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  • PORTLAND, Ore.— Oregon aggressively expanded its Medicaid rolls under the Affordable Care Act, adding enough people to leave only 5 percent of its population uninsured— one of America's lowest rates. Now, with the reduction of a federal match that covered those enrollees, the state is calling on voters to decide how to pay for its ballooning Medicaid costs.

  • Nike signs contract with Avangrid Renewables, part of the Iberdrola Group.

  • WASHINGTON— It's a stretch, at best, to think the military would bear the brunt of a partial government shutdown, as President Donald Trump asserted Thursday at the Pentagon. Although he was meeting Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and other senior Pentagon officials to get briefed on two key defense reports— on nuclear policy and defense strategy— Trump emphasized...

  • CHICAGO, Jan 17- Farmers in Iowa, where a third of U.S. hogs are raised, have ratcheted up swine barn construction while capitalizing on low-cost feed and thriving U.S. pork exports. Iowa Department of Natural Resources data shows that this has pushed permits for pig buildings in Iowa to a five-year high as farmers look to house record numbers of U.S. hogs.

  • While Apple has announced no plans to change that practice and experts say it would be economically impractical to make iPhones in the United States, the company has begun to emphasize its U.S. economic impact, from developers who sell software on its App Store to the tens of billions of dollars per year it spends with U.S. suppliers. It did not, however, say how much...

  • Jan 17- Apple Inc will open a second U.S. campus as part of a 5- year, $30 billion U.S. investment plan and will make about $38 billion in one-time tax payments on its overseas cash, one of the largest corporate spending plans announced since the passage of a tax cut signed by U.S. Apple, however, did not say how much of its $252.3 billion in cash abroad, the largest of any U.S....

  • Southern Oregon University has arranged for its sister school, Universidad de Guanajuato in Mexico, to take in its DACA students if they are deported. The university in the Oregon city of Ashland has a small number of affected students, but President Linda Schott got the promise during a visit last year to the Mexican school, her spokesman said.

  • WASHINGTON— President Donald Trump relentlessly congratulates himself for the healthy state of the U.S. economy, with its steady growth, low unemployment, busier factories and confident consumers. "I don't see any noticeable break over the past year," said Michael Strain, an economist at the conservative American Enterprise Institute. The U.S. public appears to...

  • BOISE, Idaho— A group that preserves and promotes the work of a deaf, self-taught Idaho artist whose creations appear in museums around the world is fighting an attempt to dismiss its copyright infringement lawsuit against an Oregon children's book author. The Boise, Idaho- based James Castle Collection and Archive said in documents filed Tuesday in federal...

  • The rules barred companies like AT&T, Comcast and Verizon from interfering with internet traffic and favoring their own sites and apps. FCC Chairman Ajit Pai's push to undo them inspired both street and online protests in defense of the Obama-era rules. FCC spokesman Brian Hart declined to comment on the litigation.

  • It contends the project, under federal law, qualifies for a 20- year contract with Idaho Power, which has more than 500,000 customers in southern Idaho and eastern Oregon. But Idaho regulators twice rejected the company's request, saying the project is allowed only a two-year contract because the batteries would be charged with solar power.

  • BILLINGS, Mont.— Former billionaire Tim Blixseth and his creditors reached a $3 million settlement to satisfy longstanding claims that the real estate developer illegally pocketed hundreds of millions of dollars from a Montana resort for the superrich, according to court documents filed Friday. The agreement calls for an Oregon real estate developer to pay...

  • DES MOINES, Iowa— The U.S. Department of Agriculture says farmers have harvested record crops for soybeans, peanuts, canola, rapeseed and hops. Production of hops, a main ingredient in beer, grew 20 percent as Idaho's production surpassed Oregon's for the first time. Corn production fell 4 percent to 14.6 billion bushels on fewer planted acres.

  • NEW YORK, Jan 12- Volatility awaits shares of U.S. construction, engineering, building materials and other companies tied to infrastructure spending, but steel-nerved investors could be poised for gains if they weather a few bumps. An infusion of federal spending is expected to boost infrastructure-sensitive companies, but the stocks could see a rocky...

  • NEW YORK, Jan 12- Volatility awaits shares of U.S. construction, engineering, building materials and other companies tied to infrastructure spending, but steel-nerved investors could be poised for gains if they weather a few bumps. An infusion of federal spending is expected to boost infrastructure-sensitive companies, but the stocks could see a rocky...

  • Maria Cantwell of Washington state said Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke's decision to give Florida a last-minute exemption while ignoring at least 10 other states that made similar requests may violate requirements of the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act, which governs drilling in U.S. coastal waters. Zinke's action is especially outrageous because...

  • WASHINGTON, Jan 11- The Trump administration told U.S. states on Thursday they can for the first time move toward imposing work or job training requirements on people as a condition for obtaining health insurance under the Medicaid government program for the poor. Medicaid, an important social safety net program created five decades ago and expanded under...

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    Legalized marijuana is emerging as a huge growth sector in the U.S., says former DEA agent Patrick Moen.

  • But there's been a spike in numbers, particularly among homeless living on the streets along the West Coast, where rents have been rising fast, The Associated Press has reported. The grants announced Thursday would send $383 million to California, up from $354 million last year. Oregon would get $36.3 million and Washington state, $59.6 million, both increases of...

  • WASHINGTON, Jan 11- The Trump administration told U.S. states on Thursday they can for the first time move toward imposing work or job training requirements on people as a condition for obtaining health insurance under the Medicaid government program for the poor. Medicaid, an important social safety net program created five decades ago and expanded under...