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Slammed by the flu, businesses scramble to get work done

NEW YORK — The flu season has slammed many small businesses, weakening already thin staffing levels and forcing some owners to scramble to cover shifts or get the work done. All but five of the 26 staffers at BusBank, a transportation booking service, have been sick at some point this season. On the worst day [...]

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Friday, February 24, 2017

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Exodus of outdoor show from Utah criticized by beneficiaries

SALT LAKE CITY — Sales double twice a year at the Toasters sandwich shop in downtown Salt Lake City when tens of thousands of plaid-shirted outdoor retailer representatives arrive in town for a massive industry trade show. And Laser Exhibitor Service hires 100 people before each show to set up and take down about 60 [...]

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Attorney caught up in victim bribery scheme suspended

The Ohio Supreme Court this week indefinitely suspended a Strongsville attorney from the practice of law for his felony convictions related to his role in a bribery scheme. The 4-3 court granted attorney Marc George Doumbas credit for time served under an interim suspension, with the dissenting justices voting to deny the credit. Doumbas’s law [...]

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Central Ohio home prices hit another record as inventory remains tight

Coming off a record-setting 2016 for home sales in central Ohio, sales continued to rise in the first month of 2017, though not at the blistering pace of the past two years. Home sales last month were up 1.3 percent compared to January 2016, according to Columbus Realtors. The average sale price, however, continues to [...]

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Plan would fund mine reclamation, employment

Members of an Ohio House of Representatives committee took a first glance earlier this week at a bill aimed at directing revenue toward stalled mine reclamation efforts in the state’s coal producing area. Democrat Rep. Jack Cera of Bellaire introduced House Bill 15 and provided sponsor testimony of the measure that would support abandoned mine [...]

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The arts aren’t just for enjoyment, they also boost the local economy

When it comes to Columbus residents, they know how to create: festivals, sculptures, galleries and performances. From galleries in the Short North, festivals along the Scioto Mile and performances at local theaters, art boosts the local economy. In order for the arts to continue to growth, Gov. John Kasich has recommended flat state funding for [...]

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Health care’s future: Turning patients into savers, shoppers

The U.S. government may soon lean on someone new to help lower health care costs: you. The idea is that when your money is on the line — and not the insurance company’s — you’ll look for the best value and do your part to curb national health care spending. The Affordable Care Act’s fate [...]

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Americans buy existing homes at fastest pace in a decade

WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans shrugged off rising mortgage rates and bought existing homes in January at the fastest pace since 2007. That has set off bidding wars that have pushed up prices as the supply of available homes has dwindled to record lows. Home sales rose 3.3 percent in January from December to a seasonally [...]

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Rise in premiums lays bare 2 Americas on health care

WASHINGTON — Michael Schwarz is a self-employed business owner who buys his own health insurance. The subsidized coverage “Obamacare” offers provides protection from life’s unpredictable changes and freedom to pursue his vocation, he says. Brett Dorsch is also self-employed and buys his own health insurance. But he gets no financial break from the Affordable Care [...]

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