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Bill could lead to motorists abusing traffic signals

Thursday, February 23, 2017|Comments Off on Bill could lead to motorists abusing traffic signals

Introduced just weeks after the enactment of the law it is intended to fix, members of an Ohio House of Representatives committee have moved swiftly on House Bill 9 to curb motorists from driving through red lights on traffic signals believed to be malfunctioning. The bill’s author, Rep. Kyle Koehler, R-Springfield, admitted to missing a “small but significant provision” in the 131st General Assembly’s lame-duck passage of the bicycle safety bill, House Bill 154. “The [...]

Bipartisan Senate bill seeks to regulate law enforcement’s use of drones

Thursday, February 23, 2017|Comments Off on Bipartisan Senate bill seeks to regulate law enforcement’s use of drones

A central Ohio Republican joined a Lakewood Democrat last week to introduce a bill to the Ohio Senate that lays out uniform policy regarding the use of drones by law enforcement agencies throughout the Buckeye State. Sens. Michael Skindell of Lakewood and Kris Jordan of Ostrander put forth Senate Bill 60 to establish the basics for law enforcement agencies using drones to gather evidence and information in their police work. In nearly all circumstances, law [...]

Lesser known areas of Columbus home to troves of art collections

Thursday, February 23, 2017|Comments Off on Lesser known areas of Columbus home to troves of art collections

The phrase “art in Columbus” often elicits images of gallery hops and museums, clean white spaces adorned with pricey framed paintings. But to experience the pulse of the art scene in the city, go in search of the collective. Artist collectives and co-ops have a long history in Columbus, but only recently have these repurposed buildings in some out-of-the-way parts of town drawn the attention of the public and serious art collectors. The oldest and [...]

Former white supremacists attempt to help others leave hate groups

Thursday, February 23, 2017|Comments Off on Former white supremacists attempt to help others leave hate groups

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — The Celtic cross tattoo on Shannon Martinez’s leg gives away her past. A victim of sexual assault at age 14 and never quite able to meet her parents’ expectations, Martinez sought out other angry teens. By 16, she was a skinhead spouting white supremacist rhetoric, giving stiff-armed Nazi salutes and tagging public property with swastikas. She favored racist fashion statements — like the symbol on her right calf. Fortified by the [...]

From restaurants to reefs: Recycling oyster shells

Thursday, February 23, 2017|Comments Off on From restaurants to reefs: Recycling oyster shells

ON LAKE ATHANASIO, La. (AP) — If you slurp oysters from the half-shell in New Orleans, you may be doing more than satisfying a culinary craving: You could be helping to construct reefs that environmental groups hope will save a bit of Louisiana’s coastline. Since 2014, restaurants have contributed nearly 2,600 tons of shells to the Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana and The Nature Conservancy, which have already used a quarter of them to construct [...]

Wal-Mart earnings fall, but online sales surge 29 percent

Thursday, February 23, 2017|Comments Off on Wal-Mart earnings fall, but online sales surge 29 percent

NEW YORK (AP) — Wal-Mart drew more shoppers to its namesake stores in the United States and its e-commerce sales soared, signs that its efforts to lower prices and improve web services are helping it compete better against online leader Amazon. The company saw the biggest gain in a key revenue measure in its U.S business in four years, marking the tenth consecutive increase. The number of customers rose for the ninth straight quarter. And [...]

How long should injured pro athletes get workers comp?

Thursday, February 23, 2017|Comments Off on How long should injured pro athletes get workers comp?

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Should injured pro athletes be allowed to earn worker compensation benefits until they are 67 years old, like other workers, even if their athletic careers normally would have ended more than 30 years earlier? That issue is being debated between the Chicago Bears and the NFL Players Association in the Illinois legislature as one unlikely element of a compromise proposal to end a nearly two-year-long fight over the state’s budget. The Bears [...]

Atlanta, other cities eye test tracks for self-driving cars

Thursday, February 23, 2017|Comments Off on Atlanta, other cities eye test tracks for self-driving cars

ATLANTA — Self-driving vehicles could begin tooling down a bustling Atlanta street full of cars, buses, bicyclists and college students, as the city vies with other communities nationwide to test the emerging technology. Atlanta would become one of the largest urban areas for testing self-driving vehicles if plans come together for a demonstration as early as September. Nationwide, 10 sites were designated last month as “proving grounds” for automated vehicles by the U.S. Department of [...]

