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Vectren applies to raise natural gas rates

Vectren Energy Delivery of Ohio is applying to the state for an increase in rates, the company said Wednesday. Vectren submitted a pre-filing notice Wednesday with the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) indicating it seeks to raise charges for its gas distribution business in its 17-county West Central Ohio service. The average residential customer would pay about $7 a month more if state...
Wright-Patt training exercise sets off booms

Wright-Patt training exercise sets off booms

If you heard a loud noise today at Wright-Patterson, it was all part of training, a base spokesman says. The Dayton Daily News and News Center 7 were contacted by residents inquiring what was the cause of the explosion. A Wright-Patterson Explosive Ordnance Disposal bomb squad was scheduled to set off three explosions between noon and 4 p.m. Wednesday, according to base spokesman Daryl Mayer. The...
Springfield’s biggest employer to merge with East Coast health system

Springfield’s biggest employer to merge with East Coast health system

Mercy Health, which operates the Springfield Regional Medical Center and Mercy Health-Urbana Hospital in Champaign County, will merge with Bon Secours Health System, a Catholic health ministry serving residents across the East Coast. Mercy Health, headquartered in Cincinnati, is the largest employer in Springfield. It’s the largest health system in Ohio and among the top five employers...
Champaign County officials push forward plan to build new hotel

Champaign County officials push forward plan to build new hotel

Champaign County economic development leaders will push ahead with a proposal that could lead to a new hotel in Urbana as early as next year. A recent review conducted by a Wisconsin-based consultant showed there’s enough demand in Urbana that it would be feasible to build a new hotel with at least 70 to 80 rooms and meeting space, said Marcia Bailey, economic development coordinator for the...
All aboard: Disney Cruise Line looks for workers to man its ship kid clubs

All aboard: Disney Cruise Line looks for workers to man its ship kid clubs

If you’ve dreamed of working on the high seas, then Disney is looking for you. The cruise line that Mickey built is hiring youth activities counselors to live and work on its fleet of cruise ships, Metro reported. >> Read more trending news  The hours are long, according to Metro, at 80 hours a week, but the job offers fun and amazing ports of call in Mexico, Barcelona and...
Sneaky ways to save money on your next road trip

Sneaky ways to save money on your next road trip

You hop in the car with a few friends or the family and a mere 1,000 miles later you're down $400 when you only intended to spend $150. What happened? Probably just a few overruns on the road trip budget. With a little effort, you'll find it's just as simple and sometimes even more pleasant to take a road trip that will save you hundreds. Credit Donkey shared the secret to saving money on road trips...
Don't try this at home: Top home repairs that aren't DIY

Don't try this at home: Top home repairs that aren't DIY

Everyone wants to feel self-sufficient, and even those with deep pockets find it's a good idea to stick to some kind of home maintenance budget. If you chuckled at the thought of having "deep pockets," you're probably even more concerned with controlling costs on the home front. But frugal isn't always better, even if you have monster DIY skills. "When it comes to doing your own home...
Billy Graham’s coffin was built by a convicted killer who found faith in prison

Billy Graham’s coffin was built by a convicted killer who found faith in prison

Rev. Billy Graham died Wednesday at 99-years-old and despite his fame and profound impact, he may be buried in a simple plywood coffin built by some unexpected craftsmen. Graham, a famed evangelist who met with at least a dozen presidents and preached to millions of people, is to be buried in a coffin built by prisoners. Convicted murderer Richard Liggett led a team of prisoners at the Louisiana State...
Macy’s outlet store to open at shopping center in Dayton area

Macy’s outlet store to open at shopping center in Dayton area

Macy’s is renovating one of its existing stores in the Dayton area to add an outlet store, according to a permit submitted to the Montgomery County Building Regulations Division. Macy’s submitted a permit for a partial remodel of its existing Macy’s department store located at 2700 Miamisburg Centerville Road at the Dayton Mall. The estimated market value of the completed project...
Sam’s Club to offer free shipping for premium members starting today

Sam’s Club to offer free shipping for premium members starting today

Sam’s Club is offering free shipping for premium members. Starting today, Sam’s Club, which is a membership-only retail warehouse owned by Walmart, will give free shipping on online orders for Plus members on approximately 95 percent of its items. Shipping costs were previously based on product item’s shapes and sizes. Sam’s Club is also changing its three membership plans...
Rite Aid could be acquired by grocery operator

Rite Aid could be acquired by grocery operator

Rite Aid could be bought by a private company that operates grocery chains like Safeway and Vons. Albertsons Cos., based in Idaho, said the company is planning to buy Rite Aid’s 2,500 stores, according to the Associated Press. The announcement comes at a time when rival pharmacy chains are also looking at mergers. Drug distributor AmeriSourceBergen is looking at buying Walgreens, and CVS and...
3 things to know about proposed Medicaid job conditions

3 things to know about proposed Medicaid job conditions

Ohio is seeking approval from the federal government to require more people with Medicaid to work. When Medicaid expanded, it added coverage for about 700,000 people in the state. Now, the Republican-majority Ohio General Assembly Ohio has required the state’s Department of Medicaid ask for approval to add job conditions for those covered through the expansion. RELATED: Dayton company&rsquo...
Construction to start on $223M Springfield plant, hiring 400

Construction to start on $223M Springfield plant, hiring 400

Silfex, a company that has pledged to invest $223 million to expand to Springfield, is ramping up hiring and will soon begin construction. The company, based in Eaton, has pledged to create about 400 jobs in Springfield over the next several years. On Tuesday, company officials hosted a project preview and open house at their new property on Titus Road. The site is now a vacant 350,000-square-foot...
Springfield leaders to discuss changes to requirements for landlords

