portland's container terminal operator accused the longshore union and its employers of conspiring to monopolize West Coast cargo handling.

 

Oregon repeals corporate kicker

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Wednesday, November 07, 2012

Oregon voters passed Measure 85, which diverts corporate kicker revenue into a fund for public schools instead of rebating the money to companies.

 

Democrats take control of Oregon House

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Wednesday, November 07, 2012

Democrats took control of the tied Oregon House and maintained their majority in the Oregon Senate.

 

Crook County nonprofit rebounds

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Wednesday, November 07, 2012

The St. Vincent de Paul Society of Crook County faced eviction and upheaval in August, but is beginning to rebound.

 

Estate tax measure fails

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Wednesday, November 07, 2012

Oregon voters rejected Measure 84, which would abolish estate taxes. The state will continue to tax inherited estates worth more than $1 million.

 
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