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Alabama law moves abortion to the center of 2020 presidential campaign

Monday, May 20, 2019|Comments Off on Alabama law moves abortion to the center of 2020 presidential campaign

WASHINGTON (AP) — Alabama’s new law restricting abortion in nearly every circumstance has moved one of the most polarizing issues in American politics to the center of the 2020 presidential campaign. The state’s legislation — the toughest of several anti-abortion measures that have passed recently, with the only exception being a serious risk to the woman’s health — prompted an outcry from Democratic presidential candidates, who warned that conservatives were laying the groundwork to undermine [...]

Local candle maker uses recycled items from other Ohio businesses

Monday, May 20, 2019|Comments Off on Local candle maker uses recycled items from other Ohio businesses

Worthington native Brenda Refice has created her own line of candles by recycling a variety of containers, mostly from local Ohio establishments such as breweries and wineries. From beer cans to wine bottles to mason jars, the founder of R&R Candles creates different kinds of hand-poured candles, using soy wax and cotton wicks. Refice said 95 percent of her candles use products made in the Buckeye state. “We’re recycling them. We’re re-purposing them,” she said. [...]

Walmart warns that higher tariffs will mean higher prices

Monday, May 20, 2019|Comments Off on Walmart warns that higher tariffs will mean higher prices

NEW YORK (AP) — Walmart warned on Thursday that higher tariffs on imports from China will mean higher prices. The comments came after the nation’s largest retailer reported its best sale performance at its established namesake stores for the fiscal first quarter in nine years. It marked 19 straight quarters of same-store sales gains. “We’re monitoring the tariff discussions and are hopeful that an agreement can be reached,” said Chief Financial Officer Brett Biggs. But [...]

Tariffs force businesses to strategize to preserve profits

Monday, May 20, 2019|Comments Off on Tariffs force businesses to strategize to preserve profits

NEW YORK — Faced with the Trump administration’s 25 percent tariff on imports from China, Ruth Rau is looking to other countries to manufacture baby and toddler toys. “No one domestically can produce the quality we want, and with the cost of shipping and the proposed new regulations, it’s not going to be cost-effective to produce them in China either,” says Rau, owner of Mouse Loves Pig. The 25 percent tariffs President Donald Trump has [...]

Schools turn to technology to reduce toll during shootings

Monday, May 20, 2019|Comments Off on Schools turn to technology to reduce toll during shootings

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Efforts to combat school shootings are starting to shift from preventing the violence to reducing the number of victims through technology that speeds up law enforcement’s response and quickly alerts teachers and students to danger. School districts are using products like gunshot detection systems that identify where shots are fired and apps that allow teachers to report attacks and connect with police. While a focus on gun control often emerges after [...]

Europe’s far-right parties are wooing the young in this month’s elections

Monday, May 20, 2019|Comments Off on Europe’s far-right parties are wooing the young in this month’s elections

BOKRIJK, Belgium — They are strikingly young, but emphatic that they should not be considered newcomers. Rather, they are claiming the mantle of Old Europe at its most traditional. Several of this year’s far-right candidates in Europe are well under 30 — as are some of their most ardent supporters. In Belgium, the telegenic Dries Van Langenhove, who is among the top picks on the list for the far-right party Vlaams Belang, is 26. In [...]

Historic JFK terminal gets new life as luxury hotel

Monday, May 20, 2019|Comments Off on Historic JFK terminal gets new life as luxury hotel

NEW YORK — The famous winged TWA terminal at New York’s John F. Kennedy Airport came out of its decades-long retirement last week with a new life as a luxury hotel. Gov. Andrew Cuomo was on hand for a ribbon cutting ceremony opening the $268 million project. He said he remembers seeing the terminal as a Queens boy “and saying, ‘Wow! Wow! It was ahead of its time and it was New York’s vision and [...]

How ‘lunch shaming’ is facing scrutiny around the nation

Monday, May 20, 2019|Comments Off on How ‘lunch shaming’ is facing scrutiny around the nation

NEW YORK (AP) — Denying children a hot meal apparently isn’t a popular way for schools to deal with unpaid lunch money. After a flood of angry Facebook comments and phone calls, a Rhode Island district last week abandoned its plan to serve cold sandwiches to students whose families owe money. “The outcry was global,” said Catherine Bonang of Warwick Public Schools. Such practices aren’t new, but they are facing more scrutiny. Previously, students in [...]