Springfield leaders to discuss changes to requirements for landlords

Springfield city commissioners are considering changes to an ordinance that fines landlords $100 for failing to provide information to tenants about their rights. Landlords currently must provide a booklet to renters that explains the rights and responsibilities of both parties or face a $100 fine, according to a city code enacted in 2001. Under a new proposal, Springfield landlords first would receive...
Put that pen down: Why baby boomers should not co-sign college loans 

Put that pen down: Why baby boomers should not co-sign college loans 

We all know that young people should show respect for their elders. In return, those elders should extend all their resources to the up-and-coming generation. Right? Not so fast, says the Motley Fool. When it comes to co-signing for college loans, parents and grandparents in the Baby Boom generation (born 1946 to 1964) should just say no. "Tempting as it may be to co-sign a loan for...
Should Medicaid come with work requirements? Ohio says yes

Should Medicaid come with work requirements? Ohio says yes

Ohio for the first time is seeking federal approval to create job requirements as a condition to qualify for Medicaid. Most Ohio residents enrolled through the expansion of Medicaid, the state-federal health insurance program for the poor, are already working or would be exempt because of things like their age, disability or care taking responsibilities. But an estimated 36,000 residents — 5...
What’s new around Springfield: 3 recently opened local spots

What’s new around Springfield: 3 recently opened local spots

With the advent of Springfield’s first stand-alone Starbucks on the horizon, you may be asking yourself what else is new around town? Here’s a guide to three local businesses that have opened within the past year. 1. Stick + Stone A unique set of owners has created this eclectic home and bath decor store deep in the heart of Springfield. Located at 36 N. Fountain Ave. (next door to Winans...
Report: Opioids cost Midwest construction industry billions

Report: Opioids cost Midwest construction industry billions

Opioids — including heroin and fentanyl — killed nearly 1,000 construction workers in the Midwest at a cost of more than $5 billion to the region’s construction industry in 2015, according to estimates in a new report by the Midwest Economic Policy Institute. The report confirms a trend identified by Dayton Daily News data analysis in December that showed all types of laborers &mdash...
Wright State hires company to help find a new provost

Wright State hires company to help find a new provost

Wright State University officials are beginning the search for the school’s next provost. The university is aiming to find a provost in time for the new administrator to start at the school on July 1, the first day of the fiscal year and the same day president Cheryl Schrader will celebrate her one-year anniversary at Wright State. The provost is the chief academic officer for the university...
Air Force in ‘war for talent’ as it seeks to fill high-tech, pilot jobs

Air Force in ‘war for talent’ as it seeks to fill high-tech, pilot jobs

The Air Force finds itself in a “war for talent” competing against “more nimble” private-tech companies to fill science and technology positions, a top civilian service leader says. More streamlined hiring processes are necessary to compete to fill shortages or niche jobs requiring high expertise, said Shon J. Manasco, assistant secretary of the Air Force for manpower and reserve...
Ohio Air Guard F-16 fighter jets will fly at night this week

Ohio Air Guard F-16 fighter jets will fly at night this week

Ohio Air National Guard fighter jets will be involved in night training exercises this week that could bring F-16s into southwest Ohio, according to the unit. The Toledo-based 180th Fighter Wing will fly the night training missions between Tuesday and Thursday, taking off and landing until about 9 p.m., the unit said. The unit has trained in the Dayton and Springfield region and the Brush Creek-Buckeye...
Passengers behaving badly: 5 recent airplane debacles you won’t believe

Passengers behaving badly: 5 recent airplane debacles you won’t believe

Outrageous behaviors on airplanes and in airports haven’t stopped just because it’s a new year. Last year, passengers brawled in busy terminals and got taken off of flights. Commercial airlines carried more than 3.8 billion passengers and generated more than $501 billion in revenue worldwide last year, according to the International Air Transport Association. Here’s how travelers...
Dayton company’s pilot program getting national attention

Dayton company’s pilot program getting national attention

A pilot program by CareSource aimed at holistically helping the non-profit insurer’s clients is getting some federal attention. Steven Wagner, acting assistant secretary at U.S. Health and Human Services, will visit Dayton Wednesday morning to learn more about the CareSource’s Life Services/JobConnect program. RELATED: CareSource’s chief executive to retire Wagner will learn about...
Bon-Ton store closing sales start this week

Bon-Ton store closing sales start this week

Bon-Ton Stores Inc., parent company of Elder-Beerman, is starting going-out-of-business sales at some of its store this week. The retailer said that store closing sales are underway at 42 select locations. The closings are part of the company’s previously announced “store rationalization” program. The company filed for bankruptcy earlier this year. Click here for the full list of...
Chipotle testing new ‘trendy’ menu option

Chipotle testing new ‘trendy’ menu option

Chipotle Mexican Grill is trying out a new menu option at its test kitchen in New York City. The restaurant chain added quinoa to its menu at the test kitchen. Chipotle is known for its simple assembly-line food concept, but has been trying to innovate in the past year. The chain debuted its queso cheese dip across restaurants in September. “The quinoa is made with red and gold quinoa tossed...
Big spikes in construction last year in Springfield, Champaign County

