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Oregon has the 13th least expensive workers' compensation rates in the nation, according to data released today by the Oregon Department of Consumer and Business Services (DCBS).

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Taxpayers who received an extension earlier this year for filing their 2011 State of Oregon income taxes need to submit their return by Monday, or they could face financial penalties.

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A commercial truck driver was injured Tuesday night after losing control and crashing on Highway 26 about twelve miles east of Seaside. The crash blocked the highway for about nine hours.

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Wednesday the Department of Commerce upheld tariffs on Chinese solar imports, but failed to expand the scope of its final determination to address circumvention of those tariffs by Chinese manufacturers. In October 2011 a group of solar manufacturers (led by SolarWorld USA) filed a petition against Chinese producers, alleging that government support of the solar industry in China was allowing Chinese solar products to be sold at unfair prices in the U.S. market. Solarworld USA has its U.S. headquarters in Hillsboro and employs more than 900 people in that facility.

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Property tax bills for the 2012-13 fiscal year will arrive in mailboxes in the next few days.  The tax bill that you will be receiving will show market values in most areas have decreased, but this may not translate into lower taxes. The primary reason can be found in the provisions of Ballot Measure 50, the constitutional amendment approved by voters in 1997.

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A scientist who studies the ancient skeleton known as Kennewick Man says he wasn't from the Columbia River valley where his bones were buried.

Smithsonian anthropologist Doug Owsley told tribal representatives that isotopes in the bones indicate Kennewick Man was a hunter of marine mammals, such as seals. He lived most of his life on the coast.

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Oregon's forest sector remains a resilient and vital contributor to Oregon's economy, according to a comprehensive economic study published today by the Oregon Forest Resources Institute. The sector could create thousands of new rural jobs, given the right market conditions and a dependable supply of raw material.

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A group of county commissioners representing Oregon counties that in the past deeded forestland to the state for management will meet on Friday, Oct. 19, in Salem. Highlight items on the agenda include:

- State Forest implementation plans - phasing in of timber harvest levels on the Astoria and Forest Grove districts
- WALT (Woods Accounting and Log Tracking) project update
- Legal update - marbled murrelet lawsuit, NEDC vs. Decker

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