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Labor shortage gets worse

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Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Oregon cherry growers are experiencing labor shortages, along with farmers across the country.

 

Drive Oregon hands out EV grants

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Tuesday, June 12, 2012

In the first round of a matching grant program, Drive Oregon handed out nearly $150,000 to programs that boost Oregon's electric vehicle cluster.

 

Portland entrepreneur invents sleeping device

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Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Mark Tipperreiter left Intel to start Blanketbooster, a company that makes a collapsible rod to improve sleep.

 

Hillsboro Airport may have high lead levels

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Tuesday, June 12, 2012

An airport watchdog group says the possibility of high lead levels around the Hillsboro Airport warrants installing monitoring equipment.

 

Grey Sail files suit against Full Sail

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Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Rhode Island-based microbrewery Grey Sail Brewing has filed a federal lawsuit against Hood River-based Full Sail Brewing.

 

Eugene taxi drivers have low hopes for track trials

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Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Taxi drivers in Eugene and Springfield don't expect to turn a profit during this year's Olympic Track and Field Trials.

 

ODOT tests gas tax alternative

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Monday, June 11, 2012

The Oregon Department of Transportation will test a road tax based on miles driven, and tracked by smartphone, as an alternative to the gasoline tax.

 
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