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It is merger and acquisition Monday and Japanese Suntory Holdings is buying BEAM, makers of Jim Beam and Makers Mark Whiskeys, for $16 billion in cash and debt.  The $83.50 per share deal is a 25% premium to Friday’s closing price. (Market Watch)

China became the world’s largest trading nation in 2013, overtaking the US.  The world’s second largest economy saw $4 trillion in trade. Chinese exports were up 7.9% and imports were up 7.3%. (The Guardian)

While we did not get all that cold weather here in Oregon, the Midwest and east saw last week, it may touch your pocket book.  The cold winter weather may have damaged up to 15% of the winter wheat crop, cattle prices are the highest on record as the cold halts slaughtering and transportation and up to 15% of the citrus crop has been damaged.  All this may lead to higher prices. (Bloomberg)

This falls under the category – “why do my shoes cost so much?” – A Portland pimp has filed a $100 million lawsuit against Nike.  He says the company should have had a label warning him his Air Jordan’s could be used as a dangerous weapon.  This comes after he was sentenced to 100-years in prison for a brutal beating he gave with a pair of Nike shoes. (OregonLive)
 

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  • North 3rd St >< Division and O.B. Riley Rd, single lane N-Bound (6/15-8/30)
  • South 3rd St >< Wilson and Reed Ln, single lane closures South Bound 5a-2p (8/30)
  • Construction at 27th Street . Northbound Lane Closed from Ferguson to Bear Creek.  Detour in place.
  • O.B. Riley Road South-bound lane closed south of Mervin Samples Rd (12/17)
  • Butler Market East-bound lane closed E of 4th St. for sewer construction. (12/17)