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Report: Columbus holiday shoppers wait until the last minute

Tuesday, December 18, 2018|Comments Off on Report: Columbus holiday shoppers wait until the last minute

Since Thanksgiving Day, Holiday shoppers had more than a month’s worth of time to wrap up shopping before Christmas Day. But in reality, 40 percent of Americans wait until the final week or don’t finish at all, according to a recent survey from Hilton Honors, a guest loyalty program for Hilton’s 16 hotel brands. And Columbus was among the top 10 cities that put off shopping until this week or the day before Christmas. The [...]

Washington state builds bridge to keep wildlife off the highway

Tuesday, December 18, 2018|Comments Off on Washington state builds bridge to keep wildlife off the highway

SNOQUALMIE PASS, Wash. (AP) — Before descending the Cascade Mountains on its final stretch to Seattle, Interstate 90 cuts through a mountain pass of old growth forests and wetlands. For countless wildlife species, the busy highway is a border, constraining their movements and posing a fatal risk should they dare to cross it. “Everything from an elk down to a small salamander, they need to move to find food, to find mates, to find new [...]

Auditor’s e-school report targets Ohio Dept. of Ed. oversight disparities

Tuesday, December 18, 2018|Comments Off on Auditor’s e-school report targets Ohio Dept. of Ed. oversight disparities

Outgoing state Auditor Dave Yost last week published a report detailing what he characterized as significant flaws in the state’s system for funding online charter schools. Yost, who was elected Ohio attorney general last month to succeed Gov.-elect Mike DeWine, was mostly critical of the state department of education and its management of e-schools. “Before 2016, e-schools essentially were paid to educate students based on enrollment, the same method used by the state to pay [...]

Apple upstages Amazon in selecting new tech hub sites

Tuesday, December 18, 2018|Comments Off on Apple upstages Amazon in selecting new tech hub sites

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — One tech giant strung dozens of North American cities through a circus-like contest that led mayors and governors to desperately pitch their regions — and offer huge sums of public money — in hopes of landing a gleaming new corporate campus. The other swept in quietly before making its big move. The outcome was largely the same: Amazon and Apple are running out of room in their West Coast hometowns and [...]

Urban luxury spreading beyond the downtown core

Tuesday, December 18, 2018|Comments Off on Urban luxury spreading beyond the downtown core

As new downtown apartment and condominium projects flourish, adjacent neighborhoods are raising the bar with luxury homes that offer the high life in long-established, desirable residential communities. Two of the hottest rental markets in Columbus are the Short North and Merion Village neighborhoods and each, in recent years, has added luxury living options for those who want downtown proximity without too much hassle. Just a couple of blocks from Schiller Park in the heart of [...]

Analysis: In democracies’ political chaos, new model emerges

Tuesday, December 18, 2018|Comments Off on Analysis: In democracies’ political chaos, new model emerges

LONDON (AP) — Bickering in the Oval Office. Shouting at the Houses of Parliament. Rioting on the Champs-Elysees. It’s a chaotic moment for the countries that have long underpinned the global order, a time of instability for the balance of power that has reigned for decades. Across the world, people are questioning truths they had long held to be self-evident, and they are dismissing some of them as fake news. They are replacing traditions they [...]

Executions remain near historic lows in 2018

Tuesday, December 18, 2018|Comments Off on Executions remain near historic lows in 2018

WASHINGTON (AP) — Three states resumed executions of death row inmates in 2018 after long breaks, but nationwide, executions remained near historic lows this year, according to an annual report on the death penalty released Friday. The report by the District of Columbia-based Death Penalty Information Center says 25 executions were carried out in 2018, the fourth consecutive year in which there have been fewer than 30 executions nationwide. Since the death penalty was re-instated [...]

Poisoning claims, divorce spat in middle of Arizona journalism saga

Tuesday, December 18, 2018|Comments Off on Poisoning claims, divorce spat in middle of Arizona journalism saga

PRESCOTT, Ariz. (AP) — An award-winning Arizona newspaper publisher and his wife are locked in a bizarre divorce case that has morphed into something more: a journalism ethics saga. Joseph Soldwedel has accused wife Felice Soldwedel in a lawsuit of trying to kill him by poisoning him, and detailed the allegations in one of the small-town newspapers he owns, the 13,000-circulation Prescott Daily Courier. None of the three news stories in the paper named his [...]

