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OHSU heart specialist is Monday forum speaker

Dr. Kent Thornburg, director of the Heart Research Center at Oregon Health Sciences University in Portland, will be the featured speaker Monday at a Medford/Jackson County Chamber of Commerce forum.

Thornburg specializes in the development of the heart in humans and animals.

Lunch begins at 11:30 a.m. Advance tickets are $12 and will be available through today. Tickets also are available at the door for $13. The forum begins at 12:15 p.m. Call 779-4847 to register.

Microsoft shareholders reject two proposals

SEATTLE — Microsoft Corp.?s shareholders on Thursday turned down two shareholder proposals that would have required the company to adopt a tough stance on China's human rights issues and to report its U.S. political contributions.

Company general counsel Bill Neukom told the shareholders? annual meeting that both proposals received less than 6 percent of the vote.

Apple industry pushes for fruit in relief shipments

As the Washington apple industry staggers under the glut of its second-largest crop in history, Paul Thomas of Woodinville has what may turn out to be a winning idea for Washington growers and Russians in need. Thomas has been pushing the U.S. government to include Washington apples in international relief shipments to the Russian Far East.

After a concerted effort by the Washington congressional delegation, several statewide elected officials and the apple industry, the U.S. government appears close to including fresh fruit in relief programs.

Thomas is pushing for a shipment as large as 1.1 million cartons, worth $10 million, purchased by the Agriculture Department from Washington growers.

Wholesale inflation rises with food, natural gas

WASHINGTON — Wholesale inflation edged up in October as sharply higher costs for food and natural gas swamped the biggest drop in car prices in 10 years. Even with the advance, economists believe the Federal Reserve will leave interest rates unchanged next week.

The Producer Price Index, which measures inflation pressures before they reach store shelves, was more subdued last month, climbing a seasonally adjusted 0.4 percent, the Labor Department reported Thursday.

From staff and wire reports