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Gas prices expected to spike this week

Ohio drivers, along with motorists in Michigan, Indiana and Kentucky, could see gasoline prices jump in the next two days ending a continuous price drop within recent weeks.  Average gas prices dropped 31 cents in Ohio, 19 cents in Kentucky, 32 cents in Indiana and 29 cents in Michigan over the last three weeks.  By Friday, gas stations will see a price hike to $2.19-$2.29 per...
Central State lands Ohio funding to update Brown Library

Central State lands Ohio funding to update Brown Library

Central State University is moving forward with updates to its Hallie Q. Brown Memorial Library following the State Controlling Board’s approval on Monday of more than $388,000 in funding for phase two of the facility’s modernization project. RELATED: CSU president named a ‘most influential’ leader in higher education The controlling board on Monday approved $340,620 to go...
Unemployment rate rises slightly in Clark County

Unemployment rate rises slightly in Clark County

Clark County’s unemployment rate rose slightly in December, according to figures released Tuesday by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services. Clark County’s unemployment rate was 4.8 in December, up slightly from 4.7 percent the previous month, according to the jobs report. The unemployment rate in Clark County was 4.9 percent at the same time in 2015. RELATED: Proposed unemployment...
The Limited parent company files for bankruptcy

The Limited parent company files for bankruptcy

The parent company of women’s clothing store The Limited has filed a voluntary petition for relief under chapter 11 of the United States Bankruptcy Court, and the store website has been taken offline. The petition was filed by Limited Stores LLC in U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware. The company also entered into an asset purchase agreement with an affiliate of private equity...
Downtown Springfield business to close in March

Downtown Springfield business to close in March

Revival: The Art of Healing, a yoga and tea bar located in downtown Springfield, announced that March 1 will be its last day in business. The announcement came as a shock to their customers as the studio made the announcement on their Facebook page. RELATED: Winans Chocolate & Coffees opens in downtown Springfield The statement said, “We wish we could continue to serve you through the practice...
Local housing markets among “healthiest” in Ohio

Local housing markets among “healthiest” in Ohio

Three communities in the Dayton-area have been named among the Top 10 “healthiest” housing markets in Ohio, including one local market that ranks third nationally. Northridge, Oxford and Beavercreek have some of the best housing markets to sell homes in the region, according to a recent study conducted by the finance website SmartAsset. The Northridge area near Springfield ranked No. 1...
Trump names his choice for Air Force secretary

Trump names his choice for Air Force secretary

A former congresswoman and Air Force Academy graduate will be nominated to become the next secretary of the Air Force, the Trump administration said Monday. Former U.S. Rep. Heather Wilson, R-N.M., an Air Force officer in Europe at the height of the Cold War of the 1980s, was nominated by President Donald J. Trump for the highest civilian post in the service branch. Wilson, a Rhodes Scholar who studied...
Zoo plans for cheetah facilities in Warren County on hold

Zoo plans for cheetah facilities in Warren County on hold

The Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden has put plans to move its cheetah breeding facilities to Warren County on hold, while a different location is considered. Zoo officials met on Friday with staff from the Warren County Regional Planning Commission about relocating the cheetah recovery center and a run where the cats chase lures - and land speed records - during public viewings, Stan Williams, executive...
OSU researcher: Fecal transplants could help children with Autism

OSU researcher: Fecal transplants could help children with Autism

A fecal transplant, the process of introducing donated healthy microbes into people with a gastrointestinal disease to re-balance the stomach, may help alleviate symptoms of Autism in children, a new study has found. Behavioral symptoms of Autism and gastrointestinal distress are often related, according to the Ohio State University study, and both improved when a small group of children with the...
RECALL: Beer company issues recall impacting Ohio

RECALL: Beer company issues recall impacting Ohio

Beer company Sierra Nevada has voluntarily recalled some beers that could have small pieces of glass within the bottles. The company announced recalls after inspections at the company’s brewery in North Carolina found a limited number of bottle were flawed. The flaw could result in loss of carbonation and a small piece of glass could break off and fall into the bottle, according to the company...
New tavern, restaurant opens in Springfield

