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November is usually the least popular month for a wedding but today we will see a boom in the wedding industry.  Eight times more people will get married in November than last year since today is 11-12-13.  Wedding have grown to a $40 billion industry in the US. (New York Times)

The National Federation of Independent Business Small Business Optimism Index collapsed in October with the stated cause being the government shutdown.  The net percent of owners expecting better business conditions in six months was a net negative 17% in the survey, down 17 points from August. (NFIB)

With 43 days left till Christmas Wal-Mart is not going to be left behind this holiday shopping season.  The world’s largest retailer will open at 6pm on Thanksgiving, two hours earlier than last year. If you shop online Wal-Mart will put many of their Black Friday specials up for sale early Thursday morning. (Reuters)

Portland shoe maker KEEN has launched its own line of clothing.  The line will include pants, shirts, skirts and sweatshirts.  Products will be available only online or at its stores in Portland, San Francisco and Tokyo. (Oregon Live)

Help Puerto Rico

Most organizations are asking for cash, rather than supplies, so they can route help to where it’s needed most more quickly. Here are some of the largest groups with campaigns underway:

 

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  • Intersection of NW Broadway Street and NW Delaware for waterline replacement project, road closures with detours clearly marked for thru traffic, 7 a.m. – 4 p.m. daily with roads opened nightly. Motorists are encouraged to avoid this area and use Bond Street and Wall Street.

 

  • Nels Anderson Road between Nels Anderson Place and Brandis Court, single northbound shoulder closure will be in effect, two-way traffic to be maintained. Project completion expected December 2017.