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Slammed by the flu, businesses scramble to get work done

Friday, February 24, 2017|Comments Off on 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 so far, six people were out sick or caring for children with the flu, and four others were on already [...]

Exodus of outdoor show from Utah criticized by beneficiaries

Friday, February 24, 2017|Comments Off on 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 exhibitor booths for the Outdoor Retailer shows. But Toasters owners Enes and Mubera Huskic and Laser owner Adam Swillinger won’t [...]

Attorney caught up in victim bribery scheme suspended

Friday, February 24, 2017|Comments Off on 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 license was placed on an interim suspension in 2014 following convictions for two felony counts of bribery arising from his [...]

Central Ohio home prices hit another record as inventory remains tight

Friday, February 24, 2017|Comments Off on 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 climb sharply. The average price for a home sold in January was $195,773, up 6.6 percent from a year earlier [...]

Plan would fund mine reclamation, employment

Friday, February 24, 2017|Comments Off on 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 reclamation, promote mine safety, and encourage the employment of laid-off mine workers. Cera has proposed an allocation of 3 percent [...]

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

Friday, February 24, 2017|Comments Off on 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 the arts and culture in Ohio through the release of his state budget recommendations for fiscal years 2018 and 2019. [...]

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

Friday, February 24, 2017|Comments Off on 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 is up in the air as President Donald Trump and Congress weigh plans to overhaul the law. While much remains [...]

Americans buy existing homes at fastest pace in a decade

Friday, February 24, 2017|Comments Off on 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 adjusted annual rate of 5.69 million, the National Association of Realtors said Wednesday. Steady job gains, modest pay raises and [...]

Rise in premiums lays bare 2 Americas on health care

Friday, February 24, 2017|Comments Off on 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 Act. “To me, it’s just been a big lie,” Dorsch says, forcing him to pay more for less coverage. Schwarz [...]

Beachfront owners reject government help, pay for own storm barrier near Jersey shore

Wednesday, January 25, 2017|Comments Off on Beachfront owners reject government help, pay for own storm barrier near Jersey shore

BAY HEAD, N.J. — Oceanfront homeowners in this wealthy New Jersey shore enclave have so little faith in the government’s ability to protect them from catastrophic storms that they’ve spent $5 million of their own money on boulders placed between their homes and the ocean. Members of the group, which includes a national Republican fundraising powerhouse, wants a judge to exempt them from a plan by Republican Gov. Chris Christie to erect protective sand dunes [...]

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Legal News

Bill could lead to motorists abusing traffic signals

Thursday, February 23, 2017|Comments Off on Bill could lead to motorists abusing traffic signals

Introduced just weeks after the enactment of the law it is intended to fix, members of an Ohio House of Representatives committee have moved swiftly [...]

Bipartisan Senate bill seeks to regulate law enforcement’s use of drones

Thursday, February 23, 2017|Comments Off on Bipartisan Senate bill seeks to regulate law enforcement’s use of drones

A central Ohio Republican joined a Lakewood Democrat last week to introduce a bill to the Ohio Senate that lays out uniform policy regarding the [...]

Drug conspiracy leader loses bid for lower sentence in federal court

Wednesday, February 22, 2017|Comments Off on Drug conspiracy leader loses bid for lower sentence in federal court

The ringleader of a Florida-to-Ohio Oxycodone distribution operation recently lost his plea for a lower sentence in a federal court of appeals. Henry Tippett pleaded [...]

Business News

Wal-Mart earnings fall, but online sales surge 29 percent

Thursday, February 23, 2017|Comments Off on Wal-Mart earnings fall, but online sales surge 29 percent

NEW YORK (AP) — Wal-Mart drew more shoppers to its namesake stores in the United States and its e-commerce sales soared, signs that its efforts [...]

Longtime glass studio forges future in East Franklinton

Wednesday, February 22, 2017|Comments Off on Longtime glass studio forges future in East Franklinton

It’s been little more than two years since Glass Axis moved its studio from Grandview Heights to Franklinton and already the venerable studio has become [...]

Mint Energy expanding into Ohio market

Wednesday, February 22, 2017|Comments Off on Mint Energy expanding into Ohio market

AEP customers now have another choice in their power provider as a Massachusetts-based energy company has entered the Ohio market. In addition to joining the [...]

Real Estate

Optimism among homebuilders surprisingly weakens as buying season nears

Friday, February 17, 2017|Comments Off on Optimism among homebuilders surprisingly weakens as buying season nears

Homebuilders are feeling a bit less confident this month, reflecting a dimmer outlook for sales in the months ahead and fewer would-be buyers dropping by [...]

Brutal Oregon winter halts construction in booming Bend

Monday, February 6, 2017|Comments Off on Brutal Oregon winter halts construction in booming Bend

BEND, Ore. (AP) — Central Oregon’s historic cold temperatures and record snowfalls this winter are hurting Bend’s booming construction sector. The Bulletin newspaper reported that [...]

Last year was a record-setting year for central Ohio home sales

Thursday, January 26, 2017|Comments Off on Last year was a record-setting year for central Ohio home sales

It’s now official — the Columbus region had another record-setting year for home sales in 2016. From the start of the year the area had [...]

Politics

New report shows Board of Professional Conduct making headway on caseload

Wednesday, February 15, 2017|Comments Off on New report shows Board of Professional Conduct making headway on caseload

According to the newly released Ohio Board of Professional Conduct annual report for 2016, last year was the fourth year in the past five years [...]

Gun industry seeks to ease gov’t restrictions on silencers

Wednesday, February 15, 2017|Comments Off on Gun industry seeks to ease gov’t restrictions on silencers

ATLANTA (AP) — They are the stuff of legend, wielded by hit men and by James Bond. For decades, buying a silencer for a firearm [...]

Trump shows interest in privatizing air traffic control

Tuesday, February 14, 2017|Comments Off on Trump shows interest in privatizing air traffic control

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump told airline and airport executives Thursday that he is interested in privatizing America’s air traffic control system and improving [...]

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