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>>Hales Says City Misspent Water And Sewer Money

(Portland, OR)  --  Mayor Charlie Hales tells "The Oregonian" the city of Portland misspent nearly 350-thousand dollars to buy office space for the Police Bureau in 2011.  Hales says about 70-thousand dollars of that money was from water and sewer ratepayers as the city scraped together one-point-six-million dollars to purchase the Penumbra Kelly Building.  The mayor says the actions were taken during the administration of his predecessor, Sam Adams.  The "Oregonian" hasn't been able to reach Adams for comment.

>>Washington County OKs Food-waste Composting Pilot

(Hillsboro, OR)  --  A food-waste composting pilot program for businesses in Washington County will move forward after approval by the county's Board of Commissioners.  The program is intended to collect up to one-thousand tons of food waste from businesses in Hillsboro, Sherwood, Tualatin, and unincorporated areas in southern Washington County.  The waste will be transported to composting facilities outside the county.  The pilot will evaluate costs associated with composting, which is scheduled to begin in February.

>>Daimler Could Receive Loan For Job Creation

(Portland, OR)  --  Portland's Development Commission is considering a plan to grant Daimler an eight-million-dollar forgivable loan in exchange for a pledge to create a certain number of jobs at its new headquarters at Swan Island.  Daimler announced in September it will expand its Portland headquarters after the state and city governments offered incentives totaling 20-million dollars.  Under the proposal, if Daimler Trucks North America creates 400 jobs over five years, the loan will be forgiven, but would have to be paid back if not.

>>Gasoline Prices Get Even Lower

(Portland, OR)  --  The price of gasoline in the Portland area continues to fall, according to Triple-A.  The average for regular fell more than a penny overnight, to just under three-30 a gallon.  That's six cents a gallon cheaper than a week ago.

>>Seahawks Rise In NFL Power Rankings

(Undated)  --  The Seattle Seahawks, after their smashing 33-10 win over the Atlanta Falcons, are now third in the weekly NFL power rankings, up from fourth last week.  The Seahawks trail only the undefeated Kansas City Chiefs and the Denver Broncos.  Seattle is nine-and-one for the first time in franchise history.  The Seahawks will host the Minnesota Vikings this Sunday.

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