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SALEM -- Oregon's liquor control board Friday gave stores across the state approval to start selling beer and wine along with liquor.

The idea started as a test project in March, 2012 at a liquor store in Portland's Hollywood neighborhood, and it worked so well, the commission decided to expand it.

Corvallis, Bend, Lincoln City also had liquor stores that the OLCC allowed to sell beer and wine.

Store owners who want to expand have to apply for an off premise liquor license. Liquor stores in Oregon are not run by the state. Instead, they are operated by independent owners that are approved contractors with the OLCC.

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