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Students, alumni challenge long-held legacy preference at top colleges

Friday, February 16, 2018|Comments Off on Students, alumni challenge long-held legacy preference at top colleges

BOSTON (AP) — Students and alumni at some of the nation’s top universities are urging their schools to reconsider admissions policies that give an edge to relatives of alumni. Campus groups for first-generation and low-income students at 12 elite universities issued a joint letter Wednesday asking their schools to review the impact of so-called legacy admissions policies through proposed campus panels that would include students and alumni. The coalition also called on their schools to [...]

Dating danger? Businesses rethink workplace romance policies

Friday, February 16, 2018|Comments Off on Dating danger? Businesses rethink workplace romance policies

NEW YORK (AP) — It happens in so many workplaces — two colleagues begin a romantic relationship. But a heightened awareness about sexual harassment means small business owners can get more anxious when employees start dating. Many owners have consulted with employment attorneys or human resources professionals since the accusations against movie executive Harvey Weinstein in November. Some owners have created or updated their policies on dating and sexual harassment, and they’re making sure staffers [...]

A surprise no one wants: A big medical bill even with insurance coverage

Friday, February 16, 2018|Comments Off on A surprise no one wants: A big medical bill even with insurance coverage

This winter’s nasty flu season may smack patients with a financial side effect: surprise medical bills. People who wind up in the emergency room or need an ambulance can be blindsided by hefty, unexpected charges. This often happens after patients visit a doctor or hospital outside their insurance network so coverage was limited. Insurance deductibles that reset every January and must be paid before coverage begins can make these invoices even more painful. Insurers form [...]

Questions and answers about interm security clearances in federal government

Friday, February 16, 2018|Comments Off on Questions and answers about interm security clearances in federal government

WASHINGTON — Rob Porter, who resigned as President Donald Trump’s staff secretary following allegations of spousal abuse, was one of as many as two dozen senior White House officials, including the president’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, who hold interim security clearances. Kushner is still working without a permanent security clearance, according to an administration official familiar the process but not authorized to discuss it publicly. Interim clearances are routinely issued — some because of a massive [...]

FAA adopts a more responsive, transparent tone on noise near airports

Friday, February 16, 2018|Comments Off on FAA adopts a more responsive, transparent tone on noise near airports

PHOENIX — Nearly 100 people strolled through the high school cafeteria throughout the evening, studying colored graphs of flight takeoffs and jotting down comments for officials. More than three years after they awoke to find window-rattling flights rerouted in an airborne highway above their homes, residents of Phoenix’s downtown historic districts said they finally felt the Federal Aviation Administration was listening. A court victory by Phoenix and neighborhood groups over the FAA last year has [...]

How the market’s turmoil could affect Fed’s rate decisions

Friday, February 16, 2018|Comments Off on How the market’s turmoil could affect Fed’s rate decisions

WASHINGTON — Wall Street has thrown a rather sour welcoming party for Jerome Powell. On Powell’s very first day as Federal Reserve chairman, the Dow Jones industrial average suffered its worst percentage drop since 2011. The selling has raged on in the days since, fueled partly by fear that higher inflation will lead the Fed to accelerate its interest rates hikes and weaken the economy and the stock market. All of which has left investors [...]

Is inflation rising as investors fear? 5 ways to keep track

Friday, February 16, 2018|Comments Off on Is inflation rising as investors fear? 5 ways to keep track

WASHINGTON — After nearly a decade of being all but invisible, inflation — or the fear of it — is back. Tentative signs have emerged that prices could accelerate in coming months. Pay raises may be picking up a bit. Commodities such as oil and aluminum have grown more expensive. Cellphone plans are likely to appear costlier. The specter of high inflation has spooked many investors, who worry it would force up interest rates, making [...]

Local accountants adjust to changes in tax law as filing season arrives

Friday, February 16, 2018|Comments Off on Local accountants adjust to changes in tax law as filing season arrives

In the wake of the largest tax overhaul in 30 years that was signed into law last year, some local tax professionals are helping their clients understand the impact on their upcoming tax returns. Most of “the changes in the tax reform bill have been in effect for 2018,” said Mike O’Neill, a certified public accountant who runs Columbus Tax Preparation in Clintonville. Congress usually makes minor changes to the tax law each year but [...]

Latest amendment to self-defense proposal draws constitutional criticism

Friday, February 16, 2018|Comments Off on Latest amendment to self-defense proposal draws constitutional criticism

Ohio prosecutors and public defenders took aim earlier this week at an amendment to a House bill that would puts the onus on the state to refute self-defense claims in shootings. Specifically, the change, while still supporting the notion that the state must disprove a self-defense claim, would go further to require the state to demonstrate at the preponderance-of-evidence standard that the shooter defendant did not act in self-defense. Before the amendment, Substitute House Bill [...]