Big spikes in construction last year in Springfield, Champaign County

The value of commercial building permits ballooned more than $50 million in Champaign County last year compared to 2016, and the city of Springfield also saw a spike due to large projects like Topre and investments at Wittenberg University. The value of commercial permits is one signal of the amount of investment in the region, local leaders said, but they also noted various issues can affect the...
Low-cost airline adds flights an hour from Springfield to 7 cities

Low-cost airline adds flights an hour from Springfield to 7 cities

Spirit Airline, a low-cost carrier, has added new nonstop flights just an hour from Springfield to five cities and plans additional service to New Orleans and Myrtle Beach in late March. Spirit added flights from John Glenn Columbus International Airport in Columbus to Orlando, Fort Lauderdale, Tampa Bay and Fort Myers in Florida and Las Vegas, beginning Thursday, Feb. 15. MORE COVERAGE: Don&rsquo...
Meet Janice Bryant Howroyd, the first African-American woman to run a $1 billion business

Meet Janice Bryant Howroyd, the first African-American woman to run a $1 billion business

Janice Bryant Howroyd, 65, is founder and chief executive of Act 1 Group, an employment agency that also provides consulting and business services, including background checks and screening. She’s the first African-American woman to operate a company that generates more than $1 billion in annual revenue, according to Black Enterprise Magazine. Act 1, which includes other brands such as Agile...
Ohio adults smoking more weed while teen marijuana use remains low

Ohio adults smoking more weed while teen marijuana use remains low

Wacky tobaccy. Weed. Dank. Hippie lettuce — call it what you want. Ohio adults are smoking more of it. Adult marijuana use in Ohio increased to what is likely a record level from 2015 to 2016, according to a new federal report. The annual National Survey on Drug Use and Health reported that 1.2 million Ohioans, ages 18 and older, reported using cannabis at least once in the previous 12 months...
Witt students compete in “Shark Tank”-like program

Witt students compete in “Shark Tank”-like program

The shark has jumped and the Tiger Tank has replaced it at Wittenberg University. The school’s Department of Business presented its own version last week of the popular ABC television series “Shark Tank,” calling it Tiger Tank after the school’s mascot. RELATED: Cedarville business lands $100K deal on ‘Shark Tank’ Seven sets of students, 20 participants altogether...
Bass Pro Shops offering buyouts to Cabela’s employees

Bass Pro Shops offering buyouts to Cabela’s employees

Bass Pro Shops is offering buyouts to Cabela’s employees at its former headquarters in Sidney, Nebraska. Employees have until March 1 to accept an offer from Bass Pro that would let them leave on their own accord and receive bonuses of up to $40,000, The World-Herald reported. This comes after Bass Pro Shops purchases Cabela’s for $4 billion last year. » CONTINUED COVERAGE: 7 questions...
Investigation at Springfield nursing home: 3 things to know

Investigation at Springfield nursing home: 3 things to know

Two patients allegedly gained access to unsecured narcotics and one of them overdosed at a Springfield nursing home, according to state documents obtained by the Springfield News-Sun. Here are three things to know about the ongoing investigation. » RELATED: Springfield nursing home investigation: Patient ODs on unlocked pills 1. State alleges deficiencies stemming from December incident The...
This new locally produced app will help you when you’ve ‘Got to Go’

This new locally produced app will help you when you’ve ‘Got to Go’

Mason-based Cintas Corporation has launched a free mobile app meant to help people in the most precarious of situations. “Got to Go” allows users to find restrooms in their vicinity and rate their cleanliness. “We’ve all been in a situation where we’ve really had to ‘go’ but didn’t know how to locate the nearest restroom,” said Jillian Bauer, marketing...
Strong start: Retail sales boom in January

Strong start: Retail sales boom in January

Consumers are spending big in 2018. An improving economy kept January retail sales nearly as good as the holiday season’s strong showing. The National Retail Federation announced sales increased 5.4 percent in January compared to last year at the same time. The numbers exclude automobiles, gasoline stations and restaurants sales. Employment has increased, labor markets are tightening and wage...
CEO of health center on Good Sam campus says it’s here to stay

CEO of health center on Good Sam campus says it’s here to stay

Obscured by the monumental news that Good Samaritan Hospital will be closed by the end of the year is that a health center on the campus expects to remain operating for years to come. “We’re not a hospital, but we’re hoping the services we can offer will meet the needs of the community,” Five Rivers Health Centers CEO Gina McFarlane-El said. The community health center, across...
Need a new vehicle? DAYTON AUTO SHOW begins this week

Need a new vehicle? DAYTON AUTO SHOW begins this week

The annual Dayton Auto Show rolls into the Dayton Convention Center on Thursday, Feb. 22 I’ll be joined by other consumers looking to educate themselves more than ever before about available SUVs, trucks, crossovers, sport-utility vehicles, cars, minivans and hybrids. The 2018 Dayton Auto Show is an easy, painless, enjoyable way to do that. In one bright, comfortable, warm, dry venue, dozens...
Kasich reverses his position on gun control, bashes Congress

Kasich reverses his position on gun control, bashes Congress

In a sharp departure from the views which won him the National Rifle Association’s endorsement in 2014, Ohio Gov. John Kasich said he would support new gun restrictions such as universal background checks and perhaps a ban on the sale of some semi-automatic assault weapons. During an interview Sunday on CNN’s State-of-the-Union, Kasich expressed support not only for background checks for...
What will 2018 hold for our favorite stores? Closings and sales growth

