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Lawmakers' focus shifts to economy

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Wednesday, March 07, 2012
Although Oregon's legislative session ended on a high note, lawmakers still have work to do when it comes to economic growth.
 

Legislators aim to close loopholes in foreign worker program

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Wednesday, March 07, 2012
Sen. Jeff Merkley and Rep. Peter DeFazio want to close loopholes in a visa program that lets forest companies hire foreign workers when there are U.S. citizens who would take the jobs.
 

BPA files wind farm plan

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Wednesday, March 07, 2012
The Bonneville Power Administration filed a plan of action to deal with wind farm shutoffs when too much hydropower is being generated. 
 

4-tower superblock planned for Lloyd District

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Wednesday, March 07, 2012
A proposed 780 unit "superblock" in Portland's Lloyd District would add much-needed housing to the commercial and office area, developers say.
 

Worker productivity slows

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Wednesday, March 07, 2012
Growth in worker productivity slowed at the end of 2011, while labor costs rose.
 

Blount International sales jump

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Wednesday, March 07, 2012
Sales at Portland-based Blount International jumped 36% in 2011, and 2012 sales are expected to exceed $1 billion.
 

Legislature ends 34-day session

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Tuesday, March 06, 2012
Oregon lawmakers completed a 34-day session Monday night, passing bills on topics ranging from education to healthcare.
 
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