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Homebuilder confidence hits five-year high

U.S. homebuilder confidence is at a five-year high, with many hoping that sales of new homes will strengthen this year.

Oregon Country Fair brings business to Veneta

The 43rd Oregon Country Fair meant big business for vendors and nearby Veneta shops.

Credit union merger called off

A planned merger of two Portland-area credit unions—St. Helens Community and Wauna FCU—is on the rocks.

Florence group upset about Dunes project

A group of Florence citizens are banding together to oppose mining on Heceta Beach dunes.

Economists pessimistic about short-term growth

Economists are gloomy about growth because of Europe's financial crisis and the prospect of major federal spending cuts.

Parents cut college spending

Families have pulled back on college spending in the past year due to rising higher education costs.

Businesses increase stockpiles

U.S. companies added to their stockpiles in May but sales fell again.