What will 2018 hold for our favorite stores? Closings and sales growth

While thousands of brick-and-mortar stores are expected to close this year, overall retail sales and online sales are expected to grow in 2018. Retail industry sales will grow between 3.8 and 4.4 percent over 2017, according to the National Retail Federation. Online and other non-store sales, which are included in the overall number, are expected to increase between 10 and 12 percent. “Despite...
Report: Winn-Dixie owner preparing for bankruptcy, up to 200 stores could close

Report: Winn-Dixie owner preparing for bankruptcy, up to 200 stores could close

Winn-Dixie owner Bi-Lo is preparing for bankruptcy, according to a Bloomberg report. >> Read more trending news  Up to 200 stores could close as part of a bankruptcy filing, Bloomberg reported. According to Winn-Dixie's website, the retailer has locations in Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Louisiana and Mississippi. The bankruptcy filing could come as early as next month, Bloomberg...
Black History Month: Springfield woman overcame workplace barriers

Black History Month: Springfield woman overcame workplace barriers

In an interview last June after she was honored by the Springfield Foundation’s African-American Community Family of Funds, Springfield Realtor Lula Cosby told News-Sun columnist Tom Stafford she’d considered writing her life’s story down but hadn’t because it seemed too much like Maya Angelou’s “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings.” She doubted that anyone would...
She’s Yellow Springs’ most generous book lover

She’s Yellow Springs’ most generous book lover

Countless books of the odd and unexpected varieties are in the hands of many people who have visited Yellow Springs, thanks to Kate Mooneyham. Mooneyham, manager of Dark Star Books in Yellow Springs, has been consistently placing a large box of free books in the alley behind her and her mother’s bookstore for over a year. On almost any day, folks taking a leisurely walk down the colorful back...
I tried the sensory-deprivation float at Gravity Spa in Beavercreek

I tried the sensory-deprivation float at Gravity Spa in Beavercreek

Upon entering the Gravity Spa in Beavercreek, you immediately get the sense you’re in a place of relaxation — and not just because of the comical sign in the window asking for quietness. You’ll see aquatic-inspired artwork, hear soothing instrumental music, and smell a faint scent of essential oils. The employees are either barefoot or in socks, greeting their regulars with a hug...
Brown pushes union pension recovery plan in Dayton

Brown pushes union pension recovery plan in Dayton

U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown visited with Teamsters members and retirees Friday to push legislation he argues could save a string of ailing blue-collar pensions. Brown, D-Ohio, visited the Harrison Twp. offices of Teamsters Local 957 to discuss the shortfalls that threaten the union pensions of 60,000 Ohioans and 1.5 million workers and retirees nationwide. Earlier this month, a 16-member bipartisan, House...
Wright State faculty angered by planned cuts; ‘terrible decisions’ loom

Wright State faculty angered by planned cuts; ‘terrible decisions’ loom

Wright State University’s Board of Trustees voted 7-1 to enact a mandatory furlough policy Friday, even as frustrated professors confronted the university’s leaders about proposed “draconian” cuts they say will erode the institution’s educational quality. Wright State faces declining enrollment and higher health care costs while it grapples with the outlines of millions...
Springfield nursing home investigation: Patient ODs on unlocked pills

Springfield nursing home investigation: Patient ODs on unlocked pills

Two patients allegedly gained access to unsecured narcotics and one of them overdosed at a Springfield nursing home, according to state documents obtained by the Springfield News-Sun. The Ohio Department of Health filed a statement of deficiencies for Eaglewood Care Center, 2000 Villa Road in Springfield, after the alleged incident that occurred in December. TRENDING STORY: Second sex misconduct accusation...
U.S. senator on gun violence: We need more than thoughts and prayers

U.S. senator on gun violence: We need more than thoughts and prayers

In the wake of the school shooting in Florida this week that took the lives of at least 17 students, one U.S. senator in Dayton Friday said the problem needs more than “thoughts and prayers.” “It’s one school shooting after another,” U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown said. “Politician after politician says, ‘My prayers are with the families.’ Of course our prayers...
Popular Springfield restaurant to bring back seasonal food truck

Popular Springfield restaurant to bring back seasonal food truck

Springfield barbeque lovers, take notice: Rudy’s is going mobile again. Rudy’s Smokehouse, the barbeque restaurant touted as a Springfield staple, has brought back its mobile food truck for the season. The restaurant started serving from the truck on Feb. 12. DETAILS: Downtown Springfield restaurant adds featured artist, new menu items Rudy’s, whose flagship store is located at 2222...
Air Force will keep iconic B-52s flying through mid-century

Air Force will keep iconic B-52s flying through mid-century

The Air Force asked for $280 million in next year’s budget to upgrade and add new engines to the remaining 75 B-52s, which were first built in the 1950s and once were an iconic symbol of U.S. air power. The B-52s will fly through 2050 alongside the Air Force’s newest stealth bomber, the B-21 Raider. Built years after the B-52s, the swing-wing B-1B Lancer and bat-winged B-2 Spirit stealth...
Champaign County wind farm challenges residents’ right to fight project

Champaign County wind farm challenges residents’ right to fight project

Developers of a proposed wind farm in Champaign County have challenged the ability of a group of local residents to intervene in its legal case, arguing they live outside the project’s footprint and wouldn’t be affected by the wind turbines. The wind farm, which initially included plans to build about 100 turbines across six townships, has been tangled in legal disputes that have lasted...
Work to start next month on $10.5 million Wright-Patt gateway

