Tech Gets Us Closer

Posted by Steve Leader on April 28, 2014
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A new Gallup poll shows a majority of Americans, 62%, says they’re communicating more with friends and family because of smartphones and tablets.

The research also shows about a third of us are doing more work away from the office because of those same tools.  Whether that’s a plus or minus will be the focus of future polls.

The Gallup study finds …

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Oregon Reports Significant Job Growth in March

Posted by Associated Press on April 15, 2014
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SALEM — Oregon state economists say March saw the largest one-month increase in jobs since well before the Great Recession.

The news came Tuesday in the monthly report on jobs and joblessness. It put the state’s unemployment rate at 6.9 percent, actually a tenth of a percentage point higher than the revised February figure.

But changes so small aren’t regarded as statistically …

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Student Loan Debt Bomb: Set To Blow?

Posted by Steve Leader on April 4, 2014
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Remember the housing bubble? Now, what keeps some economists up at night is the growing amount of student loan debt.

FM News 101 Business Expert Julia Anderson says college loan debt has crossed the one-trillion dollar mark– more than all of our credit card debt. She says kids are coming out of college with an average of $26,000-$29,000 of student loan …

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Group Demands $15 Hourly Wage in Portland

Posted by Rosemary Reynolds on March 26, 2014
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PORTLAND — Lead by city council candidate Nick Caleb a small group of demonstrators took their fight to increase minimum wage to $15.00 per hour.  they say this should be the living wage standard for workers in the city of Portland.

“Last week the people of Chicago saw the light and approved the increase to $15.00 per hour. 87 Percent of …

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Washington Issues First Licenses For Legal Marijuana

Posted by Associated Press on March 5, 2014
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OLYMPIA, Wash. — Washington state issued its first legal marijuana business license Wednesday, launching a new phase in the state’s ambitious effort to regulate a market that has been illegal for more than 75 years.

Sean Green, who has operated medical marijuana dispensaries in Spokane and the Seattle suburb of Shoreline, proclaimed the document “beautiful” as it was handed to him …

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