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  • ROADS:

    US 97 between Pinebrook and the 3rd Street/Business 97 exit; bridge construction in the median and shoulders. (7am-4pm)
    US 20 in Sisters, Construction zone,
    Full road closure with detours Reed Mkt Rd from Fargo Lane to Daly Estates Dr./Camelot Pl.
    Flaggers, utility work SW 18th & Knoll, to Forest Ridge and 17th. 7am-4pm (3/31-4/25)



  • Earnings and Economic News

    Markets are open after the long Easter weekend and we get ready for a busy week of earnings.  

    Kimberly-Clark, the makers of Huggies, Kleenex and other consumer products saw sales decline 1% overall but grow 12% overseas in Q1.  Profits were up almost 4%.  The company paid a combined $750 million in dividends and stock buy backs during the first quarter. (Market Wire)

    Toy maker Hasbro returned to profitability in Q1 making $32.1 million after losing $6.7 million last year.  Sales for girl’s toys, like My Little Pony, were up 21% while those for boys, like Nerf products, were up 4%. Hasbro beat their competition, Mattel that posted a loss for the quarter last week.  (Associated Press)

    Payrolls climbed in 34 states in March showing the job market is improving.  The rough winter weather in the north has helped the tourism industry in the south as more people are trying to beat the snow and enjoy a little sunshine. (Bloomberg)

    US manufacturing output rose by 0.7% for a second month in March.  Mining and utilities were leaders in the gains.  US factory capacity utilization stands at 79.2%, the highest since June 2008 and shows companies maybe approaching an end to their ability to get production gains without investing money in more plants and equipment. (Reuters)


Game 1-Sun  April 20 Portland at Houston  W 122-120 OT
Game 2-Wed April 23 Portland at Houston  5:35PM  

Game 3-Fri     April 25  Houston at Portland  6:35PM  
Game 4-Sun   April 27  Houston at Portland  5:35PM

Game 5-Wed  April 30  Portland at Houston  TBD    

Game 6 * Fri  May 2     Houston at Portland     TBD    

Game 7 * Sun  May 4     Portland at Houston   TBD


          *if necessary

  • Seahawks Trade Draft Pick For Pryor

    (Renton, WA)  --  The Seattle Seahawks will trade their seventh-round draft pick this year for Oakland Raiders quarterback Terrelle Pryor.  Pryor started nine games last year for the Raiders.  Oakland recently traded with Houston to acquire quarterback Matt Schaub.  Pryor is expected to compete with Tarvaris Jackson for the Seahawks' backup quarterback position.

  • Blazers Top Rockets In OT, 122-120

    (Houston, TX)  --  The Portland Trail Blazers lead their Western Conference playoff series with the Houston Rockets, one game to none.  The Blazers topped Houston in overtime last night, 122-120.  LaMarcus Aldridge scored a career-high 46 points before fouling out in OT.  Damian Lillard scored 31 points for the Blazers, who play Game Two with the Rockets Wednesday night in Houston.

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