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FaceApp transforms selfies via neural network

For better or for worse, a lot of us have gotten used to selfie face filters in apps such as Snapchat and Facebook Messenger that can add silly extremes to our photos and videos, such as sticking a unicorn horn on our head or turning us into superheroes. But FaceApp, an increasingly popular app that debuted in February for iOS and Android, is different; depending on the photo, it can convincingly...
Wright State could lay off up to 120 people to save $8 million

Wright State could lay off up to 120 people to save $8 million

Wright State University may lay off up to 120 people in order to regain its financial footing. The university is considering laying off between 80 and 120 people to save between $6 million and $8 million, according to a board of trustees finance committee report. Layoffs have long been expected but officials have not said how many people could lose their jobs before now. Wright State employs more...
President of Urbana University resigns

President of Urbana University resigns

Urbana University’s president abruptly resigned Tuesday after leading the roughly 1,800-student campus for the past two years. The news of George Lucas’ resignation comes as the university potentially shifts to a branch campus of Franklin University. Franklin acquired the smaller campus in 2014 after Urbana University faced years of lean enrollment and serious financial struggles. As part...
Wright State may lay off up to 120 people to save $8 million

Wright State may lay off up to 120 people to save $8 million

Wright State University may lay off up to 120 people in order to regain its financial footing, a board of trustees finance committee report shows. The university is considering laying off between 80 and 120 people to save between $6 million and $8 million, according to a board of trustees finance committee report. Layoffs have long been expected but officials have not said how many people could lose...
INSIDE LOOK: Nearly $1M home for sale near Piqua

INSIDE LOOK: Nearly $1M home for sale near Piqua

A custom-built home on U.S. 36 near Piqua is for sale for more nearly $1 million. The custom two-story home is located at 1538 E. U.S. 36 outside Piqua in Miami County and is listed for sale by Coldwell Banker at $949,900. The house has 8,500 square feet of living space, with five bedrooms, five full baths, 3 half baths, 3 fireplaces, study, media room, hearth room, butler’s pantry, 2 kitchens...
Nordstrom selling work jeans covered in fake mud for $425

Nordstrom selling work jeans covered in fake mud for $425

  After it was ridiculed for selling designer rocks at Christmas, Nordstrom may have topped itself with its latest offer. The department store is offering a pair of jean covered in fake mud for a whopping $425. The retailer described its new Barracuda Straight Leg Jeans on its website as "rugged Americana workwear that's seen some hard-working action with a crackled, caked-on muddy...
Unemployment rates dip in Clark, Champaign counties

Unemployment rates dip in Clark, Champaign counties

Unemployment rates dipped in Clark and Champaign Counties in March, although local officials said hiring and employment figures remain relatively stable compared to last year. Ohio’s unemployment rate, which is adjusted for seasonal factors, remained unchanged from last month at 5.1 percent, according to information from the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services. Clark County’s unemployment...
Central State will be removed from fiscal watch

Central State will be removed from fiscal watch

Central State University will be removed from fiscal watch by the state later this week. The Chancellor of the Ohio Department of Higher Education will visit the Wilberforce-based campus on Thursday to make the official announcement, said state spokesman Jeff Robinson. RELATED: New WSU president faced criticism over changes at previous school Chancellor John Carey will join CSU president Cynthia Jackson-Hammond...
Gambling addiction: Ohio named a top state

Gambling addiction: Ohio named a top state

Ohio is a top state when it comes to gambling addiction, a new report shows. Ohio tied with New Jersey for fourth place for having the highest percentage of adults with a gambling disorder, according to a report form WalletHub, a personal finance website. Ohio is ranked the 10th most gambling addicted state in the country, right behind Louisiana and just above Deleware. Nevada, the home of Las Vegas...
Panera Bread to hire 10,000 as it expands delivery locations

Panera Bread to hire 10,000 as it expands delivery locations

Panera Bread Co. will hire 10,000 new employees by the end of 2017 as it expands its delivery service, the company said in a statement Monday. According to Panera, the company is planning to expand delivery options to 35 to 40 percent of its locations. It now delivers at 15 percent of its locations. Panera president Blaine Hurst says each café will hire between seven and 12 staff members...

Talks between area’s largest health system and insurer go down to wire

Contract negotiations between the region’s largest health system and insurer UnitedHealthcare remain at an impasse as a deadline approaches that could jeopardize the health plans of up to 70,000 local residents. Premier Health and UnitedHealthcare, the area’s largest insurer, have been at an impasse in talks to renew their health coverage network relationships, and the deadline to reach...
East Liberty research center expands, draws visit from Trump official

East Liberty research center expands, draws visit from Trump official

The Transportation Research Center in East Liberty is testing state of the art technology and expanding, adding new facilities that could mean more jobs, and the federal government is taking note. U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao toured the center on Monday with U.S. Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, where she learned how workers at the facility are testing vehicles to make sure they’re safe...
State cracking down on lead hazards in homes

State cracking down on lead hazards in homes

There are hundreds of homes in Ohio that have paint and other entities that are poisoning children with lead and state health officials want them left unoccupied until abatement issues are addressed. The Ohio Department of Health is working to compile a list of residential properties across the state that have unaddressed lead hazards. They are also urging local health departments in Butler, Clark...
STORE CLOSINGS: Sears to close 50 auto centers

