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Farm to Fit: Staying ahead of the curve

Six years ago, Dre Slaman, 36, and G. Scott Brown, 44, decided they wanted to leave L.A. and move somewhere they considered creative. After weighing the options, the duo, who have a background in acting, decided Portland was the clear standout. But back then, the Rose City was missing something: a meal delivery service.

Morning Roundup: Whistleblower sues Wells Fargo; Oracle on blast

Here are a few headlines that grabbed our attention this morning:

Housing whistleblower. Last month, Wells Fargo paid a record $1.2 billion to settle a U.S. Department of Justice lawsuit claiming the bank had for years engaged in reckless lending practices and attempted to defraud government insurance programs. Now Wells Fargo is facing a lawsuit filed by a Damascus man. The former employee claims Wells Fargo has been collecting on mortgage loans without documentation, the discovery of which caused his termination. Read more from Law360.

Ebb and flow

 A weekly list of new hires, fires and promotions, as well as retail and restaurant openings and closings:

Revolving Door

Northwest Environmental Business Council Executive Director Robert Grott has announced his intention to step down in 2016 after a decade leading the organization.

Portland Commissioner Fish against business tax hike

A proposed Portland business tax hike — seeking to raise $9 million for city programming may be on the way out.

From OPB:

In a council work session Tuesday, (Commissioner Nick Fish) said the council has recently asked the business community to shoulder other new costs, due to laws requiring paid sick leave and raising the minimum wage. 

“One of the things that I’m hearing from the community, it’s the straw that breaks the camel’s back syndrome,” he said. 

 

 

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President Obama to visit Hiroshima

In a visit to Hiroshima this month, President Barack Obama is the first serving U.S. president to travel to the city since the nuclear bombing in 1945.

From BBC:

The visit will be part of an Asian trip from 21-28 May that will also take in Vietnam.

The Hiroshima bombing on 6 August 1945 killed 140,000 people. Along with a second bombing on Nagasaki - it is credited with ending World War Two.

The White House said there would be no apology for the bombings.

A statement from Mr. Obama's press secretary read: "The President will make an historic visit to Hiroshima with Prime Minister [Shinzo] Abe to highlight his continued commitment to pursuing peace and security in a world without nuclear weapons."

DOJ sues North Carolina over LGBT law

After filing a suit against the Department of Justice, the DOJ has now filed its own lawsuit against North Carolina.

From NPR:

The state's legal filing came ahead of an end-of-Monday deadline for North Carolina to respond to the Department of Justice over the law barring protections for LGBT people in the state.

The state law in question, known as HB2, requires transgender people at state facilities, including schools, to use the restroom that corresponds to the sex on their birth certificate — not their identified gender.

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