Work to start next month on $10.5 million Wright-Patt gateway

A new $10.5 million gateway that will consolidate two Wright-Patterson entrances into one is set to begin construction next month, a base spokesman says. A new Gate 26A, a few hundred yards from the current one, would replace a commercial delivery entrance at Gate 16A off Ohio 444, and the existing Gate 26A off Ohio 235 near the entrance to the 445th Airlift Wing headquarters. The new entrance way...
Ohio says Uber owes $1.6M in taxes, penalties

Ohio says Uber owes $1.6M in taxes, penalties

The state of Ohio and Uber are in the midst of a dispute over how the company should be taxed and Montgomery County tax dollars are on the line. The Ohio Department of Taxation says Uber should be taxed as a transportation company while Uber said it is not a transportation service but instead is a “transportation network company.” The dispute reflects the growing effort to figure out how...
Gibson guitar company facing imminent bankruptcy

Gibson guitar company facing imminent bankruptcy

Gibson guitar company, which has been a staple brand among various musical instruments since 1902, is facing bankruptcy. According to the Nashville Post, Gibson’s chief financial officer, Bill Lawrence, left after six months on the job and just as $375 million in senior secured notes mature and another $145 million in bank loans become due if they aren’t refinanced by July. The departure...
New Chipotle CEO graduated from a Dayton-area college

New Chipotle CEO graduated from a Dayton-area college

Chipotle Mexican Grill has hired a new chief executive officer and he has roots in southwest Ohio. Chipotle has named Taco Bell’s Brian Niccol as its next leader, replacing Steve Ells, who built the fast-casual food chain. Niccol is a 1996 graduate of Miami University, just an hour from Dayton. Niccol, 43, graduated from Miami’s college of engineering and computing, serves on the advisory...
Upward purchases Dayton-area graphics firm

Upward purchases Dayton-area graphics firm

Upward Brand Interactions, a marketing company with Springfield roots, acquired a Miamisburg graphics firm that will allow the combined company to provide additional services. Upward purchased Graphica, a brand design firm based in Miamisburg. The combined companies will have about 70 employees, said John Fimiani, a partner at Upward. He declined to discuss the financial details of the transaction...
Southwest adding new flight at Cincinnati airport

Southwest adding new flight at Cincinnati airport

Southwest Airlines is adding another new flight at the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport. Southwest Airlines announces new nonstop service from Cincinnati/Northern International Airport to Denver, Colorado (DEN) beginning Aug.7. The new route will operate daily year round with Boeing 737 aircraft using a combination of 143 and 175 seat configurations. “This new route continues...
5 incredible homes you have to see in the Miami Valley

5 incredible homes you have to see in the Miami Valley

The Oakwood estate that was once home to the owner of Rike-Kumler has sold for $1 million. High Acres, as the estate is known, was built in 1927 for Frederick Rike, who was the former owner of the department store chain Rike-Kumler, also known as just Rike’s. Check out this incredible estate. Here are four more expensive homes that will seriously impress you: 1. INSIDE LOOK: $1.3M home for sale...
Top Gun pilot to speak at film screening

Top Gun pilot to speak at film screening

A real-life Top Gun is scheduled to be at a screening of Top Gun 3D at the Air Force Museum Theatre. Retired Navy Capt. Ken Ginader, a former Top Gun instructor and F-14 pilot, was set to speak at the screening of film, set for 6:30 p.m. Thursday. Doors open at 6 p.m. Ginader is the first speaker in the 2018 Living History Film Series at the museum. Tickets cost $12 for audience members, or $10 for...
Ohio wants Uber to pay $1.6M in sales taxes: What it means

Ohio wants Uber to pay $1.6M in sales taxes: What it means

Uber is appealing an order from the Ohio Department of Taxation to pay $1.6 million in sales taxes and penalties. The ride hailing company is arguing the tax law the state is citing doesn’t apply to the company. A hearing before the Board of Tax Appeals has been set for July. The case only centers around whether Uber Technologies owes taxes for the third quarter of 2015, but could have larger...
Lowe’s looking to fill 53,000 jobs during one-day hiring event

Lowe’s looking to fill 53,000 jobs during one-day hiring event

Lowe’s is looking to fill more than 53,000 jobs during a nationwide one-day hiring event. Lowe’s stores nationwide will open their doors to candidates from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Feb. 21 during the company’s first National Hiring Day. Candidates interested in a full-time, part-time or seasonal role can visit any of Lowe’s 1,700-plus U.S. stores to participate in open interviews...
Overwhelming holiday bills? BBB offers advice

Overwhelming holiday bills? BBB offers advice

Bills are rolling in for holiday spending for many in the Miami Valley. According to an Experian Holiday Shopping Survey, over 60 percent of adults admit holiday shopping puts a major strain on finances. Every year consumers spend more than they expect to during the holiday season, burying many in debt. In 2017 alone, the National Retail Federation (NRF) reported consumers spent an average $967.13...
JUST IN: All 29 Arby’s restaurants across the Miami Valley are sold

JUST IN: All 29 Arby’s restaurants across the Miami Valley are sold

All 29 Arby’s locations in the Dayton area have been sold, and the nearly 1,000 workers at those restaurants have a new corporate employer. AES Restaurant Group LLC, an Arby’s franchisee based in Carmel, Indiana, announced today, Feb. 14 that it has acquired 29 Miami Valley restaurants from GZK, Inc., headquartered in West Carrollton. GZK had operated Arby’s restaurants in the...
BGSU to open firefighter training center near Dayton

BGSU to open firefighter training center near Dayton

Bowling Green State University will open a firefighter training center in a Miami Valley city. BGSU has entered into a three-year agreement with the city of Piqua for use of its former water treatment plant, said Juistin Sommer, assistant city manager and economic development director. The old plant, located in northwest Piqua at 9300 U.S. 66, closed last fall. The training center is expected to begin...
Should servers give their bosses more control over their tips?

