From Oregon: Ebola Isolation Suite

Posted by Steve Leader on November 6, 2014

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A Redmond, Oregon company has created a product to make life easier for people who may possibly be infected with the Ebola virus.

BasX Solutions CEO Dave Benson says the Ebola Isolation Suite is like a surgical suite, travel trailer, and luxury condo, rolled into one.  Prices range from $20,000 to $200,000.

Benson says, while the Suite is geared …

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Gas Prices Under $3 A Gallon For First Time Since 2010

Posted by Pat Boyle on November 3, 2014

PORTLAND, Ore. — reports the average retail price of gas in Portland has fallen more than 7 cents per gallon in the last week, averaging $3.11 on Sunday. The national average has fallen almost 4 cents in the last week to $2.99 a gallon.

Patrick DeHaan, senior petroleum analyst with GasBuddy says “this past weekend we witnessed the national average declining …

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Relief Unlikely

Posted by Steve Leader on October 31, 2014

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Relief from rising rents in the Portland-area seems unlikely anytime soon.  A new report from the state shows that, despite the current building boom, the region hasn’t added enough housing to keep up with population growth.

Oregon Live reports this means the market for houses and apartments will likely stay competitive.

Even though thousands of  homes and apartments have come …

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State: Economy May Be Better Than You Think

Posted by Steve Leader on October 21, 2014

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The Oregon Office of Economic Analysis wants to set the record straight about the state’s economy.  The agency says a lot of half-truths are making the rounds.

One, according to state number crunchers, is that Oregon is creating only low-wage jobs. Analysts say lots of high-wage jobs are also being created.

Despite a slowdown in hiring, the Office says the …

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PERS Decision Months Away

Posted by Steve Leader on October 14, 2014

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The Oregon Supreme Court today heard oral arguments on whether the legislature violated the contracts clause of the Oregon Constitution in passing a pair of bills last year reducing public employee retirement benefits.

The Statesman Journal reports the bills, aimed at lowering pension costs for local governments and taxpayers, reduced cost of living adjustments and also ended certain …

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