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Home equity is back, but borrowing isn't

By CHRISTOPHER S. RUGABER

People are apparently leaving the wealth generated by rising home prices ‘locked up' in their homes.



These days, some NW vineyards going to pot

By GILLIAN FLACCUS

Bill and Barbara Steele moved to this sleepy corner of Oregon to start their own winery after successful, high-powered business careers.


Tracks to close for Penn Station repairs

Amtrak officials say three tracks at a time will be closed at Penn Station as part of extensive repair work there that is expected to inconvenience thousands of rail commuters this summer.


UO renames dorm for black architect

University of Oregon officials have settled on a new name for a dormitory formerly named after a Ku Klux Klan leader.


Howard Schultz is state's top-paid CEO

A new survey shows the top paid executive in Washington state last year was the head of Starbucks.


Feds find $6B in student aid mistakes

Members of Congress are criticizing the Education Department over $6 billion in improper payments made as part of the federal student aid programs.


Firm to sue over canceled forest sale

An Oregon timber company reportedly plans to sue its home state for $3.3 million after its plans to buy the Elliott State Forest recently fell through.


Costco earnings beat expectations

Costco shares rose in after-hours trading after the warehouse club company reported earnings that topped Wall Street expectations.


Insurers hike prices, leave ACA markets

By TOM MURPHY

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina is asking for a 23 percent price hike because it doesn't expect crucial federal subsidies to continue.


Fastest growing U.S. cities are in South; mostly Texas

Ten of the 15 fastest-growing cities with populations of 50,000 or more were spread across the South in 2016, with four of the top five found in Texas, according to new population estimates released Thursday by the U.S. Census Bureau.


Trump wants $108M for deeper ports

By RUSS BYNUM

But only two ports — Boston and Savannah — would get the money.


Trump may end program for older jobless Americans

By LAURIE KELLMAN

The seniors' employment program has helped more than 1 million workers enter the workforce.


OK for Yakima housing project

An effort to convert a vacant store in Yakima to transitional housing for people who are homeless has cleared a big hurdle with an approval by the city's planning division.


Texas OKs hog hunting by balloon

Texas lawmakers have approved the hunting of feral hogs and coyotes from hot air balloons.



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