$33 million in contracts with the 12 largest Oregon state agencies was given to businesses owned by minorities or women, or small businesses considered "emerging."
Oregon agricultural sales hit a record $5.2 billion last year, according to a report from Oregon State University.
Facial recognition technology developed at Intel is being used to focus on and target customers.
Employers posted slightly more job openings in February, suggesting that job gains may continue in the coming months.
Portland-based Umpqua Holdings has agreed to buy San Luis Obispo, Calif.-based American Perspective Bank for $44.7 million.
Medford-based PremierWest Bancorp will lay off an unspecified number of workers in a $4.4 million cost-cutting effort.
Protesters gathered at the Department of State Lands to rally against proposed coal exports in Oregon.