Child experts: Just say ‘no’ to Facebook’s kids app

Thursday, February 1, 2018|Comments Off on Child experts: Just say ‘no’ to Facebook’s kids app

BOSTON (AP) — Child development experts and advocates are urging Facebook to pull the plug on its new messaging app aimed at kids. A group letter sent Tuesday to CEO Mark Zuckerberg argues that younger children — the app is intended for those under 13 — aren’t ready to have social media accounts, navigate the complexities of online relationships or protect their own privacy. Facebook launched the free Messenger Kids app in December, pitching it [...]

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Legal News

Bill aims to remedy third-party practice of rejecting lawful powers of attorney

Wednesday, February 14, 2018|Comments Off on Bill aims to remedy third-party practice of rejecting lawful powers of attorney

Lawyer and small businessman-cum-legislator Democrat Rep. John Rogers of Mentor-on-the-Lake has championed a bill that addresses a growing problem of third-party institutions rejecting lawful Ohio [...]

Herd of proponents offer testimony in support of legalizing residential livestock

Tuesday, February 13, 2018|Comments Off on Herd of proponents offer testimony in support of legalizing residential livestock

Fans of urban farming and some of the latter-day homesteaders themselves turned up for the most recent hearing of a bill that would legalize some [...]

Bill designed to correct ‘error’ used in some wrongfully imprisoned comp cases

Monday, February 12, 2018|Comments Off on Bill designed to correct ‘error’ used in some wrongfully imprisoned comp cases

House committee members recently heard testimony supporters and opponents on a bill meant to correct what some lawmakers and the Ohio Public Defender have characterized [...]

Business News

When the newspaper closed, this town library started one

Tuesday, February 13, 2018|Comments Off on When the newspaper closed, this town library started one

WEARE, N.H. — Weeks after Weare’s only newspaper shut down, a resident had a proposal: The library should start one. Librarian Mike Sullivan jumped on [...]

Ohio solar jobs increases 12 percent in 2017

Tuesday, February 13, 2018|Comments Off on Ohio solar jobs increases 12 percent in 2017

While the number of solar jobs declined nationwide, Ohio was among 29 states that saw growth in the field. The state ranked No. 11 with [...]

Local restaurant named among most romantic in the country

Monday, February 12, 2018|Comments Off on Local restaurant named among most romantic in the country

A central Ohio restaurant has been recognized again as one of the most romantic restaurants in the United States. The Refectory Restaurant and Wine Shop, [...]

Real Estate

Urban Arts Space was there at start of downtown transformation

Wednesday, February 14, 2018|Comments Off on Urban Arts Space was there at start of downtown transformation

As it celebrates its 10th anniversary this month, The Ohio State University Urban Arts Space has enjoyed a first-hand experienced of downtown Columbus’ revival. The [...]

Will Trump plan help New Orleans’ aged, crumbling infrastructure?

Wednesday, February 7, 2018|Comments Off on Will Trump plan help New Orleans’ aged, crumbling infrastructure?

NEW ORLEANS — When a heavy rain hits New Orleans, residents move their cars to higher ground for fear of fast-rising street flooding. Knee-deep potholes [...]

Bucking national trend, sales of distressed homes in Ohio increases

Monday, February 5, 2018|Comments Off on Bucking national trend, sales of distressed homes in Ohio increases

Distressed home sales in Ohio were up 6 percent in 2017 as the national average decreased to 14 percent from 15.5 percent in 2016. Such [...]

Politics

Local government payrolls remain lean since recession

Thursday, February 15, 2018|Comments Off on Local government payrolls remain lean since recession

Employment in Ohio’s public sector has not returned to pre-recession levels for the final month of each year. The federal, state and local levels of [...]

Too much red ink? Conservatives lash out at Republicans’ spending binge

Thursday, February 15, 2018|Comments Off on Too much red ink? Conservatives lash out at Republicans’ spending binge

NEW YORK (AP) — The GOP is the party of fiscal responsibility no more. That’s according to some conservatives who are grappling with a Republican-backed [...]

Venerable B-52 may outlive snazzier, younger bombers

Thursday, February 15, 2018|Comments Off on Venerable B-52 may outlive snazzier, younger bombers

WASHINGTON — The B-52, which people have called “aging” seemingly for ages, is now likely to outlive its younger, snazzier brother bombers, the swing-wing B-1 [...]

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