State disburses $28 million in affordable housing tax credits

Monday, May 20, 2019|Comments Off on State disburses $28 million in affordable housing tax credits

Seven affordable housing communities in Franklin County last week were named beneficiaries of the 2019 Housing Tax Credit program as the Ohio Housing Finance Agency Board announced funding recipients for construction, acquisition and rehabilitation projects in those communities. Cassady Village, Creekside Place Apartments, Franklin Manor South, Hamilton Crossing Annex, Jenkins Street Lofts, Kenlawn Place and Northland Gate were among the 34 developments statewide awarded 10-year federal housing tax credits totaling in excess of $28 million. [...]

Legal News

Lawmaker takes aim at municipalities that abuse traffic camera citations

Friday, May 17, 2019|Comments Off on Lawmaker takes aim at municipalities that abuse traffic camera citations

A suburban Cleveland Republican’s plan to squelch what he considers a misuse of local authority by municipalities and townships that operate traffic cameras within their [...]

State Republicans offer new plan to lure more ‘megaprojects’ to Ohio

Thursday, May 16, 2019|Comments Off on State Republicans offer new plan to lure more ‘megaprojects’ to Ohio

A Republican plan to make the state even more competitive for businesses looking to site the next large-scale development within the state proposes doubling the [...]

Christian school appeal continues despite effort by U.A., school board to dismiss

Tuesday, May 14, 2019|Comments Off on Christian school appeal continues despite effort by U.A., school board to dismiss

The state high court last week delivered a setback to the city of Upper Arlington, which had sought to dismiss a Christian school’s appeal of [...]

Business News

Columbus firm finds success after building a better wallet

Friday, May 17, 2019|Comments Off on Columbus firm finds success after building a better wallet

A wallet store located on Gay Street in downtown Columbus creates unique items that are on the small side. Paul Westrick, the founder of zerOz [...]

Green Scoop not only collects pet waste, but turns it into energy

Thursday, May 16, 2019|Comments Off on Green Scoop not only collects pet waste, but turns it into energy

It wasn’t the company founder’s original plan, but pet waste removal company The Green Scoop has evolved into a firm that helps generate energy. “My [...]

New Franklinton business caters to canine customers

Wednesday, May 15, 2019|Comments Off on New Franklinton business caters to canine customers

A woman’s love of animals and a desire to work with them was catalyst enough to drive Casie Goldstein to start one of the area’s [...]

Real Estate

As Israeli group expands its presence, Palestinian houses face demolition

Monday, May 13, 2019|Comments Off on As Israeli group expands its presence, Palestinian houses face demolition

JERUSALEM — For 20 years, Hala Kashour has lived with her husband in what she called “paradise,” a bucolic meadow that rolls through a Palestinian [...]

Report: Costs for selling a home in central Ohio are below national average

Monday, April 15, 2019|Comments Off on Report: Costs for selling a home in central Ohio are below national average

Central Ohio’s hidden costs for selling a home is below the national average, according to a new report. Local homeowners spend about $16,813 to sell [...]

Indianapolis’ historic downtown White Castle building sells

Thursday, April 4, 2019|Comments Off on Indianapolis’ historic downtown White Castle building sells

INDIANAPOLIS — The visually unavoidable but itty-bitty historic White Castle building at the corner of Fort Wayne Avenue and Delaware Street here finally sold after [...]

Politics

Washington to offer first ‘public option’ insurance

Wednesday, May 15, 2019|Comments Off on Washington to offer first ‘public option’ insurance

SEATTLE (AP) — Washington is set to become the first state to enter the private health insurance market with a universally available public option. A [...]

Warren finds 2020 footing selling policy with personal touch

Monday, May 13, 2019|Comments Off on Warren finds 2020 footing selling policy with personal touch

OSAGE, Iowa (AP) — Before Elizabeth Warren pitches voters on her tax plan, she talks about her memories of her mom’s struggle to pay the [...]

Biden surge fueled by electability advantage, but many wonder if it will last

Wednesday, May 8, 2019|Comments Off on Biden surge fueled by electability advantage, but many wonder if it will last

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Twenty of his rivals have lined up to run for president, believing the race for the Democratic Party’s presidential nomination was [...]