New tavern, restaurant opens in Springfield

Tim Rigel has owned a lot of businesses and properties in Springfield over the years from drive-throughs and rentals to sports complexes and car lots. Rigel hopes his latest venture is his lasting legacy and one for Springfield. Park Road Tavern, located at 2205 Park Road in the former Casey’s Restaurant and Banquet Facility, opened softly in December but will continue expanding over the coming...
Moorefield Twp. neighbors oppose proposed storage facility

Moorefield Twp. neighbors oppose proposed storage facility

More than 80 people have signed a petition against a proposed storage facility in Moorefield Twp. over worries it will create traffic problems and safety concerns. A property owner has submitted a rezoning application to the Clark County Community Development office to change 3726 Moorefield Road from agricultural to business-use zoning and allow for the building of a storage facility. The property...
Organizers cancel Springfield curling tournament

Organizers cancel Springfield curling tournament

A curling tournament that brought visitors from across the United States and Canada to Springfield has been cancelled. The Champion City Bonspiel, which was held last May at the NTPRD Chiller ice rink, 301 W. Main St. near Curl Troy curling club, won’t be held this year, according to a release on the organization’s website. The decision was made earlier this month for several reasons after...
Holiday debt blues? Here’s help getting on track

Holiday debt blues? Here’s help getting on track

John North is president of the Dayton Better Business Bureau. With the holidays behind you, the new year is a great time to get your finances back on track if you’ve slipped a bit. By dedicating yourself to using credit responsibly and sticking to a sensible plan, then you can effectively pay down your debt. According to debt.org, total U.S. consumer debt is at $11.4 trillion, which includes...
New degrees could help with Wright State’s budget problems

New degrees could help with Wright State’s budget problems

New degrees at Wright State will offer more options for students but also another source of revenue for the cash-strapped university. Wright State officials took steps Friday to add a new bachelor’s degree program in neuroscience and another in business entrepreneurship, which combined could eventually net the university more than $1.4 million annually. RELATED: Wright State selects 3 finalists...
Wright State expects fewer foreign students because of ‘Trump effect’

Wright State expects fewer foreign students because of ‘Trump effect’

Wright State expects to enroll fewer international students in the short term because of what provost Tom Sudkamp referred to in a trustees meeting on Friday as “the Trump effect.” Sudkamp made the comment, which he said is “commonly used” in higher education, just hours after the inauguration of Donald Trump as the nation’s 45h president. Sudkamp said administrators...
Wright State may add 2 new undergraduate programs

Wright State may add 2 new undergraduate programs

Wright State officials took steps today to add two new bachelor’s degree programs. The academic affairs committee of WSU’s board of trustees today agreed to bring proposals for a bachelor’s degree in neuroscience and a bachelor’s degree in business entrepreneurship, before the full board for a vote at the Feb. 17 board meeting. RELATED: TV journalist Dan Rather to speak at...
New shopping center proposed at long-vacant Springfield site

New shopping center proposed at long-vacant Springfield site

A new retail development is likely coming to the east side of Springfield at a longtime vacant property, the first major commercial growth there in several years. The Springfield Board of Zoning Appeals approved Wednesday night a variance for the former Roberds site in the 3000 block of East Main Street. City documents filed by developer Springfield Properties Inc. don’t provide further details...
Wright State selects 3 finalists for president’s job

Wright State selects 3 finalists for president’s job

Wright State has narrowed the list of candidates for its president’s job to three. Despite narrowing its list, the presidential search committee has not announced the names of the three finalists. Instead, their names will be released the day before each one visits campus, said Doug Fecher, trustee and chair of the search committee. Each candidate will visit campus in February. “We&rsquo...
Donald Trump will have to downsize to move into the White House

