Paint recycling program expands

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Thursday, August 01, 2013

The Oregon Legislature passed a bill that removed a sunset on the state's pioneering paint recycling program.

 

Oregon legislators hope for timber harvest deal

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Thursday, August 01, 2013

Oregon legislators are optimistic that they can reach a deal on western Oregon timber harvests, after a federal forest bill cleared a major congressional hurdle this week.

 

Gov. Kitzhaber wants better way to pay for schools

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Thursday, August 01, 2013

Gov. John Kitzhaber says Oregon's income tax system is "a crazy way" to pay for schools.

 

Hillsboro spa abruptly closes

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Thursday, August 01, 2013

Forever Young Laser Medical Spa shut down abruptly this week, leaving tens of thousands of customers out thousands of dollars each.

 

Employment claims fall to 5 1/2 year low

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Thursday, August 01, 2013

The number of Americans applying for unemployment benefits fell last week to the lowest amount since January 2008.

 

U.S. economy still needs help

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Thursday, August 01, 2013

The U.S. economy grew at only 1.7% in the April-June quarter.

 

Japan resumes Oregon wheat imports

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Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Japan agreed to resume importing Oregon soft white wheat two months after genetically modified wheat was found in an Eastern Oregon field.

 
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