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More Ohioans expected to hit the road this Thanksgiving

Tuesday, November 21, 2017|Comments Off on More Ohioans expected to hit the road this Thanksgiving

More travelers are expected to go over the hill and through woods for the Thanksgiving holiday despite higher gas prices. The AAA Auto Club predicts Ohio and national travel of at least 50 miles from home will increase by 3.5 percent and 3.3 percent, respectively, between Wednesday and Sunday. The Thanksgiving holiday travel will be at its highest level of travelers since 2005 with 50.9 million Americans, including more than 2.1 million Ohioans. “Thanksgiving kicks [...]

The holiday season means many busy days and nights for local caterers

Tuesday, November 21, 2017|Comments Off on The holiday season means many busy days and nights for local caterers

For many industries, the holidays is a time of year where business slows down with many workers taking time off, but for other companies, the holiday season is a busy season — and that includes caterers, who service holiday get-togethers. LifeCare Alliance, a nonprofit organization that offers catering, usually handles three to four events on any given night during December. It’s a time when local companies, individuals and other organizations bring out the holiday spirit [...]

Walmart’s online bets paying dividends in the age of Amazon

Tuesday, November 21, 2017|Comments Off on Walmart’s online bets paying dividends in the age of Amazon

NEW YORK (AP) — A surging online business and strong food sales boosted Walmart’s results Thursday ahead of the holiday season, a day after its rival Target offered a cautious forecast that overshadowed progress it has made in bringing more customers to its stores. And Best Buy, the nation’s largest consumer electronics chain, reported a boost in third-quarter profit and sales, but its results and outlook fell short of Wall Street expectations. The chain cited [...]

Climate nemesis, carbon, could become valuable resource

Tuesday, November 21, 2017|Comments Off on Climate nemesis, carbon, could become valuable resource

ESSEN, Germany (AP) — On a dreary November morning, a small party of visitors from around the world boards a boat for an hour-long ride around what was once one of the most polluted waters in the Ruhr valley. Lake Baldeney has become a symbol for the efforts Germany is making to revive its western industrial heartland, and the gleaming white vessel is meant to showcase where the journey is heading: toward a cleaner, sustainable [...]

Denver becomes the latest city to require environment-friendly ‘green’ roofs

Tuesday, November 21, 2017|Comments Off on Denver becomes the latest city to require environment-friendly ‘green’ roofs

DENVER — Denver became the latest city to require rooftop gardens or solar panels on big new buildings, which backers say will keep the outdoor air cooler, make storm water easier to manage and reduce the amount of energy burned by air conditioners. A ballot initiative mandating environment-friendly roofs in Denver had 54 percent approval in final but unofficial returns last week. Denver joins San Francisco, New York, Paris, London and other global cities that [...]

Managing overtourism an increasing feature of global travel

Tuesday, November 21, 2017|Comments Off on Managing overtourism an increasing feature of global travel

LONDON — Venice is planning to divert massive cruise liners. Barcelona has cracked down on apartment rentals. Both are at the forefront of efforts to get a grip on “overtourism,” a phenomenon that is disrupting communities, imperiling cherished buildings and harming the experience of travelers and local residents alike. Tourism-phobia has become increasingly prevalent, particularly in European destinations where visitors crowd the same places at the same time. The backlash has even given rise to [...]

Republican, Democrat launch centrist group in Washington

Tuesday, November 21, 2017|Comments Off on Republican, Democrat launch centrist group in Washington

SEATTLE — The politically traumatized or in denial voter is being courted by a new movement that will support independent, centrist-minded candidates for elected office in Washington state. That includes Republicans who have denounced President Donald Trump and his brand of conservatism, as well as Democrats tired of obeying their embattled leadership. A former Democratic congressman and a former head of the state GOP have launched the Washington Independents as a “safe place” for non-confirming [...]

Bill would nix felony conviction queries on job applications

Tuesday, November 21, 2017|Comments Off on Bill would nix felony conviction queries on job applications

A Senate Democrat wants to make it unlawful for private employers to know up front whether a prospective hire has been convicted of or pleaded guilty to a felony offense. Sen. Sandra Williams of Cleveland says Senate Bill 49 will bring private hiring practices in line with the state’s practice for public employment. She reminded fellow senators seated on the Transportation, Commerce and Workforce Committee that the 131st General Assembly passed House Bill 56, which [...]

Why would anyone rent to own?

Tuesday, November 21, 2017|Comments Off on Why would anyone rent to own?

