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Politics Obama stumps at Nike for Trans-Pacific pact: 'Just do it' Obama stumps at Nike for Trans-Pacific pact: 'Just do it' (Photo Gallery) (Video)
When President Barack Obama promotes trade, he likes to say that 95 percent of the world's markets are outside the nation's borders — a potential goldmine for U.S.-made products. But Nike, where Obama made a pitch Friday, wants easier access to the U.S. market for the products it makes overseas.
Politics OSU says GMO ban on county ballot a threat to research OSU says GMO ban on county ballot a threat to research (Photo Gallery)
"We are now experiencing a quantum leap in humanity's ability to improve the properties of plants and animals," Gene Tools CEO Jim Summerton said, "except perhaps in Benton County if our local Luddites (anti-technology folks) succeed in getting voters to pass Measure 2-89."
Politics Therapist critical of police response that left veteran dead Therapist critical of police response that left veteran dead (Video)
Police shot and killed 49-year-old veteran Brian Babb a month ago in West Eugene after responding to a report of a suicidal subject. The shooting remains under investigation. But Babb's therapist Becky Higgins, who made the 911 call that summoned police to the scene, is now commenting on what happened.
Politics Court strikes down PERS cuts Court strikes down PERS cuts
The Oregon Supreme Court ruled Thursday that some of the 2013 cuts to public-employee retirement benefits are unconstitutional, wiping out much of the savings lawmakers were aiming for and likely raising pension costs for state and local governments.