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  • Construction notices

    15th and Reed Mkt Rd intersection CLOSED with a detour through mid-November
    Lane closures for utility work on 2nd street in Bend. 7am-4pm (7/16-25)
    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)



  • Business News

    US Stocks ended yesterday's choppy trading session mostly higher as investors weighed soft housing data against a flurry pf deal news including the takeover of Family Dollar by Dollar Tree.

    Pending home sales fell 1.1% in June to mark the first decline in 4 months showing sales of US homes continue to face headwinds like higher interest rates, tight credit, and stagnant wage growth of prospective buyers.  The Case-Shiller home price index is also out this morning showing that house prices nationally declined .3% year over year.(marketwatch)

    UPS reported 2nd quarter earnings this morning that missed expectations.  The company reported $1.21/share when wall st had been expecting the company to earn $1.25/share.  The company also lowered its full year earnings forecast because they plan on increasing expenses.  Shares of UPS sold off on that news.(CNBC)

    Drug companies Pfizer and Merck both beat 2nd quarter earnings expectations sending those stocks higher.  Both are Dow components which will help lift that index today.(marketwatch)

    And good news if you are retired.  In their annual report issued by the Medicare and Social Security Trustees showed that both programs will run out of money later than expected.  Medicare isn't scheduled to be exhausted until 2030 and Social Security will last until 2033.  Lower than expected spending extended the life of both programs which will certainly take the heat off lawmakers to address entitlements ahead of Congressional elections.(yahoo finance)

  • Mariners Offense Fails To Support King Felix Performance

    (Cleveland, OH)  --  The Seattle Mariners will try to win their series against Cleveland today after dropping Game Two, 2-0.  Felix Hernandez pitched seven solid innings and tied Tom Seaver's MLB record for most consecutive starts of at least seven innings while allowing two or fewer runs.  But Seattle was held scoreless and managed only three hits.  The Mariners and Indians will wrap up their series this afternoon in Cleveland.

  • Report: Seahawks Sign Ex-Giants CB Terrell Thomas

    (Renton, WA)  --  The Seattle Seahawks are reported to have signed free-agent cornerback Terrell Thomas.  ESPN quotes an anonymous source as saying the Hawks have agreed to terms with Thomas, who spent the past six seasons with the New York Giants.  His career has been marred by injuries, forcing him to sit out the 2011 and 2012 regular seasons with knee problems.  Thomas came back last year to record 67 tackles, one interception, one sack, and eight passes defended. 

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