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Are higher interest rates a sign of economic strength or a risk? Try both

Tuesday, October 16, 2018|Comments Off on Are higher interest rates a sign of economic strength or a risk? Try both

WASHINGTON (AP) — Last week’s dizzying sell-offs in the financial markets have been a rude reminder that the economy is no longer relying on ultra-low interest rates to fuel growth. Borrowing costs are rising for companies, homebuyers and the federal government — all of which could eventually dampen economic growth. Yet the climb in interest rates also reflects an economy that’s still managing to accelerate on the energy of an expansion in its 10th year [...]

Columbus company makes a million whistles a year

Tuesday, October 16, 2018|Comments Off on Columbus company makes a million whistles a year

Hanging among the myriad sports equipment and accessories at a typical Walmart Supercenter is a red and black blister pack containing a shiny bit of nickel-plated brass. Upon closer inspection, the glinting item is the American Spirit Sports Whistle, manufactured by Columbus’ own American Whistle Corp. in the far reaches of the northern part of the city on Huntley Road. The local enterprise is the sole producer of metal whistles in the United States of [...]

Living in a 17th century house has its tradeoffs

Tuesday, October 16, 2018|Comments Off on Living in a 17th century house has its tradeoffs

BOSTON (AP) — What does it take to make a 17th century house livable today? Ask Barbara Kurze, who lives at the James Blake House, which the Boston Landmarks Commission says is the oldest house in Boston. The five-room, two-level house was built in 1661 by Blake, an English immigrant, in Dorchester, now a neighborhood of Boston. Kurze was offered the chance to become live-in caretaker of the property, owned by the Dorchester Historical Society. [...]

Wisconsin farm goes beyond just apples

Tuesday, October 16, 2018|Comments Off on Wisconsin farm goes beyond just apples

WINONA, Minn. (AP) — During harvest season at Ecker's Apple Farm in Trempealeau, Wisconsin, the day starts at 2 a.m. when the first pies go into the oven. Sara Ecker is in the orchard five hours later, surveying which apples to pick. The pickers themselves follow shortly after, working into the afternoon while the pies are restocked, the caramel apples are dipped and a steady stream of customers are getting ready to devour both. When [...]

Local online job postings dipped in August

Tuesday, October 16, 2018|Comments Off on Local online job postings dipped in August

Despite a local unemployment rate that is at historic lows, online job postings in central Ohio were down in August from a year earlier, though state officials say it could be an anomaly. There were 35,078 total job advertisements from July 14 to August 13, up from 34,666 postings of the previous period but down from 37,090 postings for August 2017, according to data from the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services. Computer and [...]

Trump’s boasts ring hollow in some black communities

Tuesday, October 16, 2018|Comments Off on Trump’s boasts ring hollow in some black communities

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — It’s one of President Donald Trump’s favorite talking points in promoting his administration’s success: the record low rate of black unemployment. But on a recent sunny afternoon in Vernon Park in Philadelphia’s Germantown neighborhood, that victory seemed hollow. As children laughed on the playground, several black men — some out of work, others homeless — sat or slept on benches nearby. Similar scenes play out across America and are backed by data [...]

New housing fund would go toward creating diverse and mixed-income communities

Tuesday, October 16, 2018|Comments Off on New housing fund would go toward creating diverse and mixed-income communities

Columbus’s efforts to create mixed-income, diverse and accessible communities got a boost late last week as the Ohio Housing Finance Agency announced $3 million in housing tax credits to be shared among the state’s three largest cities. A new fund, called the Fair Housing Act 50 Building Opportunity Fund or FHAct50, is intended to empower the state capital, Cincinnati and Cleveland to distribute the tax credits in a single neighborhood of each of the cities [...]

Other retailers up their game after Toys R Us closures

Tuesday, October 16, 2018|Comments Off on Other retailers up their game after Toys R Us closures

NEW YORK (AP) — When Toys R Us closed its doors, customers mourned the loss of a beloved brand that conjured memories of their own childhood. Retailers, on the other hand, saw an opportunity. Rather than cede any more ground to online behemoth Amazon, companies like Target, Walmart and Party City ramped up their offerings. Now, ahead of the pivotal holiday season, they’re going even further by focusing on making their stores a dynamic shopping [...]