People who use rent-to-own stores often end up paying twice the retail price — or more — for anything they buy. So why do millions of people rent to own? Researchers say people who patronize rent-to-own outlets aren’t being stupid, necessarily. Instead, they’re falling prey to the kinds of irrational thinking that plague most humans along with the limited options facing low-income people with bad, nonexistent or maxed out credit. “If you talk to rent-to-own [...]

Expansive Museum of the Bible opens in D.C.

Monday, November 20, 2017|Comments Off on Expansive Museum of the Bible opens in D.C.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Eight years ago, Hobby Lobby president Steve Green found a new way to express his Christian faith. His family’s $4 billion arts and craft chain was already known for closing stores on Sundays, waging a Supreme Court fight over birth control and donating tens of millions of dollars to religious groups. Now, Green would begin collecting biblical artifacts that he hoped could become the starting point for a museum. On Friday, that [...]

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Legal News

Bill would end practice of suspending driving privileges for non-driving offenses

Thursday, November 16, 2017|Comments Off on Bill would end practice of suspending driving privileges for non-driving offenses

A bipartisan lawmaker duo seeks to upend Ohio courts’ practice of suspending an offender’s driving privileges in instances in which the offense is unrelated to [...]

No one is satisfied with new wind power sound rules in Vermont

Wednesday, November 15, 2017|Comments Off on No one is satisfied with new wind power sound rules in Vermont

MONTPELIER, Vt. — An effort by Vermont utility regulators to settle the long-standing, contentious issue of how much noise neighbors of industrial wind projects should [...]

Bill would change language in online housing docs

Wednesday, November 15, 2017|Comments Off on Bill would change language in online housing docs

Restrictive covenants and discriminatory language, all too common features of early 20th century deeds and other housing documents, are targets of a House bill that [...]

Business News

Postal Service losses ease, but it’s in red ink for 11th year in row as mail slumps

Thursday, November 16, 2017|Comments Off on Postal Service losses ease, but it’s in red ink for 11th year in row as mail slumps

WASHINGTON (AP) — The beleaguered U.S. Postal Service reported a financial loss Tuesday for the 11th straight year, citing declining mail volume and costs of [...]

Surprise party: Companies are making bigger profits than expected

Tuesday, November 14, 2017|Comments Off on Surprise party: Companies are making bigger profits than expected

NEW YORK (AP) — Corporate profits keep chugging along. Companies have lined up in recent weeks to tell investors that they earned more during the [...]

Despite health care costs, workforce issues, Ohio business leaders optimistic

Tuesday, November 14, 2017|Comments Off on Despite health care costs, workforce issues, Ohio business leaders optimistic

The cost of health care keeps some business leaders in central Ohio up at night. Twenty percent of 115 central Ohio businesses polled said the [...]

Real Estate

Report: Central Ohio home prices surpass pre-recession levels

Thursday, November 16, 2017|Comments Off on Report: Central Ohio home prices surpass pre-recession levels

Home prices in central Ohio last year reached levels higher than the peak prices a decade ago before the Great Recession. In Columbus, the 2016 [...]

Report shows Columbus has high eviction rate compared to other metro areas

Friday, November 3, 2017|Comments Off on Report shows Columbus has high eviction rate compared to other metro areas

The city of Columbus had the 21st highest eviction rate among 100 metropolitain areas. The city had an eviction rate of 4.1 percent, tied with [...]

Companies help homeowners who are in a hurry to sell

Friday, October 27, 2017|Comments Off on Companies help homeowners who are in a hurry to sell

Life often comes at us fast and things can change quickly and sometimes that means wanting to sell a house on short notice. For homeowners [...]

Politics

Texas may swap House seniority for some staunch conservatism

Wednesday, November 15, 2017|Comments Off on Texas may swap House seniority for some staunch conservatism

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Four veteran Texas Republicans are quitting Congress, meaning the country’s largest red state will be trading House seniority for newcomers who [...]

Fed leadership overhaul widens under Trump

Thursday, November 9, 2017|Comments Off on Fed leadership overhaul widens under Trump

WASHINGTON (AP) — A revamping of the Federal Reserve’s leadership is widening with the announcement Monday that William Dudley, president of the New York Fed [...]

Kasich signs jobs-related, property tax complaint bills

Thursday, November 9, 2017|Comments Off on Kasich signs jobs-related, property tax complaint bills

Gov. John R. Kasich earlier this week signed bills that separately establish the first week of May each year as In-Demand Jobs Week and codify [...]

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