Donald Trump will have to downsize to move into the White House

Brianna Chambers contributed to this report. Donald Trump's new Washington D.C. address will be a bit smaller than his popular Palm Beach, Florida estate.  >> Read more trending stories   When the president-elect and his family relocate to 1600 Pennsylvania Ave., they'll have slightly less room to roam than at Trump's iconic Florida property, Mar-a-Lago. Trump has suggested...
Restaurant owner criticized for offering stereotypical special on MLK Jr. Day

Restaurant owner criticized for offering stereotypical special on MLK Jr. Day

A Texas restaurant owner said she didn't think she did anything wrong when she promoted a holiday special on Facebook. >> Read more trending stories   Sabrina Pyle, owner of Azle Café in Azle, Texas, was hoping to draw in more customers on Martin Luther King Jr. Day when she offered a unique meal. "I came up with this incredible, ingenious idea for what I thought would bring...
3 higher ed questions for Trump’s secretary of education nominee

3 higher ed questions for Trump’s secretary of education nominee

Betsy DeVos, President-Elect Donald Trump’s pick for education secretary, is scheduled to have her confirmation hearing at 5 p.m. today. DeVos will be questioned by members of the U.S. Senate’s committee on health, education, labor, and pensions. TWITTER: Follow reporter Max Filby on Twitter for more higher ed news While she will likely face questions about her stance on school choice...
Donald Trump's childhood home goes on auction block

Donald Trump's childhood home goes on auction block

A home built by President-elect Donald Trump's father, real estate developer Fred Trump, is set to be auctioned off by Paramount Realty USA on Tuesday.  Donald Trump lived in the house from birth until he was 4 years old. Michael Davis, a real estate prospector, bought the house last year for just under $1.4 million with the intention of flipping it, The New York Times reported. Now, Paramount...
Photos: Donald Trump's childhood home

Photos: Donald Trump's childhood home

A home built by President-elect Donald Trump's father, real estate developer Fred Trump, is set to be auctioned off by Paramount Realty USA on Jan. 17.
Millennials spend more on coffee, save less for retirement

Millennials spend more on coffee, save less for retirement

A large number of Millennials spent more on coffee in the past year than they invested in their retirement savings, according to a new study. » RELATED: What makes Millennials tick in the workplace? It may surprise you About 41 percent of the Millennials — ages 18 to 35 — admitted to spending more on coffee than they saved for retirement. A new report from Acorns Grow Inc. surveyed...
Downtown Springfield building added to National Register

Downtown Springfield building added to National Register

A downtown Springfield building has been added to National Register of Historic Places by the U.S. Department of the Interior. The 1921 Edward Wren Co. Building, also known as McAdams Building, is located at 31 E. High St. and owned by a real estate arm of the Turner Foundation. RELATED: $4.8M raised for downtown Springfield redevelopment “It gives it a level of respect in the community. It...
Clark County to buy old armory, possible site for new hotel

Clark County to buy old armory, possible site for new hotel

Clark County’s deal to purchase the Ohio National Guard Armory site for $125,000 site is expected to be finalized in the next two to three months — which could lead to new development near one of the county’s largest tourism generators. Ohio Department of Administrative Services officials verbally approved the deal last year for the property at 4440 Laybourne Road. It then was formally...
Jessica Alba's Honest Co. recalls organic baby powder over infection risk

Jessica Alba's Honest Co. recalls organic baby powder over infection risk

"We've decided to voluntarily recall this product out of an abundance of caution," Gavigan said last week in a YouTube video.

CAT tax ruling levels field for online sales

In November, the Ohio Supreme Court ruled 5-2 that Ohio can impose its commercial activities tax — sometimes called “CAT tax” — against online or mail-order businesses that have no physical presence in the state. It’s too soon to say whether the ruling will help fill government coffers, state taxation officials said. But the fairly complex ruling did cause a bit of confusion...
Clark, Champaign counties to kick off wage and benefit study this year

Clark, Champaign counties to kick off wage and benefit study this year

Clark and Champaign counties will conduct a study later this year to provide businesses with a picture of whether they are offering competitive pay and benefits to their employees. Champaign, Clark, Logan, Madison and Union Counties will take part in the study, which will be led by Wendy Gradwohl, an associate professor and chair of the Department of Business at Wittenberg University. The study will...
Springfield brewery receives national recognition