STORE CLOSINGS: Sears to close 50 auto centers

Sears Holdings is set to close 50 Auto Center locations, the company announced. Sears updated investors last week on its strategic restructuring program, stating the company aimed to save $1.25 billion through some store closures in 2017. The company already announced it would close 108 Kmart stores and 42 Sears locations. » RETAIL APOCALYPSE: 3,500 stores to close in 2017 Sears announced it...
Two area health systems named Top 15 in nation

Two area health systems named Top 15 in nation

Kettering Health Network and Mercy Health have been named two of the Top 15 health systems in the nation by the international business research firm Truven Health Analytics. It’s the fifth appearance on the Top 15 list for the Dayton-based Kettering system, comprised of eight hospitals, including Kettering Medical Center, Fort Hamilton, Soin Medical Center and Grandview Medical Center. Cincinnati-based...
675 Ohioans complained about mortgage servicer sued by feds

675 Ohioans complained about mortgage servicer sued by feds

State and federal authorities have sued mortgage servicer Ocwen Financial Corp., saying the company botched the handling of millions of mortgage accounts, including 675 Ohio complaints. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau said Thursday that the accounts Ocwen serviced were riddled with errors throughout the repayment process. It said the company would go after borrowers long before verifying...
Hopkins drops out of Wright State graduation ceremony

Hopkins drops out of Wright State graduation ceremony

Wright State University’s former president will no longer preside over commencement though he said he would when he resigned last month. David Hopkins will not attend Wright State’s graduation set for 10 a.m. Saturday in the Nutter Center, said spokesman Seth Bauguess. Upon his resignation, Hopkins said he still planned to preside over graduation and go to the ArtsGala, which officials...
Premier, UnitedHealthcare negotiations continue over health plans

Premier, UnitedHealthcare negotiations continue over health plans

Contract negotiations between the region’s largest health system and insurer UnitedHealthcare remain at an impasse as a deadline approaches that could jeopardize the health plans of up to 70,000 local residents. Premier Health and UnitedHealthcare, the area’s largest insurer, have been at an impasse in talks to renew their health coverage network relationships, and the deadline to reach...
Dayton-area event will feature 500 small businesses

Dayton-area event will feature 500 small businesses

Ohio’s largest small-business-to-government-contracting event is set to happen Wednesday, the Ohio Development Services Agency said. The 2017 Ohio Business Matchmaker will be 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday at Wright State University’s Ervin J. Nutter Center, 3640 Colonel Glenn Highway, Fairborn. RELATED: Defense contractor opens new office, sees fast growth The event will feature more than...
Honda supplier gets $300K tax credit to bring 85 jobs to Springfield

Honda supplier gets $300K tax credit to bring 85 jobs to Springfield

A Japanese auto parts supplier is one step closer to creating 85 new jobs and taking over a Springfield industrial park after receiving tax credits valued at about $300,000 on Monday. Members of the Ohio Tax Credit Authority voted unanimously Monday to approve a 1.217-percent, seven-year tax credit for the Topre America Corp., which has pledged to take over Springfield’s Champion City Business...
Luxury retailer Jimmy Choo up for sale 

Luxury retailer Jimmy Choo up for sale 

Luxury retailer Jimmy Choo is on the market. >> Read more trending news  The BBC reports the high-end shoe brand is seeking offers, but has not yet received any bids.  Jimmy Choo believes a sale would “maximize ... value for its shareholders,” a company statement said Monday. Right now, the British brand has a market value of nearly $900 million and operates...
RECALL: Lay’s chips recalled for potential Salmonella contamination

RECALL: Lay’s chips recalled for potential Salmonella contamination

Frito-Lay has voluntarily recalled two of its brand of snacks, including its Jalapeño-flavored potato chips. The Jalapeno Flavored Lay’s Kettle Cooked potato chips and Jalapeño Flavored Miss Vickie’s Kettle Cooked potato have been recalled due to a potential presence of Salmonella in the seasoning. Salmonella can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children...
Sam’s Club introduces 300 new products, including wine

Sam’s Club introduces 300 new products, including wine

Sam’s Club has relaunched its private brand, adding more than 300 new products this year. The warehouse club revamped its Member’s Mark brand, which represents $10 billion in sales for the division of Walmart. The new product line covers everything from food products to general merchandise. In addition to redesigning the brand’s labels, the club has also introduced 300 new items...
Nintendo’s NES Classic on sale at Best Buy for Monday only

Nintendo’s NES Classic on sale at Best Buy for Monday only

Best Buy announced Sunday that it will sell Nintendo's NES Classic for one day only on Monday. The game system has been discontinued by Nintendo, and Best Buy says it has only “limited quantities” available for sale. According to the chain, customers can buy only one NES Classic, and it is on a first come, first-served basis. There will be a ticketing system for those who are waiting in...
Gas prices continue to slowly increase

Gas prices continue to slowly increase

DAYTON — Average retail gasoline prices in Dayton increased 10.9 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.39 per gallon on Sunday, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 391 gas outlets in Dayton. This compares with the national average that has increased 1 cent per gallon in the last week to $2.42 per gallon, according to gasoline price website GasBuddy.com.   Including the...
Junior Achievement to honor business leaders

Junior Achievement to honor business leaders

Junior Achievement of the Mad River Region will honor a New Carlisle business owner, an educator and a Mechanicsburg couple who started their own fair trade coffee business at an event next month. JA of the Mad River Region will honor Bill Scarff, owner of Scarff’s Nursery in New Carlisle, as its 2017 Laureate. Scarff has played an active role in New Carlisle’s business community for years...
Final vote looms on 4,500-home development in Warren County

