Category Archives: Marketplace

Bad news home buyers: It’s more expensive for developers to buy lots for new houses

Lot prices are rising at nearly double the rate of inflation. It’s costing real-estate developers a pretty penny to purchase lots for single-family homes. And that could spell trouble for people who are struggling to afford to buy a home. Source: Bad news home buyers: It’s more expensive for developers to buy lots for new […]
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Nearly half of states could not cover unemployment insurance in a recession

As many as 23 states are unprepared for the typical recession. Source: Nearly half of states could not cover unemployment insurance in a recession – Marketplace

Smoke from this season’s wildfires is worrying West Coast winemakers

Notes of ashtray or campfire in your pinot? Vineyards say smoky weather from this year’s wildfires could leave lasting mark on wines. On a clear day, Jocelyn Bentley-Prestwich can see major local landmarks, like the Columbia river and Mount Adams, from the vineyard she works at in Hood River, Oregon. But for awhile this summer, […]
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The latest fight for employee rights: work schedule predictability

Worker rights advocates say unpredictable schedules, and dreaded “clopenings,” take a toll on employees. Efforts to boost the minimum wage have gotten a lot of attention lately and proponents have scored some major victories. But workers rights advocates are now asking: What good is a wage boost if workers don’t know how many hours they’re […]
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Growth and balance in Corvallis, Oregon

Corvallis, Oregon, is a college town. It’s a small city of about 50,000 people, home Oregon State University. The area votes Democratic — it’s a sanctuary city with a sanctuary campus in the heart of very blue state. Corvallis is wrestling with a changing economy, trying to balance issues of town, gown and growth — […]
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