Should servers give their bosses more control over their tips?

A proposed Department of Labor rule altering how employee tips are controlled and distributed may sound obscure, but the idea has received more than 200,000 public comments and is getting national attention. The proposed U.S. Labor Department rule change how much control employers have over tips. Under the change, employers could keep tips as long as all their workers are paid at least federal minimum...
Wright State swimming, diving supporters hire consultant to try to save teams

Wright State swimming, diving supporters hire consultant to try to save teams

Supporters of Wright State University’s swimming and diving program have hired a consultant to try to save the teams. Last June, WSU announced that it would cut the men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams as part of more than $30.8 million budget cuts. But, the teams narrowly avoided budget cuts for one year after they raised $85,000 to keep them afloat for one final season....
New $9M Urbana health center to open this spring

New $9M Urbana health center to open this spring

Construction is on track for a new $9 million outpatient center in Urbana by a Marysville medical group and a grand opening is likely by late April or early May. Memorial Health’s outpatient medical center will be located at 1958 E. U.S. 36 and will house urgent care, lab testing services, rotating physician specialists, expanded primary care and more. The roughly 30,000-square-foot facility...
Dayton company donating medical supplies to impoverished countries

Dayton company donating medical supplies to impoverished countries

Dayton-based Midmark is partnering with a humanitarian organization to provide healthcare in developing countries. Midmark is partnering with World Vision, , a global Christian humanitarian organization, by donating medical and dental equipment through corporate sponsorships and product promotions. In 2017, Midmark donated nearly 500 items such as sterilizers, side chairs, stools, exam tables, cabinets...
Valentine’s Day Guide: 4 spots to snag a quick gift in Springfield

Valentine’s Day Guide: 4 spots to snag a quick gift in Springfield

Are you one of the many people around the nation in search of a last-minute gift for your sweetheart? Here are three spots in Springfield where you can snatch up a gift on the fly. 1. Winans Coffee + Chocolates What says Valentine’s Day better than chocolates? Units of the holiday staple will be sold by the millions today and Springfield has its own award-winning version coming from Winans,...

Senators press Trump to protect U.S. steel production

Ohio’s two senators urged President Trump Tuesday to protect thousands of jobs in Ohio — including about 2,700 at AK Steel Corp. in Butler County — by imposing tariffs on steel imports. U.S. Sens. Sherrod Brown (D) and Rob Portman (R) said President Trump should confront what they say is Chinese steel “overcapacity,” or the importing of artificially high levels of steel...
Autonomous cars may cut workplace deaths, official says in Springfield

Autonomous cars may cut workplace deaths, official says in Springfield

Transportation-related workplace injuries might be slashed over time as autonomous vehicles become more common, state leaders said at a workshop in Springfield on Tuesday. But the changing technology also means industries like insurance and transportation companies are rethinking what their futures might look like, said Kendra DePaul, state coverage manager for the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation...
Springfield hospital performs its 1st robot-assisted knee surgery

Springfield hospital performs its 1st robot-assisted knee surgery

Springfield Regional Medical Center is breaking new ground to assist patients with knee trouble in the region. The hospital can now provide robot-assisted partial and total knee replacement surgeries to patients with mobility issues. Dr. Eric Fester, a fellowship-trained orthopedic surgeon, performed the operation for the first time in December. The robot, Stryker’s Mako robotic arm, allows...
NASIC wants more space beyond latest $116M project

NASIC wants more space beyond latest $116M project

A secretive intelligence agency has pushed for a bigger expansion at Wright-Patterson beyond the $116 million building slated to rise at the local Air Force Base within the next few years. The National Air and Space Intelligence Center has lobbied Congress for another additional $66 million in future years, budget documents show. The agency has added about 100 employees a year since 2000, creating...
They shared their lives on YouTube. Then an obsessed fan came calling — with a gun

They shared their lives on YouTube. Then an obsessed fan came calling — with a gun

Christopher Giles passed his hours plugged into the internet, either gripping an X-box controller or burning through YouTube videos. He was 23 years old and lived by himself in a two-story apartment complex topped with stucco in a neighborhood in northern Albuquerque. It was an existence a police investigator bluntly described in a recent search warrant affidavit as "single, lonely and disturbed...
7 mistakes first-time bosses make and how to avoid them

7 mistakes first-time bosses make and how to avoid them

Kudos! You've moved up the corporate ladder and are on top of your career. That's right: You're now the boss. However, managing a department, division or corporation doesn't mean it's time to lean back in your office chair and prop up your feet. Yet, this type of lax approach to leadership is often seen in executive positions across various industries and unfortunately ends in employee turnover. The...
Delphi founder with Dayton ties has died

Delphi founder with Dayton ties has died

A former Dayton executive who helped create Delphi Automotive has died. Blair Thompson, once a General Motors executive, died Jan. 29. He was 89. Thompson helped lay the foundation for parts supplier Delphi Automotive, which in 1999 was spun off by GM into an independent company. Automotive News reports Thompson became the general manager of the Delco Products Division in Dayton in 1974 and then...
Area college bringing in over 100 companies, grad schools for job fair