Final vote looms on 4,500-home development in Warren County

The trustees of this Warren County community will become the final body to decide the fate of a development that would reshape Turtlecreek Twp. — a sports complex anchoring a 4,500-home planned community, nearly doubling the local population and potentially attracting $1.5 billion in private investment. RELATED: 12,000 residents, $1.5B in investment expected at Union Village At 8 a.m. Tuesday...
Springfield asks voters for tax increase to fix roads, fight drugs

Springfield asks voters for tax increase to fix roads, fight drugs

Springfield city leaders want to increase local income taxes to maintain services, fix roads and hire more police officers, but opponents believe it will make the city less attractive for prospective residents and businesses. Residents will vote May 2 whether to raise the city’s income tax for 5½ years from 2 percent to 2.4 percent. “We’re definitely at a crossroads here in...
Hash browns recalled for possible contamination with golf balls

Hash browns recalled for possible contamination with golf balls

Hash browns sold under the Harris Teeter and Roundy's brands have been recalled for an unusual reason: possible golf ball contamination.The Food & Drug Administration's recall notice says that McCain Foods USA, Inc. has voluntarily recalled frozen hash browns sold under the Harris Teeter and Roundy's brands because they may be "contaminated with extraneous golf ball materials, that...
Frito-Lay recalls jalapeno chips over salmonella concerns

Frito-Lay recalls jalapeno chips over salmonella concerns

Frito Lay is voluntarily recalling select brands of its jalepeno-flavored chips due to concerns of salmonella contamination.The Food and Drug Administration's recall notice says the seasoning powder used on the chips is the target of the recall.>> Read more trending newsNo illnesses have been reported in connection with the recall. Salmonella is an organism which can cause serious and sometimes...
Potholes costly for state, motorists

Potholes costly for state, motorists

Earlier this month, Anna Gros of Fairborn was driving home when she turned onto Interstate 675 and hit a large piece of concrete sticking out of a pothole. The large piece of debris blew out a back tire on the car, causing her to lose control and swerve into another lane on the highway. “I was able to control my car. I was blessed,” she said. “If you’ve ever blown out your...
Paula Faris says she was told ‘show your goods’ to succeed at Dayton TV station

Paula Faris says she was told ‘show your goods’ to succeed at Dayton TV station

Paula Faris, a co-host of ABC’s The View and Good Morning America’s weekend edition, on Friday said she was sexually harassed while working at a Dayton TV news station. “I had an opportunity to start reporting at the station in Dayton, Ohio. One of my superiors, right when I started, said women didn’t belong in sports,” Faris said. “And you won’t make it unless...
Ohio House leader who criticized WSU to speak at commencement

Ohio House leader who criticized WSU to speak at commencement

Ohio House Speaker Cliff Rosenberger will serve as Wright State University’s spring commencement speaker, just a year after he warned legislators about working with the school. Rosenberger, a 2012 WSU graduate, will speak at the commencement ceremony set for 10 a.m., April 29 in the Nutter Center, said board of trustees chairman Michael Bridges said today. Rosenberger, R-Clarksville, is a 2012...
United Airlines wants more time to answer questions about passenger dragging

United Airlines wants more time to answer questions about passenger dragging

The CEO of United Airlines has asked for more time to give U.S. senators a full explanation of why a passenger was forcibly dragged off a flight, prompting national outrage. Senators on the Commerce, Science and Transportation had given United until April 20 to respond to questions.  “We are in the process of gathering the full set of facts about this incident and finalizing a thorough...
Local bike trails attracting worldwide attention

Local bike trails attracting worldwide attention

The 2017 International Trails Symposium is coming to Dayton May 7 to 10, investing what organizers expect will be $1 million into the region and showcasing what a Five Rivers MetroParks director calls “the outdoor adventure capital of the Midwest.” The American Trails bi-annual symposium was attracted to Dayton by what Janet Bly, Miami Conservancy District general manager, called the nation&rsquo...
New Wright State president faces criticism over changes at Missouri

New Wright State president faces criticism over changes at Missouri

Wright State University’s incoming president is credited with growing and improving the Missouri University of Science and Technology. She boosted enrollment, increased revenue and tackled budget issues at Missouri S&T. RELATED: New WSU president one of only a few women to lead a university But, her successes there spurred some backlash, including an effort by some faculty members to hold a...
IHG data breach expands, affecting over 1,000 hotels

IHG data breach expands, affecting over 1,000 hotels

What was thought to be a relatively limited data breach at InterContinental Hotels Group properties has expanded to include over 1,000 hotels across the United States and Puerto Rico. The data breach was first revealed in December, according to Krebs on Security. Fraud experts detected a pattern of a widespread credit card breach at IHG properties, but IHG claimed in February that the breach...
Wright State’s executive vice president resigns

Wright State’s executive vice president resigns

Wright State University’s executive vice president of planning is resigning, the Dayton Daily News has learned. Robert Sweeney’s last day as part of the WSU administration will be May 20, said spokesman Seth Bauguess. Sweeney also serves as secretary to the board of trustees. Sweeney will return to a finance faculty position in the Raj Soin College of Business. He will begin teaching full-time...

