News roundup: State beats back Oracle; Suttle Lake Lodge near Sisters re-opens

Oregon beats back Oracle while the Suttle Lake Lodge re-opens.

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—— The state scored a coup in its long running battle against Oracle. A Marion County judge on Wednesday indicated she was prepared to throw out Oracle’s claims that the state violated the state’s public records law when it withheld or delayed release of certain Cover Oregon-related emails from the software company. Read more at Oregon Live.

—— The Salem-Statesman Journal chronicles the challenges of wheat farming in Oregon. In 1950, Oregon had 34,000 farms of one to 49 acres. Now it’s down to 21,800 in that size category. The state lost 8 percent of its farmers between the 2007 Census of Agriculture to the next one in 2012.

—— After a $1.5 million renovation, the Suttle Lake Lodge near Sisters re-opens. Read more at the Bend Bulletin. The paper also reports on the city’s first time participation in a statewide tech event sponsored by the Technology Association of Oregon.

—— Gov. Kate Brown taps Katy Coba, the former head of the state ag department, to lead the Department of Adminstrative Services. Read more here. 

—— Willamette Week reports that forty percent of Portland Airbnb hosts’ revenue comes from listings that breaks the city’s residency requirement.

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—— As if we didn’t need more reminders of seismic destruction, has the Italy earthquake, in pictures.

—— More advertising coming to phone apps near you.  WhatsApp will now allow businesses to send messages to users, reports BBC news.