News Roundup: Nike to boost U.S. manufacturing; restaurants pull living wage surcharge


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—  When President Obama visited Portland last year to tout the TPP, he made his pitch at Nike World headquarters in Beaverton. During that visit, Nike CEO Mark Parker announced the company would boost domestic manufacturing. Now the sportswear giant is putting its money where its mouth is. Nike has teamed with Apollo Global Management to improve Nike’s supply chain in the Americas. The partnership is designed to build domestic manufacturing infrastructure. Read more at the Portland Business Journal.

— New business models for restaurants are springing up right and left. Two weeks after Pacific Northwest dining company  Restaurants Unlimited announced it would add a one percent living wage surcharge to its offerings, the company has apparently rolled back its the new wage policy.  Blame concerns from customers. The Oregonian has the story.

—  Bend pioneered the roundabout urban traffic design many years ago. Now Prineville is getting one of its own at a high crash interesection connecting Highway 126 with Tom McCall Road. Roundabouts are common in Europe as a way to speed traffic and reduce crashes at intersections. ODOT officials say they expect a 70% reduction in total crashes at the intersection after the installation of the roundabout, and an 89% reduction in fatality or injury crashes. Read the Bend Bulletin story here.

— The city of Medford is considering new locations for a “tiny home” community for homeless residents.  A downtown location, long under consideration, was rejected at a previous city council meeting. Read more here.


— Donald Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort has resigned. Manafort had come under increasing scrutiny for his lobbying efforts in the Ukraine. Read more at 

— News apps are on the decline, Wired magazine reports. The New York Times has pulled its app, intended to lure younger readers. Most readers get news via Facebook and other social media apps, making it difficult for independent publishers to build their own.