Fuyao to raise workers’ pay

Fuyao Glass America’s manufacturing plant is giving all hourly associates a $2-an-hour raise, the company said Thursday. The success at the company’s Moraine plant is becoming more apparent as just two weeks ago Fuyao’s president said he expects the manufacturer to break even this year. On Thursday, the company’s billionaire owner delivered the pay raise news to employees....
RETAIL ROUND-UP: 3 stories about Cabela’s, RadioShack, Starbucks

RETAIL ROUND-UP: 3 stories about Cabela’s, RadioShack, Starbucks

If you missed out on some of your retail and business news this week, here’s what you need to catch up on before the weekend. Early on in the week, another teen clothing retailer announced it was closing 400 stores nationwide — including some locations in Ohio. Clothing store rue21 announced it is planning on closing hundreds of stores, including stores in Mason, Hamilton and Cincinnati...
WSU student invents medical device that could launch new start-up

WSU student invents medical device that could launch new start-up

A Wright State University student drew inspiration from his father’s struggles to create a medical device that could spur a new Dayton-based start-up. Muhammed Hamdan invented a fully automated device that stores, organizes and dispenses pills with 98 percent accuracy. The device aims to improve everyday life for people who are suffering from diseases and required to take multiple medications...
5 things we learned about Kroger’s future in the region

5 things we learned about Kroger’s future in the region

Kroger’s growth trajectory continues to skyrocket in the Miami Valley, as the grocery retailer invests millions of dollars into new locations and hires hundreds of new workers this year. Tim Brown, president of Kroger’s Cincinnati/Dayton division, on Thursday gave the keynote address at the Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce annual meetin. Brown’s roots run deep with the Midwest grocery...
Honda to invest $124M for new wind tunnel in East Liberty

Honda to invest $124M for new wind tunnel in East Liberty

Honda will invest $124 million to build a high-tech wind tunnel in East Liberty, the first time the company has invested in a full-scale facility of its kind in the U.S. Construction of the facility will begin this spring and it will be housed at the Transportation Research Center, a 4,500-acre site that provides research and development, crash testing and other functions. The tunnel will be able...
Champaign County manufacturers seek strategies to retain engineers

Champaign County manufacturers seek strategies to retain engineers

The Champaign Economic Partnership is working with local employers to find ways to attract and retain engineers, particularly for manufacturing firms. The agency has partnered with FASTLANE, a program of the University of Dayton Research Institute, to administer surveys and develop strategies to retain talented workers in Champaign County. It’s a problem many small communities like Urbana face...
Balenciaga's $2,145 bag bears striking resemblance to Ikea's 99-cent tote, Ikea responds

Balenciaga's $2,145 bag bears striking resemblance to Ikea's 99-cent tote, Ikea responds

Is an Italian fashion designer's bag an example of high fashion or is it a high-priced homage to Ikea's iconic shopping totes? Consumers on Twitter were the first to point out the striking resemblance between Balenciaga's Arena tote bag and the Scandinavian discount furniture retailer's shopping bags. Both bags are extra large, have a similar shape and are blue in color. One big difference is...
Scam watch: Shut out door-to-door peddlers

Scam watch: Shut out door-to-door peddlers

Scams rise with the temperature as traveling con artists begin looking to earn quick cash. Shady characters go door-to-door selling everything from magazine subscriptions, meat and alarm systems to roofing and tree trimming services. In reality, they leave you with overpriced or low-quality products, shoddy work or nothing at all. RELATED » Free document shredding Many companies employ high...
Job fair to be held in Springfield on Thursday

Job fair to be held in Springfield on Thursday

BARRYSTAFF will be hosting open interviews from 9 a.m. to noon Thursday at its Springfield office, 1992 N. Bechtle Ave. The staffing agency has 25 jobs available, including assembly, production, warehouse, loaders and unloaders. Pay is between $11 and $14 per hour. RELATED: Springfield company specializes in chocolate body parts The positions are temporary-to-hire, meaning a permanent job offer may...
Ohio economy to win big with future NCAA games

Ohio economy to win big with future NCAA games

The madness is here to stay in Ohio. Cities like Dayton, Cincinnati, Cleveland and Columbus stand to win big economically after being named host sites for future rounds of the NCAA men’s basketball tournament. All four cities were chosen Tuesday to host games for the March Madness tournament but the biggest winner was the University of Dayton, which was chosen to extend its streak for hosting...
Bass Pro Shops is closer to officially buying Cabela’s

Bass Pro Shops is closer to officially buying Cabela’s

After several snags along the way, outdoor retailer Bass Pro Shops could be one step closer to officially purchasing Cabela’s. Bass Pro Shops had to smooth out the sale of Cabela’s banking assets before moving forward. Now, Cabela’s Inc. has entered into agreements with Synovus Financial Corp. and Capital One Financial Corporation for the sale of Cabela’s banking assets and...
Reporters try new Starbucks color-changing, unicorn drink

Reporters try new Starbucks color-changing, unicorn drink

Starbucks has released its newest, dazzling creation — the Unicorn Frappuccino Blended Beverage. The color-changing, flavor-changing drink will only be at Starbucks locations for a few days, according to the company’s website. The multi-colored drink has hints of sour and fruity flavors. The drink contains mango syrup, according to the Starbucks app. “Swirl it to reveal a color-changing...
Trump order aimed at fraud in program at center of WSU controversy

