Gay marriage laws could spark $166M in wedding spending

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Monday, November 12, 2012

New gay marriage laws in Maine, Maryland and Washington could generate more than $166 million in wedding spending in the next three years.

 

U.S. to be world's largest oil producer in eight years

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Monday, November 12, 2012

The U.S. is expected to become the world's largest oil producer by 2020, overtaking Saudi Arabia.

 

Japan and China's economies could benefit Oregon

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Friday, November 09, 2012

Oregon has opportunity to expand its exports and attract manufacturing from Japan and investors from China, say participants in a governor's trade mission that visited both countries.

 

Feds move to seize Oregon land in marijuana cases

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Friday, November 09, 2012

The federal government is attempting to take two Applegate Valley properties allegedly used by the High Hopes Farm to grow marijuana.

 

Portland mobile startup lands Macy's

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Friday, November 09, 2012

Portland-based mobile developer Meridian landed Macy's as its first large retail customer.

 

Portland fluoride qualifies for ballot

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Friday, November 09, 2012

Portland must delay its effort to fluoridate Bull Run water until getting city voters' approval.

 

Clark County Republicans call for Columbia River Crossing redesign

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Friday, November 09, 2012

Ten Southwest Washington Republicans say the Columbia River Crossing must be completely redesigned.

 
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