Risk of streaming fatigue as Walmart, AT&T, Disney join fray

Tuesday, October 16, 2018|Comments Off on Risk of streaming fatigue as Walmart, AT&T, Disney join fray

NEW YORK (AP) — As Walmart, AT&T and Disney join stalwarts such as Netflix in streaming video and creating original shows, a reality sets in: Not all will survive. Over the past week or two, Walmart announced plans to partner with MGM Studios on original shows for Walmart’s video-on-demand service, Vudu, while AT&T’s WarnerMedia said it would create its own streaming service centered on HBO and Turner properties. Disney, meanwhile, is buying Fox’s entertainment businesses [...]

Children’s Hunger Alliance gets boosts from Walmart grants

Monday, October 15, 2018|Comments Off on Children’s Hunger Alliance gets boosts from Walmart grants

With one in five children not knowing where their next meal is coming from, the Children’s Hunger Alliance has been a recipient of the Walmart Foundation’s grants as part of its commitment to provide 4 billion meals to those in need by 2020. The Children’s Hunger Alliance first received $1.5 million after applying for the Foundation’s grants in 2015 and has received a total of $3.5 million from them since then. "The Walmart Foundation has [...]

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Legal News

Proposal for ambitious response to opioid crisis sits in committee

Friday, October 12, 2018|Comments Off on Proposal for ambitious response to opioid crisis sits in committee

If asked to put a meteorological spin on the state’s opioid addiction crisis, a pair of Democrat senators might characterize the epidemic as a 100-year [...]

State lawmakers to consider air conditioning for all schools

Wednesday, October 10, 2018|Comments Off on State lawmakers to consider air conditioning for all schools

A month ago, last week, a southwest Ohio lawmaker sought from the state superintendent of schools a cost estimate to provide air conditioning to all [...]

Dog-patio sightings on rise as new law goes into effect at end of month

Friday, October 5, 2018|Comments Off on Dog-patio sightings on rise as new law goes into effect at end of month

Visit any trendy patio bar or restaurant around Columbus and it’s likely a dog or two will be lying at his master’s feet, while the [...]

Business News

Employment in insurance industry creeps up in Columbus

Friday, October 12, 2018|Comments Off on Employment in insurance industry creeps up in Columbus

Columbus is a hub for the insurance industry in Ohio with the likes of Nationwide, Grange and Motorists based in the city, so it comes [...]

Report: Columbus area supports more than 30,000 clean energy jobs

Thursday, October 11, 2018|Comments Off on Report: Columbus area supports more than 30,000 clean energy jobs

Central Ohio has 16,820 clean energy jobs, 1,038 renewable energy jobs and 12,747 energy efficient jobs, according to a new report Columbus ranks 38th in [...]

Amazon’s $15 an hour a win? Not so, some veteran workers say

Wednesday, October 10, 2018|Comments Off on Amazon’s $15 an hour a win? Not so, some veteran workers say

NEW YORK (AP) — Amazon’s announcement that it would raise its hourly minimum wage to $15 has been seen as a win for workers. But [...]

Real Estate

New report shows Columbus area retail market is strong

Thursday, October 11, 2018|Comments Off on New report shows Columbus area retail market is strong

These are unsettling times for brick-and-mortar retailers amid changing shopping habits by consumers, but the Columbus retail real estate market is holding up well, due [...]

Worthington rated as a hot housing market

Monday, October 1, 2018|Comments Off on Worthington rated as a hot housing market

High-income millennials are making one Columbus suburb a hot real estate market, according to a recent study. Worthington, or the 43085 zip code area, ranked [...]

Report: Central Ohioans paying spending a little more on their mortgages

Monday, September 17, 2018|Comments Off on Report: Central Ohioans paying spending a little more on their mortgages

The share of income spent on a monthly mortgage payment in central Ohio ticked up in the second quarter of 2018, while the share spent [...]

Politics

McConnell says gender gap hurts Republican Party, but Kavanaugh helps

Friday, October 12, 2018|Comments Off on McConnell says gender gap hurts Republican Party, but Kavanaugh helps

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell acknowledged Wednesday that Republicans have a longstanding gender gap when it comes to American women, but he [...]

Voting rights a flashpoint in Georgia governor’s race

Thursday, October 11, 2018|Comments Off on Voting rights a flashpoint in Georgia governor’s race

ATLANTA (AP) — Marsha Appling-Nunez was showing the college students she teaches how to check online if they’re registered to vote when she made a [...]

Important West Coast races could mean patience will be needed for midterm election results

Thursday, October 11, 2018|Comments Off on Important West Coast races could mean patience will be needed for midterm election results

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — If control of the U.S. House comes down to any of the competitive congressional races in Washington state and California, the [...]

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