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Bubble wrap bonanza: Museum packs up treasures for a remodel

Friday, November 17, 2017|Comments Off on Bubble wrap bonanza: Museum packs up treasures for a remodel

DENVER — Anyone who has lived through a major home remodeling project can sympathize with Laura Elliff Cruz, collections manager for the Denver Art Museum who is in charge of relocating or trying to protect tens of thousands of treasures during a building upgrade expected to take a year. Art handlers have been bubble-wrapping, taping and binning paintings, furniture, ceramics, modern sculpture and other pieces since April, with a Dec. 31 deadline for virtually emptying [...]

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,” the owner of VividPoint Interactive said. Williams started the company in the summer of 2010, building five to six websites a month for any interested client during her first year. She now mostly does consulting work for light manufacturing firms on digital marketing strategies as do-it-yourself websites products have improved. [...]

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 at facilities operated by charitable, non-profit groups will harm business at for-profit gyms and local governments’ bottom lines. Representatives of county and municipal governments and gyms and sports clubs criticized House Bill 177, which proposes exempting sales of memberships to physical fitness facilities and recreation and sports clubs from the [...]

Seven local companies rated best places to work for LGBTQ employees

Friday, November 17, 2017|Comments Off on Seven local companies rated best places to work for LGBTQ employees

Seven central Ohio companies received a perfect rating for their level of workplace inclusion for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer community. New Albany-based Abercrombie and Fitch, American Electric Power, Dublin-based Cardinal Health, L Brands, Huntginton National Banchsares, Nationwide and Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease were among the 609 major businesses to earn the top score from the Human Rights Campaign Foundation along with the distinction of “Best Places to Work for LGBTQ” in [...]

California wineries assess long-term effects of October’s deadly wildfires

Friday, November 17, 2017|Comments Off on California wineries assess long-term effects of October’s deadly wildfires

NAPA, Calif. (AP) — A month after deadly wildfires swept through California’s famed wine country, hot-air balloons are floating again over Napa Valley vineyards splashed with fall colors. On the heels of the disaster, a new winery is opening, keeping the name it chose some time ago: Ashes and Diamonds. The fires had only a minimal effect on the area’s wineries, according to the Wine Institute, an advocacy and policy group. Of the 1,200 wineries [...]

Mugabe latest world leader over years taken into custody after losing power

Friday, November 17, 2017|Comments Off on Mugabe latest world leader over years taken into custody after losing power

Zimbabwe’s army has taken President Robert Mugabe and his wife into custody, triggering speculation of a military coup, though the military’s supporters called it as a “bloodless correction.” It wasn’t clear exactly where the 93-year-old Mugabe and his wife were, but army Major Gen. Sibusiso Moyo said they were being held by the military. Unlike the Mugabes, many foreign leaders in recent history have been ousted from power and detained as the result of interventions [...]

Target sees highly competitive holiday season on the way for big retailers

Friday, November 17, 2017|Comments Off on Target sees highly competitive holiday season on the way for big retailers

NEW YORK (AP) — A cautious outlook on the crucial holiday season overshadowed progress Target made in bringing more customers to its stores, pulling its shares down sharply. The shares of other retailers fell as well, even though overall economic figures show people still spending. Target reported higher customer traffic numbers and better sales at established stores as its investments in improving its stores and online capabilities appear to be paying off. But those changes, [...]

Electric trucks emerging but still have a long haul before they’re mainstream

Friday, November 17, 2017|Comments Off on Electric trucks emerging but still have a long haul before they’re mainstream

DETROIT (AP) — Electric trucks are having a moment in the spotlight, but they won’t replace diesel-powered trucks in big numbers until they overcome costs and other limitations. Tesla Inc. plans to unveil a semi tractor-trailer this week, its first foray into trucking after more than a decade of making cars and SUVs. German automaker Daimler AG showed off its own electric semi last month and says it could be on sale in a few [...]

Businesses lure seasonal help with chances for other jobs

Friday, November 17, 2017|Comments Off on Businesses lure seasonal help with chances for other jobs

NEW YORK — Every fall, the staff count at Fun.com swells from 150 to as high as 2,000, as the online retailer fills orders for Halloween costumes and decor. The company offers its seasonal staff at the warehouse in North Mankato, Minn., an incentive to perform well — those who do will be recommended for jobs at a greeting card manufacturer in town. That business needs between 300 and 400 people soon after Fun.com lets [...]

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 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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