Commercial real estate hits lows

Commercial real estate markets nationwide and in Oregon will bottom out this year, and not see a meaningful recovery until 2010, according to a joint report by PricewaterhouseCoopers and the Urban Land Institute.
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Port of Astoria expansion stalls

TonguePoint.jpgIt's an ideal industrial site for a municipal port looking to expand: 30 acres of paved tarmac, five concrete piers, warehouses, hangers, and a deep-water channel that leads straight to the Columbia River.
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Economy pummels King Ag

wheat.jpgIn 2008, wheat prices soared to a whopping $16 per bushel and then plummeted to $5.50 by the end of the year.
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Jobless fund steady despite rising claims

Oregon's unemployed drained more than $318 million from the state's unemployment insurance trust fund in fourth-quarter 2008, as the number of claimants rose to 105,451 by year's end.
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Health reform still plans Salem campaign

This won’t be an easy legislative session for health-care reform. It was one of the 2007 legislative session’s biggest stars; this year it plays second fiddle to the economy, jobs and economic stimulus.
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