Trump order aimed at fraud in program at center of WSU controversy

President Donald Trump this week issued an executive order aimed at tamping down fraud and abuse of the H-1B temporary work visa program. This is the same program at the center of a nearly two-year federal investigation of Wright State University, which may have used it to provide workers for area companies – including some connected to university trustees – in possible violation of program...
EXCLUSIVE: New WSU leader on cuts, STEM jobs, first woman president

EXCLUSIVE: New WSU leader on cuts, STEM jobs, first woman president

Wright State University’s next president does not take office until July 1 but she sat down with the Dayton Daily News earlier this month for an exclusive interview. Schrader talked about her experience handling budget cuts and working with students and faculty at the Missouri University of Science and Technology, where she currently serves as chancellor. Wright State needs to cut $25 million...
Starbucks' Unicorn Frappuccino changes colors, flavors with the twirl of a straw

Starbucks' Unicorn Frappuccino changes colors, flavors with the twirl of a straw

Starbucks is calling a limited-time beverage that changes colors and flavors with a stir of the straw a "Unicorn Frappuccino." The chain says the drink was inspired by the trend of unicorn-themed food online and starts out purple with a sweet and fruity taste. It changes to pink and tart after it's stirred to mix in a blue drizzle. It will be available Wednesday through Sunday in the...
Facebook account claiming to be Ohio RadioShack posts vulgar messages

Facebook account claiming to be Ohio RadioShack posts vulgar messages

A Facebook account claiming to be a RadioShack in Ohio isn’t very happy with customers. A social media account claiming to represent a RadioShack store in Reynoldsburg, Ohio has posted vulgar messages about its closure. The store was named as one of several in the state that are scheduled to close in the coming months. The account, which is not verified on Facebook, sent two vulgar posts including...
Wright State VP of research to resign

Wright State VP of research to resign

Wright State University’s vice president of research and sponsored programs is resigning, according to an email sent to campus leaders by provost Tom Sudkamp. Robert Fyffe, who also serves as dean of the graduate school, plans to step down effective Sept. 30, according to the email. Fyffe will return to a faculty position in the department of neuroscience, cell biology and physiology. Fyffe&rsquo...
THE MADNESS CONTINUES: Local economy to win big with future NCAA games

THE MADNESS CONTINUES: Local economy to win big with future NCAA games

The NCAA First Four basketball tournament, which officials say generates more than $4.5 million in direct spending at area businesses on game nights, will stay at the University of Dayton arena through 2022. UD has hosted the games since the First Four’s inception in 2011, and the university’s history with the NCAA goes back farther than that. Now, they’ll build on that reputation...
Two top WSU administrators looking to leave university

Two top WSU administrators looking to leave university

Wright State University Provost Tom Sudkamp has applied for a job at Arkansas State University. Sudkamp has applied to be the next chancellor of the university in Jonesboro, Arkansas. Sudkamp is part of a pool of 13 candidates that was whittled down from a pool of 37 people according to Arkansas Online. RELATED: New Wright State leader on budget cuts, STEM jobs, being first woman president A-State...
Ohio leaders to discuss college credit plus program at Clark State

Ohio leaders to discuss college credit plus program at Clark State

The leader of Ohio’s Department of Higher Education and state legislators will on Wednesday visit Clark State Community College. While there, they will discuss the impact of Ohio’s college credit plus program at 1:30 p.m. in the Sara T. Landess Technology and Learning Center on the Leffel Lane campus in Springfield, according to the school. RELATED: Ohio State wants to offer more jobs...
NEW VENDOR: Local pet food coming to 2nd Street Market

NEW VENDOR: Local pet food coming to 2nd Street Market

A local company that makes its own all-natural and gluten-free pet food in Dayton will join the 2nd Street Market as a full-time vendor starting May 4. Pet Wants Dayton was founded in late 2015 and sold its products in farmers markets last year in Huber Heights and Oakwood, and will continue to do so after launching its new booth at the 2nd Street Market, co-founder Stewart Meeker said this morning...
OSU wants to offer more jobs to Ohioans with disabilities

OSU wants to offer more jobs to Ohioans with disabilities

With an exclusive partnership, Ohio State University will try to employ more people with disabilities. OSU is working with Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities to place an OOD specialist at the university. RELATED: One Ohio college reinforces gun policy as another considers concealed carry The partnership marks the first time OOD has embedded an employee within a single organization, according...
United Airlines changes policy after man dragged from plane

United Airlines changes policy after man dragged from plane

United Airlines will no longer allow crew members to bump passengers already on board flights after facing heavy criticism for its removal of a Kentucky physician earlier this month. The policy change came after video surfaced on social media of officers with the Chicago Department of Aviation dragging Dr. David Dao off Flight 3411 after he declined to relinquish his seat to make room for a crew...
WSU reinforces gun policy as Cedarville U. considers concealed carry

WSU reinforces gun policy as Cedarville U. considers concealed carry

Wright State University’s police chief is reminding people that concealed carry is prohibited on the Fairborn campus as another nearby school considers allowing it. Gov. John Kasich signed Senate Bill 199 last December, giving each college’s board of trustees the autonomy to prohibit or allow concealed carry on campus. RELATED: Sinclair projects record number of graduates this year WSU...
Redesigned Acura made in Ohio faces competition from SUVs

