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Oregon economic index improves

Economic activity improved in Oregon, bolstered by manufacturing and service industries.

Lawmakers' focus shifts to economy

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

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

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

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

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

Blount International sales jump

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