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Oregon Dept. of Fish & Wildlife

The Oregon pink shrimp fleet has agreed to suspend harvesting operations for about a month. That’s so the shrimp can grow to a more marketable size.

peacehealth.org

PeaceHealth caregivers-- from certified nurses aids to kitchen workers-- will soon see changes in their compensation--and more. Last night, (Monday,) members of the Service Employees International Union --Local 49—voted to ratify their first union contract after voting to unionize last May.

Oregon Employment Department

The unemployment rate in Lane and Douglas Counties continues to drop. The economy is getting better and more people are retiring.

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Some Oregonians may have to wait longer than usual for their state tax refunds. In February the Oregon Department of Revenue flagged one in three tax returns for manual review, more than double the regular amount.

Karen Richards

Eugene and Springfield have long been losing skilled technical workers to bigger West Coast cities. Now, several start-ups are finding ways to retain the brains.

The ongoing berry boycott has prompted response from Driscoll's corporate headquarters. The company looks to affirm their position on union organizing and worker welfare.

John Erb is Vice President of North American Operations for Driscoll's. He says the company has not intervened to negotiate wages or labor practices because their business model is not “vertically integrated.” That means their growers are independent, they farm on their own dime and they manage their own work force, union or non-union.

Rachael McDonald

Oregon Governor Kate Brown met with Eugene businesswomen Friday. It’s part of a statewide tour to gather information for her Small Business Advisory Cabinet.

Oregon Department of Revenue

Oregon’s Department of Revenue has a new approach to collect unpaid taxes. Their website now features a list of the state’s top delinquent taxpayers.

Oregon Employment Department

Oregon's jobless rate dropped to 4.8 percent in February. That’s the lowest it’s been in more than 20 years.

kingestate.com

Oregon’s largest winery just gained entry into the state’s best known wine growing region. King Estate Winery, south of Eugene, is now part of the Willamette Valley AVA.

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