Redesigned Acura made in Ohio faces competition from SUVs

Acura — a major employer of Clark and Champaign County workers — recently unveiled its updated TLX sedan, hoping new safety upgrades and a flashier exterior will provide a boost over competitors in its segment. However analysts said the automaker may struggle to boost sales significantly as buyers increasingly look to crossover vehicles. The TLX, which is assembled in Marysville, will...
Springfield company specializes in chocolate body parts

Springfield company specializes in chocolate body parts

Tina Pavlatos started an online business selling medical illustrations but about two decades later it’s clear what her customers really want is a chocolate placenta. Pavlatos started her company, Visual Anatomy, around 2001 as a freelance business that sold medical illustrations to physicians, medical text books and attorneys arguing personal injury cases. But nearly all of her business now...
GE to layoff more than 100 workers in Ohio

GE to layoff more than 100 workers in Ohio

General Electric plans to shut down its lighting plant in Circleville, Ohio, and will lay off more than 100 employees. GE sent a state-required warn notice to Circleville officials, explaining the company’s decision to shut down the plant. Consumer demand for traditional lighting is at an all-time slow, and gave notice that the plant will cease production before the end of the summer. &ldquo...
Tax deadline is Tuesday: What you should know?

Tax deadline is Tuesday: What you should know?

If you waited until the last minute to face your federal and state taxes, take heed: Today is the filing deadline. You may be in a tough spot, but you’re in good company. The IRS expects more than 13 million taxpayers to request a filing extension, giving them six more months to complete and file their returns. Click HERE to find out what you need to know. FIVE NEW...
LOCAL IMPACT: Another teen clothing retailer to close 400 stores

LOCAL IMPACT: Another teen clothing retailer to close 400 stores

Another teen clothing retailer is shutting down 400 stores, including some in the region. Clothing store rue21 announced it is planning on closing hundreds of stores. The retailer posted a statement on social media: “It’s true — we are closing some stores. It was a difficult but necessary decision. We still have hundreds of locations across the country, and our website rue21...
Sinclair College president to discuss future plans today

Sinclair College president to discuss future plans today

Sinclair Community College’s president will give a “state of the college” speech at 4 p.m. today in the Smith Auditorium of Building 12 at the school’s downtown campus. President Steve Johnson is expected to talk about Sinclair’s largest graduating class, how the community college is working to fill jobs in the Dayton region and how the school is impacting the economy...
Springfield hospital receives ‘C’ grade from industry watchdog report

Springfield hospital receives ‘C’ grade from industry watchdog report

The Springfield Regional Medical Center maintained its C safety grade from a health-care advocacy group. The Leapfrog group, which releases its Hospital Safety Grade report twice a year, provided a C grade for the hospital based in a report released last week . The hospital received similar grades in the fall and spring last year. The report uses a letter grade to rate facilities on a range of measures...
Gasoline inventories dip in the Midwest

Gasoline inventories dip in the Midwest

GasBuddy.com reported the U.S. Energy Information Administration released a report on Wednesday indicating gasoline inventories increased by 1.5 million barrels to total 237.7 million barrels. However, inventories are down 0.8 percent compared to a year ago. In the Midwest, gasoline inventory is down 0.1 million barrels.  Senior petroleum analyst for GasBuddy.com Patrick DeHaan noted...
Springfield leaders developing program to keep more young workers here

Springfield leaders developing program to keep more young workers here

A local workforce development official is developing a program to retain young workers in Clark County after completing a national year-long fellowship. Amy Donahoe, director of hiring and employer services for the Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce, recently completed a fellowship with the Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives. The national program invited applicants from 20 chambers...
Clark State expanding college prep program

Clark State expanding college prep program

Clark State Community College is expanding a program designed to give area students a chance to spend time on a college campus. For about 30 years the College for Kids program has given area students exposure to the college campus. For the first time it is being expanded this year to include teenage students, said Kanesha Hall, STEM programming manager for Clark State. The program, which will serve...
Two new businesses open in Fairborn

Two new businesses open in Fairborn

Two new businesses opened this month in Fairborn, one in the center of downtown. Teena’s Treasures, a new craft shop, opened April 8 at the southwest corner of Central and Main, a few doors down from Foy’s Costume Shop. The store, owned by Teena and Dave Hill, sells candles, t-shirts, wood items, ceramics and other collectibles, and will be open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to...
Audit questioned deal between WSU, former police chief

Audit questioned deal between WSU, former police chief

Wright State University agreed to pay up to $250,000 to an affiliated non-profit to hire former WSU police chief Michael Martinsen a year after he was terminated from the university, according to a forensic audit of Wright State’s research arm released last week. Included in Martinsen’s compensation was a $50,000 signing bonus, according to the audit. “Wright State paid (Advanced...