Area college bringing in over 100 companies, grad schools for job fair

Cedarville University will host “one of the largest career fairs in Greene County” next week. More than 100 companies and organizations will be recruiting at the fair, set to begin at 11 a.m. on Feb. 21 in Cedarville University’s Doden Field House. The event is free and open to the public, according to the college. Among the organizations that will be recruiting at Cedarville are...
Chicago in minutes? Columbus to release more details on Hyperloop

Chicago in minutes? Columbus to release more details on Hyperloop

A major announcement on a Hyperloop high-speed transportation network in Columbus is in the works. The Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission is ready to release “the first step” of the proposed project through a “major announcement,” Thea Walsh, the commission’s director of transportation and funding told The Columbus Dispatch. An announcement could come some time...
Cleveland Fed president reassures Dayton audience on stock concerns

Cleveland Fed president reassures Dayton audience on stock concerns

At a time when market turmoil has observers avidly looking for any word from a Federal Reserve executive, the president of Cleveland’s Federal Reserve Bank came to Dayton Tuesday with a largely reassuring message. A Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce audience, and members of the national media, appeared to hang on every word from Loretta Mester, who is also a voting member of the Federal Open Market...
5 changes happening at The Greene in Beavercreek

5 changes happening at The Greene in Beavercreek

Shoppers can expect to see plenty of changes at The Greene Town Center in Beavercreek this year. New restaurants are expected to open soon while other stores have shut down in the center. Here’s what we’ve learned recently about one of the largest shopping centers in the region: Dry Goods, a clothing brand for women owned by Von Maur, will open a new store at The Greene during the...
Don’t have time to cook dinner? Clark County meal prep service can help

Don’t have time to cook dinner? Clark County meal prep service can help

Three Clark County men are starting a food delivery service that pledges to provide a week’s worth of healthy meals for customers who don’t have time to cook or plan meals. Ryan Kibler, Jake Parrett and Jonathan Scott, all graduates of Northwestern High School, recently provided free samples of their recipes at Winans in downtown Springfield. The business, which they’re calling Semper...
Local BBQ chain opens new restaurant, and another is on the way

Local BBQ chain opens new restaurant, and another is on the way

A locally owned barbecue restaurant will open two restaurants in the next two weeks, starting with one today, Feb. 13, that will have a relatively limited clientele, followed by the second that will mark a return engagement of sorts. OinkADoodleMoo Barbecue will open a new location this morning in the Wright-Patterson Air Force Base Area A Kittyhawk Area food court outside the Base Exchange. The...
7 ways to avoid talking politics at work

7 ways to avoid talking politics at work

Remember when the presidential election was over and everyone breathed a sigh of relief, thinking we could all go back to talking about sports and kids, not politics? Of course, that's not what happened at all: Contentious political conversations abound everywhere, from Facebook to daycare to the corner bar. But when they spring up in the workplace, awkward can become inappropriate. "No good...
Hazing, alcohol issues force another Ohio State fraternity to close

Hazing, alcohol issues force another Ohio State fraternity to close

A second fraternity has been suspended at Ohio State University following a months-long ban on all Interfraternity Council activities. The Sigma Alpha Mu chapter at Ohio state was had its charter suspended by it international parent organization last week, according to an announcement. The chapter ceased operations immediately on Friday and the length of the suspension was not released, according...
Analysis: Employers who don't offer paid sick leave are making flu season worse

Analysis: Employers who don't offer paid sick leave are making flu season worse

This winter's flu season is shaping up to be a nasty one, with flu-related hospitalization rates outpacing anything seen in recent years, according to the CDC. This year's vaccine is less effective against the strain of virus making the rounds. But there's another factor that gives aggressive viruses like this one an extra punch in the United States: lack of access to paid sick time. According to...
Major Springfield employer’s income down 20 percent due to hurricanes

Major Springfield employer’s income down 20 percent due to hurricanes

Assurant, one of Springfield’s largest employers, reported costs related to natural disasters including hurricanes and wildfires drove its operating income down about 20 percent last year. But company officials said they had a solid fourth quarter and the underlying results exceeded expectations, excluding losses from the natural disasters. Assurant’s Global Housing Division, based in...
Gun manufacturer Remington to file for bankruptcy

Gun manufacturer Remington to file for bankruptcy

The Remington Outdoor Company, one of America’s largest firearm and ammunition manufacturers, plans to file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection after reaching a deal Monday with its creditors, according to multiple reports. Company officials said in a news release that a prepackaged reorganization plan will be filed with the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Delaware. The deal will give control of the...
UD offering classes to people living in Mexico as part of inaugural ‘Dreamers Program’

UD offering classes to people living in Mexico as part of inaugural ‘Dreamers Program’

The University of Dayton is offering people living in Mexico the chance to earn a certificate from the school. UD is teaching classes in Mexico City that will allow people to earn a certificate from the university along with the ability to teach English as a foreign language. There are 15 people currently enrolled in what UD has deemed the “Dreamers Program” in Mexico, according to the...
Could Cedar Point get a college? Plans are in the early stages

Could Cedar Point get a college? Plans are in the early stages

Cedar Fair, the parent company of both Kings Island and Cedar Point, could be getting into the higher education field. Cedar Fair is reportedly  in talks to bring a college to downtown Sandusky, which is the home of Cedar Point. The amusement park company is in talks to collaborate with Bowling Green State University for the project, which could bring a “brick-and-mortar learning center&rdquo...
7 aircraft programs requested in federal budget total more than $21B