Springfield brewery receives national recognition

Springfield’s only brewery is getting recognition after a national publication named the business one of the 34 best new breweries in the U.S. Beer Advocate, a website and magazine that focuses on the brewing industry, named Mother Stewart’s Brewing Co. one of the top breweries in the U.S. that opened last year. The magazine picked Mother Stewart’s as one of the 34 best new breweries...
Some worry over impact from health care law repeal

Some worry over impact from health care law repeal

The U.S. House of Representatives on Friday joined the U.S. Senate in passing a budget reconciliation measure that would allow Congress to de-fund key elements of the Affordable Care Act, including tax credit subsidies and federal funding for Medicaid expansion in states like Ohio. While some are rejoicing over the move, replacing President Obama’s controversial law could mean tens of thousands...
Will Obamacare repeal leave people in the lurch?

Will Obamacare repeal leave people in the lurch?

As Congress moves forward on a resolution to repeal the Affordable Care Act, experts have warned such a measure could crash the law’s commercial insurance program, jeopardizing coverage for 11.5 million Americans, including more than 230,000 Ohioans. But local industry leaders remain hopeful that congressional Republicans — who are leading the charge to repeal the health insurance law...
Holiday retail sales up, but some stores suffering

Holiday retail sales up, but some stores suffering

Retail sales hit about $658 billion for the holiday season, but several chain retailers still announced the closures of hundreds of unprofitable brick-and-mortar stores in January — including several stores locally. “These numbers show that the nation’s slow-but-steady economic recovery is picking up speed and that consumers feel good about the future,” said Matthew Shay, NRF...
Hospitals on standby as Obamacare repeal moves forward

Hospitals on standby as Obamacare repeal moves forward

Local hospital executives are waiting to react after the U.S. House of Representatives took another step toward repealing the Affordable Care Act, voting Friday to pass a budget resolution already passed by the Senate a day earlier that would allow Congress to change portions of the law. President-elect Donald Trump, who takes office on Jan. 20, has promised President Barack Obama’s signature...
TV journalist Dan Rather to speak at free event at Wright State

TV journalist Dan Rather to speak at free event at Wright State

Dan Rather, an award-winning television news anchor and longtime journalist, will speak at 7 p.m. Jan. 31 at Wright State’s Nutter Center. Rather’s visit, which is part of the WSU’s honors institute and presidential lecture series, is free and open to the public, and no tickets are required to attend, according to the university. CAMPUS NOTES: Wright...
Barbecue restaurant to partner with Springfield business

Barbecue restaurant to partner with Springfield business

Al’s Smokehouse, a Springfield barbecue restaurant, is teaming up with a downtown business to offer another food option and draw more foot traffic downtown. The restaurant, with locations in Dayton and on Yellow Springs Street in Springfield, will begin serving food at the Champion City Sports Bar, 42 N. Fountain Ave. in Springfield. It will also continue to operate its existing locations, said...
Employers track medication use to combat abuse

Employers track medication use to combat abuse

Prescription drug abuse is at the forefront of human resources issues for many employers in Ohio — the epicenter of a national heroin and prescription drug epidemic that resulted in more overdose deaths last year than fatal car wrecks in the state. To address the problem, an increasing number of employers are examining the medications their employees take to determine how often and how many...
Navistar reaches deal with Ohio-based parts manufacturer

Navistar reaches deal with Ohio-based parts manufacturer

Dana Corp. announced a multi-year agreement this week to provide driveline components for a variety of Navistar vehicles. Dana, a Maumee, Ohio-based auto parts supplier, said it will provide parts for Navistar’s on-highway, city-delivery, bus and vocational vehicles. The deal means Dana will remain the standard-position driveshaft supplier across all Navistar truck models, according to a news...
Airline offers daily flights from US to Europe for less than $70

