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Workers endure heat and wind to repair 131-year-old Iowa Capitol dome

Tuesday, August 22, 2017|Comments Off on Workers endure heat and wind to repair 131-year-old Iowa Capitol dome

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — It's not the height or the heat shimmering off the Iowa Capitol's gold-plated dome that bothers Brian Johnson. It's the potential knock-you-off-the-scaffolding gusts that took some getting used to when Johnson began making repairs to the historic dome, nearly 275 feet above ground on a hill overlooking downtown Des Moines. "You have to be prepared for the wind," said Johnson, of Des Moines. "It can really surprise you." Johnson is [...]

Eleven states added jobs in July, including Ohio

Tuesday, August 22, 2017|Comments Off on Eleven states added jobs in July, including Ohio

WASHINGTON (AP) — Hiring increased in 11 states in July, while the unemployment rate tumbled to record lows in two states. The Labor Department said Friday that unemployment rates were relatively stable in most states. They fell in 15 states and rose in 23, including Ohio, which added 1,600 jobs, but many of the changes were statistically insignificant. The jobs report for states reflects the steady job gains in a recovery from the Great Recession [...]

Lt. gov. a career-long ally to business

Tuesday, August 22, 2017|Comments Off on Lt. gov. a career-long ally to business

She could be the state’s next governor, already having won three statewide elections — one as state auditor during former Gov. Ted Strickland’s administration and two as Gov. John Kasich’s lieutenant governor. Mary Taylor, 51, the one-time accountant-turned-public-servant, is one of the highest ranking woman in state government today (second only to Chief Justice Maureen O’Connor) and she’s not ready to abandon her ascent — a 2018 bid for governor is evidence of this point. [...]

Trump won places drowning in despair. Can he save them?

Tuesday, August 22, 2017|Comments Off on Trump won places drowning in despair. Can he save them?

ABERDEEN, Wash. (AP) — One-hundred-fifty baskets of pink petunias hang from the light posts all over this city, watered regularly by residents trying to make their community feel alive again. A local artist spends his afternoons high in a bucket truck, painting a block-long mural of a little girl blowing bubbles, each circle the scene of an imagined, hopeful future. But in the present, vacant buildings dominate blocks. A van, stuffed so full of blankets [...]

Landmark settlement over harsh CIA interrogations marks a milestone

Tuesday, August 22, 2017|Comments Off on Landmark settlement over harsh CIA interrogations marks a milestone

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — A settlement in a landmark lawsuit against two psychologists who helped design the CIA’s harsh interrogation methods used in the war on terror marked the first time the agency or its private contractors have been held accountable for the program, legal experts said Thursday. The deal in the lawsuit from the American Civil Liberties Union also makes it unlikely the CIA will again pursue the tactics, which included beatings and waterboarding, [...]

What major tech companies are doing on hate groups

Tuesday, August 22, 2017|Comments Off on What major tech companies are doing on hate groups

NEW YORK (AP) — Major companies such as Google, Facebook and PayPal are banishing a growing cadre of extremist groups and individuals in the wake of the deadly clash at a white-nationalist rally last weekend in Virginia. Civil rights advocates welcomed the moves, but say more needs to be done — and more should have been done earlier. Here is a look at some of the technology services that have banned hate groups or have [...]

The real revolution in North Korea is the rise of consumer culture

Tuesday, August 22, 2017|Comments Off on The real revolution in North Korea is the rise of consumer culture

PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) — Like all North Korean adults, Song Un Pyol wears the faces of leader Kim Jong Un’s father and grandfather pinned neatly to her left lapel, above her heart. But on her right glitters a diamond-and-gold brooch. Song, who manages a state-run supermarket with freezers stocked full of pork and beef and rows of dairy, bakery and canned goods, is part of a paradigm shift within North Korea. Three generations into [...]

L.L. Bean boosting production of iconic boot

Tuesday, August 22, 2017|Comments Off on L.L. Bean boosting production of iconic boot

LEWISTON, Maine (AP) — L.L. Bean hopes to give the boot to backlogs of its most iconic product. The Maine-based retailer is expanding production to keep up with demand for its leather-and-rubber “duck boot” with a new manufacturing center with another machine used to make the rubber soles. The company also plans to hire more than 100 additional production workers at two locations in Maine. “With the addition of the second molding machine here, we’ve [...]

