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Oregon could cancel highway projects

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Friday, March 28, 2014

The state could lose about $150 million annually if Congress is unable to find additional money for the Highway Trust Fund.

 

Small businesses can claim health insurance credit

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Friday, March 28, 2014

Cover Oregon reached an agreement with 12 insurance carriers to allow some businesses that sign up late to qualify for federal tax credit.

 

Oregon DEQ to fine oil train terminal $117,292

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Friday, March 28, 2014

The Department of Environmental Quality says the terminal near Clatskanie violated state law by moving more crude oil than allowed.

 

Portland steps back from emergency radio tower

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Friday, March 28, 2014

City officials pulled away from its plan to build the 140-foot tower on Gresham Butte.

 

Alaska Airlines to drop PDX flights

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Friday, March 28, 2014

The airline will drop flights between Portland and Atlanta and Portland to Long Beach, California.

 

Backers of LNG project hope to raise up to $250M

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Thursday, March 27, 2014

Calgary-based Veresen Inc. plans to issue up to $250 million in shares to finance the Jordan Cove Energy Project in Coos Bay.

 

Cover Oregon enrollment deadline extended

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Thursday, March 27, 2014

Oregonians have until April 30 to enroll in the online health insurance exchange.

 
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Small business sales go big

March 2014
Tuesday, February 25, 2014

BY BRANDON SAWYER

Sales of small businesses surged in 2013 according to the biggest Internet marketplace of such transactions, BizBuySell, increasing to 7,056 reported sales, a 24% increase over 2012, when they dropped 7%. Portland Metro sales tracked by the site grew 9% to 73, capping three years of solid growth. On top of that, Portland’s median sale price jumped 67% to $250K, versus just 13% to $180K nationally. Portland was one of just six metros tracked where the median sale price matched the median asking price, with sellers getting, on average, 92% of what they asked.

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Car ignition recalls and lean product design

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Friday, April 11, 2014
04.11.14 thumb gm-gettyTOM COX | OB BLOGGER

The auto industry is starting to share more costs across manufacturers for complex and challenging design work, like new transmission design, and certain new engine technologies. What we’re not yet seeing is wholesale outsourcing of “unavoidable waste” components to specialist companies.


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Buy the book

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Tuesday, March 25, 2014
2 03.25.14 thumb bookshopBY VIVIAN MCINERNY | OB BLOGGER

Oregon is home not only to many fine writers but also several accomplished small publishers.


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What I'm reading: Brad Smith & Travis Boersma

March 2014
Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Brad Smith, founder of Hot Pepper Studios, and Travis Boersma, president of Dutch Bros. Coffee, share their recent reads.


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Rapid ascent

March 2014
Tuesday, February 25, 2014
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Kelly Dachtler, president of The Clymb, redefines outdoor retail.


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Making faces

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Thursday, February 20, 2014
02.20.14 Thumbnail ModelsBY VIVIAN MCINERNY | OB BLOGGER

As retailers consolidate and newspapers fold, the business of modeling shifts to ad agencies, apparel companies and new media.


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Branching out

March 2014
Tuesday, February 25, 2014
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A blueberry bush is a blueberry bush — except when it’s a blueberry tree.


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