Airline offers daily flights from US to Europe for less than $70

A low-cost airline is offering daily flights from the United States to Europe for less than $70. For a limited time, Iceland-based air carrier WOW air will offer $69.99 tickets from Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) and San Francisco International Airport to Stockholm, Copenhagen, Bristol and Edinburgh. » RELATED: Low cost airline adds flights at Dayton airport Fares went on sale this...
Starbucks debuts first new latte of 2017

Starbucks debuts first new latte of 2017

Starbucks has introduced its first new drink of the year, and it features flavors from the coffee cherry fruit. The coffee chain’s newest drink is the Cascara Latte, which combines espresso with steamed milk, cascara syrup and foam. “Cascara is Spanish for ‘husk,’ and we are taking the fruit of the coffee cherry to give our latte a subtle, lightly sweet flavor,” said...
Amazon to create 100,000 full-time jobs

Amazon to create 100,000 full-time jobs

Online retail giant Amazon will create more than 100,000 new positions by the middle of 2018. The company, which already employs 180,000 employees, announced it plans to create an additional 100,000 full-time jobs with benefits in the next 18 months. The company grew from just 30,000 employees back in 2011. » RELATED: Amazon seeks to add alcohol delivery services in Ohio “We plan to add...
Taco Bell to offer new taco shell made of chicken

Taco Bell to offer new taco shell made of chicken

Taco Bell announced its newest menu option this week — a taco shell made entirely of chicken. The Naked Chicken Chalupa will be released at all Taco Bell locations on Jan. 26. The shell is made with all-white chicken with Mexican spices and seasoning. The inside of the taco is filled with lettuce, tomatoes, cheddar cheese and avocado ranch. » SOCIAL MEDIA: FOLLOW REPORTER KARA...
Beef O’Brady’s seeking to add up to 5 more Dayton-area locations

Beef O’Brady’s seeking to add up to 5 more Dayton-area locations

Beef ‘O’ Brady’s, which operates a sports pub on Seajay Drive in Beavercreek, is looking to expand its Dayton-area footprint by adding as many as five new locations in the next three to five years, a spokeswoman for the chain said. Beef ‘O’Brady’s describes itself as a “family friendly sports pub” that offers a wide range of menu items including pizza...
Clark County’s $178M budget includes raises, repair projects

Clark County’s $178M budget includes raises, repair projects

Clark County’s proposed $178 million budget for this year include raises, as well nearly $425,000 in cuts as it faces a loss of about $1 million in sales taxes due to changes from the federal government. Personnel cuts could be examined in 2018 as the county prepares for a total annual loss of about $3 million in sales tax. The county expects to bring in about $39.4 million in its general fund...
Clark County housing center gets new leader, looks to retool in 2017

Clark County housing center gets new leader, looks to retool in 2017

Mark and Lori Senter went into the 2016 Christmas season without much cheer. The closer it came to the holidays, the nearer they were to eviction from their rented home. The Clark County Fuller Center for Housing’s intervention provided its own version of a Christmas miracle. The Christian-based nonprofit helped the Senters, who also care for their 8-year-old grandson, with a lease-to-own deal...
Ohio water systems to map where lead pipes are located

Ohio water systems to map where lead pipes are located

A new Ohio law is tightening the notification and reporting processes for when elevated levels of lead are found in drinking water, and city officials are now mapping where lead pipes are located at in the public water systems. Ohio House Bill 512 went into effect in early September after Gov. John Kasich signed the legislation. The amendments and new law required the Ohio Environmental Protection...
Cedarville, UD have lowest student loan default rates of area schools

Cedarville, UD have lowest student loan default rates of area schools

Cedarville University and the University of Dayton students have the lowest student loan default rates of any area college, according to a new database of default rates from the Student Loan Report, a student loan news website. RELATED: Local college students carry more debt than state average The database ranks colleges based on their average default rate. Cedarville students fared better than anyone...
13 ways to choose a reliable auto body repair shop