7 aircraft programs requested in federal budget total more than $21B

U.S. President Donald Trump’s fiscal 2019 federal budget is requesting $686.1 billion in military funding, including more than $21 billion in spending on aircraft programs. Here are 7 aircraft programs a part of the budget request released today: • 77 F-35 Joint Strike Fighters - $10.7 billion • 15 KC-46 Tanker Replacements - $3.0 billion • 24 F/A-18s - $2.0 billion • 60...
Wright-Patt would gain new NASIC building in proposed budget

Wright-Patt would gain new NASIC building in proposed budget

Wright-Patterson scored “a huge win” when the Pentagon announced Monday its proposed budget contains an $116.1 million expansion at the National Air and Space Intelligence Center, an official said. The construction project was included in a new $716 billion fiscal year 2019 defense budget rolled out that increased $16 billion from the previous year and one defense leaders pointed to as...
Ohio State study: Medical marijuana dispensaries are more like bars than pharmacies

Ohio State study: Medical marijuana dispensaries are more like bars than pharmacies

A new Ohio State University study appears to have confirmed something of a long-running joke: that someone doesn’t have to be sick to get medical marijuana. Ohio State researchers examined four medical marijuana dispensaries in California and the information gathered showed that many of their customers do not fit the expected profile of a business serving sick patients. Researchers found that...
Reports: Amazon launching shipping service to compete with UPS, FedEx

Reports: Amazon launching shipping service to compete with UPS, FedEx

Amazon is reportedly getting ready to launch a shipping service that would compete with FedEx, UPS, DHL and other shipping companies. The new service, called “Shipping with Amazon” or SWA, will start in Los Angeles “in coming weeks,” delivering for sellers on Amazon’s marketplace, the Wall Street Journal reported Friday. The service would expand almost immediately...
Boom in college certificate programs raises concerns about oversight

Boom in college certificate programs raises concerns about oversight

Professional certificates expedite job training and are a booming business for institutions like Sinclair Community College, where certificates last year made up more than 60 percent of the academic credentials awarded by the school. But the explosive growth of these short-term programs has led to concerns over a lack of oversight. In Ohio, new college degree programs must be approved by the state...
Contract talks thaw between Wright State faculty union, administration

Contract talks thaw between Wright State faculty union, administration

Wright State University’s administration is back in contract negotiations with the school’s faculty union after a tense few months. Contract talks were set to move to fact-finding by the end of January but instead a fact-finder recommended that the university and the union continue to negotiate through a mediator, according to an email from WSU president Cheryl Schrader that was sent to...
Local doctor who helped found Dayton Children’s dies

Local doctor who helped found Dayton Children’s dies

A founding father of Dayton Children’s Hospital has died. Dr. Alan D. Shafer, 93, died Feb. 4, according to the independent pediatrics hospital. “Dayton Children’s would not exist today if it were not for the dedication and determination of Dr. Shafer to ensure the children of Dayton had a great children’s hospital close to home,” the hospital stated. Dayton Children&rsquo...
Small businesses getting bigger piece of Air Force pie at Wright Patt

Small businesses getting bigger piece of Air Force pie at Wright Patt

Air Force Research Laboratory spending on small businesses in Ohio jumped to $345.6 million in 2017, with the Dayton region landing more dollars than any place in the state, AFRL data shows. A large amount of the spending fell on large firms, although mall businesses took a larger slice of AFRL contract spending, reaching a 47.8 percent in fiscal year 2017, according to Bill Harrison, director of...
Springfield business expo opens to public for first time

Springfield business expo opens to public for first time

Chamber of Greater Springfield leaders are betting that opening their annual business expo to the general public will bring bigger crowds and more exposure to the more than 30 businesses planning to participate. The expo, along with its annual dinner and awards ceremony afterward, are early highlights of the year for local businesses, said Chris Schutte, vice president of destination marketing and...
Beavercreek Chamber of Commerce names new CEO

Beavercreek Chamber of Commerce names new CEO

The Beavercreek Chamber of Commerce has named a new president and CEO. Amanda Byers will join the chamber as president and CEO in March. She worked as program manager for the Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce for nearly 12 years. She worked with membership recruitment, retention and sponsorship, and also created and managed the Dayton Area Logistics Association. Byers currently serves on the marketing...
Huber Flowerama open for Valentines, will close in coming months

Huber Flowerama open for Valentines, will close in coming months

The owner of the Flowerama store in Huber Heights said his location at 6007 Old Troy Pike is open for business for the next couple of months — including this week for Valentines Day — but will close in coming months, pending a deal with Casey’s General Store to build a new gas station on the corner lot. “Flowerama is still open and running at the moment,” said owner Mark...
AF museum opens, Wright-Patt workers head to work as shutdown ends

AF museum opens, Wright-Patt workers head to work as shutdown ends

President Donald Trump has signed a two-year budget deal Friday that ended a government shutdown overnight Thursday, according to The Associated Press. Wright-Patterson employees were told to report to work Friday despite a possible shutdown and had been in a holding pattern waiting for additional word until the president signed the legislation. RELATED: Wright-Patt workers told to report to work...
Want a new job? 2 Urbana manufacturing firms hiring

Want a new job? 2 Urbana manufacturing firms hiring

Rittal and Ultra-met, two Champaign County manufacturing firms, are scheduled to host job fairs this month in coordination with OhioMeansJobs Champaign County. Rittal will host open interviews from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 13, at OhioMeansJobs Champaign County, 1512 S. U.S. 68, Bay 14. Starting wages are listed at $12.50 per hour and the business is hiring for first, second and third shifts...
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