2 Dayton-area TV stations sell spectrum to FCC for $47.3 million

Some TV stations are selling their broadcast frequencies to the federal government in exchange for millions in compensation. Two Dayton-area TV stations participated in a government auction. WBDT, or the Dayton CW, received $27.3 million and WKOI received just over $20 million, according to an FCC incentive auction list. The auction was created to free up bandwidth to help meet growing capacity needs...
Instagram stories more popular than Snapchat

Instagram stories more popular than Snapchat

Instagram debuted its stories feature in August, and many social media users immediately noticed the stark similarities between the platform’s new feature and Snapchat, an app that focuses on allowing users to send temporary videos. Now, eight months later, Instagram’s ‘Snapchat clone’ is more popular than Snapchat itself.  >> Read more trending news According to...
RETAIL ROUND-UP: 4 good announcements from stores this week

RETAIL ROUND-UP: 4 good announcements from stores this week

1. JC Penney postponing store closures JC Penney is postponing the liquidation sales and closures of 138 stores across the U.S. The retailer announced earlier this year that it would close 138 stores, including four in Ohio, but now they are pushing back the closure dates. CNBC reported that the store closure list has prompted customers to come in and shop. READ MORE A new discount women&rsquo...
J.C. Penney is delaying store closings

J.C. Penney is delaying store closings

J.C. Penney stores have seen “better than expected sales and traffic” in the weeks since the company announced it would close 138 stores, so plans have changed. At least for a while. A surge of customers looking for bargains as stores close has pushed back liquidation sales until May 22 and store closings to July 31, Joey Thomas, a spokesman for the company, told USA Today in an interview...
Melt sets opening date for 1st Dayton-area restaurant

Melt sets opening date for 1st Dayton-area restaurant

Melt Bar & Grilled has set an opening date and hiring schedule for its highly anticipated first Dayton-area restaurant. The new Melt location at The Mall at Fairfield Commons in Beavercreek is tentatively scheduled to open on June 12, and will host a hiring fair May 8-13 at the restaurant. The restaurant is expected to hire 65 to 70 employees, Melt owner Matt Fish told this news outlet. It will seat...
McDonald’s to offer tax-day deal on 2 of its most popular sandwiches

McDonald’s to offer tax-day deal on 2 of its most popular sandwiches

McDonald’s wants to provide some relief on tax day. The fast food chain will offer something pretty darn close to a “Buy One Get One” deal (the second one actually is 18 cents) on Big Macs and Quarter Pounders with Cheese. But this offer is good ONLY on Tax Day — and this year, tax day actually is Tuesday, April 18. The offer will be valid at “all McDonald&rsquo...
Target recalls more than half-million water-absorbing Easter toys

Target recalls more than half-million water-absorbing Easter toys

Target is recalling 560,000 Easter toys after discovering that, if ingested, they can expand inside a child’s body and cause life-threatening health issues. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission issued a notice Wednesday for water-absorbent Hatch & Grow Easter Eggs, along with Easter Grow Toy and Hatch Your Own Dino, sold at Target stores nationwide from February through March for about...
JC Penney postponing store closures

JC Penney postponing store closures

JC Penney is postponing the liquidation sales and closures of 138 stores across the U.S. The retailer announced earlier this year that it would close 138 stores, including four in Ohio, but now they are pushing back the closure dates. CNBC reported that the store closure list has prompted customers to come in and shop. “Those stores have seen better-than-expected sales and traffic,&rdquo...
5 new things learned about United Airlines passenger incident

5 new things learned about United Airlines passenger incident

An attorney for David Dao, the man ripped off a United Airlines flight earlier this week, said his client sustained a “severe concussion” and several other injuries from the incident. Attorneys from Chicago-based firm Corboy & Demetrio hosted a news conference on Thursday morning, where they announced it was possible they would file a lawsuit. United Airlines has been under fire after...
YS Brewery to mark 4 years with special brews, hourly tappings

YS Brewery to mark 4 years with special brews, hourly tappings

Yellow Springs Brewery is celebrating its fourth anniversary with the release of two new beers and hourly tappings of several special barrel-aged beers on Saturday, April 22 from 1 p.m. to 10 p.m. Scheduled for release that Saturday are “Anniversary 4,” an Imperial IPA with 10 percent alcohol by volume, which will be available both on tap and in 22-ounce bottles for $10, with a six-bottle...
LIVE: Lawyers say United Airlines has history of bullying passengers

LIVE: Lawyers say United Airlines has history of bullying passengers

UPDATE @ 11:16 a.m.: Crystal Dao Pepper, Dao’s daughter, said she and her family were horrified and shocked by the incident. Dao suffered a “significant concussion” and had a serious broken nose. He will also need to undergo reconstructive surgery, the lawyers said. Dao also lost two front teeth. “We would like to express our gratitude for the huge outpouring of prayers, love...
Opposition grows against mining permit in Mad River Twp.

Opposition grows against mining permit in Mad River Twp.

More organizations have come out against a proposed expansion of the Enon Sand and Gravel mining permit and neighbors have formed an opposition group. The Mad River Twp. Trustees sent a joint letter to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Division of Mineral Resources Management last week. The Tecumseh Land Trust also issued a statement to ODNR last week to share concerns more mining may have...
EF Hutton to host job fair in downtown Springfield Thursday

EF Hutton to host job fair in downtown Springfield Thursday

EF Hutton America will host a job fair today for various positions, from finance to customer service. The financial services company is looking to hire between 20 to 30 employees, and will host the event from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. today at EF Hutton Tower, One Main St. in downtown Springfield, said Heather Biechman, human resources recruiter for the company. Local leaders in Clark County are expecting...
Walmart to give discounts to shoppers who pick up online orders in stores

Walmart to give discounts to shoppers who pick up online orders in stores

Walmart announced Wednesday that it plans to give a “pickup discount” to shoppers who order items online and then pick them up at their local store. The discounts start April 19 and will initially be available on about 10,000 items, the retailer said. “We will then roll out the discount to more than 1 million of the most popular items by the end of June,” Walmart...
All passengers on United Flight 3411 to receive compensation

