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Some Massachusetts towns are going to pot, after all

Wednesday, November 22, 2017|Comments Off on Some Massachusetts towns are going to pot, after all

BOSTON — They may not be mad about reefer, but a growing number of Massachusetts communities are leaving their borders open to commercial marijuana businesses, bucking a wave of bans and moratoriums that followed voter approval of legal recreational pot. Recent votes in several cities and towns against prohibitions on pot shops have cheered advocates for the nascent cannabis industry who say it could signal that communities around the state are slowly concluding that potential [...]

Bipartisan duo proposes instruction for students on child sex abuse prevention

Wednesday, November 22, 2017|Comments Off on Bipartisan duo proposes instruction for students on child sex abuse prevention

Society’s failure to establish an environment that protects children’s innocence is the motivation for Erin’s Law — a bill to require Ohio school districts to provide annual, age-appropriate instruction in child sexual abuse prevention to kindergartners and high school seniors, alike. Rep. Dan Ramos, a Lorain Democrat and joint sponsor of the bill, said the failure has been compounded by state and federal governments’ inadequacy to establish a safe forum to help abused children identify [...]

Study finds a third of workers say ‘bah, humbug’ to holiday parties

Wednesday, November 22, 2017|Comments Off on Study finds a third of workers say ‘bah, humbug’ to holiday parties

The results of a timely study by OfficeTeam, a Robert Half company, may leave executives and business owners second guessing their respective upcoming holiday parties. Under the headline “A good time was had by some,” OfficeTeam found that overall, 36 percent of professionals describe holiday parties as entertaining, while a nearly equal percentage — 35 percent — give these events a thumbs down. Victor Lipman wrote about the findings in Forbes that, roughly speaking, about [...]

Online giant Amazon goes into the holidays with magnified store presence

Wednesday, November 22, 2017|Comments Off on Online giant Amazon goes into the holidays with magnified store presence

NEW YORK (AP) — Amazon goes into the holiday season with a newly magnified brick-and-mortar presence, giving it more opportunities to sell its Kindle e-readers, Fire tablets and other gadgets. The online retailer now has more than a dozen Amazon Books stores, which also sell toys, electronics and small gifts. Kohl’s has carved out space for Amazon shops in 10 of its department stores. Amazon also has small shops in several malls, and is selling [...]

Utah ski resorts giddy over Olympic bid, but worried about stricter DUI law

Wednesday, November 22, 2017|Comments Off on Utah ski resorts giddy over Olympic bid, but worried about stricter DUI law

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah ski officials kick off the new season energized by the growing possibility of another Winter Olympics bid and buoyed by two straight seasons of record visitation. But there’s also some concern that publicity surrounding the state’s strict new DUI law that goes into effect next year may keep skiers and snowboarders away by adding to the long-held stigma that visitors can’t have fun in Utah. State lawmakers voted to [...]

Bush administration alums rising in Trump’s orbit

Wednesday, November 22, 2017|Comments Off on Bush administration alums rising in Trump’s orbit

WASHINGTON — For all the lingering tensions between President Donald Trump and former President George W. Bush, Trump’s White House shares one thing in common with his Republican predecessor’s: people. Trump has installed more than three dozen veterans of the Bush administration, putting them in charge of running agencies, implementing foreign policy and overseeing his schedule. While hiring from the last administration controlled by the same party is common, Trump’s staffing moves are notable given [...]

Hard to believe: Some consumers find free health insurance

Wednesday, November 22, 2017|Comments Off on Hard to believe: Some consumers find free health insurance

WASHINGTON — Consumers are getting the word that taxpayer-subsidized health plans are widely available for next year for no monthly premium or little cost, and marketing companies say they’re starting to see an impact on sign-ups. “Free Obamacare Coverage in 2018,” says an online pitch from insurance broker eHealth, showing a young woman with a big smile. “See if you qualify.” HealthSherpa, a private website that focuses on signing people up for Affordable Care Act [...]

Pieces of once-mighty Tappan Zee bridge get new life in rural towns

Wednesday, November 22, 2017|Comments Off on Pieces of once-mighty Tappan Zee bridge get new life in rural towns

Steel and concrete panels that were once part of a mighty bridge that carried 50 million vehicles a year across the Hudson River north of New York City will find new life spanning streams along sleepy country roads. With traffic now whizzing across its shiny replacement, the 61-year-old Tappan Zee Bridge is being painstakingly dismantled in a process that will stretch into 2019. Barges haul sections upriver to Albany and downriver to Perth Amboy, N.J., [...]

Local grocers’ Black Friday is a respite from turkey day shopping

Wednesday, November 22, 2017|Comments Off on Local grocers’ Black Friday is a respite from turkey day shopping

Black Friday and its accompanying shopping frenzy is just hours away — since the shopping for many consumers starts on Thanksgiving these days — but for local independent grocers, the day after Thanksgiving is a respite from their busy period. Except for last-minute items, by now most of the shopping for turkey day fixin’s has concluded. Ryan Huffman, the general manager of Huffman’s Market in Upper Arlington, said they’ve only seen positive growth in the [...]

As Brexit talks stall, European cities hunt for London jobs

Tuesday, November 14, 2017|Comments Off on As Brexit talks stall, European cities hunt for London jobs

LONDON — Hubertus Vaeth is not about to let a good crisis go to waste. With London-based banks, insurers and asset managers scrambling to prepare for Britain’s exit from the European Union, he’s putting out the welcome mat for anyone looking for a new EU base. Vaeth, who heads Frankfurt’s financial services trade association, estimates 10,000 jobs could move to the German city from London as a result of the impending upheaval. He isn’t concerned [...]

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Legal News

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 [...]

Franklin County has the most minority owned firms in the state

Monday, November 20, 2017|Comments Off on Franklin County has the most minority owned firms in the state

The state of Ohio met its goal of its Minority Business Enterprise program for the third consecutive year. State agencies purchased 23.65 percent of eligible [...]

Gym tax-break plan favors non-profits, shrinks tax base, opponents say

Friday, November 17, 2017|Comments Off on Gym tax-break plan favors non-profits, shrinks tax base, opponents say

House lawmakers seated on the Ways and Means Committee this week heard concerns of individuals who say a plan to make tax exempt gym memberships [...]

Business News

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 [...]

Putting new spins on company holiday parties

Monday, November 20, 2017|Comments Off on Putting new spins on company holiday parties

Whether in a corporate setting or a coworking space at the local coffee shop co-op, holiday parties are doable at any scale and executives should [...]

Columbus ranks high for growth of women-owned businesses

Friday, November 17, 2017|Comments Off on Columbus ranks high for growth of women-owned businesses

Christy Williams had her appendix removed, purchased a new house and quit her job — all in one week. “I started my business fairly unexpectedly,” [...]

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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