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  • Spots of Ice throughout Central Oregon this morning.  Sanding crews have been dispatched to some of the slicker roads.  Use caution on your morning commute.  Spots of Ice reported by OSP on the mountain passes. 



  • Good Economic Data

    US stocks, gold, and oil got are getting a big boost today, as ECB President Mario Draghi recommitted to   monetary easing to spur growth in Europe.  Then China’s central bank added more fuel to the fire when it announced a surprise interest rate cut to keep their economy growing above 7%. (Fox Business News)

    Consumer sentiment in the US advanced to its highest level since January 2008 as Americans grow more optimistic about their financial well-being. While the monthly measure tracking the economic outlook fell in November from a two-year high, the share of respondents saying the economy is improving matched the second-highest since June 2013. (Bloomberg)

    Inflation remained very tame in September as the Consumer Price Index rose 0.1% during the month.  For the year inflation is running at a 1.8% rate.  Falling gas prices should apply even more downward pressure in coming months. (Reuters)

    The leading economic indicators index, used to predict the future of the economy's health in the next 6-9 months, rose 0.9% in October, topping the 0.7% increase in September.  (CNBC)

    Join us Saturday at 10 for Financial Focus Radio when we will talk about portfolio diversification and China.

  • Lynch To Appeal Fines

    (Renton, WA)  --  Seattle Seahawks star running back Marshawn Lynch plans to appeal the 100-thousand dollars in fines imposed on him by the NFL.  Lynch's agent, Doug Hendrickson, told NBC's Mike Florio that Lynch was sore following the Kansas City loss last Sunday, and elected to quickly change and walk to the team bus to lie down rather than stay and speak with reporters.  The NFL slapped Lynch with the fines Wednesday, saying he violated the league's media policy.  Half the 100-grand was assessed for Sunday's violation, and the other half is a holdover from last season.

  • Lynch Fined $100K For Violating NFL Media Policy

    (Renton, WA)  --  Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch is having to pay 100-thousand dollars in fines for violating the NFL's policy regarding media access.  The amount includes 50-thousand dollars for walking out on reporters who wished to speak to Lynch following last Sunday's game in Kansas City, and the 50-thousand dollar fine that was imposed on him in 2013 but held in abeyance in anticipation of his future cooperation.  The league's policy requires players to be available to the media during the practice week at the team facility and in the locker room following all games.  Lynch has indicated he'll appeal the fines.

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