Math experts to help address gerrymandering

Tuesday, August 22, 2017|Comments Off on Math experts to help address gerrymandering

MEDFORD, Mass. (AP) — Some of the brightest minds in math arrived at Tufts University earlier this month to tackle an issue lawyers and political scientists have been struggling with for decades. They came from colleges across the country for a weeklong conference on gerrymandering, the practice of crafting voting districts in a way that favors voters from a certain political party or demographic. It’s a topic of growing interest among many math and data [...]

Science Says: DNA test results may not change people’s health habits

Monday, August 21, 2017|Comments Off on Science Says: DNA test results may not change people’s health habits

NEW YORK (AP) — If you learned your DNA made you more susceptible to getting a disease, wouldn’t you work to stay healthy? You’d quit smoking, eat better, ramp up your exercise, or do whatever else it took to improve your odds of avoiding maladies like obesity, diabetes, heart disease or cancer, right? The scientific evidence says: Don’t bet on it. DNA testing for disease risk has recently expanded in the U.S. The company 23andMe [...]

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Legal News

Bill on service animals would align Ohio law with federal law

Monday, August 21, 2017|Comments Off on Bill on service animals would align Ohio law with federal law

As service animals proliferate and become more of a fixture in everyday settings, ranging from commercial airlines to the office, a pair of Ohio lawmakers [...]

Proposal would shift burden of proof in self-defense cases

Friday, August 18, 2017|Comments Off on Proposal would shift burden of proof in self-defense cases

A lawmaker duo looks to update Ohio firearms laws in a measure introduced in the Ohio Senate this week. Republican Sens. Joe Uecker and Jay [...]

Proposed Senate bill would protect Ohio businesses from fraud

Friday, August 18, 2017|Comments Off on Proposed Senate bill would protect Ohio businesses from fraud

A northeast Ohio lawmaker recently introduced legislation that would make it easier for businesses to identify and combat fraud. Senate Bill 179 would allow businesses [...]

Business News

German Village travel agency owner enjoys the best of both worlds

Monday, August 21, 2017|Comments Off on German Village travel agency owner enjoys the best of both worlds

A German Village travel agency owner says the entrepreneurial spirit and love of travel run in her family. UNIGLOBE Travel Designers is owned by Elizabeth [...]

Detroit luring manufacturers to industrial park, vacant land

Wednesday, August 16, 2017|Comments Off on Detroit luring manufacturers to industrial park, vacant land

DETROIT (AP) — Inside a fenced construction site on Detroit’s east side, heavy machines are digging, shoving and hauling away tons of dirt in preparations [...]

Report shows new businesses want to grow, but struggle to borrow

Wednesday, August 16, 2017|Comments Off on Report shows new businesses want to grow, but struggle to borrow

While startup businesses are more likely to add jobs than older, more established companies, more than half struggle to get credit that will help them [...]

Real Estate

Missouri utility regulators reject massive Midwest wind power line

Monday, August 21, 2017|Comments Off on Missouri utility regulators reject massive Midwest wind power line

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri utility regulators last week rejected a proposed high-voltage power line to carry wind power across the Midwest to eastern [...]

Childhood home of Harriet Beecher Stowe in Connecticut for sale on eBay

Thursday, August 17, 2017|Comments Off on Childhood home of Harriet Beecher Stowe in Connecticut for sale on eBay

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The birthplace of abolitionist writer Harriet Beecher Stowe, which was disassembled and stored in trailers 20 years ago, has been put [...]

Dallas-based Sealy acquires 600K-plus square-foot distribution facility to re-enter Columbus market

Wednesday, August 2, 2017|Comments Off on Dallas-based Sealy acquires 600K-plus square-foot distribution facility to re-enter Columbus market

Dallas based Sealy & Company, a fully-integrated commercial real estate investment and operating company, has announced acquisition of Creekside IX, a 652,195 square-foot Class A [...]

Politics

Mississippi holds on to state flag with Confederate symbol

Monday, August 21, 2017|Comments Off on Mississippi holds on to state flag with Confederate symbol

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — White supremacists waved the Confederate battle flag amid violence in Virginia, prompting critics to say Mississippi should remove the symbol from [...]

Tensions with North Korea bring back nuclear fears

Friday, August 18, 2017|Comments Off on Tensions with North Korea bring back nuclear fears

LOS ANGELES (AP) — After the Soviet Union collapsed in 1991, the era of nuclear nightmares — of the atomic arms race, of backyard bomb [...]

Asked to serve, some CEOs say no more to Trump

Thursday, August 17, 2017|Comments Off on Asked to serve, some CEOs say no more to Trump

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — First it was the leader of a major pharmaceutical, then the CEO of an athletic gear company, and before the day [...]

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