All passengers on United Flight 3411 to receive compensation

United Airlines will offer compensation to all passengers aboard Sunday’s Flight 3411 from Chicago to Louisville, Kentucky, the airline announced Wednesday.  “All customers on Flight 3411 from Sunday, April 9, are receiving compensation for the cost of their tickets,” the airline said in a statement.  The airline made headlines this week after passengers filmed...
How you can protect yourself and the Earth — for free

How you can protect yourself and the Earth — for free

Earth Day is celebrated every year on April 22. This Earth Day (which falls on a Saturday), Better Business Bureau offers a free shredding event, which will not only protect you from identity thieves, but help protect the environment. RELATED » Beware, lottery winners Office paper recycling is one of the easiest and most common ways a workplace can help protect the environment. Paper recycling...
Dayton Airport director’s plan to lure passengers: Bigger planes, more flights

Dayton Airport director’s plan to lure passengers: Bigger planes, more flights

Despite a recent decline in passenger traffic at the Dayton International Airport, aviation director Terrence Slaybaugh is hoping a major face-lift in the next few years will boost the notoriety of this hometown hub. The Dayton airport will need to spend $130 million in infrastructure improvements in coming years, an investment that could lure in passengers and airlines, Slaybaugh said. The economy...
Delta lost $125 million, canceled 4,000 flights in domino effect after storms

Delta lost $125 million, canceled 4,000 flights in domino effect after storms

Severe storms moved into the south on April 3 and created havoc for several days for tens of thousands of Delta travelers as the airline was forced to cancel 4,000 flights. The company wasn’t able to return to normal operations until Sunday -- six days later. The financial impact of the storms on Delta was an estimated $125 million. It was an “impact that in my 20 years at the airline...
IKEA store to open 1 hour from Springfield

IKEA store to open 1 hour from Springfield

IKEA will open its second store in Ohio about an hour drive from Springfield at 9 a.m. June 7. The Swedish chain will open a 354,000-square-foot location in Columbus on 33 acres at the northeast corner of I-71 and Gemini Place in the Polaris Centers of Commerce. The chain also operates a location in West Chester. RELATED: IKEA construction progresses in Columbus The new store is expected to create...
Frozen peas recalled at Ohio Aldi stores

Frozen peas recalled at Ohio Aldi stores

Frozen peas distributed at Aldi stores in Ohio could be contaminated with Listeria. Wisconsin-based Lakeside Foods, Inc. recalled 1,568 packages of 16-ounce Season’s Choice Brand Frozen Peas that were distributed in Aldi stores in seven states. Impacted states include: Ohio, Iowa, Illnois, West Virginia, Kentucky, Florida and Wisconsin. » BUSINESS NEWS: IKEA sets opening date for new Ohio...
IKEA sets opening date for new Ohio location

IKEA sets opening date for new Ohio location

Swedish furniture retailer IKEA will open its second Ohio location in early June, the company announced today. The retailer will open at 9 a.m. on June 7, and customers can start lining up outside of the store approximately 48 hours in advance of the opening. IKEA officials said they will announce grand opening deals and promotions closer to June. » RELATED: IKEA construction progresses in Columbus...
Merriam-Webster trolls United, defines 'volunteer' after harrowing video goes viral

Merriam-Webster trolls United, defines 'volunteer' after harrowing video goes viral

The internet’s had jokes since shortly after a video emerged showing a dazed and bloodied passenger being dragged screaming from a United Airlines flight. It’s hard to miss Merriam-Webster’s meaning in choosing to highlight the definition of “volunteer,” a word United used (in addition to “re-accommodate”) in its initial corporate responses. Other Twitter...
Local franchisee speaks out about Panera Bread buyout

Local franchisee speaks out about Panera Bread buyout

The April 4 announcement that JAB Holdings Inc. — the company that owns Krispy Kreme and Caribou Coffee, among others — had purchased Panera Bread for more than $7 billion rocked the restaurant industry, in part because of its sheer magnitude. The deal is the second largest restaurant deal ever made in North America, The Associated Press reported, second only to the buyout of Tim Hortons...
Air Force, company to research ways to reduce drone noise

Air Force, company to research ways to reduce drone noise

The Air Force Research Laboratory and Owens Corning will research ways to reduce the noise pollution drones create, according to the Air Force. The federal science agency and the company have agreed to a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement on the issue, the Air Force said. RELATED: FAA restricts drones over 133 military bases The goal is to recommend a national measurement standard and...
Meijer adds home delivery services in Dayton, Cincinnati

Meijer adds home delivery services in Dayton, Cincinnati

Customers no longer have to leave their house to stock up on groceries in the Dayton area. Meijer is bringing its home delivery services to Cincinnati and Dayton later this month, and it will result in the creation of 1,000 jobs in the state. Based in Grand Rapids, Mich., the grocery retailer will launch the new service in Cincinnati and Dayton on April 27. It will then be offered in Columbus, Dublin...
Wittenberg grad injured in fall from roof at off-campus house party

Wittenberg grad injured in fall from roof at off-campus house party

A 2016 Wittenberg University graduate sustained serious injuries April 9 when she fell from the roof of an off-campus fraternity house, according to an email sent to students and faculty. RELATED: Hundreds of pages of WSU audit were redacted, despite transparency commitment The incident occurred between 2 a.m. and 3 a.m. Sunday at the “Fiji house,” according to the email which was sent...
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