13 ways to choose a reliable auto body repair shop

John North is president of the Dayton Better Business Bureau. The winter weather can really create challenges and make driving difficult. Your vehicle’s mechanical abilities and your driving skills are tested by the frigid weather and sometimes misfortunate accidents can happen. Better Business Bureau offers some advice the next time your searching for a trustworthy body shop. Over the past...
Allegiant adds new flights to Destin from Ohio airports

Allegiant adds new flights to Destin from Ohio airports

Low-cost airline Allegiant will add 17 new routes at hubs nationwide, including two airports in Ohio. The airline is also adding new base operations and service from Louisville, Ky. Cleveland and Columbus airports will have a new seasonal nonstop service to Destin-Fort Walton Beach Airport starting in May. » RELATED: After Southwest departure, what’s next for Dayton airport? To celebrate...
Ohio lawmaker pay sixth highest in U.S.: See how they compare

Ohio lawmaker pay sixth highest in U.S.: See how they compare

Editor’s note: Our I-Team is gathering payroll data for local governments across our region, as well as state government and higher education, as part of our Payroll Project. You can search Payroll Project data here. We are gathering payroll data for 2016 and will add it to the database as it is collected. If you have a suggestion for our Payroll Project, email I-Team reporter...
Best 100 jobs in 2017 dominated by healthcare industry

Best 100 jobs in 2017 dominated by healthcare industry

Job seekers should look to the healthcare industry for the best jobs in 2017, according to a new report. U.S. News & World Report has named the 100 best jobs in 2017, and 52 out of the 100 were in the healthcare field. The report is measured by indicators like salary, growth potential and work-life balance. » RELATED: The Limited to close all brick-and-mortar stores “Health care jobs often...

Construction jobs expected to increase in 2017

Development projects in the region added 1,100 more construction jobs in 2016 than were created the previous year and industry expectations for 2017 are higher as the Trump administration takes office this month, according to a recent survey. More than 1,300 construction firms surveyed by the Arlington, Va.-based Associated General Contractors of America expect the economy to keep growing and hope...
Foundation invests $3.4M to expand Clark County manufacturer

Foundation invests $3.4M to expand Clark County manufacturer

The Turner Foundation has invested about $3.4 million dollar in a niche manufacturing firm that was on the brink of bankruptcy a few years ago and now is expanding. The Springfield non-profit has run United Fiberglass of America for the past several years, a small manufacturing business that specializes in producing fiberglass pipe, conduit and bridge drainage infrastructure systems. Turner recently...
Spotify offers President Obama a job post-White House

Spotify offers President Obama a job post-White House

After he leaves the White House, President Obama plans to work with the National Democratic Redistricting Committee and to write a book. But during a recent conversation with former Swedish ambassador Mark Brzezinski at the White House, Obama said, "I'm still waiting for my job at Spotify … 'Cause I know y'all loved my playlist," according to Brzezinski's wife.  After hearing...
Hostess recalls Twinkies for possible Salmonella contamination

Hostess recalls Twinkies for possible Salmonella contamination

Hostess Brands has voluntarily recalled a limited edition product of Twinkies. The company is recalling its Holiday White Peppermint Hostess Twinkies because of a recall by Blommer Chocolate Company. The confectionery sugar coating used on the Twinkies contained milk powder ingredients recalled by Valley Milk Products due to a concern of Salmonella contamination. » RELATED: The Limited to close...
No driving necessary. App makes it easier to donate to Goodwill

No driving necessary. App makes it easier to donate to Goodwill

Trying to donate your old clothes and home goods? There’s an app for that. A new partnership between Goodwill and Roadie Inc. is making it easier for people to donate clothes and furniture to sporting goods and old toys. App-based community Roadie will pick up unwanted items and take them to the nearest donation center through Feb. 28. Roadie is an app that connects people with drivers...
Retailers import more than expected during holidays

Retailers import more than expected during holidays

Retailers imported more products than initially expected during the holiday season. Imports at the major retail container ports saw an unexpected increase, according to the monthly global port tracker report release by the National Retail Federation and Hackett Associates. » RELATED: Imports rates increase as retailers stock up for holiday season The report found ports handled approximately...