Diageo to build new whiskey distillery in Kentucky

Tuesday, December 18, 2018|Comments Off on Diageo to build new whiskey distillery in Kentucky

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Spirits giant Diageo is taking a deeper plunge into bourbon and American whiskey production with plans for a new distillery in Kentucky. The $130 million venture includes plans to build a distillery and warehousing on an approximately 144-acre site at Lebanon in Marion County, the company said Thursday. Diageo officials said the goal is to start production in 2021. The company whose brand lineup includes Bulleit bourbon is hoping to increasingly [...]

Legal News

State lawmakers seek task force on gender pay disparity

Monday, December 17, 2018|Comments Off on State lawmakers seek task force on gender pay disparity

A bill that calls for creation of a task force to study any pay disparity between men and women secured a first hearing last week [...]

Proposal would give out-of-state military members reduced rates on college tuition

Thursday, December 13, 2018|Comments Off on Proposal would give out-of-state military members reduced rates on college tuition

A measure that would allow active military service members and their families to study at Ohio colleges and universities at in-state tuition rates without the [...]

Bill adopting state flag retirement protocol advances

Wednesday, December 12, 2018|Comments Off on Bill adopting state flag retirement protocol advances

The Ohio burgee — the Buckeye State’s distinctive state flag — soon may have an official retirement ceremony. A bill to adopt such a policy [...]

Business News

Restaurant adjusting to move from Delaware to downtown Columbus

Monday, December 17, 2018|Comments Off on Restaurant adjusting to move from Delaware to downtown Columbus

The owner and chef of Veritas Restaurant said they’re still learning to walk since relocating their business to downtown Columbus at the beginning of the [...]

Local company sells luxury vegan fashion accessories

Monday, December 17, 2018|Comments Off on Local company sells luxury vegan fashion accessories

After working for several years in the corporate world of retail and fashion design, Rebecca Littman realized there was disconnect between her career and her [...]

Dublin startup uses blockchain to create travelers checks

Friday, December 14, 2018|Comments Off on Dublin startup uses blockchain to create travelers checks

A Dublin-based startup company is using blockchain technology to create travelers checks for the digital age. The founders of TravelCash wanted to make payments easier [...]

Real Estate

Awaiting Amazon, two quiet real estate markets suddenly become white-hot

Tuesday, November 20, 2018|Comments Off on Awaiting Amazon, two quiet real estate markets suddenly become white-hot

WASHINGTON — Amazon has just sparked a real estate frenzy to rival Cyber Monday. A three-bedroom condo with Manhattan views that had sat on the [...]

Clintonville office building approved for energy efficiency upgrades up to $950K

Wednesday, November 14, 2018|Comments Off on Clintonville office building approved for energy efficiency upgrades up to $950K

The Ohio Air Quality Development Authority approved financing for energy efficiency upgrades proposed for a 1960-era Clintonville office building situated along a busy stretch of [...]

Report: Columbus quickest market to recover from housing crisis

Wednesday, November 14, 2018|Comments Off on Report: Columbus quickest market to recover from housing crisis

Central Ohio’s recovery from the housing bust was among the fastest of the 35 largest markets in the country. In Columbus, 88 percent of homes [...]

Politics

Administration proposes major rollback of water rules

Thursday, December 13, 2018|Comments Off on Administration proposes major rollback of water rules

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration proposed withdrawing federal protections for countless waterways and wetlands across the country Tuesday, making good on President Donald Trump’s [...]

Feds to ease oil drilling controls protecting imperiled bird

Monday, December 10, 2018|Comments Off on Feds to ease oil drilling controls protecting imperiled bird

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The Trump administration moved forward Thursday with plans to ease restrictions on oil and natural gas drilling and other activities across [...]

Arizona agency wrestles with bias amid post-Arpaio overhaul

Thursday, December 6, 2018|Comments Off on Arizona agency wrestles with bias amid post-Arpaio overhaul

PHOENIX (AP) — Two years after defeating longtime metro Phoenix Sheriff Joe Arpaio, Paul Penzone is steadily making progress in carrying out a massive court-ordered [...]