Scallop scuffle pitting small boats against big

Thursday, February 23, 2017|Comments Off on Scallop scuffle pitting small boats against big

PORTLAND, Maine — A disagreement over the right to fish for scallops off New England is pitting small boats against big ones in one of the most lucrative fisheries in the U.S. The federal government maintains different rules for the small- and big-boat scallop fisheries, though they work some of the same areas. Small boat fishermen say the conflict has arisen in the northern Gulf of Maine, a critically important fishing area stretching roughly from [...]

Beachfront owners reject government help, pay for own storm barrier near Jersey shore

Wednesday, January 25, 2017|Comments Off on Beachfront owners reject government help, pay for own storm barrier near Jersey shore

BAY HEAD, N.J. — Oceanfront homeowners in this wealthy New Jersey shore enclave have so little faith in the government’s ability to protect them from catastrophic storms that they’ve spent $5 million of their own money on boulders placed between their homes and the ocean. Members of the group, which includes a national Republican fundraising powerhouse, wants a judge to exempt them from a plan by Republican Gov. Chris Christie to erect protective sand dunes [...]

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Drug conspiracy leader loses bid for lower sentence in federal court

Wednesday, February 22, 2017|Comments Off on Drug conspiracy leader loses bid for lower sentence in federal court

The ringleader of a Florida-to-Ohio Oxycodone distribution operation recently lost his plea for a lower sentence in a federal court of appeals. Henry Tippett pleaded [...]

New Supreme Court of Ohio website connects courts seeking to collaborate

Wednesday, February 22, 2017|Comments Off on New Supreme Court of Ohio website connects courts seeking to collaborate

The Ohio Supreme Court last week unveiled a new website aimed at facilitating resource sharing for Ohio courts. The project, developed by the Supreme Court’s [...]

Disorganized attorney suspended for two years

Tuesday, February 21, 2017|Comments Off on Disorganized attorney suspended for two years

The Ohio Supreme Court recently issued a judgment that suspended a lawyer from the practice of law for two years. The high court, in a [...]

Business News

Longtime glass studio forges future in East Franklinton

Wednesday, February 22, 2017|Comments Off on Longtime glass studio forges future in East Franklinton

It’s been little more than two years since Glass Axis moved its studio from Grandview Heights to Franklinton and already the venerable studio has become [...]

Mint Energy expanding into Ohio market

Wednesday, February 22, 2017|Comments Off on Mint Energy expanding into Ohio market

AEP customers now have another choice in their power provider as a Massachusetts-based energy company has entered the Ohio market. In addition to joining the [...]

Columbus IT firm lands $3 million investment

Thursday, February 16, 2017|Comments Off on Columbus IT firm lands $3 million investment

Wiretap, a security intelligence platform founded in Columbus, announced this week the close of a $3 million Series A funding. The investment, led by Pittsburgh-based [...]

Real Estate

Optimism among homebuilders surprisingly weakens as buying season nears

Friday, February 17, 2017|Comments Off on Optimism among homebuilders surprisingly weakens as buying season nears

Homebuilders are feeling a bit less confident this month, reflecting a dimmer outlook for sales in the months ahead and fewer would-be buyers dropping by [...]

Brutal Oregon winter halts construction in booming Bend

Monday, February 6, 2017|Comments Off on Brutal Oregon winter halts construction in booming Bend

BEND, Ore. (AP) — Central Oregon’s historic cold temperatures and record snowfalls this winter are hurting Bend’s booming construction sector. The Bulletin newspaper reported that [...]

Last year was a record-setting year for central Ohio home sales

Thursday, January 26, 2017|Comments Off on Last year was a record-setting year for central Ohio home sales

It’s now official — the Columbus region had another record-setting year for home sales in 2016. From the start of the year the area had [...]

Politics

New report shows Board of Professional Conduct making headway on caseload

Wednesday, February 15, 2017|Comments Off on New report shows Board of Professional Conduct making headway on caseload

According to the newly released Ohio Board of Professional Conduct annual report for 2016, last year was the fourth year in the past five years [...]

Gun industry seeks to ease gov’t restrictions on silencers

Wednesday, February 15, 2017|Comments Off on Gun industry seeks to ease gov’t restrictions on silencers

ATLANTA (AP) — They are the stuff of legend, wielded by hit men and by James Bond. For decades, buying a silencer for a firearm [...]

Trump shows interest in privatizing air traffic control

Tuesday, February 14, 2017|Comments Off on Trump shows interest in privatizing air traffic control

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump told airline and airport executives Thursday that he is interested in privatizing America’s air traffic control system and improving [...]

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