California Idea May Come North

Posted by Steve Leader on August 20, 2014
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Some high end restaurants in San Francisco are having their customers pay in advance for  meals when they make their online reservations.

Bill Perry, with the Oregon Restaurant and Lodging Association, says whether it happens here is a question of, “whether or not you can get away with it.”

According to Perry, certain types of restaurants might consider requiring pre-pay, …

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Small Nuke Plants May Be In Washington’s Future

Posted by Steve Leader on August 14, 2014
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A panel of Washington state lawmakers is planning to visit a Portland company that makes small nuclear reactors to generate electricity. The story was first reported by KGW News.

The company, NuScale, describes its nuclear reactors as simple, small, and extraordinarily safe. The federal government is helping fund research on the reactors in Corvallis.

The chair of a Washington state …

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Portland’s Job Growth Ties Sunbelt Cities

Posted by Steve Leader on August 5, 2014
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You might not think Las Vegas and Houston have something in common with Portland.  But they do.

According to Oregon Live. Com,  employment growth in the Portland metro (June 2013-June 2014) was eighth fastest in the country. (3.1%)   That’s a tie with both Houston and Las Vegas.

A workforce analyst says the Portland-area construction industry is adding jobs almost …

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Pressure Builds To Get Grain Moving Again At Vancouver Terminal

Posted by Steve Leader on July 29, 2014
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As Washington state grain inspectors refuse to enter United Grain Corporation’s export terminal at the Port of Vancouver, pressure is growing to have the inspections resume with federal employees.

The Washington Farm Bureau is calling on the U.S. Agriculture Department to take responsibility for inspecting and certifying grain for export.

State inspectors say they’re unwilling to resume work because of …

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$15 Hourly Minimum: Another Victory

Posted by Steve Leader on July 16, 2014
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An effort by some businesses to repeal a $15 hourly minimum wage in Seattle appears to have fallen short of the required signatures to place the question on the November ballot.

According to the Puget Sound Business Journal, supporters of the $15 minimum were delighted to hear that opponents, who call themselves Forward Seattle, failed in their effort to …

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