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  • Construction notices

    15th and Reed Mkt Rd intersection CLOSED with a detour through mid-November
    Irving Ave. >< 6th and 7th CLOSED with a detour.  8am-3pm (7/21)
    Lane closures for utility work on 2nd street in Bend. 7am-4pm (7/16-25)
    NIGHT WORK  Purcell Blvd >< Paula Dr. to Neff Rd. Lane closures pilot car 7p-7a (7/22-23)
    US 26 in Warm Springs construction delays possible
    Flaggers, delays possible on US26 near near Dover Lane, just S. of Madras 7a-3p (11/1/14)
    US 97 between Pinebrook and the 3rd Street/Business 97 exit; bridge construction in the median and shoulders. 7am-4pm (11/1/14)



  • Stocks Under Pressure

    Lots of earnings after the bell today.  Stocks are under pressure as international violence continues to be a wet blanket on investors.

    A new report shows US companies increased worker wages in the second quarter at a rate more than double of a year earlier. Wage growth has been almost non-existent during this recovery and some see this as a welcome sign.  It was the first report since third quarter of 2012 that no respondents reported declining wages. (National Association for Business Economics)

    Some tax reform may be coming our way. The US House of Representatives passed the America Gives More Act last week. The bill makes three tax breaks permanent: the charitable deduction for contributions of food inventory by businesses, the deduction for contributions of conservation easements, and a provision that allows senior citizens to tap their IRAs for charitable donations without incurring a tax penalty. (Portland Business Journal)

    US mortgage rates continue to be at near historic lows.  The 30-year fixed rate stands at 4.15%.  Mortgage rates are now below the lows of last year when the Federal Reserve said they would end their bond purchase program. (Associated Press)

    Surging consumption of chocolate in Asia is pushing cocoa-bean prices to the highest level in three years.  While demand in the region ranked as the world’s lowest per capita in 2013, the market will grow at almost twice the global rate over the next four years putting pressure on supply. (Bloomberg)

  • Cascade Cycling Classic

    There’s an up and coming new ‘King of the Road’ you might say in the world of cycling as Serghei Tsvetkov claimed back-to-back ‘Cascade Cycling Classic’ GC Titles in Bend, Oregon.
    The top-gun rider for the Jelly Belly Race Team won Stage-22 (Prineville Time Trial), and the Saturday night Bend Downtown Criterium to win his second straight Title.
    Eric Marcotte, a Chiropractor in Scottsdale, Arizona of Team Smart Stop won his second road race stage by claiming Sunday’s finale, the Awbrey Butte Circuit.
    Colin Joyce and Dion Smith finished 2nd, and 3rd, respectively.
    Lauren Stephens of Dallas, Texas ran away with the Women’s GC Title as she won the first 3 races of the 35th Annual Bend Memorial Clinic sponsored event.
    She finished 3rd in Stage-5 finale on Awbrey Butte to secure the Championship in Bend.

    - www.jayreesesports.com

  • Mariners Victims Of Angels Rally

    (Anaheim, CA)  --  The Seattle Mariners will be back home tonight to begin a three-game series with the New York Mets, after losing two of three to the Los Angeles Angels.  Yesterday's 6-5 loss was a product of a two-run, ninth-inning rally by the Angels.  Kyle Seager launched his 16th home run of the season with two out as part of a three-run first inning for Seattle.  The Mariners and Mets will get started at 7:10 tonight.

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